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Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Rice Midstream Partners LP(RMP)

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Rice Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: RMP) posted a new 52-week low of $16.87 on Monday, down about 31% compared with Friday’s closing price of $24.36. Volume totaled around 8.3 million shares, nearly 25 times the daily average of around 840,000. The company and its sponsor, Rice Energy, were acquired by EQT Corp.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: SL Green Realty Corporation(SLG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    “Manhattan on Sale? That’s the Case With Two Cheap REITS” by Andrew Bary discusses whether Manhattan-focused real estate investment trusts Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) and SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE: SLG) could rally as the New York market firms. Both trade at a discount to the value of private-market property deals, says the article.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Athenahealth (ATHN) last night announced that its CFO and administrative chief, Kristi Matus, would be leaving the company. Her departure has not been embraced by investors, who have pushed shares lower today. Leerink’s David Larsen understands their concerns:

    In our view, the CFO departure may be indicative of internal operational challenges. We still think it is possible that Kristi Matus is seeking an environment that is not as demanding as ATHN, though this has not been confirmed by management. Management harped on the point that bifurcation is part of the strategic initiative of ATHN to reenergize the culture of the company, and Jonathan Bush noted how he himself hopes to spend more time on talent and culture and less time on entering new markets and building new products.

    We continue to believe that ATHN is facing challenges. We continue to believe the market is fundamentally slowing and bookings growth may become more lumpy as we progress through 2016. We still believe there will be a slow-down in the bookings growth rate b/c of a possible slow-down in the ambulatory EMR market and the fact that we are in the final payment year of Meaningful Use. Much of the call focused on Kristi Matus’s departure as a major loss for the company of a leader who was “masterful with investors.” According to management, the decision to split the CFO and CFAO responsibilities was not a reflection of her ability.

    Baird’s Matthew Gillmor and Sean McBride are less worried:

    The unexpected resignation of CFO Kristi Matus is disappointing, but the reasons for her departure seem somewhat understandable, in our view (potentially viewed bifurcation of CFO/CAO role as a demotion). We think incoming CFO Karl Stubelis is very strong and should provide helpful continuity, both internally and externally (currently serves as Controller and previously as acting CFO). Finally, the CFO change does not change our positive long-term thesi

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Athena Health (ATHN) are up 37% in just over a month. Is there still more room to run?

    Cramer said for years Athena had been a fast-growing stock, but as the company transitioned from growth to profitability, things began to get ugly. The company’s bombastic CEO, and his “colorful” personality began to rub shareholders the wrong way.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Meanwhile, earnings season continued to play out, and although the technology industry saw some extremely encouraging reports, not all stocks participated in the rally. Athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), and Time (NYSE:TIME) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

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    Under a single-payer system, healthcare becomes a regulated utility much like electricity with just a few large, best-in-class players. Athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN) could combine with Walgreen Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA). Maybe each monolith will cover a specific region like Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED).

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Golden Star Resources Ltd(GSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Saucier]

    Golden Star (NYSEMKT: GSS) is a gold mining and exploration company, and operates gold mines in Ghana, West Africa. GSS is up 396% YTD after it announced in July that it had begun pre-commercial production of gold in an underground mine in Ghana. GSS is trading at $0.825 per share on Monday intraday.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: QLT Inc.(QLTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, healthcare shares gained by 0.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), and QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: QLTI).

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.(ARR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    This development will likely give battered mREITs like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) a huge boost as investors begin to feel less panic regarding a tapering of the current QE3 program. Markets have responded to the Summers announcement by soaring skyward, apparently feeling relief and confidence about the fate of the taper.

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Armour Residential REIT Inc. (NYSE: ARR), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), PJT Partners Inc. (NYSE; PJT), Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH)and Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF).

