IBM (NYSE:IBM) stock continues to struggle. Since hitting highs above $215 per share in 2013, the shares have seen a steady decline. Today, the IBM stock price has fallen below $132 per share. Source: Shutterstock Amid evolving technologies, IBM has to pivot again to remain relevant. It has attempted this feat by buying Red Hat.
It’s hard to find a bargain stock with dividends growing quickly. Often they are overvalued and not worth buying. Another problem is these kind of stocks can’t sustain the dividend growth. The trick to uncovering the best stocks to buy now is to search for fast-growing dividend stocks with low earnings-payout ratios. Even better if
If you’re like me, the last week or so has made you a bit seasick. Thanks to the escalating trade war, dwindling economic data and perhaps missteps by the Federal Reserve, volatility is rising. Heck, the so-called “fear index” — the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) — has spiked to levels not seen in years. That’s
Although the market’s near-7% setback suffered since its late-July high is neither devastating nor unusual, it has certainly been frustrating all the same. Many investors who were lured into the idea of “chasing performance” ended up being punished for doing so, even with Tuesday’s bounce. The selloff isn’t necessarily a reason to throw in the
AT&T (NYSE:T) stock has been on a steady uptrend in 2019. The shares closed yesterday at $34.86, up 16.7% for the year. From an income perspective, T stock is also a quality dividend stock with a current dividend of $2.04 yielding 5.92%. Source: Shutterstock Yet, despite T stock’s 2019 gain — it’s beating the S&P
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is not the world’s most exciting stock, and it’s been a fairly underwhelming past two years even by J&J standards. Two years ago, JNJ stock was trading around $130 per share. It’s back there again today. Source: Shutterstock JNJ stock has underperformed the market recently on a variety of short-term worries.
It hasn’t been a smooth ride for Dow (NYSE:DOW) on its recent spinoff. The hope was the entity would be a low-valuation, high-yield stock that appealed to investors for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, Dow stock is a low valuation, high yield stock. But it’s not appealing to investors at the moment. Source: Shutterstock For those who
There’s nothing better than getting paid for just holding on to an asset. Except if those dividends are paid monthly. Stocks that pay their dividends every month can provide faster compounding when those payouts are reinvested, not to mention budget simplification. After all, mortgage payments, car loans and utility bills are due every month. The
After several years of people favoring growth names over value and dividend stocks, sentiment has switched gears. That’s because people are looking for sources of yield again. With the Federal Reserve cutting rates once more, the safe sources of fixed-income yield are drying up. 10-year treasury bond yields, for example have gotten cut nearly in
[Editor’s note: “7 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks to Buy With Yields of at Least 3%” was previously published in June 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.] In June, I read an article about Target (NYSE:TGT) that couldn’t stop talking about the discount retailer’s healthy dividend yield, which was
Editor’s note: This story was previously published in May 2019. It has since been updated and republished. Google the question “What’s considered a high dividend yield?” and you get more than 65 million results. That’s because many investors are on the hunt for dividend stocks to buy that not only appreciate over time but also
One of the most important questions that investors need to ask is how their portfolios will fare during times of crisis. When the S&P 500 Index takes a dive, will their investments dive alongside it? Or will hold up or even rally? Source: Shutterstock My approach in Profitable Investing is to present an allocation to
At first glance, investors may not understand why AT&T (NYSE:T) stock trades at levels it reached in 1997. The forward price-earnings of T stock stands at only 9.4 and it has a high dividend yield of about 6%. Source: Shutterstock However, traders may remain on the sidelines for one big reason: AT&T. Specifically, tough price
On July 24, AT&T (NYSE:T), the Dallas-based multinational conglomerate, released Q2 earnings, which the markets overall found solid. Year-to-date, AT&T stock is up over 18%, reflecting growing investor confidence in the business. Source: Shutterstock Although I believe AT&T belongs in a long-term income-generating portfolio, I expect market volatility to continue in the rest of August. Therefore,
With the U.S.-China trade war seemingly getting uglier by the minute, investors are scrambling for defensive stocks to buy now. Of course, in the most extreme example, you can elect to go all into cash. However, history has proven that to be the worst thing to do. Instead, this is a perfect time to consider
Once upon a time, some of America’s greatest companies were based in what looked like the middle of nowhere. Source: Shutterstock Along I-74 in western Illinois, the squat home office of Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) dominated the Peoria skyline. Off I-72, to the southeast, Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) ruled the small town of Decatur. Both HQs have
The last time I wrote about Nokia (NYSE:NOK) stock at the end of June, I suggested this: dividend investors should consider buying NOK stock because they’ll be paid handsomely to wait for its turnaround. Source: Shutterstock Since then, Nokia has reported reasonably sound second-quarter 2019 results, sending Nokia stock up almost 7% in the subsequent
As a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) stock gets a lot of attention due to its high dividend yield, which is currently 4.6%. Source: Shutterstock On July 17, IBM reported its second-quarter earnings. Its earnings per share beat analysts’ average outlook, but its top line came in below their average estimate.
