Beaten-Up International Dividend Stocks Yield 7%

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | | 0 comments »

If you're really determined to generate some income in the coming year, battered international dividend stocks may be worth some further financial research. The SPDR S&P International Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:DWX) has a trailing 12-month yield above 5%. But given the recent pounding of international markets amid economic slowdown concerns, the forecasted dividend yield is nearly 7%.

That's a lot of income for a portfolio with a forward PE ratio below 14. Among the top holdings is Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.B); the ETF owns the A shares, but for direct investment the B shares are more USA-friendly. Yes, it's taken a big hit as global oil prices have plummeted, but for a 5%+ yield you get a dividend that has not been cut in 10 tumultuous years and a payout ratio that suggests it can weather the latest economic downturn without any dividend pressure.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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When it comes to energy stocks, the various smaller shale players have gotten most of investors’ attention these days. Share prices for these smaller E&P outfits have surged as we’ve continued to frack ourselves silly and unearth a virtual ocean of crude oil & natural gas. But there can be something said for buying the boring old blue chips in the oil patch — namely a hefty dose of dividends.

And considering their size and scale, the various big blue chip energy stocks should be able to plow through the current low oil price environment with relative ease. Add in the fact that the blue chip energy stocks can currently be had for cheaper metrics and you a recipe for long-term success. For investors looking at adding some energy stocks to their portfolio, you can’t overlook the giants in the sector. Here are five of the best blue-chip energy stocks to buy for their dividends: Exxon Mobil (XOM), ConocoPhillips (COP), Total S.A. (TOT), Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO) and Valero Energy (VLO).

Source: InvestorPlace

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Reasons PepsiCo Is A Top Dividend Stock To Buy

Posted by D4L | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 0 comments »

PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) is one of the most well-known and highly regarded dividend stocks out there, and for good reason. PepsiCo has a long track record of paying a dividend. It also has the financial strength to raise its dividend year after year. This makes PepsiCo an ideal dividend stock for investors to buy, particularly for retirees. Investors in or nearing retirement often desire income from their investments to help replace the income lost from no longer receiving a paycheck. That's where dividend stocks can play a huge role in a retirees' portfolio. Here are two reasons why PepsiCo definitely qualifies as a top dividend stock to buy right now.

Sometimes, a stock pays a high yield but doesn't grow its dividend. Other times, it's the reverse, whereby a stock has a high rate of dividend growth but a very low dividend yield. Stocks like these can leave an investor feeling as though there's a missing piece of the puzzle. PepsiCo, however, is an ideal mix of dividend yield and dividend growth. The stock currently yields 2.7%, which compares favorably with the current dividend yield of 1.88% for the S&P 500 Index. If that weren't enough, PepsiCo has a great track record of dividend growth. PepsiCo has increased its dividend for 42 years in a row. Over the past five years, PepsiCo has raised its dividend by 7% compounded annually. This means PepsiCo's dividend doubles every 10 years or so on average.

Source: Motley Fool

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8 Stocks Taking Their Dividends Up A Notch

Posted by D4L | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Throughout history there have always been great companies that stand head-and-shoulders above their peers and the competition. They are loved by their shareholders, hated by the competition and known by all. Just as all great companies have something in common, great dividend companies also have something in common. All great dividend companies have at least one characteristic in common – they consistently raise their dividends each year.

Below are several companies stepping up with higher cash dividends.


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3 New MLPs To Buy Today

Posted by D4L | Monday, December 15, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Despite the market’s recent hiccups over the last few weeks, there have been some pretty great success stories. Some of the biggest “wins” have come from some freshly minted master limited partnership (MLP) IPOs. There’s big money to be made in owning the critical infrastructure required to bring energy from wellheads to end users. And even more can be made if all those pipelines, storage tanks and gathering systems are placed in an MLP, as the tax structure provides huge benefits for individual investors and the sponsoring firms alike.

Wall Street has been happy to fuel that investor interest with new MLPs. Several new MLPs have recently held their IPOs. And a few of them have the potential to be real superstars over the long haul. Here are three of the top new MLPs to buy: Dominion Midstream Partners, LP (D), CONE Midstream Partners LP (CNX) and Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. (SHLX).

Source: InvestorPlace

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