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
Countless brand-name corporations have been increasing their dividends over the last several years. And total returns with dividends reinvested provided stellar returns…. Read More
Simply put, there is no support or interest in buying oil at this time, and that means oil prices could realistically hit $40.00 a barrel. Oil prices that low could cripple the global economy. Let me explain…
The Decline in Oil Prices
When the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices initially broke below $80.00, I was thinking maybe it was overdone. Then we witnessed a break below $70.00, followed… Read More
Thinking back to early 2000, I thought the NASDAQ stock market would eventually trade at 5,000, but I wasn’t sure about how long it would take. Well, now it looks like the answer at the time would have been around 15 years.
After a decent run this year, the NASDAQ stock market is trading within 300 points, or 6.2%, of the magical 5,000-point level. The index is leading the broader… Read More
The housing market picked up steam in July after some stalling in the first half of the year, which was negatively affected by bad winter conditions in the first quarter. Housing starts surged 15.7% to a seasonally adjusted 1.09 million units in July, the market’s highest production in eight months. This break of one million units is key. Plus, the lagging building permits number was equally strong at an annualized… Read More
Is silver presenting an even greater investment opportunity than gold bullion?
It’s been well documented in these pages that demand for gold bullion is increasing and supply is declining due to lower prices. The silver market is going through the exact same thing.
Last year, the Indian government decided to curb demand for gold bullion in that country by increasing the duty on gold imports. This resulted in a significant… Read More
The great thing about noodles is that they’re cheap—and this is also what makes a restaurant chain selling noodles a very good investment opportunity.
Restaurant stocks should always be on any speculative investor’s radar. Consumers’ tastes change, disposable incomes change, and so on…but there is always fervor to eat out, especially at the right price point.
The latest buzzword in the world of chain restaurants is “fast casual,” a combination… Read More
The market demand for initial public offerings (IPOs) is strong, as investors search for additional sources of opportunities to make money.
While there have been some poor-performing IPOs this year, there have also been numerous stocks that have debuted to stellar gains. With strong market conditions for new issues, we are seeing a rise in the flow of companies wanting to come to the capital markets and take advantage of… Read More
While there continues to be a widening of the income gap between the rich and the poor in the world, companies like MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE/MA) continue to make a lot of money from every transaction made using their credit cards. Recently, MasterCard announced it would be splitting its shares on a 10-for-one basis while also increasing its quarterly dividend by 83%. MasterCard is also looking to buy back up to… Read More
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) just doubled its equity market capitalization over the last 24 months. It is a stunning performance and a breakout from its long-term trend.
What stood out in the company’s latest quarter was its earnings growth. Profitability is improving substantially due to increased spending at theme parks.
Once again, Disney’s parks and resorts business segment grew strongly, up eight percent in the recent quarter to $3.7… Read More
The second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, debuted in theaters last Friday to heightened anticipation. The early bet is the film could set a new box office record.
Whether the lofty expectations pan out or not, believe it or not, there is more than one investment opportunity you can take advantage of to make money on the success of The Hunger Games… Read More series and other major