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Russia Slugs Through the Economic Muck

Russia’s economic growth is slowing to a halt. This year, current estimates peg it at a mere 2%. Compare that to recent years, when economic expansion hovered near 4%. And before the financial crisis, the economy expanded 7% annually. Russia’s slowdown in growth has policymakers scratching their heads over how to cure a raft of...

Two Energy Stocks to Heat Up Your Portfolio

We’re still a long way off from winter here in the United States, but it’s starting to cool down. And for energy companies, that means the best season of the year is approaching. So let’s take a look at two stocks set to benefit from the coming wintry months. Both pay dividends and have capital...

The Very Best Dividend Stocks Wear Loafers

The technology sector is the dividend growth story of the last few years, leaving all others in the dust. That includes the very sectors that have become synonymous with solid dividend increases – like utilities and telecom. This was the case last April, when tech led the pack with year-over-year dividend growth of 46.1%, and...

Bargain Hunters Beware!

It’s a fairly reliable truth that small-cap stocks as a category outperform large caps during economic recoveries… But they also tend to underperform during economic contractions. Of course, within this generalization there are always some stocks that don’t follow the trend. Take these two stocks, for instance. Both underperformed during the recovery, but while one...

Fed Chair Candidate is a Political Hotbed

Markets rallied on news that Larry Summers withdrew from the Fed Chairman nomination process, but politics could play a big role in whether Fed Vice Chairman Janet Yellen becomes Obama’s pick. Senate Democrats consider her the top candidate, but Republicans, with whom Obama seeks to curry favor on other issues, may rally against her nomination,...

October’s Ex-Dividend Roundup: Foot Locker, Cisco, Verizon

Every month, I dig through D&I Daily’s dividends calendar in search of stocks that are about to go ex-dividend. That is, pay out cash on a specified date. I’ll point out both the good and the bad, because protecting your hard-earned money from shaky investments is just as important as making gains. Remember, to be eligible to receive...

Three New REITs Offering High Yields Plus Book Value Bargains

REITs have been taking a beating for the past year… Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY), which is considered by many to be a proxy for the REIT sector, has lost about one third of its market value since September 2012. Investors in Annaly who’ve endured those losses will need more than two years of its...

Dividend Drug Wars: Pfizer vs. Bristol-Myers Squibb (Part 2)

Today I’m back to conclude this month’s standoff between two Big Pharma majors, Pfizer (PFE) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY). In case you missed it, after three rounds, there’s one draw on the scorecard and two wins for Pfizer. But we still have five rounds remaining, so Bristol-Myers has room to close the distance. Let’s get...

A Double Barrel of Dividend Growth

I’m always on the hunt for companies that grow dividends on a solid basis. Why? Because the simple fact is, without growing payouts, there’s little to no sense in investing for income. In that vein, I’ve identified two stocks that fit the bill: Valassis Communications (VCI) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). Let’s take a look… On...