Friday, December 21, 2012

3 Unloved Dividend Stocks to Watch in 2013

I'm in full holiday mode and have been lazy with the articles this month. I've got a few ideas in the works, but currently lack the motivation to complete anything. I've also been in a holding pattern with any purchases until this stupid "fiscal cliff" nonsense gets resolved.  The one good thing that may come from this is that it could create some fantastic buying opportunities if there is panicked selling.  If it does, I'll be waiting to pounce on some stock sales. Speaking of sales, here's an article from that outlines two of my favorite holdings and one potential future holding.  

Three financially sound companies — but where’s the crowd?

McDonald’s Corp., Intel Corp and Microsoft Corp. (US:MSFT) offer a steady dividend and have the cash to increase shareholder payouts, but investors lately have given these blue-chip stocks the cold shoulder.

This year through Dec. 12, Intel (US:INTC)  shares were down 15%, ranking it as the No. 2 percentage decliner on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (US:DJIA) . McDonald’s (US:MCD) had dropped 11%, making it the No. 3 Dow decliner. Only the stock of troubled Hewlett-Packard (US:HPQ)  has fared worse.  READ MORE

Disclosure: I am long INTC and MSFT



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Searching For A Dividend Growth Utility Stock

I have been a dividend growth investor for over eight years now. Over those years, I have slowly allocated a diverse portfolio that is spread out among the major sectors, except for one. I have yet to invest in any utility stocks. Now this may come as a shock to other dividend growth investors as utility stocks have been a cornerstone for many dividend portfolios.

Utility stocks have a long history of paying dividends to their shareholders. This is because what they provide (electricity, water, gas) are always in need, despite what the economy is doing. These stocks tend to have stable, predictable, and secure cash flows. And their stocks are typically less volatile vs. the overall market (low beta).  READ MORE

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