Today I’m going to show you 2 easy ways to set yourself up for safe double-digit yearly dividend growth and invite quick 100%+ upside too.
I’ll also reveal a blue chip stock that’s delivering both strong price gains and rising dividends. It will have you pocketing a nice 5%+ yield in short order.
So let’s get going, starting with…
The Dividend-Growth Signal Most People Miss
If you’ve been buying dividend stocks for a while, you probably know about the payout ratio.
It’s a sacred cow for many folks; you calculate it by dividing the total amount of dividends paid by the company’s last 12 months of net income.
If it comes out in the neighborhood of, say, 50% or less, you’ve got a safe dividend that’s likely to grow. As you get climb closer to 100%, the noose around the payout gets tighter.
Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Sony Corp Ord(SNE)
- [By Jack Delaney]
Here are 10 virtual reality stocks to watch in 2017, with today’s opening price (Feb. 22) and the year-to-date (YTD) return thus far:
3D Systems Corp. (NYSE: DDD); $17.12; +26.71% YTDUniversal Display Corp. (Nasdaq: OLED); $71.60; +25.49% YTDAdvanced Micro Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: AMD); $14.30; +24.22% YTDFacebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB); $133.60; +18.64% YTDAdobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE); $119.67; +15.93% YTDSony Corp. (NYSE ADR: SNE); $31.29; +11.49% YTDAlphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL); $848; +7.49% YTDAmbarella Inc. (Nasdaq: AMBA); $57.85; +6.26% YTDMicrosoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT); $64.33; +3.16% YTDRockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL); $93.97; +0.97% YTD
The virtual reality industry could reach $33.9 billion in value by 2022, which is why virtual reality stocks are more popular than ever.
- [By Chris Neiger]
Of course, some companies are betting on both hardware and software. Sony (NYSE:SNE) released its PlayStation VR headset late last year, and sells an upgraded PlayStation 4 console to better handle VR games. But the company is also working with content creators like Reality One to make VR content that’san extension of some of its films, along with other original VR content.
- [By Adam Levy]
Americans are changing the way they watch television. More and more customers are showing interest in over-the-top streaming TV services. Over 200,000 people joined AT&T’s (NYSE:T) DirecTVNow in about one month. DISH Network’s (NASDAQ:DISH) Sling TV has over 1 million subscribers. Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation Vue is also very popular.
- [By Brian Wu]
AMD supplies APUs (integrated CPU/GPUs) to Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE) and Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) for their respective gaming consoles. Both companies have released significant console upgrades in the current year, which is strongly bullish for AMD because console sales are typically strongest during the first few years of an upgrade cycle. Even better is the fact that both Microsoft and Sony are planning to shift to smaller but more frequent console upgrades instead of the usual seven-year cycle. This offers some measure of protection for AMD’s console chip business which might not see asevere downturn in the coming years.
- [By Matthew Briar]
The phrase “over the top television” – or its acronym “OTT” – aren’t necessarily newly-coined ones. The phrase/abbreviation materialized shortly after Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) became a viable alternative to traditional cable television services less than a decade ago. The over-the-top race didn’t really heat up, however, until the past few months. Once it did heat up though, sparks started to fly in earnest.
They’re still flying too, and will be for a while if a small startup called Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) has anything to say about it. Netflix, Hulu [jointly owned by Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA)] and all the rest of the relatively new players in this space may want to look over their shoulder. In the meantime, investors may want to take a step back and look at where the real money in the OTT industry is going to be made during the next 10 years. OTTV plays a prominent role in that picture.
Contrary to popular belief, Netflix isn’t the totally dominant name it used to be in the Internet-delivered television industry. It was admittedly the first on the scene, and therefore was able to carve out the biggest piece of the market (which it still holds to this day). It’s largely become a commoditized business though.
Case in point? Aside from Hulu and Netflix, CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) has jumped into the game with its product called CBS All Access. The service allows subscribers, for a nominal monthly fee, to access a variety of CBS programming via the Internet. HBO, from Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), has found respectable success with its subscription-based Internet television service called HBO Go.
Sling TV, from DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), has really broken new ground in the over the top market by aggregating a variety of television channels into an entire package and then selling that package at a rate that’s much less than what it would cost a cable subscriber
- [By WWW.USATODAY.COM]
Many tech companies believe that virtual reality (VR) will be the next major growth market. That’s why big names like Facebook’s(NASDAQ: FB) Oculus, HTC, Sony(NYSE: SNE), Samsung, and Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google have all jumped into this nascent space.
Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Care.com, Inc.(CRCM)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Care.com Inc (NYSE: CRCM) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $11.01 after the company reported upbeat quarterly results.
MaxPoint Interactive Inc (NASDAQ: MXPT) shares were also up, gaining 19 percent to $5.44. MaxPoint Interactive reported Q4 earnings of $0.59 per share on revenue of $46.3 million.
Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(MACK)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) dropped nearly 11% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.30 after closing at $3.67 on Monday. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of about 3.7 million shares. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.02 The company said Tuesday that it has sold some of its cancer drugs to Ipsen for $1 billion.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) dropped 8.9% on Friday to post a new 52-week low of $3.46 after closing at $3.80 on Thursday. Volume was more than double the daily average of about 3.2 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap cancer stock Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) reported Q1 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning. In early January, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals had announced a definitive asset purchase and sale agreement with Ipsen SA (EPA: IPN; IPSEY) for a transaction valued at up to $1.025 billion (plus up to $33 million in net milestone payments retained by Merrimack pursuant to Merrimack’s exclusive licensing agreement with Shire) under which Merrimack would:
- [By Paul Ausick]
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) dropped 9% on Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $3.72 after closing at $4.09 on Wednesday. Volume was more than double the daily average of about 3 million shares. The company had no specific news Thursday.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after t