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.(LLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows ViaSat, Inc plus mid to large cap communications stockslikeHarris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc (NYSE: LLL)had been moving in tandem until last yearwhile small cap Gogo Inc has underperformed:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Five teams are expected to compete for the contract: Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has joined with Saab to offer a clean-sheet design; Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has teamed up with BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL) on another clean-sheet design; Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are going with a modified KAI T-50; Raytheon Corp. (NYSE: RTN) has joined with Italy’s Leonardo and Canada’s CAE Inc. (NYSE: CAE) on a version of Leonardo’s M-346 trainer that it calls the T-100; and privately held Sierra Nevada has partnered with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on another clean-sheet design.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Headquartered in New York City, large cap L3 Technologies Inc (NYSE: LLL) employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L3 Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LLL) just hosted its investor day and projected that it wants to be considered among the top defense firms. Multiple analysts have raised their target prices. RBC raised its rating to Outperform from Sector Perform and its target price to $239 from $202. Other price target hikes were seen as follows: Cowen to $210 from $200, Jefferies to $201 from $188 and JPMorgan to $220 from $205.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: The Blackstone Group L.P.(BX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    At least if private-equity leviathan Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) CEO Tony James has anything to say about it.

    You see, James has a working theory about what to do with the U.S. retirement system that currently charges participants large 401(k) and 403(b) asset and consulting percentage fees…

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Private equity giant Blackstone (BX) on Saturday announced that Saudi Arabia would invest $20 billion in a new $40 billion infrastructure fund for projects mainly in the United States. On Sunday, Boeing (BA) said it had signed several defense and commercial deals with Saudi Arabia. Trump was referenced in both deal announcements.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Of the ten PE companies that I follow, Blackstone Group LP (BX) is by far and away the largest publicly traded private equity partnership with a $35 billion market cap, but also the best positioned to benefit from all the catalysts noted within.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The best airline, overall, was Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK). Other category winners were Spirit Airlines Co. (NASDAQ: SAVE), which was ranked cheapest; Alaska rated most reliable; JetBlue Airways Inc. (NASDAQ: JBLU) was most comfortable; best for pets was Alaska; and the airline receiving the fewest complaints was Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Alaska Air Group (ALK) has advanced 1.3% to $94.55 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.

    Shake Shack (SHAK) has risen 1.7% to $33 after getting upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    While the airline stocks have pulled back recently, coming off a choppy 1Q17, we have In-Line ratings on the Big 3 (American Airlines [AAL], Delta Air Lines [DAL] and United Continental [UAL]), as well as on Alaska Air Group (ALK)…

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It’s been clear from the beginning that Alaska Air’s (NYSE:ALK) acquisition of Virgin America was bad news for United Continental (NYSE:UAL). Alaska Air’s management viewed the deal as a springboard for growth in California — especially in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, United is the dominant airline in San Francisco.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) which rose over 4% to $64.43. The stocks 52-week range is $61.10 to $101.43. Volume was2.4 million compared to its average volume of 1.8 million.

Top 10 Stocks To Invest In 2018: HealthEquity, Inc.(HQY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).

10 Dividend Stocks You Can Set and Forget

Tired of keeping a close eye on financial news and popping in and out of positions in an effort to get the most out of an increasingly volatile market?

If so, you’re not alone. There is a solution, however, for investors who’ve become mentally exhausted thanks to a bull market that has now persisted for a stunning nine years — just buy some dividend stocks and stop watching the market every day. Go find a new hobby instead. With some stocks, you really are better off just leaving them alone and letting time do the hard work for you.

With that as the backdrop, if you don’t know how or where to start a hunt for new income-oriented holdings, here’s a look at ten great dividend stocks that would at home in almost any investor’s portfolio. They’re all more reliable than average, and represent companies that can weather almost any storm.

In no certain order…

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Dividend Yield: 5.3%

Telecom giant AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is an oldie but a goodie, and with uncharacteristic weakness from the stock since the middle of 2016, the dividend yield has been pumped up to an impressive 5.3%. That’s a dividend that has been paid every quarter for the past few decades, by the way, and raised like clockwork every year since 1984.

Sure, AT&T has got headaches right now, even beyond its usual competition. The deal to pair up with Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. Industry insiders are relatively certain it’s going to happen despite the DOJ’s interference though, and in that AT&T is leading the race to make 5G connectivity a reality, it should be able to keep its wireless competitors in check at the same time it ramps up enrollments in its streaming cable service DirecTV Now.

AT&T looks to be firing on all cylinders.

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Dividend Yield: 6.9% over the past 12 months

Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX) isn’t a traditional company. In fact, it’s not a company at all. It’s an organization that owns and financially supports a variety of other companies, and in some cases gets involved in the management of them. It’s a private equity firm, but it’s so much more than just that.

