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DI Old-Article Archive: November 2012

The Three Key Risks of Foreign Debt

As recently reported by The Financial Times, Franklin Templeton increased its holdings of Irish bonds by “more than a third to at least 8.4 billion [euros] in the third quarter.” It’s a considerable move, as Franklin Templeton now controls more than 10% of Ireland’s government bond market, “snapped up by funds controlled by Michael Hasenstab,...

The Most Taxing Question About the Fiscal Cliff

Earlier today, I asked Wall Street Daily readers to speak up about the so called Fiscal Cliff – the slew of painful tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in on January 1, 2013. Now it’s your turn. And I have to confess, I’m most interested in your response. As we well know, dividend...

Costco: Special Dividend Alert

The deluge of special dividends announcements continues… Companies are coming out of the woodwork ahead of anticipated end-of-year (read: fiscal cliff) tax hikes, unleashing payouts to shareholders while lower rates still hold. Today, Costco (Nasdaq: COST) joins the club, announcing a special dividend of $7 per share, or $3 billion in aggregate. But like I...

The Weekly Yield: McCormick and Clorox

You know the drill: Once a week, I whip up a quick-and-dirty “yield” of dividend-paying stocks. Companies make the list because of excellent or horrible growth potential, recent or inconsistent dividend increases, paltry or impressive yields… In short, anything that qualifies as noteworthy. Whether you want to pencil some stocks into your “watch list” or...

Las Vegas Sands’ Dividends: Time to Place Your Bets?

Last September, I took a brief look at Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS)… At the time, what the company lacked in dividend history, it made up for with enthusiasm voiced by CEO, Sheldon Gary Adelson. He told investors (colorfully) that “everybody – whether it’s me, my wife, my kids, my pets, my doggies, or kitties...

Eurozone Officials Grapple with Greek Bailout

Greece’s lenders are meeting in Brussels to discuss how to release the next aid rollout for the country, but fundamental disagreements on how to right its economy still need to be solved. Euro finance ministers and the IMF are making the third attempt this month to unfreeze the aid package that Greece so badly needs....

Is Happy Hour Over for Diageo’s Dividends?

Oftentimes a great performing stock – and one that pays a consistent dividend – begins to wear out its welcome before anyone seems to notice. One such stock, and the subject of today’s article, is a staple of what’s sometimes referred to as the “Vice”-sector. The attraction of these stocks rests on the theory that...

A Bountiful Dividend Harvest for Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving! All of us here at D&I Daily hope you’re relishing time with friends, family and, of course, stuffing yourself to the gills at the dinner table. But the joys of a turkey-induced coma cannot stand alone. The real spirit of the holiday is giving thanks for the blessings we’re so fortunate to receive....

Moody’s Slaps France With a Credit Downgrade

France is the latest European nation to suffer downgrades at the hands of a credit agency. And it’s not the first round for the country, either. Last January it was Standard and Poor’s. Now, Moody’s has joined in, stripping the country of its triple-A credit rating. But Pierre Moscovici, French Finance Minister, says the move...

Shopping for Dividend Growth (Part 3): Kohl’s

If all goes as planned on Thursday, Americans will be stuffing turkeys in the morning… and stuffing their shopping carts in the evening. For the first time in history, many retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving night, instead of waiting until the pre-dawn hours to kick of Black Friday. Forget shopping for unbeatable bargains...

The Weekly Yield: Xerox and Neenah Paper

You know the drill: Once a week, I whip up a quick-and-dirty “yield” of dividend-paying stocks. Companies make the list because of excellent or horrible growth potential, recent or inconsistent dividend increases, paltry or impressive yields… In short, anything that qualifies as noteworthy. Whether you want to pencil some stocks into your “watch list” or...

Is Apple the New Microsoft?

It’s a familiar cycle… A successful company starts with a bang, grows quickly and then levels off. From there, if it’s fortunate, it settles into a moderate growth existence, pays dividends to keep shareholders interested, and continues operating successfully for decades. But it’s in this later stage of the cycle where trouble lays. Can a...

Shopping for Dividend Growth (Part 2): Macy’s

Black Friday’s still a week away, but rather than get trampled by the post-Thanksgiving hordes, we’ve started the shopping season early here at D&I Daily. And that means early gifts for our loyal readers. No, we’re not giving away Applebee’s gift certificates or ugly sweaters. (Sorry!) Instead, we’ve rounded up a trio of dividend-paying retailers...

Is This Dividend Gun Stock Fully Loaded?

Since President Obama won re-election, the political focus has quickly shifted from who is going to lead to what that leader is going to do. Front and center, of course, is the Fiscal Cliff and the Petraeus-scandal. But flying under the radar is another long-standing issue… Namely, President Obama’s planned initiative to ban the sale...

