CVS Health Corporation is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S. With its new focus on health and wellness, CVS in early September 2014 announced that it would no longer sell cigarettes and other tobacco products at all its pharmacy outlets. CVS is trading below my calculated fair value and has demonstrated an exceptional ability to grow its dividend at a high rate, averaging nearly 25% per year since 2005.

CVS enjoys a strong market share in the relatively stable U.S. retail drug industry. The company in July 2014 launched a generic drug joint venture with Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH). This should result in decreasing drug purchasing costs as contracts are renewed throughout 2015. CVS earned one Star in the Fair Value section, earned two Stars in the Dividend Analytical Data section and earned one Star in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of four Stars. This quantitatively ranks CVS as...

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Your Five-Card-Stud Dividend Portfolio

Posted by D4L | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Let's build a diversified yield portfolio. I would start with Verizon (VZ_) . Why? Because it just boosted its dividend today, from $0.53 to $0.55, which gives you a terrific 4.3% yield. That's much better than Treasuries, even before you factor in the favorable tax treatment. We like companies that have enough growth that they can increase their dividends, and Verizon's amazing wireless division will give us that.

Next up? Last night we heard from Royal Dutch Shell's (RDS.A_) , (RDS.B_) CEO, Ben van Beurden. I hope you were as impressed with him as I was. He's giving you a 4.7% yield and a dividend boost is in the cards, as he follows through with his disciplined plan to invest with better returns and knock out profligate spending, which he will detail in tomorrow's analyst meeting. I know oil's been headed down, but not so much that it hurt that dividend growth.

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3 Dividend Stocks With Powerful Brands

Posted by D4L | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Everybody loves dividend stocks, and for good reasons. Dividends provide regular income to investors. Plus, a company must have strong fundamentals to generate the cash flow to deliver consistently growing dividends over time, so these payouts say a lot about the health of a business.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), and Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) offer growing dividends, as well as solid fundamentals supported by valuable brands, a key source of competitive strength. Let´s look at these three companies and their potential for dividend growth in the years ahead.

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CVS Health Corporation is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S. CVS enjoys a strong market share in the relatively stable U.S. retail drug industry. Recently, the company changed its name from CVS Caremark Corporation to CVS Health Corporation to reinforce its health and wellness commitments. Along those lines, CVS in early September 2014 announced that it would no longer sell cigarettes and other tobacco products at all its pharmacy outlets.

The growth of non-traditional competitors, such as Wal-Mart, continue to put pressure on CVS's market share. The stock is trading below my $92.44 calculated fair value and has demonstrated an exceptional ability to grow its dividend at a high rate, averaging nearly 25% per year since 2005.

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My Top High-Yield REIT to Buy Today

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

In the pursuit of seeking out assets with double-digit yields in a market where interest rates are trading at low single digits, stock selection is at a major premium — and it takes a savvy management team to drive this kind of yield to richly reward income investors.

NorthStar Realty Finance (NRF) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that I just recommended for my Cash Machine subscribers. The company recently spun off its asset-management business at the end of June and raised its dividend for the first quarter, with the post-spin-off shares currently trading around $18.80. The company intends to pay a $0.40 dividend starting with the current quarter, implying a forward yield of 8.5%.

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