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Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019

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Introduction

Politicians in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island have put aside moral and/or addiction concerns over gambling. Instead, they recently asked why all the gambling dollars from their citizens go to the casinos (and governments) in Connecticut and New Jersey. They responded by approving for new gaming facilities in all three states. Below, data on these actions is presented with commentary.

The Current Situation

Table 1 provides gambling revenues and how they have changed since 2007 for northeast US states, with California, Nevada and Macau included as points of reference. The growth in Macau has been truly amazing. And additional facilities continue to be built there. However, as noted in an earlier piece, Japan has just approved a number of new integrated resort casinos. And these can be expected to siphon off some of the gambling from Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Gambling revenues in Nevada, New Jersey, and Connecticut have not recovered from the 2008 global recession caused by the US banking collapse.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: M&T Bank Corporation(MTB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) and S.Y. Bancorp (NASDAQ:SYBT) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    IFM Investors Pty Ltd grew its stake in shares of M&T Bank (NYSE:MTB) by 9.8% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 4,289 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 383 shares during the period. IFM Investors Pty Ltd’s holdings in M&T Bank were worth $791,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    FB Financial (NYSE: FBK) and M&T Bank (NYSE:MTB) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Netease.com Inc.(NTES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News articles about NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. NetEase earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the technology company an impact score of 47.5808045346287 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Investors in NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) have generally seen their company benefit from a strong environment in the Chinese video game industry. Impressive growth in revenue and profits in past years helped fuel impressive gains for NetEase shares, and the appetite for more from consumers in China and elsewhere has seemed insatiable. Yet in every growth stock’s experience, a company eventually starts to face challenges in sustaining growth, and the key question becomes what that company does to restart its growth engines.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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    Marvel Introduces Their First Official Chinese Superheroes (huffingtonpost.com) NetEase, Inc. (NTES) year to date performance remained at -22.66% (nasdaqfortune.com) Marvel get its first official Chinese superheroes (bbc.co.uk) Why to Follow this Stock? NetEase, Inc. (NTES) (nysestocks.review) Marvel’s first Chinese superheroes are comingand here are their superpowers (quartzy.qz.com)

    A number of research firms recently weighed in on NTES. BidaskClub cut NetEase from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 27th. Jefferies Group reduced their price target on NetEase from $335.00 to $310.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, April 10th. CLSA raised NetEase from a “sell” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised NetEase from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase began coverage on NetEase in a report on Thursday, April 12th. They issued an “underweight” rating and a $240.00 price target for the company. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. NetEase currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $337.47.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Shares of NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) recently tumbled after the Chinese tech company posted mixed first-quarter numbers. Its revenue rose 4% annually to 14.2 billion yuan ($2.3 billion), which beat estimates by $120 million. Unfortunately, its non-GAAP net income plunged 69% to 1.34 billion yuan ($213 million), or $1.61 per diluted ADS (American depositary share) — which missed estimates by 36 cents.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) traded down 0.3% during mid-day trading on Friday after Barclays lowered their price target on the stock to $255.00. Barclays currently has an equal weight rating on the stock. NetEase traded as low as $240.07 and last traded at $246.86. 481,395 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 60% from the average session volume of 1,205,109 shares. The stock had previously closed at $246.16.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Education Realty Trust Inc.(EDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the real estate shares surged 0.87 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR), up 3 percent, and Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EDR) up 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the real estate shares surged 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: PEI), up 4 percent, and Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EDR) up 3 percent.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Goldman Sachs Group reiterated their neutral rating on shares of Education Realty Trust (NYSE:EDR) in a research report sent to investors on Thursday.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Towne Bank(TOWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    John W. Rosenthal Capital Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of TowneBank (NASDAQ:TOWN) by 10.0% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 110,000 shares of the bank’s stock after buying an additional 10,000 shares during the quarter. TowneBank comprises approximately 2.5% of John W. Rosenthal Capital Management Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 16th largest holding. John W. Rosenthal Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in TowneBank were worth $3,146,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Top 5 Casino Stocks To Watch For 2019: Home Depot, Inc. (HD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Hill]

    Hill: We’reback on schedule. We had taped a couple of episodes to run Monday and Tuesday. We’re talking newstoday. We have luxury retail, we have general retail. We’re going to start with home improvement retail. Shares ofLowe’s up10% this morning despite the fact that, aspretty much everyoneshould have expected,same-store sales came in low. We had talked about this last week with Home Depot(NYSE:HD) and the weather in April really affecting Home Depot. No surprise that it affected Lowe’s as well. Whyis the stock up 10%?

