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April 17, 2012

Goldman Sachs Increases Dividend By 31 Percent

Goldman Sachs announced today that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 31 percent to $.46 per share. This marks the first Goldman Sachs dividend increase since December 2005.

April 12, 2012

Travelzoo Could Be Facebook’s Next $1 Billion Acquisition

If Facebook was willing to spend $1 billion to acquire Instagram, Travelzoo would look like a bargain at the same price. Unlike Instagram and Groupon, Travelzoo has a clearly defined business model that has proven successful over the past decade.

April 2, 2012

It Isn’t Easy Being Green Dot

Given the company’s rough track record of late and the potential for higher commission payments to Walmart beginning next year, it’s difficult to embrace Green Dot as an investment right now.

February 22, 2012

Obama Proposes Dividend Tax Hike

President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget includes a proposed dividend tax hike that could end up tripling investor’s tax bill next year.

February 8, 2012

Time Warner Raises Dividend Following Strong Fourth Quarter

Time Warner announced this morning that the media company will raise their quarterly dividend by 11 percent to $.26 per share and initiated a new $4 billion stock repurchase plan.

July 20, 2011

Altera Boosts Dividend

Altera announced yesterday that the company will boost their quarterly dividend by 33 percent to $.08 per share.

May 25, 2011

6 Blue Chip Dividend Stocks for the Next 6 Months

We have identified 6 blue chip dividend stocks that we expect to outperform the Dow Jones index over the next 6 months. All 6 of these dividend stocks are currently Dow components and a couple of our stock picks will probably surprise you.

May 18, 2011

3 Stable Restaurant Stocks

These are not hyper-growth stocks with potential to open hundreds of more restaurants. Instead these are mature businesses that are focused on increasing their same store sales and refreshing their brands.

May 17, 2011

Jim Cramer’s Top 5 Restaurant Stocks

Jim Cramer kicked off a week-long series on restaurant stocks by dusting off his Mad Money restaurant guide and highlighting his top 5 restaurant stocks for investors.

May 16, 2011

Why I Sold Cisco Systems

Cisco could be facing several quarters of lackluster performance. In all likelihood their stock price will fall much lower before the company’s performance stabilizes.

May 9, 2011

Competitive Pressures Are Crushing PetMed Express

Even with an attractive dividend yield of 3.4%, most PetMed Express investors have a hound dog expression these days.

April 22, 2011

GE Dividend Climbs Higher

General Electric announced this week that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 7% to $.15 per share.

April 21, 2011

Amgen Announces First Dividend Ever

Amgen announced today that the company will pay their first dividend ever in the second quarter of 2011.

March 30, 2011

Are Bank Stocks Public Enemy Number One?

Mad Money host Jim Cramer believes that bank stocks have become public enemy number one and are now being treated like tobacco stocks were in past years.

March 8, 2011

Barnes & Noble Has No Dividend and No Buyers

Barnes & Noble investors have been left with no dividend, no buyers and a brick & mortar business with declining sales.

March 7, 2011

Forecasting a Viacom Dividend Increase

Since announcing their initial dividend payment last June, Viacom shares have climbed over 45% and now yield only 1.1%. However, investors could see a larger dividend payout beginning this summer.

March 1, 2011

Navios Maritime Partners Is a Risky Dividend Stock

To the casual observer, Navios Maritime Partners may not look like a risky dividend stock. In fact, it looks like it could be a perfect dividend play.

January 29, 2011

Will BP Reinstate Their Dividend Next Week?

Investors are speculating whether BP will reinstate their dividend next week when they report their fourth quarter earnings results.

January 12, 2011

Lowes Looks More Attractive Than Home Depot In 2011

Home Depot may have outperformed Lowes over the past few years, but a side-by-side analysis shows that Lowes stock looks more attractive as we enter 2011.

January 11, 2011

A High Yield China Dividend Stock

For investors looking for a high yield China dividend stock, Huaneng Power may be the stock you’ve been looking for.

January 5, 2011

Our Top Dow Dividend Stock For 2011

For investors looking to follow a Dow 10 strategy this year, Merck is a must-have stock in your portfolio. However, we have Merck as our top Dow dividend stock in 2011.

Our Top Dow Dividend Stock For 2011

For investors looking to follow a Dow 10 strategy this year, Merck is a must-have stock in your portfolio. However, we have Merck as our top Dow dividend stock in 2011.

January 3, 2011

The Dow 10 Strategy for 2011

For dividend investors wanting to capitalize on the Dow 10 strategy this year, here are the 10 highest yielding Dow stocks to add to your portfolio.

December 8, 2010

Bank of America Hoping to Raise Dividend Early In 2011

CEO Brian Moynihan commented yesterday that Bank of America would raise their dividend as soon as they pass the Federal Reserve stress test.

December 6, 2010

Reynolds American Raises Dividend Payout Target

Reynolds American announced today that the company is increasing their dividend payout target from 75% to 80% of net income.

November 8, 2010

Equifax Quadruples Dividend

Equifax is quadrupling their quarterly dividend and raising their dividend payout target to 25 – 35% of adjusted net income.

October 19, 2010

American Electric Power Looking To Increase Dividend

If the dividend increase is approved by the board of directors, AEP’s current yield will increase to 5.1% based on yesterday’s closing price.

How Safe Is Verizon’s Dividend?