When the history of this year is written, one of the headlines will be the fall of the house of oil. Source: Shutterstock I have written about it before. The only thing that can move Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) stock higher is war. Even its big earnings beat early in the year only kept it up for
[Editor’s note: This story was previously published in June 2019. It has since been updated and republished.] Do you ever wish your dividend stocks paid out monthly rather than quarterly? For income-oriented investors who cover their monthly expenses with dividend income, it would certainly be a convenient option. Such stocks to buy actually do exist.
One of the biggest themes of financial markets in 2019 has been plunging rates. The 10-Year Treasury yield (alongside pretty much every other fixed income rate) has plunged in 2019, dropping from 2.7% on Christmas Eve 2018, to just over 2% in late July 2019. Source: Shutterstock The catalyst? Slowing economic expansion across the globe,
Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) is spinning-off its off-patent drugs business, Upjohn, into a new venture with Mylan N.V. (NYSE:MYL), maker of the EpiPen. The PFE stock price dropped and MYL shares popped on the news of the all-stock pharma mega-deal. Source: Shutterstock Under the deal, Mylan shareholders get 1 share of the new company for each of
Income investors have to be smiling right now. And the reason may be a bit shocking or counterintuitive. But those looking to score some high yielding REITs, the time to pounce could be now. The opportunity comes courtesy of the Federal Reserve. Yesterday, the Fed cut rates by 0.25 basis points. For high-yielding REITs, this
Warren Buffett, who made a killing on Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) warrants during the crisis of the Great Recession, is putting more of his money to work there, which suggests that Bank of America stock keeps earning his confidence. Source: Shutterstock Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) owned 950 million shares of Bank of America stock at
With so much uncertainty weighing on key economic metrics — most notably the U.S.-China trade war — the idea of buying dividend stocks is an attractive one. Primarily, as passive-income generating securities, dividend-bearers are likely to weather volatility better than stocks that don’t offer payouts. Plus, any capital returns are bonuses on top of the
Editor’s Note: This story was previously published in May 2019. It has since been updated and republished. No matter where we are in the cycle, it’s always good to remind ourselves of what worked and what didn’t. In 2017 Wall Street forecasted a rough year but ended with quite the opposite happening. Benchmark indices hit
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock slipped a bit last week. It’s easy to see why. Longtime Qualcomm troublemaker Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) threw another jab at QCOM. It did so by announcing plans to buy Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) smartphone-modem chip business. Why is that important to QCOM stock? Apple is using Qualcomm’s chips in its smartphones and has for some time.
Dow (NYSE:DOW) delivered mediocre second-quarter results on July 25, causing DOW stock to fall 3.8%. While the results weren’t the worst in the world, they won’t inspire many investors to buy Dow stock. The Results Source: Shutterstock Dow generated pro forma revenues of $11.01 billion in Q2, 14.3% lower than a year earlier. On a
The past year has been a bumpy one for oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM). After plummeting below $65 pear share back in December, Exxon stock made its way steadily above the $80 per share mark, leading some to predict that the stock would make its way back to its all-time highs above $100.
It’s been a week since Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) announced its Q2 results. While they beat expectations, JNJ stock has lost ground, as JNJ stock price fell 3.2% in the five trading days since it unveiled its earnings. Source: Shutterstock Looking through its earnings report, there’s a lot to like about its business, but there