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Dividend Champions: Smackdown IV


In previous installments of the Smackdown series, I screened the Dividend Champions list of companies that have paid higher dividends for at least 25 straight years (which can be found here) starting with companies whose latest increase was by 10% or more (in June), those with the highest yields (in July), and those with the lowest prices (in August). This month, I decided to focus first on the Acceleration/Deceleration (A/D) ratio and the 5- and 10-year Dividend Growth Rates (DGRs). What I hoped to isolate were companies that consistently raise their dividends at above-average rates and provide good dividend yields. Of course, it's also important to screen for other positive qualities, but this approach should give us a good start in identifying high-quality candidates. So I screened as... more


SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ADP,CINF,CLX,KMB,LEG,MO,MSA,ORI

7 Telecom Stocks Getting Slammed

Contrarian investors should utilize times like this to differentiate between stocks that are dropping for fundamentally sound reasons -- and those stocks that are simply being dragged down because of general market concerns. Sure, there’s plenty to worry about -- gigantic federal deficits, sovereign debt problems in Europe, an economic slowdown in China. But let’s not forget that in the midst of all of this volatility lies the prospect to grab some great companies at dirt cheap prices. In particular, I’m a huge fan of dividend stocks. Renowned Professor Jeremy Siegel has illustrated that from 1957 to 2003, when reinvesting dividends, the S&P’s 100 highest-yielding stocks outperformed the market by an average of three percentage points. Over a long period of time, three percentage... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): NTLS,PTNR,HRS,CTEL,FTR,GLW

The 15 Highest-Yielding Insurance Stocks

Dividend investing is popular again. Investors have taken to heart Jeremy Siegel’s studies, which show that higher-yielding stocks tend to offer greater returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks. The highest dividend yields can be very tantalizing. As long as a stock yielding 15% doesn’t lose value, you’ll make 15% in one year! In more cases than not, however, an astronomical yield is a bad sign for a stock. Since dividend yields and stock prices move in opposite directions, a high yield usually means that investors have begun to worry about the business, and driven down its stock price. However, certain types of companies, such as REITs, have to pay out most of their income as dividends, so their yields will be higher than "normal." Dividends are not guaranteed; you need to... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): OB,ORI,SLF,AJG,CINF,FNF,SAFT,STFC,UTR,MFC,ANAT,ERIE,HGIC

The 7 Most Popular Bank Dividend Stocks

As an investor, it doesn’t pay to follow the crowd. In this series, though, we highlight a possible exception -- the collective wisdom of our CAPS community. Read the next section if you’re unfamiliar with our methodology. Skip it if you want to go straight to the results.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): RY,STD,TD,NYCB,BLX,BNS,BOH

7 Electronic Stocks Getting Slammed

Contrarian investors should utilize times like this to differentiate between stocks that are dropping for fundamentally sound reasons -- and those stocks that are simply being dragged down because of general market concerns. Sure, there’s plenty to worry about -- gigantic federal deficits, sovereign debt problems in Europe, an economic slowdown in China. But let’s not forget that in the midst of all of this volatility lies the prospect to grab some great companies at dirt-cheap prices. In particular, I’m a huge fan of dividend stocks. Renowned professor Jeremy Siegel has illustrated that from 1957 to 2003, when reinvesting dividends, the S&P’s 100 highest-yielding stocks outperformed the market by an average of 3 percentage points. Over a long period of time, 3 percentage points... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): INTC,SPIL,TEL,TSM,TXN,XLNX

Dividends Save the Day!

We’ve proven over the past decade that buy-and-hold investing is dead, right? The ignorance of those nutty "long term" investors has been laid bare as the stock market has lost money over the past 10 years. So much for the long term, losers. I’m kidding.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): ITW,RF,RPM,HBAN,BOH,COP,DEO

5 Defense Stocks Getting Slammed

Contrarian investors should utilize times like this to differentiate between stocks that are dropping for fundamentally sound reasons -- and those stocks that are simply being dragged down because of general market concerns. Sure, there’s plenty to worry about -- gigantic federal deficits, sovereign debt problems in Europe, an economic slowdown in China. But let’s not forget that in the midst of all of this volatility lies the prospect to grab some great companies at dirt-cheap prices. In particular, I’m a huge fan of dividend stocks. Renowned professor Jeremy Siegel has illustrated that from 1957 to 2003, when reinvesting dividends, the S&P’s 100 highest-yielding stocks outperformed the market by an average of three percentage points. Over a long period of time, three percentage... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): LMT,RTN,LLL,GD,HON

7 Retail Stocks Getting Slammed

Contrarian investors should utilize times like this to differentiate between stocks that are dropping for fundamentally sound reasons -- and those stocks that are simply being dragged down because of general market concerns. Sure, there’s plenty to worry about -- gigantic federal deficits, sovereign debt problems in Europe, an economic slowdown in China. But let’s not forget that in the midst of all of this volatility lies the prospect to grab some great companies at dirt cheap prices. In particular, I’m a huge fan of dividend stocks. Renowned professor Jeremy Siegel has illustrated that from 1957 to 2003, when reinvesting dividends, the S&P’s 100 highest-yielding stocks outperformed the market by an average of 3 percentage points. Over a long period of time, 3 percentage points... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): GES,ROST,SVU,BBY,BKE,CVS

5 Metal and Mining Stocks Getting Slammed

Contrarian investors should utilize times like this to differentiate between stocks that are dropping for fundamentally sound reasons -- and those stocks that are simply being dragged down because of general market concerns. Sure, there’s plenty to worry about -- gigantic federal deficits, sovereign debt problems in Europe, an economic slowdown in China. But let’s not forget that in the midst of all of this volatility lies the prospect to grab some great companies at dirt cheap prices. In particular, I’m a huge fan of dividend stocks. Renowned Professor Jeremy Siegel has illustrated that from 1957 to 2003, when reinvesting dividends, the S&P’s 100 highest-yielding stocks outperformed the market by an average of three percentage points. Over a long period of time, 3 percentage... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): HSC,STLD,DROOY,AKS,CNX

Dividends Aren’t Enough: Credit Rating Companies

I love cash. As an investor, nothing makes me happier than a company that returns money to shareholders, rather than spending it recklessly on a CEO’s pet projects or an ill-fated acquisition. Historically, investors have often looked at a stock’s dividend yield to identify these shareholder-friendly enterprises. But I prefer a slightly different metric -- one proven to further maximize investor returns. A 2007 study in The Journal of Finance suggests that investors should also factor net share repurchases into the equation, through a metric called the net payout ratio. According to the authors of the study, this ratio not only identifies companies that are paying back investors, but also predicts future equity returns better than the dividend yield.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): MCO,MHP,DNB,EFX