Once Verizon begins paying dividends to Vodafone, Wall Street is concerned that Verizon may not have the cash flow to sustain their dividend.

October 4, 2010

Looking For a Big Dividend Increase from JP Morgan

A recent Barron’s report suggested that JP Morgan Chase could boost their dividend next year by as much as 45 percent.

September 24, 2010

Why Yahoo Can’t Pay a Dividend

Yahoo was once a darling of the dot-com world. Now it seems that Yahoo’s days as a publicly trading company may be numbered.

Is Apple or Google Stock Cheaper?

Although Google and Apple are both shadow dividend stocks for now, let’s take a look at these two tech giants to see whose stock we should be buying.

August 23, 2010

A High Yielding Dividend Stock on Sale

Dividend investors can often scoop up accidental high yielding dividend stocks that have gone “on sale” due to market jitters.

August 19, 2010

Growth Catalysts for AT&T

In the second part of this interview, we look at growth catalysts for AT&T and the potential impact of losing their exclusive agreement to sell the Apple iPhone.

August 4, 2010

Monsanto Boosts Dividend 6%

Monsanto announced today that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 6% to $.28 per share.

July 29, 2010

Barrick Gold Lifting Dividend as Earnings Surge

Barrick Gold Corporation is lifting their quarterly dividend by 20% as earnings surge on record high gold prices.

July 21, 2010

Starbucks Surprises Investors with Dividend Increase

The surprise dividend increase comes as Starbucks posted fiscal third quarter earnings growth of 37% and boosted their guidance.

A Cheap Internet Stock with a High Dividend Yield

This internet stock offers an impressive 6.8% dividend yield and yet the stock only trades at 5x consensus 2011 earnings estimates.

Eaton Raises Dividend By 16%

The dividend increase comes as ETN delivered second quarter earnings results that were $.19 above Wall Street’s consensus estimates.

Altera Raises Dividend As Cash Flow Increases

The chipmaker can certainly afford to increase their dividend. Altera finished the second quarter with $2.1 billion in cash and virtually no debt on their balance sheet.

Is The Dividend Safe At Barnes & Noble?

Big dividends are not bad news if a company can afford to pay them, unfortunately in Barnes & Noble’s case it appears that they cannot.

July 14, 2010

RBC Speculates on JP Morgan Dividend Increase

Dividend investors will be interested to know that RBC is forecasting a significant dividend increase by the second quarter of 2011.

July 13, 2010

Jim Cramer Recommends Verizon

Cramer believes Verizon warrants a buy despite the fact that the stock is underperforming the market.

July 8, 2010

A 100-Year Old Growth Stock

This company has an impressive record of reinventing itself, which has allowed it to be successful for over 100 years.

June 25, 2010

Cash Flow: The Key to Dividend Stocks

If there is only one factor that you use to evaluate dividend stocks, it should be their cash flow and specifically their free cash flow.

June 24, 2010

Best Buy Raises Dividend by a Penny

The penny increase in the dividend payment will lift BBY’s current yield to 1.6% based on yesterday’s closing price.

June 23, 2010

Darden Investors Catch Big Dividend Increase

Darden shares have gained 19% since the beginning of the year, but cautious consumers may hold back further gains in the near term.

June 17, 2010

Investors Look for Big Dividend from Progressive

The auto insurer is on the verge of paying out the largest dividend payout in the company’s history.

June 15, 2010

Stocks That Increased Dividends Are Outperforming Market

Dividend stocks that can demonstrate that they are generating significant cash flow and are increasing their dividend payments are becoming very popular.

May 19, 2010

Forecasting JP Morgan Chase Dividend Increase

JP Morgan Chase has indicated that the bank will eventually increase their dividend payout to 30 – 40% of earnings.

March 24, 2010

Starbucks Joins the Ranks of Dividend Stocks

Starbucks joins the ranks of dividend stocks after announcing this morning that the company will initiate a quarterly cash dividend of $.10 per share.

March 17, 2010

Kraft Foods Announces Quarterly Dividend

Kraft Food’s current dividend yield now stands at 3.9% and ranks 6th among the Dow Jones stock components.

March 10, 2010

Financial Stocks Restricted From Increasing Their Dividend

We likely will not see any dividend increases from financial stocks until at least the second half of this year and probably not until 2011.

March 8, 2010

5 Quality Dividend Stocks despite Their High Payout Ratios

Here are 5 dividend stocks offer investors impressively high dividend yields, and they also have sufficient free cash flow to maintain their dividend payments.

February 8, 2010

Are AT&T and Verizon the Best Dividend Stocks in the Dow?

Here are three Dow stocks that dividend investors should consider ahead of Verizon and AT&T.

January 18, 2010

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Thrives On Dividend Income

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is probably one of the biggest dividend investors that you’ve never heard of.

June 11, 2009

Bristol-Myers Squibb Keeps Dividend Yield Over 6%

Global pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb announced late yesterday that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $.31 per share.

The Street Preserves 5% Dividend Yield

Financial media company The Street announced late yesterday that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $.025 per share.

June 10, 2009

Philip Morris Maintains High Dividend Yield

Tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $0.54 per share.

May 28, 2009

Frontline Maintains Dividend After Posting Better Than Expected Earnings

Frontline announced first quarter earnings results that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations and maintained their current high dividend.