Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now

‘Tis the season when pundits begin to make their predictions for what the stock market will do in 2018.

Predictions are a tough business. Yet, we continue to pursue them, whether it’s the weather, a sporting event, the economy and, of course, how the stock market will perform next year.

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Some forecasters say the market will continue to rally another 20% in 2018, while others predict the return of volatility along with below-average returns over the next couple of years. 

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Triangle Securities Wealth Management lifted its stake in Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) by 34.5% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 2,339 shares of the medical research company’s stock after purchasing an additional 600 shares during the period. Triangle Securities Wealth Management’s holdings in Laboratory Corp. of America were worth $420,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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    $2.92 Earnings Per Share Expected for LabCorp (LH) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com) Global Contract Research Organization Market 2018 Pioneers by 2023: Parexel, LabCorp (Covance), PRA, PPD … (theexpertconsulting.com) OmniSeq and LabCorp Launch OmniSeq Advance? Assay (nasdaq.com) LabCorp’s latest collaboration aims to accelerate personalized, genomic medicine (bizjournals.com) Can Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) Continue To Outperform Its Industry? (finance.yahoo.com)

    LH has been the topic of several analyst reports. Barclays lifted their target price on shares of LabCorp from $195.00 to $210.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, February 26th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of LabCorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $190.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $176.00 target price on shares of LabCorp in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. ValuEngine raised shares of LabCorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of LabCorp from $182.00 to $192.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. LabCorp has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $191.06.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    If you’re looking to get your share of a booming, global growth story, look no further than Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings  (NYSE: LH).

    The Burlington, North Carolina-based company operates the largest network of clinical laboratories in the world. Its U.S. network has 36 labs and processes 2.5 million lab tests every week.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: First Financial Northwest Inc.(FFNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) will be announcing its earnings results on Tuesday, July 24th. Analysts expect the company to announce earnings of $0.26 per share for the quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Investors Real Estate Trust(IRET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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    Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE:IRET) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallJun. 28, 2018 10:00 a.m. ET

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Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Pinnacle West Capital Corporation(PNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ING Groep NV lifted its holdings in shares of Pinnacle West Capital Co. (NYSE:PNW) by 7.5% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 11,423 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 800 shares during the quarter. ING Groep NV’s holdings in Pinnacle West Capital were worth $912,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Atria Investments LLC cut its stake in shares of Pinnacle West Capital Co. (NYSE:PNW) by 49.5% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 4,651 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 4,560 shares during the period. Atria Investments LLC’s holdings in Pinnacle West Capital were worth $371,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    M&T Bank Corp raised its position in Pinnacle West Capital Co. (NYSE:PNW) by 15.8% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 8,775 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,196 shares during the period. M&T Bank Corp’s holdings in Pinnacle West Capital were worth $700,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Bank of America upgraded shares of Pinnacle West Capital (NYSE:PNW) from an underperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. Bank of America currently has $81.00 target price on the utilities provider’s stock. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Pinnacle West Capital (NYSE:PNW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, August 3rd. The utilities provider reported $1.48 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $974.12 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $939.59 million. Pinnacle West Capital had a return on equity of 9.12% and a net margin of 12.95%. The company’s revenue was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.49 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Pinnacle West Capital Co. will post 4.45 earnings per share for the current year.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. lowered its stake in shares of Pinnacle West Capital Co. (NYSE:PNW) by 15.5% in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 148,258 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 27,229 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd. owned about 0.13% of Pinnacle West Capital worth $11,945,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) posted better-than-expected revenue for the first quarter despite winter weather costs that weighed on operating results. Earnings totaled $1.55 a share, in line with analysts’ expectations. Revenue gained 10% annually to $17.1 billion, topping Wall Street predictions.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Shares of United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) gapped up before the market opened on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $113.61, but opened at $115.78. United Parcel Service shares last traded at $115.91, with a volume of 129650 shares changing hands.

  • [By David Zeiler]

    In practice, this means a lot of very familiar names and a few surprises. The roster includes names from Visa and Microsoft to United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) said Friday morning that the company has reached a tentative agreement with the Teamsters union on a five-year contract covering union employees involved in small package deliveries. The agreement remains subject to ratification by the UPS employees.

  • [By ]

    Thursday brought a host of interviews for TheStreet that may (hopefully) spark interest during your weekend planning. UPS (UPS) Chief Financial Officer told us the shipping giant will unveil a transformation plan in coming months. Instinct tells me this could be a cost-cutting plan designed to help the company’s under-performing stock. Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN) CEO shot back at noted short-seller Jim Chanos, who disclosed a year-long short position in the restaurant chain on Thursday. Chanos’ response to me via email: “Wow, a promotional CEO and his execs don’t agree with a short-seller….? Imagine that.” Yep. Hopped on the phone with Hasbro’s (HAS) CEO for a piece to hit over the weekend. Came away thinking retailers are preparing for a rather upbeat holiday season. The impact of Toys ‘R’ Us’ liquidation will likely weigh on Hasbro in the second quarter, then taper off in the back half of the year. 

