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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018


Dont take any stated yields for granted these days! The financial news has been flooded with dividend cuts lately, with Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) and Mattel (MAT) taking the hatchet to their payouts, and telecom Windstream (WIN) dropping its dividend too.

Its dangerous to buy headline yields or even supposedly safe blue chips with more modest dividends without looking at the profits funding these payouts. Companies with high payout ratios (how much in earnings, funds from operations and other measures a company pays out in the form of dividends) are a twofold risk:

High payout ratios can lead to a slowing in dividend growth, which means your payout is increasingly likely to fall behind inflation.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: T-Mobile US, Inc.(TMUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    T-Mobile’s (NASDAQ:TMUS) aggressive pursuit of growth over the past few years has already been paying off, but Verizon Communications'(NYSE:VZ)earnings report this morning showing that it lost retail customers for the first time represents an important inflection point in the U.S. wireless industry. While T-Mobile has been poaching customers from all other carriers for years, the dominant domestic wireless carrier has held up relatively well despite intensifying competition — until now.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS).

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    Analysts at Raymond James think smartphone sell-through weakened in the U.S. in the past quarter, which matches softer demand reported in recent earnings from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS). Later this year, the company is expected to launch a new version of its iPhone.  

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    One of the notable things about the mall is the number of troubled retailers it houses. Long term, this may be bad for the mall’s finances. Macy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) and Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) have locations. However, Mall of America has buttressed its tenant list with scores of restaurants and with retailers like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS), which have very well-financed parents.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: MGM Resorts International(MGM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian noticed some call options activity in MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). Traders were buying the September 32/37 call spread in the first half of the session on Thursday. Najarian likes the trade and he decided to initiate a long position in MGM Resorts.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Wynn wasn’t the only Macau casino operator that took it on the chin today. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) tumbled 13% to $54.67, while Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) plunged 14% to $16.87, and MGM Resorts International (MGM) dropped 4.3% to $28.65.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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

    Wall Street expects Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) to report quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion before the opening bell. Avon Products shares rose 2.39 percent to $6.00 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) to report quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.44 billion before the opening bell. MGM shares rose 1.01 percent to $29.90 in after-hours trading.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter and raised its quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share. Cisco shares rose 2.13 percent to $33.52 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $2.01 billion. Dean Foods shares rose 0.49 percent to $20.55 in after-hours trading.
    Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP) posted weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday. Tripadvisor shares dropped 5.60 percent to $49.75 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) to have earned $0.77 per share on revenue of $3.42 billion in the latest quarter. Waste Management will release earnings before the markets open. Waste Management shares rose 2.27 percent to $72.97 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is also a top pick for the first quarter, and Merrill Lynch’s price objective of $33.00 was versus a recent price of $28.50. The consensus analyst target price is a tad higher at $33.86.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    With companies like Under Armour (UAA), MGM Resorts International (MGM), andUnited Parcel Service (UPS) reporting tomorrow, we thought we’d get a jump start on the stocks moving after today’s close:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Knight Transportation, Inc.(KNX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Knight Transportation (NYSE:KNX) is merging with Swift Transportation (NYSE:SWFT) to build a $5 billion trucking behemoth — and Wall Street thinks that’s a good thing.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Kohl’s Corporation(KSS)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    One theme that’s become apparent is that consumers are betting that a Trump tax cut will lead to more money in their pockets. That’s good news for the so-called “trade-up” stocks like Nordstrom (JWN) and Kohl’s (KSS) .

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian noticed that options traders were buying out of the money puts in Kohl's Corporation (NYSE: KSS). The company is going to report earnings on August 10 and it seems that traders believe the stock is going to continue to trade lower.


    The Bad

    Bonds behaved poorly. The 10 year and long bond rose by between 3-4 basis points in yield. I bought a trading position in iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond ETF (TLT) in front of a possible yearend pension rebalance. Big pharma stinks up the joint, again. Spec biotech is weakening again (Portola Pharmaceuticals PTLA, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ACAD, etc.) Retail cant get out of its way. I am long JC Penney (JCP) and have trading positions in Kohl’s (KSS) and Macy’s (M) . (Nike (NKE) , Nordstrom (JWN) , Lowe’s (LOW) are downside features).

    The Ugly

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    By now, we all know retailers are facing a tough time. More and more, people are choosing to shop online, putting sales under pressure and leaving many with too many stores. Some department stores have begun to acknowledge the problems–but will they be able to adjust quickly enough in a rapidly changing landscape? Credit Suisse analyst Christian Bussand team believe this process is “well under way” but that didn’t stop them from downgrading Kohl’s (KSS) and J.C. Penney (JCP), even as they upgraded Nordstrom (JWN) and Burlington Stores(BURL). They explain why:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Kohl’s (KSS) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after offering earnings guidance that was well below analyst forecasts.

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    Kohl’sdropped 19% to $42.01 today, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,269.00.

    RBC’s Brian Tunick and Bilun Boyner worry that the bear case gas been revived:

    Kohl’s reported Holiday comps of -2%, below our model for -0.5%, as sales remained volatile through the quarter. Similar to early commentary by peers, stronger sales for Black Friday and the week before Christmas were offset by softness in early November and December. In line with Q3, the strongest categories were men’s, home, and footwear while accessories was most challenging.

