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[ March 1, 2015 | Author: admin | Views: 65928 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Dividend stocks are everywhere, but many just downright stink. In some cases, the business model is in serious jeopardy, or the dividend itself isn’t sustainable. In others, the dividend is so low, it’s not even worth the paper your dividend check is printed on. Asolid dividendstrikes the right balance of growth, value, and sustainability. Today, and one day each week for the rest of the year, we’re going to look at one dividend-paying company that you can put in your portfolio for the long term without too much concern. This isn’t to say that these stocks don’t share the same macro risks that other companies have, but they are a step above your common grade of dividend stock. Check outlast week’s selection. This week, we’ll turn out attention to the gambling sector to a company that has been anything but a gamble for investors, Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS  ) , … Continue reading

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Quick: If asked to name “the most profitable food producers in America,” who would you think would win the title? Based on the prices at Whole Foods Market — where a recent shopping expedition revealed that a pound of nuts can easily cost you as much as buying a pound of Angus steak — you you’d probably guess that organic foods are the most profitable. Or if you don’t shop there, you might guess it’s the companies that grow the expensive fruits and vegetables in your supermarket grocery section. But a new report out of industry research firm IBISWorld shows that’s not the case at all. Turns out, many of the most profitable food producers in America are candy companies. Sweetening the pot We won’t keep you in suspense. Here are IBISWorld’s findings, showing that out of the top 10 food producers in America, four of the top five are … Continue reading

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Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL)is becoming the king of stock buyback, at least for this week. The oil services giant has announced its preliminary results of the prior modified Dutch auction tender offer that expired on Thursday. Computershare showed that some 100.2 million shares of common stock in Halliburton were validly tendered, including about 28.9 million shares that were tendered through notice of guaranteed delivery. Halliburton indicated that it now expects to acquire approximately 68 million shares of its common stock in this tender at $48.50 per share. This comes to a total of about $3.3 billion, against a market cap of about $43.7 billion. The preliminary proration factor for the tender offer comes to roughly 67.9%, and the total share count represents 7.4% of Halliburton’s total number issued and outstanding shares. It was also noted that Halliburton may still repurchase additional shares of its common stock in the future, either … Continue reading

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Earnings season hasn’t been kind to medical-device makers so far. Leading firms in the industry produced mixed results last week, with cardiovascular products in particular crimping sales across the market, despite rising net income at numerous companies. Earnings struck again Wednesday, with net income falling at both orthopedics player Stryker (NYSE: SYK  ) and heart-product maker Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW  ) . While Stryker’s earnings weren’t bad, Edwards took a beating because of its disappointing outlook — and its stock paid the price, falling cataclysmically on Wednesday. Let’s look at what you need to know from this latest round of earnings reports. Stryker won’t strike outStarting off with Stryker, the company reported earnings on Wednesday that fell 13% year over year for the first quarter. That loss was heavily affected by one-time items, however, particularly regarding recalls over the company’s hip implants, among other items. Adjusted earnings actually rose slightly to $1.03 … Continue reading

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Free checking? A 24-hour grace period on overdraft fees? Products actually designed to help the consumer better manage their finances? It seems like this sort of customer-centric banking would only exist in a dream world, but at Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ: HBAN  ) , it’s reality. Huntington, and other regional banks like KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY  ) and Regions Financial (NYSE: RF  ) , are staying out of the headlines, bringing strong products to the market, and as a result, winning new business. In the video below, Motley Fool contributor Jay Jenkins highlights Huntington as an industry leader in customer-focused banking. Many investors are terrified about investing in big banking stocks after the crash, but the sector has one notable stand-out. In a sea of mismanaged and dangerous peers, it rises above as “The Only Big Bank Built to Last.” You can uncover the top pick that Warren Buffett loves in The Motley Fool’snew report. … Continue reading