Top 5 Income Stocks For 2014
Warehouse club giant Costco (NASDAQ: COST ) reported another strong quarter last week, with sales up 8% and earnings up 19% year over year. Costco continues to see strong traffic growth as customers appreciate its industry-leading prices. This has driven increases in the company’s membership base, and has also allowed Costco to gradually increase membership fees.
Meanwhile, the company’s plans to open an average of 30 new warehouses each year for the next five years remain on track. Costco has plenty of room for international growth, since more than 90% of its warehouses are located in North America today. Costco seems poised to seize the opportunities it has in Asia and Europe, where it faces less competition than in North America.
For the 12 weeks ending on May 12, Costco achieved a solid 5% increase in comparable-store sales. Excluding the effects of currency and gasoline price changes, that figure would have been 7%. Membership income, which accounts for nearly 75% of Costco’s pre-tax earnings, grew 12% to $531 million, due to increases in the membership base and the lingering effects of a membership price hike from late 2011.
Top 5 Income Stocks For 2014: FSA Group Ltd (FSA.AX)
FSA Group Limited provides debt solutions and direct lending services to individuals and businesses in Australia. The company operates in three segments: Services, Home Loans, and Small Business. The Services segment offers debt agreement proposal preparation and administration, trustee, and other related services. The Home Loans segment provides mortgage finance, home loan broking, and mortgage management services. The Small Business segment offers corporate consultancy services, as well as bridging finance, factoring finance, and other related services. FSA Group Limited is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.
Top 5 Income Stocks For 2014: Extorre Gold Mines Ltd (XG.TO)
Extorre Gold Mines Limited, an exploration stage company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in Argentina. It primarily explores for gold and silver deposits. The company
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