Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018

Although the S&P 500 closed slightly lower Thursday, the index is still near its all time high as investors continue to enjoy an 8-year bull market.

However, many equity analysts remain cautious as stocks appear to be trading at inflated multiples. Goldman Sachs even went on record saying that they believe the U.S. bull market is in its last few innings.

But what is an enterprising investor to do with that information? It’s too costly to sit on the sideline, especially while the Trump trade rally is showing no sign of slowing. So where should investors look? One safe bet is to look at members of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (BATS:NOBL). This ETF consists of a select group of 52 S&P 500 stocks with 25+ years of consecutive dividend increases. Investors can count on these dividends to potentially help offset losses from any type of market pullback…when it happens.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This company is a huge Internet of Things benefactor. Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Microchip Technology (MCHP) sunk to the bottom of the S&P 500 today as semiconductor stocks got clobbered.

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    Shares of Microchip Technology tumbled 7.5% to $61.23 today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.4% to 2,191.08. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) fell 4.8% to $52.29, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) dropped 4.8% to $67.68.

    Today’s slaughter comes two days after Microchip Technology narrowed its third-quarter guidance. Stifel’s Kevin Cassidy and team had the details:

    Microchip upwardly revised its December ending quarter…Non-GAAP EPS guidance was updated to $0.87 – $0.94 compared to $0.85 – $0.95 previously…The According to management, the upside is coming from better than expected integration of recent acquisitions. Management pointed out that significant gross margin improvements may be recognized as the inventory of higher cost products from the now closed Micrel fab is depleted. We have revised our revenue and non-GAAP earnings estimates and increased our 12-month target price to $70.

    Microchip Technology’s market capitalization fell to $13.2 billion from $14.3 billion yesterday. It report net income of $324 million on sales of $2.2 billion in fiscal 2016.

     

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    My colleague Tiernan Rey at Barron’s Tech Trader Daily quoted B. Rileys Craig Ellis in a post today, who called the selloff yesterday an unusually attractive entry opportunity forApplied Materials andMicrochip Technology (MCHP) buyers.

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    Crutcher added that TI’s own chip manufacturing teams have been pushing equipment suppliers to make their machinery smarter. “We want it to tell us sooner if there’s an issue with the [chip] wafer that’s going through that machine,” he said as an example. Fellow analog chip and microcontroller (MCU) suppliers such as Analog Devices (ADI) and Microchip (MCHP) also have strong industrial exposure.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: ONEOK Inc.(OKE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    The volatile price of natural gas over the past year has weighed some on this top energy stock. ONEOK Inc. (NYSE: OKE) primarily engages in natural gas transportation, storage and natural gas and NGLs gathering, processing and fractionation in the Bakken, Mid-Continent and Permian. The company recently closed the roll-up of its underlying master limited partnership, ONEOK Partners.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

    UBS Upgrades ONEOK (OKE) to “Buy” (americanbankingnews.com) Early Moves to Watch ONEOK Inc (NYSE: OKE) (stocksmarketcap.com) Oneok board increases dividend (journalrecord.com) Deutsche Bank Initiates Coverage on ONEOK (OKE) (americanbankingnews.com) Trading Psychology Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A), ONEOK, Inc. (OKE) (nmsunews.com)

    OKE has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ONEOK from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Royal Bank of Canada upgraded ONEOK from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. TheStreet downgraded ONEOK from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Monday, February 26th. Bank of America initiated coverage on ONEOK in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. They set a “neutral” rating for the company. Finally, Wells Fargo upgraded ONEOK from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Ten research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $61.13.

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi maintains Buy ratings on Targa Resources (NYSE: TRGP), ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Oneok Partners (NYSE: OKS) citing the companies stories around natural gas liquids (NGLs).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion.

    Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.46 per share on revenue of $895.87 million.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) to report its quarterly earnings at $1.96 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion. Laboratory Corp shares rose 0.64 percent to close at $121.77 on Friday.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]

    Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.

    Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.

Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: CRB Futures Index(CR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $67.56 on stronger-than-expected Q3 earnings.

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Hot Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) was started at Hold with a $120 price target at Aegis Capital. The consensus price target is $115.55, and the 52-week range is $87.30 to $120.44. Shares closed on Thursday at $116.30.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS). He said that options traders are buying the January 2020, 140 strike calls. Around 20,000 call options were traded in the first half of the session and traders were paying $3.20 for them. The trade breaks even at $143.20 or 21.12 percent above the current market price. Pete Najarian owns shares of UPS and he thinks the stock is going much higher.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Top executives at United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) took home outrageously high compensation last year, even though the parcel carrier missed many of its performance targets, like revenue growth and total shareholder returns.

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    Plus, if USPS were to raise rates, FedEx Corp. (FDX) and United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) would likely follow suit in a move that would impact all firms like Amazon that rely heavily on shippers, Jefferies wrote. For Amazon, about 62% of packages flow through USPS, 21% through UPS, 8% through FedEx and 9% through regional carriers.

  • [By Todd Campbell, Demitrios Kalogeropoulos, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    In the case of these three stocks, however, it may be worth taking a gamble. Our contributors think catalysts at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-B), and United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) can get them back to their winning ways. Read on to find out if these down-and-out stocks are right for your portfolio.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    “The fourth quarter may be the index’s best opportunity to turn around its anemic 2017,” said Direxion. “Over the past five years, the index’s Q4 performance averaged over 7 percent growth and only ended the quarter down once in that span; in 2015. Delivery companies like FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) typically drive the Index around the end of the year.”

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