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 that generally tries to discount a future stream of earnings…. 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 Boosts
Several important benchmark companies report just before the calendar quarter closes…. Read More
Income-seeking investors, who are typically more likely to be risk-averse, are now having difficulty finding value in a stock market that’s gone up tremendously.
The huge reduction in the spot price of oil has certainly offered up more value than when the price was steadily around $100.00 a barrel.
Although not cheap by any means, I like Kinder Morgan, Inc…. Read More
It really is a great time to be in the railroad business. Cash flow is abundant and these stocks are poised for more capital gains.
While coal shipments have been a weak spot for railroad companies, virtually all other major customer sectors are producing excellent comparable growth.
And that growth is directly reflected in share prices. Railroad stocks have been—and continue to be—on a tear…. Read More