Additionally, it’s good at what it does, and that’s good for income-seeking investors. While the dividend payout can vary unpredictably from one quarter to the next, broadly speaking it has been on the rise for quite some time, and a dividend of some sort has always been dished out. And if the economy heats and up in interest rates rise, much like a bank, that’s very good for Blackstone’s bottom line as it will eventually makes its way back into the pocket of shareholders.

The dividend yield of 6.8% over the last year, in the meantime, isn’t too shabby either.

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Dividend Yield: 6.6%

There aren’t any kinds of insurance AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ:AFSI) doesn’t offer. In fact, life and health insurance are the only two major insurance markets AmTrust doesn’t dabble in.

That’s a two-edged sword, mind you. While the company has sidestepped the debacle of the ramifications of the Affordable Care Act and now the (more or less) end of it, Amtrust’s heavy reliance on catastrophic insurance policies meant it took a big hit when hurricanes Harvey and Irma took aim at the United States during the fall of last year. All told, the insurer swung from a profit of 61 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago to a loss of four cents per share in Q3 of 2017.

The resulting beat-down wasn’t necessary though, as it founded on a catastrophe the likes of which are rarely seen. The strong selloff from AFSI, however, has cranked its dividend yield up to a still-sustainable 6.6%.

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Dividend Yield: 3.2%

When investors go on the hunt for dividend stocks within the financial sector, Zurich-based UBS Group AG (USA) (NYSE:UBS) usually isn’t a top-of-mind name. It should be though, now more than ever … It not only had a 3.2% yield, but also a 26-cent special dividend paid out in the past year.

There’s room for dividend growth too. Analysts are looking for 2017 earnings of $1.28 per share, up from 2016’s $1.17, which is projected to grow to $1.50 in 2018. And, only about 57% of its profits are currently being passed along to shareholders as dividends.

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Dividend Yield: 11.9%

Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO) is anything but a household name. It’s not even a company. It’s an investment company, organized as a REIT, and is an obscure one at that. Don’t let the obscurity fool you though. There’s a lot of reliability packed into this obscure mortgage REIT package too, all the way back to 2010.

More important, things could heat up for this outfit sooner than most people are expecting. As Chief Investment Officer Bill Roth commented within the last quarterly report, “We are very excited about the opportunities we see emerging for our business. With the Fed reducing their reinvestments in Agency RMBS and mortgage spreads likely to widen, owning MSR is a significant benefit to our portfolio. Yet, at wider spreads, we believe there could be a tremendous investment opportunity to add Agencies.”

It’s currently yielding 11.9%.

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Dividend Yield: 6.3%

In a world that’s increasingly centered on the digital cloud, one would think the printed documents and literal signatures on forms would be a thing of the past. And to a large degree, things are moving in that direction. If you think paper is a thing of the past though, think again. The world is still printing like crazy, and organizations still need to store it all for a myriad of reasons.

Enter Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT (NYSE:IRM), which as its name implies, offers secure storage of physical files for organizations that are legally required to retain them. Iron Mountain helps companies make the move from physical to digital document management, helping them solve tricky compliance problems along the way.

It even offers document shredding solutions. In all cases though, it’s a wonderful recurring revenue business, easily supporting the dividend yield of 6.3%. That dividend grows pretty regularly too.

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Dividend Yield: 5.6%

The future of BP Plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) has more to do with the price of oil than how well the company itself is managed. But, both bode well for the company. Oil prices have rallied from less than $30 per barrel in early 2016 to a current price near $60 now, and though a little profit-taking is in the cards, the broad undertow remains a bullish one.

Crude’s rebound couldn’t have come at a better time for BP either. As of October, the dividend was and was expected to remain above per-share earnings. With crude well above BP’s breakeven price of around $47 as of August though, margins should start to widen quite nicely and leave decent-sized profit cushion for that dividend yield of 5.6%.

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Dividend Yield: 5%

No list of dividend stocks to buy would be complete without a utility stock, and no list of ownership-worthy utility stocks would omit Southern Co (NYSE:SO).