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: UniSource Energy Corporation(UNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Uni Select (TSE:UNS) had its price target lifted by investment analysts at Macquarie from C$24.00 to C$25.00 in a report released on Wednesday. Macquarie’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 18.32% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Uni Select (TSE:UNS)‘s stock had its “hold” rating restated by equities research analysts at TD Securities in a report issued on Friday. They currently have a C$24.00 price objective on the stock. TD Securities’ price target points to a potential upside of 8.21% from the stock’s current price.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk.(TLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Telekomunikasi Indonesia (NYSE:TLK), the largest telecommunications company in Indonesia, reported first-quarter results on Tuesday, May 2. Top-line sales rose modestly in the first quarter thanks to higher wireless subscriber counts and a healthy broadband business, but those upsides had to overcome a substantial headwind from a mass exodus of old-school wireline subscribers.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Several analysts have recently issued reports on TLK shares. TheStreet upgraded shares of Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 6th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 17th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy”.

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn (NYSE:TLK) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Macquarie from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tuesday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares climbed 1.18 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 7 percent, and Telekomnks Indn Prsr Tbk Prshn Prsrn-ADR (NYSE: TLK), up 3 percent.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Scana Corporation(SCG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    While all of this is going on, Dominion has also announced plans to buy financially struggling peer SCANA Corp. (NYSE:SCG). This utility got into trouble when it canceled a nuclear construction project midstream after its contractor declared bankruptcy. Regulators, customers, and politicians have been less than pleased, with demands for rate and dividend cuts (a dividend cut was just announced).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) started 2018 well, delivering results that came in at the high end of its forecast thanks to much colder weather than last winter. Because of that, the utility believes its full-year results will come in above the midpoint of its guidance range. The company also affirmed its dividend growth forecast even though two factors helping to power it — the SCANA (NYSE:SCG) merger and its ability to grow its master limited partnership Dominion Energy Midstream Partners (NYSE:DM) — have become increasingly uncertain.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Shares of SCANA Co. (NYSE:SCG) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and two have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $43.75.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Investing in utilities is usually a pretty boring affair, with the main attraction normally being a reliable quarterly dividend payment. Recent events at SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG), however, have been anything but boring. Dominion Energy could be the company’s savior, but not if the government gets in the way.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Teacher Retirement System of Texas cut its stake in shares of SCANA Co. (NYSE:SCG) by 8.3% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 27,484 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 2,503 shares during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in SCANA were worth $1,059,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its stake in shares of SCANA Co. (NYSE:SCG) by 2.7% during the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 58,113 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after buying an additional 1,514 shares during the quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio’s holdings in SCANA were worth $2,239,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) has been the “wait ’til next year” story of the defense industry for several years now. The company’s initial guidance for 2019 suggests that investors are going to need to be patient a while longer.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    For investors looking to put new money to work in a defense prime today, I’d recommend General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) over either Raytheon or Northrop Grumman. General Dynamics currently trades at a 20% discount to its rivals on a price-to-earnings basis and at a 13% discount on a price-to-sales basis due to continued weakness in its business jet division. There’s more risk to General Dynamics, but there is also more potential upside should it get its aerospace business on track and close that valuation gap.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    There’s more at stake for Huntington Ingalls and fellow shipbuilder General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) beyond the $6.5 billion in lost refueling revenue. A modern aircraft carrier does not sail alone but rather relies on a large number of escorts and affiliated ships that also need to be acquired and staffed. There is also the expense of finding pilots for the large number of planes that are housed on a carrier.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    The $3 billion competition, which includes management and maintenance of a range of navy and marine networks, will pit Perspecta against two of the largest government IT vendors, Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) and the recently bulked-up IT arm of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). This is a business where scale is vitally important, potentially putting Perspecta in a difficult position.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    This week’s episode of Industry Focus: Energy is all about big defense — the companies behind things like missiles, ships, and intelligence services. Host Michael Douglass and Motley Fool contributor Lou Whiteman run through the latest earnings reports from Lockheed (NYSE:LMT), Raytheon (NYSE:RTN), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC).

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Strategic Wealth Partners Ltd. reduced its position in shares of General Dynamics Co. (NYSE:GD) by 20.0% during the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 6,099 shares of the aerospace company’s stock after selling 1,521 shares during the period. Strategic Wealth Partners Ltd.’s holdings in General Dynamics were worth $1,137,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Littelfuse Inc.(LFUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Federated Investors Inc. PA increased its holdings in Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) by 3.9% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 9,721 shares of the technology company’s stock after buying an additional 367 shares during the period. Federated Investors Inc. PA’s holdings in Littelfuse were worth $2,024,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) SVP Matthew Cole sold 150 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $227.26, for a total transaction of $34,089.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 4,163 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $946,083.38. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Littelfuse (NASDAQ: LFUS) and ABB Group (NYSE:ABB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

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