This blue chip giant still offers investors an incredibly solid entry point. International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) is a leading provider of enterprise solutions, offering a broad portfolio of IT hardware, business and IT services and a full suite of software solutions. The company integrates its hardware products with its software and services offerings in order to provide high-value solutions.
IBM operates in five major segments: Cognitive Solutions, Global Business Services, Technology Services & Cloud Platforms, Systems, and Global Financing. The analysts have cited the company’s potential in the public cloud as a reason for their positive outlook going forward.
The company posted a very solid first quarter, with the cloud and Red Hat (the software giant the firm bought in 2019) proving to be big. Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies are now paired with the unmatched scale and depth of IBM’s innovation and industry expertise and sales leadership in more than 175 countries.
The dividend yield here is 5.48%. Stifel’s $140 price objective is shy of the $140.79 consensus target. Thursday’s closing print for IBM stock was $120.90.
This top consumer staples company will be supplying the goods for summer picnics and outdoor fun. PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay’s and Ruffles potato chips; Doritos, Tostitos and Santitas tortilla chips; and Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, branded dips and Fritos corn chips.
The Quaker Foods North America segment provides Quaker oatmeal, grits, rice cakes, natural granola and oat squares, as well as Pearl Milling mixes and syrups, Quaker Chewy granola bars, Cap’n Crunch cereal, Life cereal and Rice-A-Roni side dishes.
Its North America Beverages segment offers beverage concentrates, fountain syrups and finished goods under the Pepsi, Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Aquafina, Tropicana Pure Premium, Sierra Mist and Mug brands, as well as ready-to-drink tea and coffee, and juices.
PepsiCo stock investors receive a 2.61% dividend. Morgan Stanley has a price target of $212. The $200.03 consensus is closer to the $195.34 closing share price on Thursday.
This is an ideal stock for growth and income investors looking for a safer, inflation-busting idea for 2023. Realty Income Corp. (NYSE: O) is a real estate investment trust dedicated to providing stockholders with dependable monthly income. Its dividends are supported by the cash flow from over 6,500 real estate properties owned under long-term lease agreements with commercial tenants.
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