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    When Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) announced its second-quarter earnings last month, the big news was the naming of Marvin Ellison as its new CEO, who clearly faces some challenges ahead. Lost amid the change at the top, however, is that despite the company’s somewhat disappointing quarterly results and the fact that it still has some catching up to do with respect to its archrival Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), the company remains in a decent position overall.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Brown Capital Management LLC lowered its position in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) by 4.1% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 14,573 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock after selling 620 shares during the quarter. Brown Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Home Depot were worth $2,762,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Like its rival Home Depot(NYSE:HD) did a week before,Lowe’s(NYSE:LOW) just announced first-quarter earnings results that were hurt by a soft start to the critical spring selling season. The home improvement retailer suffered from a more significant slowdown than its larger peer as winter weather depressed demand for seasonal outdoor products. Yet management still affirmed its full-year forecast.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Fresh from its first $100 billion sales year ever, Home Depot (NYSE:HD) is set to kick off fiscal 2018 with more positive news for shareholders. The home improvement retailer’s first-quarter results, due out on May 15, likely benefited from U.S. economic growth and more market share gains that were just slightly offset by challenges like increased competition and higher mortgage rates.

Hot China Stocks For 2019

Once Asia’s biggest commodities trader, Noble Group Ltd. is struggling to survive. The Hong Kong-based company faces huge debt repayments in the coming months and is betting on a restructuring plan to stay alive. It’s a complicated — and controversial — process that would leave some bond investors with next to nothing. And it comes at a time when Singapore-listed Noble is hemorrhaging cash, meaning success for the restructuring plan would be far from the last of the trader’s challenges.

1. What went wrong at Noble?

In a classic rags-to-riches tale, British high school dropout Richard Elman built Noble into a commodities force based on his conviction that demand would explode in China and India. Elman, now 77, wanted to create a global behemoth and in 2009-2010 embarked on a $2 billion spending spree. But the debt burden ballooned and began to look less tenable as commodity prices softened, Chinese growth slowed and profitability waned. The tipping point was the publication in February 2015 by an unknown analyst group called Iceberg Research of scathing critiques of Noble’s accounting. Investors took fright and short sellers including Muddy Waters LLP took aim.

Hot China Stocks For 2019: Denbury Resources Inc.(DNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    California Public Employees Retirement System cut its stake in shares of Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE:DNR) by 16.6% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 2,862,084 shares of the oil and natural gas company’s stock after selling 568,311 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System’s holdings in Denbury Resources were worth $7,842,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the twelve brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $2.07.

  • [By VantagePoint]

    Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR) follows the same idea but to the upside. That market had a bullish crossover in early-April. Traders knew, with confidence, that they could begin going long in the market when the predictive indicators in VantagePoint showed that crossover to the upside. Since that crossover of the blue line 24 trading days ago, the market was up over 36 percent or $1.01 per share.

Hot China Stocks For 2019: Home Depot, Inc. (HD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Restoration Robotics Inc (NASDAQ: HAIR) fell 19.8 percent to $3.45 in pre-market trading after reporting a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Image Sensing Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISNS) fell 19.2 percent to $3.80 in pre-market trading after reporting earnings were down year over year. First quarter earnings came in flat, down from 4 cents per share in the same quarter of last year. Sales came in at $3.01 million.
    Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) fell 15.9 percent to $12.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Monday.
    Aptose Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: APTO) shares fell 11 percent to $2.98 in pre-market trading after climbing 2.45 percent on Monday.
    Sibanye Gold Limited (NYSE: SBGL) shares fell 8 percent to $2.91 in pre-market trading after surging 6.40 percent on Monday.
    Switch Inc (NYSE: SWCH) shares fell 7.2 percent to $14.36 in pre-market trading following a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) fell 7.1 percent to $64.31 in pre-market trading following mixed Q2 results.
    Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) fell 5.8 percent to $10.50 in pre-market trading after rising 25.22 percent on Monday.
    Carbon Black, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBLK) shares fell 5.1 percent to $22.46 in pre-market trading.
    Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) fell 2.4 percent to $186.65 in pre-market trading. Home Depot reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter, while sales missed estimates

