It's a scary world for investors in real estate investment trusts, which face a potentially difficult future due to the looming prospect of rising interest rates. For any stocks whose business models are reliant on debt financing within their capital structures (as REITs are), the onset of higher interest rates likely means higher interest expenses.

However, despite headwinds in the past year due to rising rates, high-quality REITs like HCP (NYSE: HCP), Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN), and Realty Income (NYSE: O) exhibit long-term visions for their business that should appeal greatly to Foolish investors.

Source: Motley Fool

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World Point Terminals, LP, (WPT), is a fee-based, growth-oriented limited partnership formed to own, operate, develop and acquire terminal assets relating to the storage of light refined products, heavy refined products and crude oil. WPT provides integrated terminal use and storage to oil refiners, distributors, marketers and traders that require access to large, strategically placed storage capacity with efficient access to transportation infrastructure and in close proximity to refineries, demand markets and/or export hubs.

WPT has a strong customer base, which affords recurring base revenues and renewals: "Some of our terminal services agreements currently in effect are operating in the automatic renewal phase of the contract that begins upon the expiration of the primary contract term. While a significant portion of our tankage may only be subject to a one-year commitment, historically these customers have continued to renew or expand their business. Our top ten customers have used our services for an average of more than ten years."

Source: Seeking Alpha

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RISK-AVERSE investors seeking steady income have had little to cheer about in recent years. Waiting for Godot may have been less frustrating than waiting for interest rates to rise on conservative financial instruments like certificates of deposit and savings accounts. Still, many people found solace in dividend-paying stocks and the mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that hold them. In a sign of the popularity of dividends, money poured into income-producing stock mutual funds through 2011, 2012 and most of 2013.

But in September, the mood of investors apparently changed: The fund flows reversed, according to Jeff Tjornehoj, head of Americas research at Lipper, and cash flowed out of these funds late last year and early this year. But low-growth, high-dividend stocks can become overvalued. “The biggest concern with dividend investing is when people become indiscriminate, buying dividend stocks without regard to other metrics,” Mr. Considine added.

Source: New York Times

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Coca-Cola: High Quality, Fair Price

Posted by D4L | Saturday, April 19, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Coca-Cola is the largest beverage company in the world with 4 of the world's top 5 sparkling (carbonated) beverages: Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta, & Sprite. Coca-Cola also owns the following brands: Dasani, Minute Maid, Powerade, Simply Orange, Vitamin Water, Smart Water, Honest Tea, NOS Energy Drink, and Odwalla (among many more).

Coca-Cola's strong brand, stable industry, and fair valuation create a compelling long-term investing opportunity. Coca-Cola compares favorably against other stocks that have paid increasing dividends for 25+ years. They have consistently rewarded shareholders in the past with growing dividends and share repurchases. Coca-Cola is set to continue this tradition in the future. Their dividends and share repurchases (4.5% to 4.8%) plus revenue growth (3% to 4%) should result in a return to shareholders of between 7.5% and 8.8% for the next several years.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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The officers and directors of a company tend to have a unique insider’s view of the business, and presumably the only reason an insider would choose to take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock in the open market, is that they expect to make money — maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both.

So when dividend stocks turn up that see insider buying, and are also top ranked, investors are wise to take notice. One such company is Helmerich & Payne (HP) which saw buying by Director Thomas A. Petrie. Back on December 3, Petrie invested $135,186.00 into 1,700 shares of HP, for a cost per share of $79.52. In trading on Friday, shares were changing hands as low as $107.76 per share, which is 35.5% above Petrie’s purchase price. The DividendRank report noted that among the coverage universe, HP shares displayed both attractive valuation metrics and strong profitability metrics.

Source: InvestorPlace

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