Strikes, Protests and Strife Spread Through Europe

From Madrid and Lisbon to Athens and Paris, millions of workers joined strikes across southern Europe to protest against spending cuts and tax hikes. Some scuffles broke out as demonstrators clashed with police. Unions say austerity has created misery and deepened the recession. Armenio Carlos is the leader of the CGTP Union: “We began this...

Shopping for Dividend Growth (Part 1): Coach

The election is behind us, Thanksgiving’s around the bend – and with it, the holiday shopping season is set to begin. Given sluggish GDP growth of 2%, however, you’re probably convinced we’re in for a year of stockings stuffed full of coal. Think again. The latest data actually reveals holiday sales should be anything but...

The Weekly Yield: Whole Foods and Coca-Cola

You know the drill: Once a week, I whip up a quick-and-dirty “yield” of dividend-paying stocks. Companies make the list because of excellent or horrible growth potential, recent or inconsistent dividend increases, paltry or impressive yields… In short, anything that qualifies as noteworthy. Whether you want to pencil some stocks into your “watch list” or...

Protecting High Income With An Inverse ETF

It’s been four years since the Fed reached the bottom of the yield curve. In December 2008, interest rates settled at an official 0% to 0.25%, creating big problems for income-oriented investors. As it stands now, official interest rates literally cannot go any lower. Market rates may, but there’s always the risk to investors that...

Greece Budget Approved, More Aid Uncertain

Greece’s parliament has approved the 2013 budget, with more cuts in store. But the eurozone hasn’t yet authorized the latest installment of financial aid for Athens, because there’s still no agreement on how to make its debt sustainable. Running dangerously low on cash, Greece is in desperate need of the $30 billion windfall. And the...

Dividend Blue Chips Gone Bad: GE, Toyota and Altria

The term “Blue Chip” is a relic… Short-hand for “best of the best,” mutual fund companies once exploited the term left and right, each one showcasing its own “Blue Chip Mutual Fund.” But when peeking under the hood, it doesn’t take much to realize that they’re nothing more than glorified large-cap index funds. Unfortunately, many...

PBI: The Most Dangerous Stock in the S&P 500

Consider this a friendly reminder. The highest-yielding stock in the S&P 500 Index, Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI), goes ex-dividend next week. Although tempting, with an estimated yield of 12.3%, I recommend you avoid it like the plague. Why? Because “highest” isn’t the only superlative on the company’s resume. So is “most,” as in the most...

Election’s Over, “Fiscal Cliff” Approaches

With President Obama elected to a second term and Congress still divided, focus turns to the budget battle embodied by the “Fiscal Cliff.” If Republicans and Democrats fail to produce a bipartisan solution, $600 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes will be hoisted onto an already burdened economy. John Lonski of Moody’s Capital Markets...

Is it Time to Power Up with Con Edison (ED)?

Back in May, when the S&P 500 Index was sucking wind, dropping almost 7% from its April high, I suggested that skittish investors consider seeking safety in the utilities sector. And safety is precisely what utilities delivered. Consider: Right up until Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in the Northeast last week, the company I singled out for...

Grexit Looms Again

Greeks are on the streets, protesting a new raft of proposed austerity measures that would amount to 13.5 billion euros being cut from wages and pensions, plus a raft of new tax hikes. Parliament must agree to the reforms to secure the latest 31.5 billion euro bailout from the EU and the IMF. Without the...

The Weekly Yield: BP and Royal Dutch Shell

You know the drill: Once a week, I whip up a quick and dirty “yield” of dividend-paying stocks. Companies make the list because of excellent or horrible growth potential, recent or inconsistent dividend increases, paltry or impressive yields… In short, anything that qualifies as noteworthy. Whether you want to pencil some stocks into your “watch...

Dangerous Dividends: AKS, MT and NUE

Monopolizing headlines in the final days of this presidential season is the ominous “Fiscal Cliff.” The U.S. economy falling over the cliff will have a dramatic impact on many industries, both domestic and foreign. Among those industries critical to growth is steel. It’s a necessity in the manufacture of automobiles, bridges, buildings, railroads and machinery....

Eurozone Manufacturing Continues to Slide

Eurozone manufacturing shrank for the fifteenth straight month in October as output and new orders fell, likely fuelling expectations of further easing from the European Central Bank. Even core members are not immune, with Germany’s manufacturing sector shrinking again for the eighth consecutive month. France, too, has dwindled further and it can count growth only in one...

Five Burning Questions (and Answers) for Income Investors

Even the most persistent toddler couldn’t hold a candle to D&I Daily readers. Ever since we launched, you’ve been firing off questions in rapid succession… Why? Why? Why? Am I annoyed? Not the least bit. As I told you last month, I actually couldn’t be happier about it. Why? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Because it...