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I doubled down on Exxon Mobil (XOM) yet again last week since I believe the oil and natural gas company has considerable earnings and free cash flow upside on the back of rising energy prices. Rising tensions in the Middle East and supply cuts proposed by OPEC point to higher energy prices over the short haul. Exxon Mobil is by far the free cash flow strongest energy company in the industry, and retains large production upside tied to its growing operations base in the Permian. I consider Exxon Mobil’s downside risk to be limited, relative to its peers, and XOM has the strongest dividend in the sector.

I am comfortable doubling down on Exxon Mobil once again. The energy company makes as solid a value proposition as ever: Exxon Mobil has been very profitable and competitive on both a free cash flow basis and a return on capital employed basis in the last five and ten years. The recent uptick in energy prices is encouraging and points to earnings surprise potential going forward. The Permian play provides production upside, and the market environment (Middle East tensions, OECD supply cuts) point to rising energy prices over the short haul. Exxon Mobil is still quite sensibly valued. Strong Buy for income and capital appreciation.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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The truth is, some of the best dividend stocks can be found outside the United States. The world is filled with a variety of strong multinational and international leaders. Even better is that valuations for many global stocks are lower than the U.S., while dividend yields are higher. In the end, going global can result in some wonderful dividends stocks. With that, here are five international dividend stocks to buy today...

Unilever (UL, UN) is a consumer products powerhouse and features 400 different brands and sales in more than 190 different countries. anada’s banks have been more conservatively run than U.S. ones and that includes banking giant, the Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY). U.K.’s GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK) offers a juicy 5.14% payout. For a long time, BP (NYSE:BP) was the whipping boy of the energy patch. Perhaps the best way to get a dose of international dividends is to own them all with the iShares International Dividend Growth ETF (NYSEARCA:IGRO).

Source: InvestorPlace

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AT&T Stock Is a Value Trap

Posted by D4L | Saturday, July 20, 2019 | | 0 comments »

On the surface, AT&T (NYSE: T) may look like a compelling investment. It is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, and T stock has a forward price-earnings ratio of under nine. AT&T even has a 6.2% dividend yield, one of the highest among U.S. mega-cap stocks. But a closer look at AT&T reveals a company and a stock that are in a tough spot.

The first place to look when assessing AT&T’s situation is its businesses. First and foremost, AT&T’s DirecTV premium cable TV service is in major trouble. In the first quarter alone, DirecTV lost 661,000 customers,representing an 11% annualized decline. Nearly every business gets hit hard by recessions, but Abeyta, the former hedge-fund manager, says AT&T may be particularly exposed during the next downturn. “In a recession, I think the cord-cutting (especially at high-priced DirecTV) will accelerate like nothing you have ever seen,” he says.

Source: InvestorPlace

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With more than 20 years of consecutive annual dividend hikes and asset appreciation of nearly seven-fold since 2000, the Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) has been one of the most reliable monthly dividend stocks over the past two decades. The company’s current streak of consecutive annual dividend hikes stretches back 23 years. However, the Realty Income Corporation has not missed a single monthly dividend payout in the past five decades.

Between late-2016 and early-2018, the Realty Income Corporation experienced its largest share price decline since operating as a publicly-traded business entity. However, after losing nearly one third of its value, the share price reversed course and has been again rising steadily since February 2018. Since embarking on this current uptrend, the share price has recovered all losses from the 2016 to 2018 decline and has reached new all-time highs by late-March 2019.

Source: Dividend Investor

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While lacking a decades-long streak of consecutive dividend boosts like many of the best dividend stocks, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) has delivered extraordinary dividend growth over the past few years. However, short-term dividend growth by itself is not sufficient to make investors consider any equity among the market’s best dividend stocks. Nevertheless, the Tyson Food stock also delivers above-average dividend yields when compared to its industry peers. Combined with robust capital gains, Tyson Foods is a stock worth considering as it may potentially become one of the best dividend stocks in the near future.

Many of the best dividend stocks have streaks of consecutive annual dividend hikes that span decades. However, looking at Tyson Food’s track of dividend hikes over the past two decades many impel investors to easily overlook the company’s potential. After all, Tyson Foods did not pay any dividends for the first four decades of its existence. Even after initiating dividend distributions in 1976, the quarterly payout rose at a very slow pace. For the first 13 years of the past two decades, the company paid a flat $0.16 annual distribution before embarking on its current streak of rapid dividend growth over the past seven years.

Source: Dividend Investor

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