    In addition to the sales downside,Kohl’s lowered its EPS guidance to $3.603.65 (from $3.804.00) to reflect lower than expected gross margins (we estimate were down 5060bps versus our prior model for up 40bp), which was mainly due to mix, timing of sales, and promotional environment as the company worked to exit the year with clean inventory positions (planning to end the year with inventories down mid-to-high SD)…

    AlthoughKohl’s still has a reasonable 1H’17 opportunity with easy gross margin compares, Under Armour (UA) launch, and potential for a new CFO, we believe disappointing Holiday sales and the guidance cut removed most of the market’s excitement around a return to momentum, reviving the secular bear case around department stores and Kohl’s. Maintaining Underperform and lowering price target to $42.

    Kohl’s market capitalization fell to $7.7 billion today from $9.2 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $673 million on sales of $19 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated(ATI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday morning, the basic materials shares climbed by 0.95 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI), up 5 percent, and Mechel PAO (ADR) (NYSE: MTL), up 5 percent.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market performed well on Tuesday, responding to steady improvement among many companies as earnings season kicked into high gear. Although political issues are likely to remain in the spotlight for some investors for the foreseeable future, many market participants are looking to economic and business issues in driving their investing decisions. Major market benchmarks finished the day with gains of 0.5% to 1%, but some stocks did much better. Among the best performers on the day were Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI), II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI), and Beazer Homes (NYSE:BZH). Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Renesola Ltd.(SOL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) to report a quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $256.05 million. ReneSola shares gained 2.50 percent to close at $1.23 on Friday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.04 per share on revenue of $256.05 million.

    America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Monica Gerson]

    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 9.76 percent to $1.35 in pre-market trading. ReneSola reported Q1 earnings of $0.06 per share on revenue of $260.7 million.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Zillow Group, Inc.(Z)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    The stock market was mostly flat today ahead of a key House vote on the passage of the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which was delayed until Friday after GOP lawmakers failed to gather the necessary support. TheDow Jones Industrial Averagelost just 5 points, or 0.02%, while other broader market indexes saw similar small declines. But several individual stocks saw much more severe drops, including Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG), Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT), and Accenture (NYSE:ACN). Read on to see what drove these unusual moves.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG)climbed 13.8% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, ahead of the online real estate specialist’s impending first-quarter 2017 report.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    Also in this week’s Barron’s:

    A special report on strategic beta ETFs How to take advantage of underpriced stocks Who is in denial about the death of the personal computer market Finding the best value mutual funds Finding value in big stocks and emerging markets How mining companies are striving for sustainability Why Zillow Group, Inc.-Class C (NASDAQ: Z) could fall 25 percent Six unconventional yield plays for an uncertain market Why Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) investors may lose in hot IPO

    Disclosure: At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(CPRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Before we show you our pick, here are the top 10 penny stocks to watch this week

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Gain (as of Dec. 1)
    Pyxis Tankers Inc. (Nasdaq: PXS) $4.10 122.83%
    Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: OHRP) $1.28 68.42%
    Cerecor Inc. (Nasdaq: CERC) $1.74 47.46%
    Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PTI) $2.52 37.71%
    UT Starcom Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: UTSI) $5.20 37.20%
    WMIH Corp. (Nasdaq: WMIH) $0.96 33.46%
    PhaseRx Inc. (Nasdaq: PZRX) $0.90 30.29%
    Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) $2.04 29.94%
    EV Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: EVEP) $0.86 27.76%
    Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CPRX) $4.40 25.71%

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CPRX) got a boost, shooting up 32 percent to $1.54 after the company reported positive data from investigator-sponsored trial of Firdapse.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: Quality Systems, Inc.(QSII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap health care technology stock Quality Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: QSII) as a short-term trading opportunity after popping sharply on news:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In 2018: News Corporation(NWS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) reported a profit of $506 million, or $0.87 per share for the year ended June 30, versus a year-ago loss of $2.08 billion, or $3.58 per share. Its revenue rose 2.7% to $8.89 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.57 per share on revenue of $8.96 billion. News Corp shares fell 1.28% to close at $16.91 on Friday.

Tucows – Ting Is The Future!

Around four years ago, I heard about Ting through an ad on YouTube. I was curious and fascinated, but I did not take time to do a proper research about it. However, around two years ago, when I started investing, I began to constantly hear about Ting through several ads on YouTube and on podcasts. Therefore, today, since I am building my investment portfolio, I am very interested in Tucows Inc. (NYSEMKT:TCX), the owner of Ting.

Tucows (TSE:TC, NASDAQ:TCX) is an Internet services and telecommunications company, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Tucows is organized and managed into two segments: Domain Services and Network Access Services.

Domain Services

The domain services are Tucows’ mature, legacy business that generates a recurring cash flow. Tucows is the second-largest domain registrar in the world, behind GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY).

It is important to note that Tucows is a registrar, not a registry. A registrar earns revenues via registration fees. It charges resellers connecting with new, renewed, and transferred domain registration. It pays out a portion of the price it receives to the registry, Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) and ICANN, for each registered domain. Plus, with every renewal domain, it creates recurring revenue for all the parties involved.

Elliot Noss, the CEO of Tucows, explains the revenue model for the domain services in this YouTube video. Tucows has numerous excellent videos that explain different aspects of the company to current investors and potential investors. I strongly recommend to watch them.

Network Access Services

The network access services are Tucows’ growing business. The network access services are composed of two departments: Ting Mobile and Ting Internet.

