A dividend is the payment that a company distributes to its shareholders as a percent of earnings. Management can decide whether to pay a dividend, how much it is, and the frequency of payments. Dividends are often distributed quarterly and are quoted as the amount of dividend per share. Companies that are growing fast tend not to issue a dividend, as they pour money back into the business.
There’s a tremendous amount of noise surrounding the stock market. And so it’s important to cut through it to focus on what really matters as an equity investor: what corporations are actually saying about their businesses.Even though the stock market is a secondary pricing mechanism anchored by monetary policy, it is a system. Read More
First-quarter earnings season is on the horizon and early reporters, so far, are revealing the same results we got in 4Q14—a decent bottom line, but sales coming up short. So far, my early 1Q15 earnings forecast predicts a boring reporting season.Oracle Among Companies Keeping Investor Interest with Dividend BoostsSeveral important. Read More