Dividends and Buybacks

What Kinder Morgan’s Dividend Hike Portends

When Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) reported first-quarter results after markets closed Wednesday, the energy infrastructure company also boosted its dividend by 60% to $0.80 per share annually. The company ...
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7 Companies That Have Raised Their Dividends for at Least 50 Straight Years

Investors love dividends. They particularly love it when they buy a company with a dividend that keeps rising and rising each year. The Dividend Aristocrats are those dividend payers that ...
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Why Investors Care Less About Procter & Gamble Dividend Hikes for Now

Investors are supposed to love dividends, particularly dividends that keep getting hiked. And in periods of market uncertainty, investors often flock to defensive stocks such as those in the consumer ...
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What Analysts Are Saying After NetApp’s Buyback and Dividend Hikes

NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) held its analyst day this past week, and overall it was received pretty well. The firm announced a sizable share repurchase plan and hiked its dividend. ...
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Jefferies Loves 4 Stocks That Can Sustain and Grow Dividends

Despite all the chatter about rising interest rates, and there is no doubt they are going higher, this still isn’t a world built for investors looking for income. The 30-year ...
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2018 Q1 Dividends Soar by $20 Billion — and There’s More on the Way

Aggregate dividend increases for the first quarter of 2018 totaled $19.9 billion, $8 billion more than in the first quarter of 2017. The net increase (increases minus decreases) totaled $18.8 ...
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Are Short Sellers Betting General Electric Will Kill Its Dividend?

Short interest in General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) rose by nearly 14% in the reporting period that ended March 15. Short sellers added almost 19 million shares to their positions, ...
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Why Goldman Sachs Is So Incredibly Bullish on Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) has come back into focus for investors in 2018, and the networking and security giant was actually the top performing stock on the Dow Jones ...
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6 S&P 500 Stocks With 5% Yields, Dividend Growth and Higher Share Prices Ahead

Investors love companies that pay strong dividends. And companies that have high dividend yields and can keep growing their dividends are even better. The problem is that these higher dividends ...
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Jefferies Adds Red-Hot Retail Stock to Franchise Picks List

All Wall Street firms we follow here at 24/7 Wall St. keep a list for their institutional and retail clients of high-conviction stock picks. These are generally the stocks they ...
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Boeing Double-Ousted as Top Dow Stock for 2018

The meteoric rise of Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has been an epic battle for one company to completely reclassify itself for investors. This was the best stock of the entire ...
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Actually, California Regulations Can Occasionally Be Positive

If there is one state that comes to mind with high taxes and higher regulations that go above and beyond federal ones, it would be California. It turns out that ...
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Why the Wave of Stock Buybacks in 2018 May Be Even Better Than Expected

When it comes to pleasing investors, companies have multiple avenues outside of simply meeting earnings expectations. They can grow their businesses organically. They can grow the business via acquisitions. But ...
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Altria’s Dividend Growth Still Smokin’

While smoking rates have dwindled handily from their highs of years past, U.S. tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) keeps managing to survive while introducing new products and changing ...
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Best Buy’s Earnings Were Good, Dividend Hike Was Better

Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY) reported fourth-quarter and full fiscal-year 2018 results before markets opened Thursday. The big-box retailer of electronics gear reported adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) ...
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