Ting Mobile

Ting Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). It does not own the wireless infrastructure over which it provides services to customers. In fact, it leases the infrastructure from Sprint (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS).

Ting’s business model is different from other mobile network operators’ business model. It is a pay-as-you-go plan with no fixed contract. During recent years, Ting’s number of customers grew considerably due to three main reasons:

Ting’s customers have the best customer service; Ting’s customers save, on average, $23 per device monthly; Ting’s customers have a bill of $37 monthly, which is significantly lower than the usual bill.

It is important to know that around 11% of new customers are referred by current customers of Ting services.

Ting Internet

Ting Internet is different from Ting Mobile. Instead of leasing an infrastructure and providing services, Ting Internet builds an infrastructure to give fiber Internet to customers. Hence, it cannot provide fiber Internet across the United States. It can only give access to gigabit fiber Internet in Ting Towns, which are presently these three municipalities:

Holly Springs, North Carolina; Westminster, Maryland; Charlottesville; Virginia.

Ting is taking pre-orders to bring gigabit fiber Internet to Sandpoint, Idaho, and to Centennial, Colorado.

Source: Ting Internet

Ting Internet’s focus is to provide gigabit Internet to individuals and business customers. Just like Ting Mobile, its revenue is generated in the United States and provided on a monthly basis with no fixed contract term.


According to me, the most prominent opportunity for Tucows is Ting. As of September 2017, Ting has approximately 171,000 subscribers and 281,000 devices under management. Compared to the previous year, the number of subscribers has increased by 16.33%, and the number of devices has increased by 19.57%.

Number of subscribers and devices under management end of September 30

2017 2016

Ting mobile subscriber under management

171,000 147,000

Ting mobile devices under management

281,000 235,000

Source: Company 10-Q

Ting’s gross margin has also been increasing significantly. It is currently standing at approximately 50%.

Gross margin

Source: Company Presentation February 2017

Ting has received the highest overall rating in the history of the Consumer Report survey because it provides excellent services at low prices to their customers. Thus, I do not see any reason why Ting Mobile will not be able to attract more customers in the future. By continuing to deliver the same improved services, it will have a great recurring avenue. Moreover, Ting Mobile is one of the few MVNO that can provide iPhone an AppleCare. This is important for customers because it allows them to have everything in one place and it allows to have a better integration with the services, such as Visual Voicemail and WiFi calling.

As for Ting Internet, I believe it will most likely become the Internet leader in the Ting Towns where the population is relatively low. Hence, the big players will not be willing to build new infrastructures to provide Internet to the residents of these towns. The most important competitors of Ting Internet are the cable companies and the phone companies, but they are not able to give a speed similar to gigabyte Internet. Recently, Tucows has bid to buy Burlington Telecom, a publicly owned fiber network in Burlington, Vermont, for a price of $32 million. If the offer passes, Burlington will be the fourth Ting Town.


Tucows CEO Elliot Noss has been running the business for more than 20 years. Even though he is not the founder, he is the biggest single shareholder. For the retail shareholder, this is a high vote of confidence that the CEO has significant stakes of his net worth in Tucows. Not only the CEO but also other leadership members have stakes in the company. In fact, according to Seeking Alpha, the inside ownership holds 24.27% of outstanding shares.


According to me, the most prominent risk for Tucows is the reliance on Sprint and T-Mobile for network access. In the future, both of the companies can decide no longer to allow Ting to use their infrastructure. This is unlikely to happen, but is still possible.

The legacy business, domain registration space, is mature and is becoming more competitive. Thus, I believe that it will be more challenging to grow the segment in the future.

Another risk for Tucows is the currency. The majority of Tucows’ revenue comes from the United States, but the operating cost is mostly in Canadian dollars.

My two cents

I believe Tucows is an excellent company with great potential for the future. I do not personally own Tucows in my portfolio. I think I will wait for a pullback to add a position in Tucows. If there is a decline in the market or a crisis, I will be able to become an owner for a lower price.

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Dividend Monster AT&T Inc. Is Nearing Major Resistance

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has been on fire, rallying over 15% since November 1. However, T stock price is still down more than 9% so far for 2017. So is it time to get in on this recent momentum or take a pass on the telecom giant?

Let’s look at the chart first.

Trading T Stock Price

AT&T certainly has positives, but its chart is anything but pretty. T stock price made a bullish move when it was able to reclaim the $35 mark. Above that and it was a reasonable long. However, now pushing into the $39 level, T stock enters some serious resistance.

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This isn’t a temporary level, either. This $39 to $40 region has been both support and resistance over the last 20 months or so. To get above it would be a huge win for the bulls. If traders are looking to add T stock to their portfolio now, it may be best to wait. I’d wait for AT&T to either pullback or break through this current level.

Further, you’ll see that the MACD (yellow circle) is nearing a points where, historically speaking, it tends to exhaust itself. Further, the Relative Strength Index (blue circle) is nearing an overbought state. T stock has approached $39 two other times since August with an RSI reading similar to its current levels. The odds favor a pullback or at the very least some consolidation.

The Fundamentals for T Stock

We recently took a look at who the holiday winners might be in the telecom space. Because Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) was strangely not offering a buy-one get-one (BOGO) deal for the new Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, AT&T and T-Mobile Us Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) were the likely winners.