As to the former, utility stocks are cash-flow machines. In good economic times as well as bad, at a very minimum consumers keep their lights on by forking money over to their power supplier every month. As to the latter, Southern serves a total of 9 million customers peppered all across the nation, with plenty of exposure in the south and along the east coast. That kind of scale means a lot in the utility business.

It also smooths out any bumps and rough patches that could otherwise jeopardize its yield of 5%. It’s been reliably paid and steadily rising since 1948.

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Dividend Yield: 7.7%

The name Park Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:PK) may not ring a bell, but some of the hotels owned by this REIT will. It owns and operates, among others, several Hiltons, boasting 67 locales and 35,000 rooms… most aimed at the upper-scale traveler.

It doesn’t necessarily seem like the steadiest market to be in, but it’s more stable than one might imagine. A huge chunk of its hotels are in important business districts, and if the economy takes off the way it looks like it’s going to take off, that will keep Park Hotels & Resorts plenty busy for some time. Even if the economy doesn’t quite turn red-hot though, the yield of 7.7% is relatively well protected.

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Dividend Yield: 3.7%

Last but not least, the 3.7% yield Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) currently offers doesn’t necessarily put it in the top echelon of dividend stocks, but what it lacks in income-producing potential it balances out with lots of growth potential.

One of those growth engines is Eucrisa. As Chris Lau pointed out last month, 60% of eczema patients using the treatment are repeat buyers. It could be a $2 billion drug at its peak pace. Meanwhile, arthritis drug Xeljanz is slated for an approval decision in March. Both offer new revenue stream potential.

In the meantime, its existing portfolio of products will continue to drive cash flow that funds what it pays back out to shareholders. This is the same company that owns staples like Advil as well as Lyrica, for the treatment of diabetic nerve pain and fibromyalgia.

Pfizer’s going to be fine.

As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley.

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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018

January 10, 2017: Markets opened mixed again Tuesday as the blue chips got off to a slow start. The DJIA peake in the middle of the day and slid back into the red with about an hour left this afternoon. The Nasdaq even posted another all-time high at 5,564.25 early this afternoon. Healthcare and financials were leading sectors while real-estate and energy lagged. WTI crude oil for February delivery settled at $50.82 a barrel, down about 2.2% on the day. February gold added less than 0.1% on the day to settle at $1,185.50. Equities were headed for a slightly higher close shortly before the bell as the DJIA traded up 0.05% for the day, the S&P 500 traded up 0.09%, and the Nasdaq Composite traded up 0.38%.

Stocks traded very near the break even line and the closing bell might see some shifts in which side of the line the indexes close on.

The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Tuesday was Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) which traded up about 1.93% at $94.15. The stock’s 52-week range is $56.36 to $97.40 Volume was about 35% below the daily average of around 4.2 million shares. The company had no specific news Tuesday.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: magicJack VocalTec Ltd(CALL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ: CALL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.

    Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTK) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.08 per share on revenue of $81.02 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Any smidgen of magic left in magicJack VocalTec (CALL) is vanishing quicker than street magician David Blaine can make a new quarter disappear.

    Now the former star of annoying, late-night TV commercials only wishes it could make its melting core business model reappear.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Any smidgen of magic left in magicJack VocalTec (CALL) is vanishing quicker than street magician David Blaine can make a new quarter disappear.

    Now the former star of annoying, late-night TV commercials only wishes it could make its melting core business model reappear.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Rowan Companies Inc.(RDC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Go back a year, and offshore drillers like Noble (NE), Rowan (RDC), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW) had been all but written off–until they weren’t anymore. Since then, investors have been rewarded for picking winners in the group from the losers, as Atwood Oceanics has more than doubled, Transocean has gained 34%, and Rowan has risen 42%, while Noble and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) have dropped 13%.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) closed up 15.1% at $17.84 and the 5.2 million shares traded was just 1.3 times normal trading volume. Rowan has a consensus analyst price target of $15.04 and a 52-week trading range of $10.67 to $20.88. The company has a total market cap of $2.2 billion.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: The Blackstone Group L.P.(BX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    NCR’s first-quarter results were solid and continued the company’s positive momentum. Sales were up 2% to $1.48 billion, and while that was only a small gain, it was larger than the 1% rise that most investors were expecting. On a GAAP basis, NCR lost money during the quarter, but after excluding impacts from the company’s transaction with Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), adjusted earnings of $0.56 per share were up by nearly half from year-ago levels and were stronger than the $0.46 per share consensus forecast among those following the stock.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Of the ten PE companies that I follow, Blackstone Group LP (BX) is by far and away the largest publicly traded private equity partnership with a $35 billion market cap, but also the best positioned to benefit from all the catalysts noted within.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    At least if private-equity leviathan Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) CEO Tony James has anything to say about it.

