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5 Top Stocks to Buy in a Bear Market

Posted by D4L | Friday, March 27, 2020 | | 0 comments »

While there are a number of factors responsible for pushing the stock market lower, the spread of COVID-19 looks to be the match that lit the flame. This lung-targeting illness has spread to 113 countries, been confirmed in more than 118,000 people, and is directly responsible for nearly 4,300 deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The good news, though, is that bear markets have always opened the door for long-term investors to pick up great companies on the cheap, and this instance will prove no different. Below you'll find five top stocks that you should seriously consider buying during this bear market...

One of the best ways to protect yourself from steep losses during a bear market, as well as set yourself up for steady income when the next bull market arrives, is to consider utility stocks. In particular, NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) comes to mind. Interestingly, gold-mining stocks have been clobbered as the market has headed lower, likely on some combination of demand concerns from China and margin calls (i.e., investors selling to cover margin calls). But physical gold has been exceptionally strong. This suggests that a high-quality company like SSR Mining (NASDAQ:SSRM) should be primed for success. If there's one fact you can take to the bank, it's that we don't get to choose when we get sick or what ailments we develop. That makes pharmacy chains like CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) a potentially valuable business to own a stake in no matter how well or poorly the economy is performing. You have to keep in mind that the recent shock to the market is exogenous and has nothing to do with a breakdown in our financial system. That's why buying into semiconductor giant Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) makes a boatload of sense. Finally, investors should give strong consideration to adding American Express (NYSE:AXP) to their portfolios on this decline.

Source: Motley Fool

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3 Recession-Proof Dividend Stocks

Posted by D4L | Thursday, March 26, 2020 | | 0 comments »

So if the economy does putter out, what should you do with your money? You could do worse than bet on recession-proof dividend stocks. That way your distributions should carry you along with respectable returns even if equities trade sideways for a while. The good news is that the recent market slide has turned some of these income stocks into cash cows. I’ve highlighted three of my favorite recession-proof dividend stocks below...

For all of the talk about the “paperless office,” we still keep plenty of physical documents on hand for legal and practical reasons. That has created a booming business for Iron Mountain Inc (NYSE:IRM). Most people don’t think about the energy patch when searching for recession-proof dividend stocks. Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP), however, is an exception. It’s a pretty simple story with Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO): it’s a well-run natural gas distributor serving more than three million customers. They heat their homes. You get a two percent dividend.

Source: Income Investors

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Top Analysts’ 3 Favorite Dividend Stocks for 2020

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 0 comments »

Dividend payments are, by nature, a conservative strategy for companies to use, and as a rule of thumb the more conservative companies are less likely to show the high share gains that will equal a profitable portfolio. So, it may be better to focus on companies with mid-range dividend payments, that outdo the market average (about 2% yield, among S&P listed firms), but still offer a solid supplement for investors. We wanted to see what Wall Street’s top analysts think of this idea. We opened up TipRanks’ Analysts’ Top Stocks tool, which highlights great investments tagged by top-performing analysts. Using their insights, we’ve picked out three Strong Buy stocks with a combination of higher-than-average upside potential and dividend payment...

Restaurant Brands International (QSR) - First on the list is a Canadian-based fast-food holding company, formed in 2014 when American burger giant Burger King merged with Canada’s iconic Tim Hortons. MetLife, Inc. (MET) - Our second stock up today is a major name in the insurance industry. MetLife is a $47 billion company, offering a wide array of insurance products to 90 customers in over 60 countries. Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) - The energy industry is a cash-rich sector that has faced recent headwinds. High overhead, low product prices, and government regulation have all pushed down on energy profits.

Source: Smarter Analyst

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Looking beyond the familiar dividend stocks in the auto industry like Ford F and General Motors GM, whose attractive yields are encouraging but payouts do not appear too sustainable amid macro-economic headwinds, we focus on four stocks with strong dividend growth history. Although these stocks do not necessarily have the highest yields, they have an impressive dividend track record. Based on the stocks’ prospects, their payout appears affordable and safe. Notably, each of the stocks has announced dividend hikes in this month...

Penske Automotive Group PAG: On Feb 12, the firm raised quarterly cash dividend to 42 cents a share. This marked the 35th straight quarter of dividend hike, underscoring the company’s commitment of returning capital to its shareholders. Group 1 Automotive, Inc. GPI: On Feb 18, Group 1 raised fourth-quarter 2019 dividend by 3.4% sequentially to 30 cents a share. Genuine Parts Company GPC: On Feb 18, Genuine Parts Company raised its 2020 dividend by 4%. Importantly, the auto parts company has paid dividend every year since its IPO in 1948. Lear Corporation LEA: On Feb 6, Lear hiked quarterly payout to 77 cents from 75 cents, marking the ninth consecutive annual dividend increase by the company.

Source: Yahoo Finance

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2 Top Picks On Sale During Uncertain Times

Posted by D4L | Monday, March 23, 2020 | | 0 comments »

You shouldn’t be running from the market. Bags of coins don’t make a comfortable pillow. They don’t emit dividends. They will not expand like the coronavirus. They will sit there like a Ford (F) trying to go uphill. Investors should be looking to invest more defensively. At The REIT Forum, we’ve been urging investors to focus more on preferred shares and lower-risk REITs. We’d like to cover some investments in the REIT space which include an equity REIT, a preferred share, and a mortgage REIT. Let’s start with the equity REIT!

Americold Realty Trust (COLD) looks great. We did the fundamental research during their last big dive. Then shares rallied hard and we tossed it all on the back burner. Now, they are on sale. They carry a risk rating of 1.5 and land in our strong buy range. If you’re looking to build a position in the preferred shares from AGNC Investment Corp. (AGNC), this is a great time to start shopping. AGNC Investment Corp. 6.5% DPRP PFD E (AGNCO) is on a very nice sale.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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