AT&T’s BOGO offer wasn’t quite as good at T-Mobile’s, but it was likely enough to still attract new subs. That should bode well for its fourth-quarter results. Let’s hope that’s the case, as expectations for 2017 aren’t that great. Presently, analysts expect sales to contract 2.2% this year before growing just 20 basis points in 2018.

While positive revenue growth forecasts for 2018 are an improvement, it comes at a cost. Earnings growth of 2.5% in 2017 will slip to just 0.3% in 2018. But no one is buying T stock for the earnings and revenue growth. If investors want that, it’s best to look at T-Mobile. (The story we linked to above sheds light as to why.)

Instead, it’s about a low valuation and fat dividend yield. In fact, just a few days ago, T stock increased its quarterly dividend by 2% to 50 cents per share. While 2% is a small bump, the move marks AT&T’s 34th consecutive year of a higher payout. That’s something that many income investors can hang their hat on. They can count on AT&T — which now pays out 5.2% — to continue paying out that dividend for years and years to come.

To make matters even better, T stock price trades at just 13 times 2018 earnings estimates. Despite its near-zero growth, this is a low valuation for such a big, dependable dividend yield.

Bottom Line on T Stock

Through the first nine months of fiscal 2017, AT&T has a free cash flow dividend payout ratio of 70.5%. This figure is up from 66.8% during the same period a year ago. It basically means that 70% of T’s free cash flow covers the dividend. On the plus side, T stock’s dividend is covered simply by the free cash flow generated by the business. On the downside, this figure is up almost 400 basis points year-over-year. This will widen even more with the recent dividend hike.

While that’s something to keep an eye one, so too is AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX). Should the company lock in Time Warner, it will add a whole host of content and free cash flow to its current business. While the roughly $85 billion deal is a biggie, many believe it will be favorable to AT&T.

Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.


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Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018

Gladstone, NJ, based Investment company Murphy Capital Management Inc buys SPDR Select Sector Fund – Consumer Discretionary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, SPDR Select Sector Fund – Industrial, Lear, OSI Systems, SPDR Select Sector Fund – Consumer Staples, Siemens AG, CBS, iShares MSCI Emerging Index Fund, FedEx, sells Xylem, Time Warner, St Jude Medical, Mead Johnson Nutrition Co, Becton, Dickinson and Co during the 3-months ended 2017-03-31, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Murphy Capital Management Inc. As of 2017-03-31, Murphy Capital Management Inc owns 266 stocks with a total value of $660 million. These are the details of the buys and sells.


For the details of MURPHY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT INC’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=MURPHY+CAPITAL+MANAGEMENT+INC

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    For the details of Lubar & Co., Inc’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Lubar+%26+Co.%2C+Inc

    These are the top 5 holdings of Lubar & Co., IncEnLink Midstream LLC (ENLC) – 1,882,007 shares, 37.97% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.40%Hallador Energy Co (HNRG) – 2,788,685 shares, 23.23% of the total portfolio. Vanguard Value ETF – DNQ (VTV) – 77,126 shares, 7.65% of the total portfolio. iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap (IJH) – 38,400 shares, 6.84% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF – DNQ (VOE) – 61,550 shares, 6.52% of the tota

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: CRH Medical Corporation(CRHM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CRH Medical Corp (NYSE: CRHM) was down, falling around 31 percent to $2.55 after the company disclosed financial and operating results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    Who are the likely candidates for the next round of upgrades? Cramer said he’s betting that 3M (MMM) will be in the mix, along with Walmart (WMT) and especially Home Depot (HD) , which should have a strong spring planting season with good comparisons to last year. Investors might also see upgrades on Honeywell (HON) and Nike (NKE) , Cramer suggested.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    3M Co (NYSE: MMM) agreed to sell substantially all of its communication markets division to Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) for $900 million.

    Corning expects the deal adding $0.07 to $0.09 per share in FY19 earnings.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Here is the list of the Dow components, which are scheduled to report this week:

    1. 3M Co
    Company: 3M Co (NYSE: MMM). Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $2.54 versus $2.08. Revenue Estimate: $7.86 billion versus $7.66 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 18.12 percent.
    2. Caterpillar
    Company: Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT). Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $1.25 versus $1.09. Revenue Estimate: $10.93 billion versus $10.94 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 16.10 percent.
    3. McDonald’s
    Company: McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD). Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $1.62 versus $1.45. Revenue Estimate: $5.96 billion versus $6.26 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 25.35 percent.
    4. United Technologies
    Company: United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) Date of Reporting: Tuesday, before the market open. EPS Estimate vs. Year-ago EPS: $1.78 versus $1.82. Revenue Estimate: $15.24 billion versus $14.87 billion. Stock Gain/Loss (year to date): 12.47 percent.

