With the third quarter of 2014 now behind us, the number of investment grade preferred stocks selling for a market price below $25 is now at 71. While 71 candidates is much lower than the 167 we started the year with, it is still plenty for preferred stock buyers to pick from. At the end of 2013, preferred stock investors were certain that as the Fed tapered out of its QE bond-buying program, interest rates would go up. After all, when the Fed launched QE with the objective of lowering rates, the program worked so it seemed reasonable that backing out of QE would have the opposite effect.

In anticipation of higher rates, the average market price of preferred stock shares fell to $23.05 as 2013 came to a close, pushing up the number of investment grade candidates that were selling below their par value ($25 in most cases) to 167. HSEA is a trust preferred stock (TRUPS) introduced by Britain's largest bank, HSBC Holdings PLC (NYSE:HSBC), at 8.125 percent in April 2008 and has been callable since April 15, 2013. Note that HSEA offers Qualified Dividend Income (QDI) to individual investors (but not to corporate investors since HSBC is a foreign company). MHO-A is a traditional preferred stock introduced in March 2007 at 9.75 percent by M/I Homes, Inc. (NYSE:MHO). GDP-C is a traditional preferred stock offering cumulative dividends and was introduced in April 2013 by Goodrich Petroleum (NYSE:GDP) at 10.0 percent. TDE is an Exchange-Traded Debt Security (ETDs) introduced by Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) in November of 2010, becoming callable on November 15, 2015.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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3 Canadian Dividend Stocks With Great Yields

Posted by D4L | Friday, November 21, 2014 | | 0 comments »

The search for income continues to be one of the more frustrating endeavors for investors. To make matters worse for yield-hungry investors, it now looks like the Fed may drag its heels raising rates as a result of continued global economic weakness. It could be many years before rates rise enough that bonds, bank products and treasury securities offer realistic opportunities for investors. Dividend stocks and securities have been pretty well picked over here in the U.S. as the great yield chase has been going on for almost five years.

The recent weakness in energy stocks and natural resource stocks has created some bargain income producing activities to our North. Although investors may have to accept some commodity related volatility, there are several decent dividend stocks that trade at a discount to their asset value. Investors with a long-term view of the world can get paid handsomely to wait for energy and natural resources to recover: MFC Industrial (MIL), Teck Resources (TCK) and TransAlta Corporation (TAC).

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3 Dividend Stocks With Huge Growth Opportunities

Posted by D4L | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Dividends are nice, but dividends combined with the potential for growth can produce incredible returns over the long run. The growth leads to dividend increases, and the compounding of an increasing income stream over time is one of the most powerful investment tools you have to work with.

We asked three of our top analysts to pick their favorite dividend stock with huge growth opportunities, and this is what they came up with: Todd Campbell: BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) is already a Goliath in the money management industry, but it could get even bigger given how many people are under-saving for retirement. Matt Frankel: National Retail Properties (NYSE: NNN) is one of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) specializing in commercial retail properties. John Maxfield: When I think of a big dividend stock with huge growth opportunities, the first one that comes to mind is New York Community Bancorp (NYSE: NYCB), a mid-size regional bank that specializes in rent-controlled multi-family units in the New York City metropolitan area.

Source: Motley Fool

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Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Walgreen Co. (WAG). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Walgreen Co. is the largest U.S. retail drug chain in terms of revenues, this company operates more than 8,000 drug stores throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description...

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Top Warren Buffett Stocks with Good Dividend Yields

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Warren Buffett is one of the most admired investors in the world. In fact, investors' confidence in his stock-picking abilities practically knows no bounds, and many flock to his annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meetings in Nebraska to experience Buffett in person. Buffett has made a name for himself as a patient investor with a long-term investment horizon, who doesn't care about the erratic fluctuations of Mr. Market. He is more than willing to sit things out when times are getting tough. And Buffett has repeatedly argued that he would be more than comfortable if the stock market shut down for 10 years or so. And why?

Companies that pay a decent dividend over time have huge value for investors during times of market volatility when capital appreciation is much less certain. Consequently, stocks that have Buffett's approval, and that provide a solid dividend yield, are of great interest to investors who want to emulate the Oracle of Omaha's success. And here are two stocks Buffett likes which offer a solid dividend: Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM).

Source: Motley Fool

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