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Buybacks, Dividends, Stock Splits: Business Is Getting Better for This Must-Watch Stock

How Investors Could Use This Stock as Their Economic Crystal BallThere are a lot of stocks bouncing off their all-time record-highs and Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) is one of them.

Not surprisingly, the company just announced a two-for-one stock split with the stock dividend, effective June 6, 2014 to shareholders of record on May 27, 2014. The last time Union Pacific split its shares was in May … Read More

Reckless New Fad: Companies Raise Money to Buy Back Stock, Pay Dividends

The Tale of Share Buybacks Few TellLast Thursday, the CEO of DIRECTV (NASDAQ/DTV) said “…we are pleased to announce a share repurchase program of $3.5 billion. This repurchase program reflects our strong balance sheet and confidence in continued strong DIRECTV revenue, earnings and free cash flow growth, as well as our belief that our stock is far below our intr… Read More

Big Banks Only Good for Dividends?

Big Banks Only Good for DividendsBack in early August, I turned negative on the big banks and suggested that a bearish double-top was forming on the Bank Index chart. At that time, the Bank Index was trading at just over 65, as you can see on the chart below. (Read “Four Important Stock Charts Showing Warning Signs.”)

In early October, the Bank Index fell to around 61 … Read More

Consistency, Rising Dividends Make This Benchmark a Possible Winner for Savers

Consistency, Rising Dividends Make This BenchmarkFinding consistently growing companies has been and continues to be a tough thing with the world’s developed economies barely growing.

From the investor’s perspective, I think consistency, both in terms of corporate financial growth and stock market performance, is absolutely golden. This is especially the case for invest… Read More

Why Investors Should Look to Small-Caps for Dividends

dividend yieldIf you like taking some risk but also love the idea of making some good price appreciation, then read on, as there are alternative ways of earning dividend income without having to buy General Electric Company (NYSE/GE) or The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE/PG).

Recently, I talked about some smaller dividend paying stocks, such … Read More

Strong Cash Flow, Increasing Dividends Make This Old Economy Stock Attractive

Increasing Dividends Make This Old Economy Stock AttractiveBlue chips across the board have been taking a break, along with the rest of the stock market. But in my mind, their leadership remains intact, and so does the performance of the Dow Jones Transportation Average.

This index recently broke below its 50-day simple moving average (MA), but this is very normal and not a trendsetting event. … Read More

Rampant Cash Hoarding Yields Strong Dividends, but Hampers Growth

Rampant Cash Hoarding Yields Strong Dividends, but Hampers GrowthThe seesaw action in both the bond and stock markets is emblematic of this overly monetized world.

With all the cash sloshing around, and the huge cash balances swelling at big U.S. corporations, the solution to economic mediocrity is clear: get corporations to spend on new business operations.

But so far, this has proven to be very di… Read More

Dividends, Buybacks, and Spin-Offs—That’s All There Really Is

Dividends, Buybacks, and Spin-OffsEvery once in a while, the stock market gives you a gift—rather, a company trading on the stock market decides to make a division a spin-off, unleashing value for shareholders. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it usually turns out to be a big gift for the owners.

There were two big spin-offs this year, and one in particu… Read More

Dividends from Blue Chips the Only Game in Town This Year

Dividends from Blue ChipsOn the subject of blue chips, I think dividends are going to account for a very large portion of investment returns from the stock market this year. I’m hopeful for the U.S. economy in its recovery, but whatever transpires this year, I just don’t see real gross domestic product (GDP) hitting over three percent, with the eurozone in … Read More

Dividends Going Up Because Companies Don’t Want to Invest

Dividends Going UpThere is now more evidence that companies with huge cash hoards are returning the money to shareholders, rather than making any bold new investments themselves. Last Friday, General Electric Company (NYSE/GE) announced that it would increase its quarterly dividend to $0.19 a share, up from $0.17, and it authorized an increase in t… Read More

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