    See also: 3 Reasons Alcoa Is No Longer The Curtain-Raising Event Of Earnings Season

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (APOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. – American Depositary Shares (NASDAQ: APOP) shares were also up, gaining 135 percent to $7.79 after the company disclosed that it has received a notice of allowance from the US Patent Office protecting its technology in multiple key indications.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ: APOP) reported that it received a formal notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)regarding its method of treatment for immune related disorders. Basically, the USPTO gave a notice of allowance which broadly means the agency intends to issue a patent approval. The treatment method relates to the engineering of regulatory immune cells with enhanced apoptotic activity used for the treatment or prevention for the unmet needs seen in type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, graft versus host disease, and transplant rejection.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Unifi, Inc.(UFI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) shares were also up, gaining 18 percent to $26.92 as the company announced Q3 earnings of $0.56 per share on revenue of $161.3 million.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Southern Company (The)(SO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    For those that are looking to express a more downbeat market view, or looking for a source of funds, we can neutralize our positive S&P 500 outlook and aim to sell stocks that are at risk to underperform on a relative basis. While a rising tide lifts all boats in absolute terms, we found that mega-cap safety is the central theme linking stocks that are at, or nearing, decade-long relative lows vs. the S&P 500: General Electric, Southern (SO), Simon Property Group (SPG), Verizon Communications (VZ), Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil. We see such relative weakness as a sign of vulnerability in their trend.

  • [By ]

    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).


    Southern Company (SO) produces 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: MDC Partners Inc.(MDCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) shares dropped 60 percent to $3.38. MDC Partners reported a Q3 loss of $0.64 per share on revenue of $349.3 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) were down 31 percent to $12.52 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY16 sales outlook.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: T-Mobile US, Inc.(TMUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) reported first quarter financial results after markets closed Monday. The company said that it had $0.80 in diluted GAAP earnings per share (EPS) and $9.61 billion in revenue, versus consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters that called for $0.34 in EPS and $9.62 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.56 in EPS and $8.6 billion in revenue.


    Donald Trump’s election has proved a boon for shareholders of Sprint (S) , on the premise that a Republican administration would be open to a merger of the carrier to T-Mobile USA (TMUS) . Regulators under Obama had pushed back against Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son’s goal of combining the U.S.’s third- and fourth-largest carriers.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    SoftBank also purchased telecom upstart Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) in 2013. And it is considering deals with other communications giants, including Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Nasdaq: TMUS)

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Affimed N.V.(AFMD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares rose 47.1 percent to $3.22 in pre-market trading after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.
    Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) rose 27.6 percent to $0.800 in pre-market trading after gaining 9.79 percent on Wednesday.
    Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX) shares rose 23.1 percent to $7.16 in the pre-market trading session after surging 37.59 percent on Wednesday.
    China Auto Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 16.9 percent to $4.15 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.11 percent on Wednesday.
    Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) rose 15.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading after climbing 42.01 percent on Wednesday.
    Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc (NASDAQ: SSC) rose 14.5 percent to $2.85 in the pre-market trading session after gaining 0.40 percent on Wednesday.
    Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) shares rose 14.3 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.88 percent on Wednesday.
    Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) rose 10.2 percent to $25.56 in pre-market trading after climbing 0.65 percent on Wednesday.
    LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) rose 9.6 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.
    U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) rose 7.2 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.06 percent on Wednesday.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 6.8 percent to $25.61 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.74 percent on Wednesday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.9 percent to $13.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 21.34 percent on Wednesday.
    Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) rose 5.5 percent to $35.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.69 percent on Wednesday.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) rose 5.2 percent to $0.528 in pre-market trading after falling 10.36 percent on Wednesday.
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: TEVA) rose 4.7 percent to $14.11 in pre-market trading. Teva Pharma
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) were down around 21 percent to $1.70. Affimed priced its public offering of 10,000,000 of its common shares at $1.80 per common share.

Top 10 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Geopark Ltd(GPRK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    As a service to our readers, we’ve put together a list of 10 cheap oil stocks under $5. Here are the stocks, share prices, and year-to-date (YTD) returns for each:

    Vallourec Sp (OTCMKTS ADR: VLOWY); $1.42; +13.6% YTDIthaca Energy Inc. (TSE: IAE); $1.93; +14.5% YTDSandRidge Permian Trust (NYSE: PER); $3.45; +16.95% YTDGeopark Ltd. (NYSE: GPRK); $5.06; +17.4% YTDGastar Exploration Inc. (NYSEMKT: GST); $1.89; +22.26% YTDAscent Resources Plc. (LON: AST); $2.11; +25.53% YTDErin Energy Corp. (NYSEMKT: ERN); $3.94; +29.1% YTDChesapeake Granite Wash Trust (NYSE: CHKR); $3.25; +38.3% YTDSouthcross Energy Partners LP (NYSE: SXE); $2.27; +68.15% YTDBonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI); $2.27; +122.55% YTD

    This list of oil stocks contains some highly speculative plays, so we can’t recommend buying them.

10 Super Safe Growth Stocks to Buy for Long-Lasting Dividends

The stock market’s relentless march upward has pushed the prices of many companies higher. As investors bid up good and bad businesses alike, it can be hard to discern which companies are the best for long-term investors.

That’s especially true in the world of dividend stocks, where income-starved investors face greater temptation by the day to reach for high dividend stocks that offer juicy yields.

Fortunately, Simply Safe Dividends identified 10 super-safe dividend growth stocks that investors can rely on for secure, fast-growing income.

These companies all have very healthy Dividend Safety Scores, which measure a firm’s most important financial metrics to gauge how likely it is to cut its dividend in the future.

Let’s take a look at 10 of the safest dividend growth stocks in the market. These companies generate excellent free cash flow, maintain safe payout ratios, are committed to rewarding shareholders with healthy dividend increases and have bright long-term outlooks.

Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW) Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lowmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width:728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (modified)

Dividend Yield: 2.0%
5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 20%

With 2,370 store locations, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) is the world’s second-largest home improvement retailer and it serves more than 17 million customers a week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

With more than 65 years of existence, the company has gained recognition as one of the trusted national brands. Over the years, Lowe’s has developed an extensive line of thousands of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling and decorating across lumber and building materials, tools and hardware, lawn and garden, paint, kitchens, outdoor power equipment and home fashion categories.

The company serves a wide spectrum of “do-it-yourself” and “do-it-for-me” customers, including homeowners, renters and professional contractors from different construction trades.

A large footprint of conveniently located stores across the U.S., an extensive range of products, a well-known brand and a diversified customer base are Lowe’s key competitive advantages.

The home improvement industry is also poised to grow as consumer confidence remains high, employment continues rising and home prices climb higher. This should lead to better growth prospects for the company and its dividend.

Lowe’s has an impeccable record of not only paying but also increasing its dividend since 1961, growing it by over 20% annually in the last five years. It last raised its dividend payout by an impressive 17%.

Lowe’s targets a dividend payout ratio of 35% in the future, which should provide plenty of room to continue growing dividends at a double-digit pace going forward. Lowe’s forward P/E ratio of 16.4 is below the market’s and seems reasonable for a company of this quality.

Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Honeywell International Inc. (HON) Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Honeywell International Inc. (HON)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/honmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Becky Wetherington via Flickr (modified)

Dividend Yield: 1.9%
5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 12%

Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) is a diversified global technology and manufacturing company supplying industrial products, software and services to a diversified set of customers.

Honeywell operates through four segments: aerospace (36% of 2016 sales); home and building technologies (28%); performance materials and technologies (22%) and safety and productivity solutions (14%). About 46% of Honeywell’s sales are from the U.S., followed by 28% in EMEA, 17% in APAC and 9% from the rest of the world.

The company serves customers through a wide variety of products and services in aerospace, control, sensing and security. It also sells specialty chemicals and advanced materials as well as energy efficiency products.

Simply put, Honeywell has invented key technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and urbanization. With a broad portfolio of physical products and software, the company has uniquely positioned itself to sell comprehensive solutions for homes and businesses across many industries.

A broad portfolio of technology, extensive products and services, a global distribution network, and a presence in growing areas like Internet of Things and energy efficiency are Honeywell’s key strengths.

A track record of strong financial performance and a healthy 40% payout ratio have enabled the company to grow its dividend by 12.3% per-year over the last five years. Honeywell last raised its payout by 12% in 2017 and it has paid uninterrupted dividends for more than two decades. It is also a dividend achiever since it has increased its dividend for more than 10 consecutive years.

The company has guided for double-digit earnings growth as a part of its five-year plan ending in 2018. It should, therefore, continue its impressive dividend growth streak with high-single to low-double-digit annual payout growth in the future as well.

Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Apple Inc. (AAPL) Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Apple Inc. (AAPL)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/aaplmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 1.5%
3-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 10%

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the world’s most valuable company and one of the largest positions in Warren Buffett’s dividend stock portfolio.

Apple is the world’s second-largest smartphone company, accounting for more than 11% of the global market share, according to Gadgets Now. The iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV are Apple’s key products, with the iPhone representing over 60% of 2017 sales. These products are globally recognized for their high quality, premium brand and ease-of-use, allowing Apple to enjoy substantial pricing power.

In addition, the company also owns a portfolio of consumer and professional software such iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS operating systems which act as key differentiators. Apple’s products and solutions are known for their innovative design, user-friendly experience and seamless integration. All these innovative products have established Apple’s supremacy in the mobile space, and the company invests around 5% of its revenues on R&D activities to stay ahead of competitors.

Moreover, only Apple devices run iOS, which means that if customers want to remain within the Apple ecosystem, they must continue buying iOS devices. This results in sticky customer relationships. Its sales of games, music and other digital content through the iTunes store is another high-margin cash flow stream that keeps growing every year.

A leading brand name, global geographical presence, impressive product portfolio and super-sticky customer relationships have helped form a huge moat around Apple’s business.

Apple started paying dividends again in 2012 and it has seen its payout grow by approximately 10% annually over the last three years. It last raised its payout by 11% and maintains a low payout ratio below 30%.

Given Apple’s leading market share, loyal customers, innovative products and hoard of cash on the balance sheet, the company should continue raising its dividend at a strong pace in the future as well.

Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Medtronic, Inc. (MDT) Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Medtronic, Inc. (MDT)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mdtmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mdtmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mdtmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mdtmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mdtmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mdtmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mdtmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mdtmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/mdtmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width:728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine via Flickr (Modified)

Dividend Yield: 2.3%

5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 12%

Medtronic is a leading medical technology, services and solutions company serving hospitals, physicians, clinicians and patients worldwide. It owns a portfolio of medical products, therapies and procedures for a wide range of medical disciplines.

Medtronic’s operating segments are classified into cardiac and vascular (35% of 2017 sales), minimally invasive therapies (33%), restorative therapies (25%) and diabetes (7%) groups. The U.S. is Medtronic’s largest market accounting for more than 50% of revenues, followed by Western Europe, Japan and emerging markets.

With nearly seven decades of existence, Medtronic has developed a strong reputation globally and claims to improve the lives of two people every second. Some of Medtronic’s key innovations include the world’s smallest pacemaker and artificial pancreas.

As a leader in medical technology and solutions, Medtronic stands to benefit from growing healthcare needs as the global population ages. The business also benefits from meaningful barriers to entry created by various regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies.