    You see, James has a working theory about what to do with the U.S. retirement system that currently charges participants large 401(k) and 403(b) asset and consulting percentage fees…

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Credicorp Ltd.(BAP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Watch For 2018: Immunomedics, Inc.(IMMU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMMU) saw its shares rise after the firm sent out a letter to shareholders imploring them to vote for its director nominees at the upcoming annual stockholders meeting on February 16. The board of directors is making this request because it is currently waging a proxy contest with venBio SelectAdvisor.

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We may be about to have a new debate over “death panels.” If we do, it would be a tragedy for tens of millions of Americans and their families.

You may remember this small piece of the Affordable Care Act that garnered outsized attention back in 2010. It would have allowed Medicare to pay physicians for having end-of-life conversations with their patients. The program, which the Obama Administration delayed for years in the face of conservative political pressure, finally came on line last year. And Kaiser Health News reports that it is catching on more quickly than expected.

KHN reported that nearly 14,000 docs billed Medicare for end-of-life discussions with 223,000 patients in the first six months of last year. Medicare paid about $16 million for the work.  Physicians got $86 for an initial conversation and $75 for additional discussions.

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best stock under 10: Clean Diesel Technologies Inc.(CDTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $10.25 million.

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $22.10 million.

best stock under 10: First Trust NASDAQ-100- Technology Index Fund(QTEC)

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best stock under 10: CF Industries Holdings, Inc.(CF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) which jumped 3.7% to $30.37. The stocks 52-week range is $20.77 to $37.17. Volume was 5.3 million which is just under the daily average of around 5.4 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We also want to reiterate our bullish view on the agricultural commodities and the ag-related stocks (e.g., CF Industries Holdings (CF), Mosaic (MOS), Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), FMC (FMC), AGCO, Deere). Following sharp multi-year declines, trends continue to improve.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, basic materials shares fell 0.63 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE), down 7 percent, and CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) down 6 percent.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    CF Industries (CF) rose to the top of the S&P 500 today, continuing strength that began earlier this month.

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    CF Industries gained 6.9% to $28.96 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 2,181.90. CF Industries has gained 21% in November.

    Despite the rally, CF Industries is still down 29% this year, and as recently as Nov.3, Citigroup’s P.J. Juvekar and team were writing that the fertilizer company was “looking more like a 2008 story” after weaker-than-expected earnings. Donald Trump’s election victory, however, has jumpstarted CF Industries and prompted FBN technical analystJC OHara to list it among the top-50 stocks following Trump’s election, noting that “we want to own the stocks that were first to leave the gate…New Momentum should continue.” On Nov. 9, Barron’s Michael Kahn agreed, writing that “CF Industries does merit a look.”

    CF Industries reported net income of $700 million on sales of $4.3 billion in 2015. Its market capitalization rose to $6.8 billion today from $6.3 billion yesterday.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Monday afternoon, the basic materials shares surged 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), up 7 percent, and Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), up 7 percent.

best stock under 10: The Blackstone Group L.P.(BX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Of the ten PE companies that I follow, Blackstone Group LP (BX) is by far and away the largest publicly traded private equity partnership with a $35 billion market cap, but also the best positioned to benefit from all the catalysts noted within.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) is probably the most famous example of a company that’s suffered from animal cruelty allegations. Shares of the theme park operator, backed by Blackstone (BX) , have never recovered from the release of the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which argued that orca captivity is inhumane and dangerous to the human trainers of the orcas. SeaWorld announced in March that it would phase out its orca captivity, breeding and live shows. The company’s remaining whales, most of which were born in captivity, will live out their lives at the parks. The news sent SeaWorld shares soaring 9%, but continued attendance drops forced the company to slash its dividend and invest $175 million in new attractions.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    NCR’s first-quarter results were solid and continued the company’s positive momentum. Sales were up 2% to $1.48 billion, and while that was only a small gain, it was larger than the 1% rise that most investors were expecting. On a GAAP basis, NCR lost money during the quarter, but after excluding impacts from the company’s transaction with Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), adjusted earnings of $0.56 per share were up by nearly half from year-ago levels and were stronger than the $0.46 per share consensus forecast among those following the stock.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    At least if private-equity leviathan Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) CEO Tony James has anything to say about it.

