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2016 offered plenty of surprises for investors, most of them positive. After beginning last year with an early-year sell-off, major stock market indices marched steadily upward for the remainder of the year, ending with double-digit gains for the sixth time in the last eight years. Like every year, some individual stocks vastly outperformed the stock market's return. Here's a quick snapshot of two dividend stocks that easily beat the broad market's return last year.

Shares of specialty printer Quad/Graphics (NYSE:QUAD) cratered 60% in 2015 as declining revenue and pricing pressure in the second half of the year caused the formerly profitable commercial printing company to swing to a loss on the year. Led by CEO Joel Quadracci, the company enacted an aggressive cost-cutting program in 2016 that allowed it to reverse this trend and return to profitability in a series of impressive early 2016 earnings beats that sent its shares soaring. High-yield dividend stock Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) is an important reminder that not everything that glitters is necessarily gold. The company produces and sells titanium dioxide, a pigment used across a wide range of industrial applications such as house paints and clothing fabrics. Kronos stock has been on a tear over the last 12 months, despite an ongoing price slump for titanium dioxide.

Source: Motley Fool

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High-Dividend Stock Yields 8%, Below Book Value

Posted by D4L | Monday, February 27, 2017 | | 0 comments »

Looking for high dividend stocks in a leading sector? This stock yields 7.97%, with 1.14x distribution coverage in the past four quarters. It should announce its upcoming Q4 distribution this week and go ex-dividend around 1/31/17. It has steadily decreased its debt load over the past four quarters and is trading below book value. It also has attractive options - there are two trades detailed in this article.

Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL) is a publicly traded master limited partnership. The partnership owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. ENBL's assets include approximately 12,500 miles of gathering pipelines, 14 major processing plants with approximately 2.5 billion cubic feet per day of processing capacity, approximately 7,900 miles of interstate pipelines (including Southeast Supply Header, LLC of which the Partnership owns 50%), approximately 2,200 miles of intrastate pipelines and eight storage facilities comprising 85.0 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. ENBL works on long-term, fee-based contracts with its customers.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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Even though the stock market has rallied for almost eight years without any serious downturns, many of the Wall Street pundits say it can go higher, much higher. One thing to do for investors who are not trying to time the market but keep a long-term view is to rotate out of expensive overbought stocks to those that offer more value and dividends. We screened the Merrill Lynch research universe and found five mega-cap companies that fit the bill perfectly, and all are rated Buy at Merrill Lynch...

Shares of this top pharmaceutical stock with very solid growth potential are down over 15% since last August. Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) is a leading diversified global health care company that develops, manufactures and markets branded generics, medical devices, nutritional products and diagnostic solutions. This company remains a top Warren Buffet holding and offers not only safety, but an incredibly strong worldwide brand. Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.

Source: Wall St. 24/7

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Great companies continue to increase their dividends during a downturn. To find these great companies, you will need to focus on more than just yield. You need to consider the stock's Free Cash Flow Payout. Free Cash Flow is Operating Cash Flow less normal capital expenditures (capital expenditures is usually the first line in the investing section). For a business to remain viable, it must replace capital assets when they wear out. That's why I prefer Free Cash Flow over Operating Cash Flow. Free Cash Flow tells you how much cash the company has left over after paying the normal operating expenses. This is the cash that is used to pay for acquisitions, debt obligations, and yes, dividends!

The formula for Free Cash Flow Payout is simply the Annual Dividend Per Share divided by Free Cash Flow Per Share. I like to see a percentage of 70% or less. The 70% is somewhat higher than many people look for with a traditional payout ratio. I am comfortable with the higher number since we are talking about real cash generated from running the business vs. accounting earnings that may or may not be there. This week I screened my database for select stocks with: - A free cash flow payout below 45% - A dividend yield over 3% The results are presented below...

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3 Dividend Stocks to Buy

Posted by D4L | Saturday, February 25, 2017 | | 0 comments »

We all know financial stocks have gone through the roof since President Trump’s win. So the question becomes: what do we do with these companies now? There’s no one answer for every financial stock, of course. Some are still great, undervalued buys—but there are two that have gotten grossly overvalued and should be avoided, or sold if you hold them. With all that in mind, I think we need to look for alternatives. Here are three...

These aren’t financial names, because the sector as a whole is highly overvalued right now. Instead, we’re going to rotate into other areas and wait for some downtrodden but high-quality companies to come back into the limelight. If we do that, we find a few stocks with attractive price-to-book ratios, considering their revenue growth, dividends and earnings potential. They are: Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NE) (by far the best of the trio), Aircastle Limited (AYR) and Frontier Communications Corp (FTR).

Source: InvestorPlace

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