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Lowe’s reports its earnings on Wednesday and, given the recent stellar performance from Home Depot (NYSE: HD), its results should show healthy growth powered by a robust home improvement market. However, Lowe’s isn’t benefiting from the industry gains to nearly the same degree as Home Depot.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) traded up 1.24% at $195.99. The stock’s 52-week range is $144.25 to $207.61. Volume was about 25% below the daily average of around 4.8 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) to report quarterly earnings at $2.06 per share on revenue of $25.22 billion before the opening bell. Home Depot shares fell 0.04 percent to $191.00 in after-hours trading.
    Switch Inc (NYSE: SWCH) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Monday. Switch shares dropped 7.18 percent to $14.36 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) to have earned $0.16 per share on revenue of $163.65 million in the latest quarter. Boot Barn will release earnings after the markets close. Boot Barn shares gained 1.4 percent to $21.80 in after-hours trading.
    Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Monday. Famous Dave’s of America shares gained 7.69 percent to $8.40 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Eagle Materials Inc (NYSE: EXP) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $306.04 million. Eagle Materials shares fell 0.09 percent to $105.72 in after-hours trading.

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Hot China Stocks For 2019: Olympic Steel Inc.(ZEUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Headlines about Olympic Steel (NASDAQ:ZEUS) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Olympic Steel earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.5465348320487 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Should You Buy Home Depot Stock After Earnings? 3 Pros, 3 Cons.

Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) disappointed investors with a rare soft earnings report on Tuesday. The company did beat on EPS by two cents. It came up very short on the revenues line, however, with $24.9 billion in sales falling $270 million short of expectations. That left Home Depot with just a 4.4% year-over-year growth rate. That wasn’t enough to please investors. HD stock is trading down modestly following its earnings report.

That may not be a fair reaction, however. As we’ll see in the pros and cons below, the earnings miss was largely driven by the weather. Bulls and bears disagree on the broader ramifications of that. Zooming out, Home Depot is the best player in its field, but its stock also fetches a premium valuation. That said, is Home Depot stock worth buying today?

HD Stock Cons

Will 2018 Miss Guidance?: HD stock bulls will say that this sales miss was weather-driven and not important. They have a valid point. But they could be wrong.

Reuters quoted an analyst who doubted that Home Depot will make up all the lost sales in future quarters: “The lower-than-expected sales could pressure Home Depot’s ability to meet its full-year targets,” Loop Capital analyst Laura Champine said. “How much of the sales they’ve missed will they get back? That’s the key.”

Indeed, given Home Depot’s steep discounting on items such as patio furniture, the company may see a more than one quarter impact on its profitability.

Largely Played Out Market: Within the United States, there’s likely not much opportunity for additional stores. For example, in the latest quarterly report, we see that Home Depot added just four net stores over the past year.

That means that growth opportunities going forward will be diminished. The company has done well internationally. It is one of Canada’s largest home improvement chains. Additionally, it has more than 100 stores (and growing) in Mexico, which should be a booming market in coming years. All that said, without much growth opportunity in the United States, expect long-term margins to decline as competitors cut prices to try to maintain market share. As a mature market, investors shouldn’t expect the same eye-popping growth that Home Depot stock previously delivered.

More Expensive Than Lowe’s: HD stock is significantly more expensive than stock in its chief rival, the Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Lowe’s stock is selling at 21x trailing PE and 14x forward PE. That matches up favorably against Home Depot stock at 25x trailing and 19x forward PE. The comparison looks even worse for Home Depot once you realize that it has a far more leveraged balance sheet than Lowe’s which should, in theory, make Home Depot more profitable.

On a revenues basis, HD stock also looks pricey. The market values HD stock at $221 billion for $100 billion in annual revenues. Whereas Lowe’s has a market cap of $72 billion against $69 billion in revenues. That means that the market is willing to pay a dollar for a dollar of Lowe’s revenue, but more than 2x that for a dollar of Home Depot revenues. Home Depot has the better brand, but is it worth that much of a premium?

HD Stock Pros

Earnings Softness Was Weather-Driven: Home Depot’s management said that unusually cold weather this spring caused the earnings miss. Due to abnormally chilly conditions across much of the U.S., folks delayed the start of their gardening and yardwork this year. That led to, predictably, serious volume declines for products such as fertilizers. Specifically, that led to the CEO stating that: “The miss in terms of garden was significant against what we planned”.

