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3 Top Dividend Stocks

Posted by D4L | Monday, November 20, 2017 | | 0 comments »

Healthy dividends and growth are the investing world's version of good looks and a great personality, but there are a few stocks out there that fit the bill. Companies offering chunky payouts are typically not fast growers, but there are a few that are in the process of growing their bottom lines at a hearty clip while also rewarding shareholders with steady trickles of income. I've run a screen looking for stocks that expect to grow their earnings per share by at least 20% next year with yields north of 3%...

It generated just a few dozen results, and to be fair, most of them are eyeing strong double-digit percentage earnings growth next year because they took a step back in 2017. One can argue that it's easy to take a big step up off of depressed results a year earlier, but it's still an encouraging sign that things are starting to come together. Let's take a look at three of the stocks -- TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO), Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN), and Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII) -- with decent payouts where analysts see a return to strong earnings growth in 2018.

Source: Motley Fool

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This LP yields 6.98%, with strong 1.26x distribution coverage. Management has raised the distribution for 19 straight quarters. It just reported record revenues (up 17%), net income (up 53%), EBITDA (up 43%), and distributable cash flow (up 47%). Its 11% below analysts' lowest price target.

MPLX LP (MPLX) is a growth-oriented master limited partnership formed in 2012 by Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) to own, operate, develop, and acquire midstream energy infrastructure assets. MPLX provides services in the midstream sector across the hydrocarbon value chain through its Logistics and Storage and Gathering and Processing segments.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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This stock is a ‘Strong Buy’ at today’s valuation level. The dividend is covered by NII, making another dividend cut in the foreseeable future unlikely. It is oversold and sells for an exaggerated discount to NAV. I think the reward-to-risk ratio is very attractive in the high $5s or very low $6s.

Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC) makes a compelling value proposition after the latest drop. The BDC recently slashed its dividend which triggered a major sell-off in the stock. Today’s large Net Asset Value discount provides income investors with a wide margin of safety that points to attractive total returns. Prospect Capital’s dividend should be sustainable at its current level, and I think the stock has an attractive reward-to-risk combination. An investment in Prospect Capital yields 11.9 percent.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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In the category of “income” stocks, a wide variety of options are available to the average investor, with various yields, risk profiles and compounding rates to consider. These three income stocks with solid yields should be considered prime candidates for any portfolio.

Of all the stocks currently part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) wins the award for top spot as the company with the highest yield. If you’re wondering how a company with a yield of 1.2% made this list, look no further than Costco Wholesale Corporation’s (COST) special dividend. International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) has taken a number of large hits of late, leading to a reduction in the company’s stock price and a corresponding rise in yield for IBM shareholders.

Source: Kiplinger

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5 'Safe' Dividend Stocks in the Energy Patch

Posted by D4L | Saturday, November 18, 2017 | | 0 comments »

This is the latest in a series of Barron's articles utilizing a service called DIVCON, developed by San Diego-based investment management firm Reality Shares Inc. to identify stocks with dividends that are safe and likely to grow in the long run. Reality Shares also sponsors ETFs that pursue a dividend growth strategy.

Income-oriented investors looking for stocks that should continue to pay out rich dividends might consider five energy stocks, Barron's reports. These companies are: Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), Phillips 66 (PSX), Valero Energy Corp. (VLO), Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC), and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (COG).

Source: Investopedia

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