Thanks to its product innovation and conservative management, the company has increased its dividend for 40 years in a row and last raised its dividend by 7% in 2017. Medtronic has compounded its dividend by 16.4% annually over the last two decades, too.

Given the company’s technology leadership and unmatched breadth and scale, Medtronic should be able to continue its dividend growth streak at a high-single-digit rate going forward. Investors can learn more about Medtronic’s competitive advantages and business profile here.

Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN) Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/txnmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/txnmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/txnmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/txnmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/txnmsn-65×36.jpg 65w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/txnmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/txnmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/txnmsn-78×43.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/txnmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: VEX Robotics via Flickr

Dividend Yield: 2.6%
5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 24%

Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) is one of the largest designers and sellers of semiconductors globally. It develops analog integrated circuits and embedded processors that are subsequently sold to electronics manufacturers. The company’s product portfolio consists of tens of thousands of products that are used to accomplish many different things, such as converting and amplifying signals, interfacing with other devices and managing and distributing power.

Texas Instruments’ focus on these segments provides a combination of stability and strong cash generation, owing to the products’ long product life cycles and low capital-intensive manufacturing.

The company currently commands an 18% and 17% share of the analog and embedded processing markets, respectively, and it appears well-positioned to increase its dominance over time.

In terms of end markets, “Industrial” is Texas Instruments’ largest market, accounting for 33% of total revenues, followed by Personal Electronics (26%), Automotive (18%), Communications Equipment (13%), Enterprise Systems (6%) and Others (4%). Many of these markets are expanding at a healthy clip as they use more electronics.

Leading industry products, a diverse portfolio, unique technologies and manufacturing scale and a strong reputation enable Texas Instruments to generate stable and recurring cash flows.

As a result, Texas Instruments has paid uninterrupted dividends since 1962 and it has recorded an impressive annual dividend growth rate of approximately 29% over the last decade.

2017 marked the company’s 14th consecutive year of dividend increases, wherein Texas Instruments raised its dividend by 24%. The company has also committed to return all of its free cash flow to shareholders through dividends and stock repurchases.

Given its predictable cash flow generation, impressive dividend track record and reasonable payout ratio of 50%, the company should be able to continue rewarding shareholders with double-digit dividend growth in the years ahead.

Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-300×150.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-768×384.jpg 768w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-60×30.jpg 60w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-200×100.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-400×200.jpg 400w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-116×58.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-100×50.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-78×39.jpg 78w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-800×400.jpg 800w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/costco-wholesale-corporation-cost-ipsize-170×85.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 950px) 100vw, 950px” />Source: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 1.1%
5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 13%

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) is a membership warehouse club with more than 740 store locations that provide merchandise at low prices to its members. Costco sells a wide range of products, including packaged foods, groceries, appliances, cleaning supplies, clothing and electronics. It also has a growing online presence with 4% of its total revenues coming from e-commerce sales.

The company is the world’s second-largest retailer by sales and it generates over 85% of its sales in North America. Costco’s membership base is growing with a renewal rate of 90% in the U.S. and Canada, and 87% on a worldwide basis in 2017.

Over its 35 years of existence, Costco has succeeded in providing a great customer experience by blending together the convenience of specialty departments and a selection of wide merchandise at affordable prices. It has become a trusted name owing to its low cost and quality merchandise.

The company buys directly from many producers of national brand-name merchandise and sends products directly to its warehouses, eliminating multi-step distribution costs. High sales volumes, rapid inventory turnover, efficient distribution and self-service warehouse facilities also ensure high operational efficiency.

A large and loyal customer base, economies of scale, a diverse mix of merchandise, and strategically-located warehouses are Costco’s major competitive advantages.

Costco has increased its dividend at 13% per-year over the last decade and last raised its payout by 11%. It also paid a special dividend of $7-per-share this year.

Analysts expect Costco’s sales growth to sit in the mid-single-digits range over the long-term, which could result in 8%-9% annual earnings growth in the coming years. Costco could, therefore, continue its solid pace of dividend growth.

Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: American Tower Corporation (AMT) Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy: American Tower Corporation (AMT)investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-300×165.jpg 300w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-55×30.jpg 55w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-200×110.jpg 200w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-162×88.jpg 162w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-400×220.jpg 400w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-116×64.jpg 116w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-100×55.jpg 100w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-91×50.jpg 91w, investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-78×43.jpg 78w,https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/amtmsn-170×93.jpg 170w” sizes=”(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px” />Source: Shutterstock

Dividend Yield: 1.8%
3-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 25%

American Tower is a leading owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate. The company was formed in 1995 as a unit of American Radio Systems and it was spun off in 1998 when that company merged with CBS Corporation.

American Tower reports its results in five segments U.S. (59% of 2016 sales), Asia (14%), EMEA (9%) and Latin America (17%) property, and services (1%). It owns a portfolio of approximately 149,000 communications sites, including 40,000 towers in the U.S. and over 108,000 towers internationally.

American Tower leases space on its communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, government agencies and tenants in a number of industries. Its top tenants include well-known names like AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), T-Mobile Us Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) and Sprint Corp (NYSE:S).

The real estate investment trust derives most of its revenue from tenant leases, which typically have an initial non-cancellable term of ten years with multiple renewal terms, as well as provisions for annual price increases. It is difficult for tenants to find suitable alternative sites and as such the lease renewal rates are generally high.