Management suggested this was merely shifted demand, not an overall loss. So far, the company sees May sales growing at a double-digit rate, making up for much of the first quarter’s shortfall. Overall, that allowed Home Depot to maintain guidance for the full year. On the whole, the bulls say that the earnings miss won’t have lingering effects for Home Depot stock.

Web-Resistant Retailer: Retail used to be a classic sector for investors. Lately though, given Amazon.com, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) monopolization of wide swaths of the retail landscape, investors have given up on shopping investments.

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Home Depot stock, however, has fared well despite the so-called retail apocalypse. There are several good reasons for that. For one, Home Depot has expanded internationally in Mexico with its huge construction market. Within the U.S., do-it-yourselfers seem to still benefit from having in-store help to guide purchases. Also, for certain projects, getting a part or tool is an immediate need, where the consumer won’t wait two days for delivery. Finally, many of Home Depot’s products are heavy or bulky, making online shipping uncompetitive with the company’s streamlined supply chain.

Huge Dividend/Buyback: HD stock treats its shareholders well. Management has been jacking up the dividend for more than a decade now. Over the past 10 years, it has averaged a 16% compounded dividend growth rate. During the past five years, as the housing market recovered, management has gotten even more generous, with a 24% dividend growth rate.

That means that while Home Depot stock yields 2% now, a buyer five years ago is now getting 5.7% on their initial investment. Don’t overlook the power of a modest starting yield that grows explosively. On top of that, Home Depot is buying back tons of stock. Since 2010, the amount of Home Depot stock outstanding has plunged from 1.8 billion shares then to just 1.15 billion today. That creates a ton of value for the remaining stockholders and supercharges returns and dividend growth.

HD Stock Verdict

Home Depot is the best-in-class retailer in its niche. It’s largely Amazon resistant, and has built a nice web presence itself. Furthermore, its international efforts, particularly in Mexico, give it further growth opportunities even with the US market tapped out.

That said, HD stock is expensive in its own terms and compared against Lowe’s. The U.S. market is unlikely to perform nearly as well as in the past, leading to falling profit margins. Home Depot is a great company, but the stock price reflects that already. As for what the stock will do for the remainder of 2018, much will come down to whether this earnings whiff was a one-off or the start of a problematic trend.

At the time of this writing, the author held no positions in any of the aforementioned securities. You can reach him on Tw

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018

When it comes to consumer technology companies, it is extremely tough to pull off a turnaround.  Often these operators eventually fade away, as seen with Kodak and Palm. The fact is that it can be difficult to  reinvigorate a brand that has become, well, an anachronism.

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There are exceptions, of course.  Perhaps the most prominent example is Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), which was on the verge of bankruptcy in the mid-1990s. Yet, Steve Jobs was able to transform the company and build a juggernaut. Interestingly enough, we may be seeing another case of a turnaround in the form of Sony Corp (ADR)(NYSE:SNE).

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Home Depot, Inc. (The)(HD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) traded down 1.27% at $156.12. The stock’s 52-week range is $119.20 to $158.15. Volume was 25% below the daily average of around 4 million shares. The stock was downgraded by Atlantic Equities on valuation.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Mike Khouw spoke on CNBC's Options Action about unusually high call options activity in Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD). The company is going to report earnings on Tuesday and it moves on average 2.8 percent on the event. The options market is currently implying a move of 2.4 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Home improvement stores Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) and Menard’s are the targets of class action suits filed last week in federal court charging the companies with selling lumber that is “falsely advertised and labeled as having product dimensions that were not the actual dimensions of the products sold.”

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sharp Corp (SHCAF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    The company is partnering with Chinese company OXi Technology (in which it also made a strategic investment) for developing fingerprint sensor under glass and in the bezel of smartphones. Its fingerprint sensor business received a boost from the Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) S8 and S8+ design wins (as well as Sharp’s (OTCPK:SHCAF) Aquos R and ZTE ZMax Pro).

Best Bank Stocks To Invest In 2018: Genomic Health, Inc.(GHDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) swung to a profit in the fourth quarter on the back of solid revenue growth and expects to have another productive year in 2017 as the company continues to increase reimbursement for its genetic tests.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Genomic Health (NASDAQ:GHDX) closed up 10.2% Tuesday following its announcement of solid fourth-quarter earnings after the bell Monday. The company’s 2017 guidance certainly didn’t hurt investors’ confidence either.