    You see, James has a working theory about what to do with the U.S. retirement system that currently charges participants large 401(k) and 403(b) asset and consulting percentage fees…

best stock under 10: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.(CMG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mike Turner]

    Turner pick Chipotle Mexican Grill(CMG) as his entry into the Best Stocks competition. Chipotle certainly has been one of the best stocks to buy in years past; CMG stock has earned a return of 930% in the past decade, beating the S&P 500’s 105% return by more than a little bit.

    Brushing off the recent supply problems that resulted in dozens of customers getting sick from E. coli, Turner believes the stock can return to the $700 range when the business recovers from its current rough patch. 

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackman’s career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firm’s high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman’s bought significant shares in companies like Wendy’s Co. (Nasdaq: WEN ), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Del Taco Restaurants now outperforming Mexican restaurant stock peers such as mid cap Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE: CMG) and small caps El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LOCO), Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: FRGI) and Chuy’s Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CHUY) have mostly been drifting lower lately:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Coming out of the Great Recession, Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) was an investment phenomenon. The company somehow found the magical combination of expanding its number of stores while simultaneously achieving rapid growth at its existing locations.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Earlier today, we noted that Maxim’sStephen Anderson had warned that shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) had already priced in a lot of good earnings news. Standpoint Research’s Ronnie Moas has taken that a step further by cutting Chipotle to Sell.

  • [By Dan Caplinger, Tim Brugger, and Seth McNew]

    Risk is always a factor for stock market investors, but if you want the top stocks in your portfolio, you have to be bold. To give you some ideas on which stocks to look at, three Motley Fool contributors weighed in on companies they’re familiar with and made a case for why they deserve a closer look. Read on to learn more about Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) and why they deserve your attention.

best stock under 10: Brown & Brown, Inc.(BRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    BMO also upgraded Arch Capital Group (ACGL), Brown & Brown (BRO), and Travelers (TRV).

    Shares of American International Group have declined 0.4% to $65.60 at 3:36 p.m. today, whileArch Capital Group has gained 2% to $87.90,Brown & Brown has advanced 0.5% to $44.65, andTravelers has risen 1.3% to $120.79.

9 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Every Investor

As we close out 2017, it’s good to remind ourselves of what worked, and what didn’t. This past year, though, makes this introspective exercise rather tricky. Although Wall Street early on forecasted a rough 2017, the end result was quite the opposite. Benchmark indices hit all-time records, while most sectors witnessed tremendous optimism. Who needs dividend stocks at a time like this?

This also means that inferior investment strategies were masked by secular bullishness. The new year may not be as forgiving, which is why I’m recommending investors to get selective. Fortunately, with dividend stocks, you don’t have to feel pressured into always picking winners.

At its core, choosing the right dividend stocks to buy is about options. Although picking high-flying growth companies is the sexiest endeavor, it isn’t always the smartest. With passive-income yielding firms, you get the potential for making capital gains, and also residual payouts to bolster your position. During a down period, dividends can also help you ride out the storm.

But don’t mistake these yields as “boring” strategies. Like any investment class, you can dial up the risk for the chance of greater rewards. This is why picking the most appropriate dividends stocks to buy is so important: no one knows your investment style better than you!

The following ideas are broken down into three sections: stable, mid-level and high-yield (speculative). Each section has something to offer, depending on how much risk you’re willing to take.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jnjmsn1-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

If you love stable dividend stocks, you love Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). It is the powerhouse brands of powerhouse brands. Better yet, JNJ is levered toward the ultimate in secular industries: healthcare. Separated among consumer-level products, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, JNJ is one of the most respected companies in the world.

Currently, Johnson & Johnson’s dividend yield is 2.4%. Given the strength of its global business, that dividend is rock solid. But what people may not immediately appreciate is that JNJ can also surprise people in the capital markets. For instance, year-to-date, shares are up over 21%. To put that into perspective, the benchmark SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY) is just under 18%.

