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[ April 23, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 37777 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Dividend stocks outperform non-dividend-paying stocks over the long run. It happens in good markets and bad, and the benefit of dividends can be quite striking: Dividend payments have made up about 40% of the market’s average annual return from 1936 to the present day. But few of us can invest in every single dividend-paying stock on the market, and even if we could, we might find better gains by being selective. That’s why we’ll be pitting two of the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) dividend payers against each other today to find out which Dow stock is the true dividend champion. Let’s take a closer look at our two contenders now. Tale of the tape Home Depot (NYSE: HD  ) joined the Dow in 1999 as the lone old-economy stock in a tech-heavy reshuffling, and in the aftermath of the dot-com crash it became the best-performing new addition of the … Continue reading

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Popular Posts: YHOO: Can Marissa Mayer Recover From Her Biggest Blunder?Was YHOO the Belle of the CES Ball?Alibaba: “Secret Weapon” for YHOO, or Potential Liability? Recent Posts: Disney Stock Gets a Boost From ‘Frozen’ Flick YHOO: Can Marissa Mayer Recover From Her Biggest Blunder? Was YHOO the Belle of the CES Ball? View All Posts When Disney (DIS)announced last year that it would take a $190 million write-off after The Lone Ranger bombed at the box office, some pundits, myself included, wondered if Disney had lost touch with film audiences. After all, the House of Mouse had fired Rich Ross last year in the wake of John Carter, another failure for Disney stock. Top Sliver Companies To Buy For 2014: Comcast Corporation(CMCSA) Comcast Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides entertainment, information, and communications products and services in the United States and internationally. Its Cable Communications segment provides video, high-speed Internet, … Continue reading

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Look beyond the battle to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Front-runner Janet Yellen, vice chairman for the past three years, comes well qualified, but she faces challenges no chairman has ever faced. Just ahead is a rare wave of new faces joining the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee, which consists of the seven governors and the presidents of the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks. The voting members of the FOMC include, in addition to the chairman and vice chairman, the five other governors and five of the regional bank presidents the president of the New York Fed and four others who rotate into voting positions each year. See Also: Kiplinger’s Economic Outlook Hot Regional Bank Companies To Buy For 2014: Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc.(ALSK) Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. provides integrated communications services primarily in Alaska. The company operates in two segments, Wireline and Wireless. … Continue reading

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As you probably know, (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) has increased its Amazon Prime membership from $79 to $99. If you’re not familiar with Amazon Prime, membership includes free two-day shipping, unlimited streaming of video, and free book borrowing from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library on a Kindle device. So what was the reason for the price hike? Three words, rising shipping costs. So let’s find out if this move was justifiable and if it’s likely to be a long-term positive for Amazon and its investors. A justifiable moveAmazon Prime has been in existence for nine years and this is the first price hike over that time frame. Over those nine years, new services have been added and the number of available products has gone from one million to 20 million. So value has clearly been added. Furthermore, Amazon Prime members tend to spend more than non-Prime members. Therefore, it’s likely that … Continue reading

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U.S. stocks fell for a fourth day amid concerns over budget talks and economic growth as investors weighed prospects for easing tensions in the Middle East. Red Hat Inc. slumped 12 percent after billings at the largest seller of the Linux operating system trailed estimates. Homebuilders gained 2.3 percent as a group after a report showed home prices increased by the most in more than seven years and Lennar Corp.s profit beat analyst estimates. Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) advanced 9.1 percent after agreeing to buy Tokyo Electron Ltd. for about $9.39 billion in stock. The Standard & Poors 500 Index fell 0.3 percent to 1,697.42 at 4 p.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 66.79 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,334.59. About 6 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, in line with the three-month average. The market is riding waves of news, both good and bad, … Continue reading