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National-Oilwell Varco Cuts Dividend 89% National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV) is turning to desperate measures to save cash, which could mean lean times ahead for dividend investors. On Monday, the company announced an 89% dividend cut. National-Oilwell Varco’s quarterly distribution will fall to $0.05 per share, versus $0.46 per…

Exxon Mobil Could Deliver Big Dividends in 2016 The oil sector is sneaking back into the rankings, that is from the perspective of the Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) stock outlook 2016. Owners of Exxon Mobil stock are now entitled to a 10% higher dividend, which like Apple Inc.,…

After months of trading in a tight range, the S&P 500 is finally making a move. Tragically, but not surprisingly, it’s to the downside. Currently at around the 2,000 mark, the S&P 500 is down almost three percent since the beginning of January. For the week ended August…

For investors looking for an adequate return on their money with the least possible volatility, it would be worthwhile to check out the contenders for our top dividend stocks for 2015. The Chinese economy is slowing down. Commodity prices are at multi-year lows. Bond yields are pitiful. With so…

Can Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) get past low oil prices and its financial troubles to continue paying its shareholder dividends? Not likely, according to a recent report by Jefferies Group LLC. And it’s not the only major oil company under pressure. (Source: Bloomberg, last accessed August 13, 2015.) But…

I still feel that dividend-paying stocks have the edge going forward. The stock market has already gone up tremendously and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t experience a material price correction. At the beginning of 2013, investors threw caution to the wind and just started buying stocks after…

This is still a good environment in which to be a dividend investor. Strong cash balances, low capital costs, and continued unwillingness on the part of large corporations to make bold new investments makes rising dividends a reality in a slow-growth environment. Top Companies Continuing to Increase Dividends…

On the day that the DOW, S&P 500, and NASDAQ Composite dropped two percent on global growth worries, once again, several companies reported very good numbers. But investors are paying less attention to corporate results and more attention to economic news from around the world that suggests that…

Despite the choppy trading action before the end of the third quarter, a lot of the market’s best stocks are still ticking higher. And the positive trading action remains especially prevalent with large-caps and dividend-paying blue chips. Big investors want earnings reliability and dividend income in a slow-growth…

Countless stocks are pushing new highs and a lot of them are still blue chips. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is lagging the other indices this year, but this is not unusual. The fact that many blue chips are still slogging higher is further indication of a bull…

As incredible as it may be, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG) recently spiked above $600.00 a share and is now closing in on $700.00. This position could no doubt benefit from a share split. The stock is trading with a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of approximately 40, and…

Top wealth creators don’t have to be the fastest-growing companies. In an environment where institutional investors are buying earnings safety and dividend income, consistency and reliability are top financial attributes. And there actually aren’t a lot of companies able to provide consistency in business growth, especially among mature…

There are lots of companies that are one-time wonders. They experience explosive growth (or the expectation of it), plateau, and very often collapse on the weight of an overly aggressive business plan. The marketplace is full of these types of businesses, but what’s not in great supply is…

The resilience of this stock market is uncanny. Just when transportation stocks, a leading market sector at any time, took a well-deserved break, components turned upward and are once again pushing record highs. Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) is a benchmark stock in transportation. It’s up fivefold since the…

The Chinese economy is showing signs of stalling, but there are numerous areas that continue to show decent growth metrics, including automobiles and mobile phones. Now, if you think AT&T Inc. (NYSE/T) or Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE/VZ) are big, take a look at China Mobile Limited (NYSE/CHL). China…

Earlier this month, Jeremy Siegal, a well-known “bull” on CNBC, took to the airwaves to predict the Dow Jones Industrial Average would go beyond 18,000 by the end of this year. Acknowledging overpriced valuations on the key stock indices are being ignored, he argued historical valuations should be…

The numbers are still coming in pretty good this earnings season and corporate outlooks are holding up well for the year. Stocks have been trading off of Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen’s monetary policy report to Congress, and less so on earnings. This market is tired and you…

One of my favorite companies for long-term, income-seeking investors is Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). While pharmaceuticals are the company’s anchor, its other business lines help with cash flow and dividend increases. Investors have bid Johnson & Johnson shares tremendously in recent years, and it’s difficult to consider buying…

If there ever was an equity security epitomizing the notion that the stock market is a leading indicator, Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) would fit the bill. This manufacturer is in slow-growth mode, but it’s been going up on the stock market as institutional investors bet on a global resurgence…