Critically for the conservative investor, JNJ rarely loses. Between 1970 to the end of 2016, annual returns average almost 15%. Moreover, JNJ only hit red ink 13 times, meaning that 72% of the time, you can expect shares to win.

In our business, that’s as close to a sure thing as you’re gonna get!

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wfcmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

I’ll admit that I wasn’t thrilled about putting Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) into my dividend stocks to buy list. You’ll recall that WFC was embroiled in a major controversy that shocked the entire financial and business community. Essentially, the banking giant admitted to creating more than two million fake accounts to meet ambitious sales targets.

It made me sick and I’m not the only one. But eventually, people get over this stuff, perhaps resigned to the fact that the major conglomerates always win. I’ve even made the argument that Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX) — yes, that Equifax — will be forgiven. As cynical as it may sound, what good will being angry do for any of us?

It stinks that the ultra-rich get away with bloody murder. From a financial perspective, though, WFC is an opportunity. Despite giving long-term holders seasickness, WFC stayed the course. If the current positive momentum remains, shares will end the year in the black. Wells Fargo isn’t going anywhere.

Most importantly, WFC spits out the biggest dividend yield among the “big four” at nearly 2.7%. That may be the price of forgiveness!

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) xom stock exxon stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/xommsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Again, on the surface level, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) is a strange name to put on a best dividend stocks list. Energy is hardly the most consistent sector. More to the point, XOM has been on the wrong end of a market shake-up. Since the oil collapse of 2014, XOM has at best been treading water against prior highs.

But the flipside to this bearish argument is that in practical ways, energy is the most consistent sector possible. When people hit the switch, they expect the lights to turn on. Similarly, when they go to the gasoline station, they expect to fill their tanks. Without XOM and its ilk, none of these things would occur. A societal breakdown could commence.

In all seriousness, investors should be encouraged by Exxon Mobil’s response to the oil market downturn. They and the remaining survivors have revamped their operations and rid themselves of unproductive assets. Today, XOM and the oil community are leaner, meaner, and better prepared for whatever lies ahead.

In other words, XOM has proven its resilience. As a conservative investor, you can buy that 3.7% yield with confidence.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Duke Energy Corp (DUK) Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dukmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

If you’re a real numbers guy, you’ll want to pay attention to Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK). Based on a quantitative model that our own Louis Navellier developed, DUK is one of the best dividend stocks to buy right now. Mixing in commonly-used metrics (ie. earnings momentum) as well propriety methods, DUK appears primed for a stellar new year.

I, on the other hand, prefer to keep it simple if there’s no real need to complicate things. Here’s what I’m looking at: since the tech bubble and the 2008 financial crisis, DUK has steadily rewarded investors with few hiccups. This year, DUK is set to return more than 13% should its technical momentum hold.

All indications suggest that Duke Energy can keep the good times flowing into next year. As it stands, the company is the seventh-largest electric utility company in the U.S. Furthermore, management has retired many of its coal power plants, instead focusing on natural gas and cleaner energy sources.

Currently, DUK stock yields slightly more than 4%. Although slightly riskier than your conservative dividend play, Duke Energy has the right balance between stability and income.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: AT&T Inc. (T) AT&T T stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-73×40.jpg 73w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-250×137.jpg 250w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-160×88.jpg 160w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-91×50.jpg 91w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/tmsn2-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr

I have to say that AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) disappointed me this year in the capital markets. Typically, AT&T is like clockwork — more often than not, you know what you’re getting. This year was the anomaly. On a YTD basis, T stock dropped like a rock, currently down 14%.

Although you have to have a short memory in the investment markets, I took the AT&T’s implosion personally. Investment-performance aggregator TipRanks honored me with “top blogger” status, and used my bullishness toward T stock in their feature article. Unfortunately, Wall Street had other plans and took my blue-chip baby down.

No matter. Keep in mind that between 1984 through 2016, AT&T’s annual returns average more than 13%. More importantly, during this time, T stock has only lost eight times out of 33. When this year is over, the statistic will likely be nine times out of 34. Even in that case, AT&T is a winner 73.5% of the time.