Moreover, the incremental operating costs associated with adding new tenants to an existing communications site are relatively low and annual capital expenditures to maintain communications sites are also not high. All these factors provide high cash flow visibility and excellent profitability for American Tower.

American Tower should keep growing its earnings as demand for wireless services and data grows in the coming years. A global asset base, recession-proof demand for its sites, long-standing relationships with customers and low cash flow volatility provide a moat around American Tower’s business.

Simply put, wireless tower companies possess many attractive qualities. That’s probably why Crown Castle International (CCI), one of American Tower’s peers, is a position in Bill Gates’ dividend stock portfolio.

American Tower’s dividend has grown at a very impressive 25% compound annual growth rate over the last three years, and its adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) payout ratio sits below 40%.

Given American Tower’s history of double-digit growth in property revenue for the last seven years and its doubling of dividends in just the past five years, shareholders can likely expect close to 20% annual dividend growth in the years ahead.

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Dividend Yield: 1.3%
5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 10%

Becton, Dickinson and Company is a global medical technology company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. The company uses independent distribution channels to distribute its products both in the U.S. and internationally.

Europe, EMA, Greater Asia, Latin America and Canada are Becton Dickinson’s major international markets. Becton Dickinson is also growing its presence in emerging markets.

The company spent over 6% of its revenue on R&D activities in FY17 and has major R&D facilities located in North America, China, France, India, Ireland and Singapore. BDX’s customer base is also quite diverse, ranging from healthcare institutions, life science researchers and the pharmaceutical industry to clinical laboratories and the general public.

Diversification across geographies, customers and products, strong R&D capabilities and a portfolio of successful brands are Becton Dickinson’s key competitive advantages. With more than a century’s worth of operating experience, the company is known for providing integrated products and services that seamlessly support healthcare providers across care areas. Its acquisition of C.R. Bard is also expected to create a stronger company in the future.

Becton Dickinson is a dividend aristocrat with 46 years of consecutive dividend growth. It has grown its dividend at an impressive 10% compound annual growth rate over the last five years.

With a payout ratio just over 60% and a need to restore its balance sheet after acquiring C.R. Bard, dividend growth over the near-term will likely remain below the company’s historical double-digit pace. However, with earnings expected to grow by 10% over the next two years, it won’t be long before investors are once again rewarded with strong payout growth.

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Dividend Yield: 2.2%
5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 8%

Automatic Data Processing is a top global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, and a leader in business outsourcing services, analytics and compliance expertise.

Automatic Data Processing’s business can be categorized into two reportable segments — Employer Services (73% of 2017 revenue) and Professional Employer Organization Services (27%). By geography, the U.S. is its largest market, accounting for 85% of revenues followed by Europe (8%), Canada (2%) and other (4%).

Automatic Data Processing provides a host of services ranging from recruitment to talent management to retirement that help customers improve their business results and alleviate the pain from non-core, administrative tasks.

The company serves over 700,000 clients ranging from small and mid-sized to large organizations operating in more than 110 countries around the world. It caters to the needs of more than 70% of the Fortune 500 companies.

Automatic Data Processing is responsible for making payments to approximately one out of every six U.S. workers and nearly 13 million workers internationally. In addition, its mobile applications enable nearly 12 million of its clients’ employees to easily access to their HR information in more than 27 languages.

With six decades of experience, Automatic Data Processing has developed deep insights and cutting-edge technologies that have transformed human resources from a back-office administrative function to a strategic business advantage.

A client-centric approach, long-standing customer relationships, extensive experience in payroll services and a growing demand for cloud platforms are Automatic Data Processing’s biggest advantages.

The company has raised its dividend for 43 years in a row, last boosting it by 7.5%. ADP’s dividend has grown at an annual clip of 10.6% over the last decade. Automatic Data Processing expects earnings-per-share growth to be 5-7%, which should allow dividends to continue compounding at a high-single-digit rate over the medium-term.

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Dividend Yield: 2.1%
5-Year Annual Dividend Growth Rate: 18%

Hormel Foods is a producer and marketer of a variety of meat and food products. It sells its products in all 50 U.S. states as well as in Australia, Canada, China, Japan and the Philippines.

The company’s business is classified into five segments: Refrigerated Foods (49% of Q3’17 operating profit), Grocery Products (21%), Jennie-O Turkey Store (16%), Specialty Foods (8%) and International & Other (6%). Perishable foods accounted for more than 50% of Hormel’s food products.

Starting out as a processor of meat and food products in 1891, today the company has become one of the most trusted and well-known food companies in the world. More than 80% of the U.S. households have a Hormel product at home and over 30 of its brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their categories.

The company’s large geographic footprint across 75 countries, 125-year-old brand name and broad portfolio of iconic brands are its biggest strengths.

Hormel has an impeccable record of increasing dividend for 51 consecutive years, making it a member of the exclusive dividend kings group. In addition to its lengthy dividend growth streak, Hormel has managed to grow its payout by 19.5% annually over the last three years.

Hormel last raised its payout by 17% and is targeting 5% annual sales growth through 2020. When combined with the company’s track record of growing earnings in 28 out of the last 31 years, investors can expect Hormel to continue its dividend growth streak and strong pace of payout increases going forward.

As of this writing, Brian Bollinger was long LOW, MDT, AMT,