Dividends and Buybacks

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Will Other Refiners Follow Marathon and Hike Dividends?

Oil refiner Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC) announced at noon on Wednesday that its board has authorized a dividend increase from a current level of $0.25 per share to $0.32 ...
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Analyst Stays Mega-Bullish on Azure Midstream After Distribution News

Azure Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: AZUR) is one of the high-yield master limited partnerships (MLPs) that has a distribution, or a payout yield equivalent, that is well north of 10%. ...
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5 S&P 500 Companies That Are Buying Back the Most Stock

Analysts are constantly using quantitative screens to search the stock universe for the best-performing category. In a recent report from Merrill Lynch, Savita Subramanian, the superb strategist at the firm, ...
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Book Value Discounts Make Citi and BofA Outshine JPMorgan and Wells Fargo

Last week brought earnings reports from the big four money-center banking giants. What is so interesting about the industry is that the banks are more or less beyond the restrictions ...
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Why a Dividend Increase Sent ConocoPhillips Stock to a New 52-Week Low

Among investors, Friday’s announcement by ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) that it would raise its dividend by a penny and cut its deepwater exploration budget was received with mixed reactions. A dividend ...
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5 High-Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy Now

Analysts are constantly using quantitative screens to search the stock universe for what is the best-performing category. In a new report from Merrill Lynch's Savita Subramanian, the superb strategist at ...
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Will the Telx Buyout Help Digital Realty on Its 5% Dividend Yield?

Investors who purchase real estate investment trusts (REITs) have to often consider what the underlying operations of each outfit does and what the earnings power is when calculating dividend payments ...
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5 Dividend Stocks That Give You Consistent Raises

According to Bankrate.com, savings accounts yields average roughly 0.47% and five-year certificates of deposit (CDs) average roughly 1.71%. All individuals need to assume a little more risk if they want ...
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Nasdaq Lists New SuperDividend ETF

Nasdaq announced Tuesday that Global X Funds will list a new exchange traded fund (ETF). The newest addition is the Global X SuperDividend Alternatives ETF (NASDAQ: ALTY). It began trading ...
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Is a $2.5 Billion Stock Buyback the Best Valero Can Do?

Oil refiner and ethanol maker Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO) announced Tuesday morning that its board of directors has approved an increase of $2.5 billion to Valero’s stock repurchase program. ...
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5 Fresh Dividend Hikes Too Important to Ignore

This past week was one of turmoil, with big down days followed by big up days on news from Greece and China. It is easy for investors to lose sight ...
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5 Big Defensive Dividend Stocks to Buy Trading at Deep Discounts

With Greece and China bringing the latest round of market turmoil, and with the fed funds interest rate hike cycle still expected to start later in 2015, some investors are ...
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Walgreens Gets a Lift From Merger, Boosts Dividend

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) reported third-quarter fiscal 2015 results before markets opened Thursday morning. The drugstore chain reported adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.02 on revenues ...
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Dividend Growth Slows, Thanks to Energy Companies

It seems like the endless growth of dividends and buybacks has run into headwinds. We have seen evidence, even late in 2014 and earlier in 2015, that dividends and buybacks ...
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UBS Makes Changes to Dividend Ruler Stock List

As investors and traders have returned from the Fourth of July holiday weekend and started to focus on second-quarter earnings, many of the Wall Street firms that we cover are ...
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