Like the aforementioned JNJ, at this rate, T stock is practically a sure thing. The only difference is the reward. AT&T offers a whopping 5.36% dividend yield!

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Welltower Inc (HCN) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/hcnmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: sima dimitric via Flickr

I cannot wait for the current batch of young millennials to turn 40. Each generation has its fair share of youthful idiocy; however, I think millennials, particularly those in their mid-twenties, take the cake. The way that so many of them conduct themselves, you’d think that they honestly believe they will never age.

The news flash that everyone else knows instinctively is that time stops for no one. With that harsh reality in mind, I bring to you Welltower Inc (NYSE:HCN). HCN is a real estate investment trust specializing in senior care and facilities. Even if you’re one of the young Millennials that sees no use for Welltower, you still might put your parents into one of their centers.

Joking aside, I can think of no other business where revenues are virtually guaranteed, save for a funeral home. Although Welltower’s market performance has been a little choppy, in the long haul, HCN has been a steady investment. In the trailing ten years, shares have gained nearly 48%.

Of course, we can’t forget the dividend yields, which for HCN stands at 5.26%.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Blackstone Group LP (BX) Blackstone (BX)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bxmsn-170×93.jpg170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Moving on to the speculative side of dividend stocks, we have Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX). If you were to simply assess BX based on this year’s performance alone, Blackstone wouldn’t seem at all risky. On a YTD basis, BX gained nearly 19%, making it one of the top performers on this list.

Typically, strong capital returns and high yields don’t go together. With a dividend yield of 7.2%, Blackstone’s passive income is right around the same as an average mutual fund. So what gives?

Let’s just say that BX will probably never make the list of best “feel good” stocks. The financial firm has been involved in a number of controversies, ranging from scandalous real-estate practices to shadow banking. For conservative-leaning voters, Blackstone has troubling ties to key Democrats.

Additionally, BX is a “make money at any cost” type of organization. Their profiteering activities in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS) amid its “Blackfish” controversy is a perfect example.

But hey, who said Wall Street was a friendly place?

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Kimco Realty Corp (KIM) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kimmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

I will tell you straight up that anything involving brick-and-mortar retail is a risky game. Earlier this year, I cautioned my readers about investing in retail REITs. With overall declining foot-traffic, the physical retail space doesn’t have the appeal it once did. Of course, the most important factor is e-commerce. Why sit in traffic and wait in lines when you can shop conveniently at Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)?

The flipside to this argument is that some retail sectors that Amazon has trouble impacting exist. For instance, most people find it more convenient to size their clothing at a physical apparel shop than guessing online. In addition, some store brands offer better pricing or a better experience than Amazon. Think Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) and Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY).

A retail REIT that focuses on strong brands just might have a chance, hence Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM). KIM features multiple properties running highly-demanded store brands. Moreover, a good chunk of their properties are located in lucrative markets.

Will it be enough to overcome the risk to the entire sector? I’m not so sure, which helps explain Kimco’s 6% dividend yield. Nevertheless, if you’re a believer, KIM gives you a solid opportunity.

Best Dividend Stocks to Buy: Sotherly Hotels Inc (SOHO) investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/officereitmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/officereitmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/officereitmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/officereitmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/officereitmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/officereitmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/officereitmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/officereitmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/officereitmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Anders Jildén via Unsplash

Thanks to the abundance of consumer-level technologies, traditional industries face obsolescence. A decade ago, if you needed to go to the airport, you essentially had to call a cab. Now, with ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, you can request a similar service conveniently through your smartphone.

A similar upheaval may occur in the hotel industry, thanks to apps like Airbnb. To survive in this rough-and-tumble sector, you need a fresh approach. Sotherly Hotels Inc (NASDAQ:SOHO) just might have the magic formula. Centered largely in the southern region of the U.S., SOHO provides an authentic, unique experience for its guests.

Apparently, most Millennials want brands to be more authentic, and that fits SOHO to a T. Visit any of their locations, and you feel like a welcomed member of a community, not some room number. Plus, former NFL star Herschel Walker sits on the board of directors: that’s just downright awesome!

But will any of this matter for investors? Again, it’s a tough call given so many changes in the hospitality and services sector. Still, with a 6.5% dividend yield, SOHO is worth a second look.

As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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