Dividends

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.


Investing for your retirement is probably the single most important financial decision you’ll ever make, but it’s hard to parse the signal from the noise. With so much financial media to choose from, it seems like there are a never-ending…

Investing in dividends stocks is popular among investors. The right dividend stocks can produce magnificent long-term growth in a portfolio. One of the beauties of the stock market is that prices are unpredictable. Dividends, in contrast, are an excellent form…

Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE/GG), the world’s largest producer of gold, has sold its 26% stake in Tahoe Resources Inc. (NYSE/TAHO). The Vancouver-based mining company offered 58.1 million shares at CDN$17.20 apiece, bringing the total sale to CDN$998.5 million. (Source: The Wall…

On Monday, June 1, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL) released a preliminary prospectus about its plan to issue yen-denominated bonds in Japan. (Source: Apple, June 1, 2015.) Apple says that the proceeds from issuing these bonds will be used to return capital…

Countless earnings reports are still hitting the Street—and a lot of them are from dividend-paying stocks. It hasn’t been a bad first-quarter earnings season overall. We know that sales growth is pretty slow for brand-name businesses. And those companies generating…

Now that we know that first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) was anemic and the Federal Reserve is thinking about changing interest rates, individual stock selection is even more key in this market. And I still like dividend-paying stocks; they can…

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…

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…

Large-cap earnings were pretty good this quarter, just like they were in the second quarter of this year. The Walt Disney Company (DIS) was one of them. Notable in the company’s solid fiscal fourth-quarter and year-end results was its huge…

Credit card companies are some of the best indicators in the global economy. Visa Inc. (V) just reported a pretty decent quarter. While earnings were down comparatively due to a one-time charge, adjusted earnings handily beat consensus. The company’s fiscal…

The big news so far this earnings season isn’t corporate financial results but the price of oil, which continues to be under pressure. Domestic production has finally caught up to spot prices and combined with reduced expectations for the global…

My favorite pharmaceutical company for long-term investors is still Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), for now. This business has managed to produce very good financial growth in recent history and its share price has appreciated exceptionally well considering this is a…

Financial reporting is ramping up and what corporations actually say about their businesses is the best market intelligence available to investors. Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI) is in the business of making lights for indoor and outdoor applications. Based in Atlanta,…

There’s a lot the stock market has to deal with these days, but that’s par for the course. Uncertainty, risk, and fear are basic components of equities these days. But good businesses are good businesses and NIKE, Inc. (NKE) hit…

A lot of good companies with solid investment prospects going into 2015 are pushing new highs in an otherwise trendless stock market before the end of another reporting period. Market leaders have kept their momentum the last few years and…