7 Stocks With ‘Tax Cut’ Dividend Increases on Tap

Congress and President Donald Trump passed a historic tax cut late last year, lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. This monumental legislation should place hundreds of billions of dollars back in the hands of corporations. But which companies will put these dollars in the hands of investors as dividend increases?

Some companies will use the money saved — or repatriated from overseas — to reinvest in their businesses. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), for example, will invest $50 billion into infrastructure in the coming years.

Other companies will use the money to repurchase stock. Regrettably, those stocks are very overvalued right now.

Many companies, however, will boost their dividends to reward shareholders. This will be particularly true of companies that are already cash flow positive and are struggling to grow or would struggle anyway just given their business.

Here are seven likely candidates for dividend increases.

Dividend Increases: Apple (AAPL) Apple Inc. (AAPL)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aaplmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” /> Source: via Apple

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be one of the big winners in the tax cut game. For starters, it should be able to repatriate about $215 billion. It will also save about $2.2 billion in taxes. Now, Apple not only will have all that cash on hand, it also has free cash flow in excess of $50 billion.

What’s interesting about AAPL stock is the yield is only 1.49%, based on a $2.52 per share dividend. Apple could literally afford to plow the entire tax savings into an increased dividend — boosting it by $0.44 per share — to $2.96 per share or 1.72%.

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Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) is another huge winner in the corporate tax cut parade. HD will save close to $675 million annually.

The beauty of Home Depot is that the company is currently firing on all cylinders. They’re seeing fabulous same-store comps. And their current dividend payout is presently a mere 40% of free cash flow.

Home Depot can and should plow their entire tax savings into a dividend increase of $0.65 per share, lifting the dividend from $3.56 to $4.21 per share. That would push the yield from 1.88% to 2.22%.

Dividend Increases: Pfizer (PFE) PFE Stockinvestorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-300×150.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-768×384.jpg 768w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-60×30.jpg 60w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-200×100.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-400×200.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-116×58.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-100×50.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-78×39.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-800×400.jpg 800w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pfemsn-170×85.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 950px) 100vw, 950px” /> Source: Shutterstock

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) stands to save about $150 million annually. As a big pharma company, Pfizer must continually feed its R&D machine. R&D routinely costs about $7.5 – $8.5 billion annually, yet that money comes out of its extremely robust free cash flow which runs $13 – 16 billion annually.

Figure a $.025 dividend increase on top of its already annual increase, which results in a small increase in yield from 3.75% to 3.77%. Not big, but a lot of retirement investors hold PFE stock.

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Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has fallen into no/slow-growth territory with net income effectively stalling over the past couple of years. Nevertheless, CSCO stock generates about $13 billion annually in free cash flow. That’s pretty amazing, so the additional $350 million in tax savings would likely all go to increasing the dividend.

The $.07 per share increase would push the dividend from $1.16 per share to $1.23 per share, lifting the yield from 3.03% to 3.14%.

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The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) has really been struggling the past few years. The world moved away from sugary drinks and toward healthier choices. Revenue is falling, as is net income.

Nevertheless, KO stock has enjoyed bountiful cash flow for decades and has almost $40 billion of cash on hand. So while business is struggling, much of the $220 million in tax savings may go to either stock repurchases or dividend increases.

If the latter, that means a $0.05 per share increase to $1.53 per share, boosting the yield from 3.23% to 3.36%.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will win big with the tax cut as well. Because Microsoft is finally growing earnings again, but has tons of cash and cash flow, there is no need to plow the tax savings into the business.

MSFT can also start to make big strides towards becoming an income stock. Get this — before the cut, MSFT generated $30 billion in free cash flow last year, and paid out only $11.8 billion in dividends.

Tax savings could push another $0.04 per share into the dividend, lifting it to $1.72 per share.

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Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) is another widely-held stock that’s in a sweet-spot as far as how to use its tax windfall. They aren’t saving an enormous chunk of money — about $93 million — but that still translates to a $0.16 per share dividend increase.

That would push the dividend right up to $7 per share, lifting the yield from 2.32% to 2.34%.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, a specialty lender focusing on consumer finance and is the Manager of The Liberty Portfolio at www.thelibertyportfolio.com. He does not own any stock mentioned. He has 23 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 1,800 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at TheLibertyPortfolio@gmail.com.

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