Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018

Background For This Article

About a year ago, I wrote an article explaining how Neff Corporation (NYSE:NEFF) was leveraged up to enable the payout of over $560mm to Wayzata Investment Partners, leaving the company with a weak balance sheet. I also described how the complex corporate structure obfuscates the real control of Neff Corp held by Wayzata through dual classes of common stock as well as Wayzata’s majority ownership of Neff Holdings LLC, the partnership which in turn owns the operating subsidiaries of the company. Publicly traded Class A Common shares in aggregate have only a minority of voting rights and are not expected to receive dividends. However, Wayzata’s stake is termed a “non-controlling interest” in the company’s financials.

Despite these governance issues, NEFF has participated in the rally that other stocks in the equipment rental space have enjoyed, propelling it above the 2014 IPO price for the first time:

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Amphenol Corporation(APH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. increased its holdings in shares of Amphenol (NYSE:APH) by 4.5% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 1,105,805 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after buying an additional 47,719 shares during the period. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V.’s holdings in Amphenol were worth $95,258,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Tom Gentile]

    The Amephenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) is an electronic and fiber optic manufacturing company in Connecticut. Late last month, on April 25, the company released their earnings and beat all expectations, including earnings per share and reported revenue.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

    Trending Hot Stock’s Analysis Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) (thestockgem.com) Royal Bank of Canada Raises Amphenol (APH) Price Target to $80.00 (americanbankingnews.com) Analyst Earnings Forecasts Summary: Amphenol Corporation’s (APH) (getstocksnews.com) Global Medical Pressure Sensors Market 2018 Manufacturers- Amphenol, Honeywell, NXP+Freescale and TE … (themobileherald.com) What’s Better? Amphenol Corporation (APH) Buy or Sell (nasdaqfortune.com)

    A number of research firms have issued reports on APH. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on shares of Amphenol from $87.00 to $90.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. ValuEngine raised shares of Amphenol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $89.00 price target (up from $82.00) on shares of Amphenol in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Amphenol from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $105.00 price objective on shares of Amphenol in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. Amphenol has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $92.00.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Greenleaf Trust reduced its holdings in Amphenol (NYSE:APH) by 4.0% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 17,234 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after selling 714 shares during the period. Greenleaf Trust’s holdings in Amphenol were worth $1,484,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Summit State Bank(SSBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Summit State Bank (NASDAQ:SSBI) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Saturday.

    Separately, TheStreet raised Summit State Bank from a c+ rating to a b rating in a report on Wednesday, February 14th.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Mar Vista Investment Partners LLC bought a new stake in Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund bought 888,437 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $81,168,000. Microchip Technology comprises 3.2% of Mar Vista Investment Partners LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 12th largest position.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Morgan Stanley's Joseph Moore previewed earnings reports from MPINJ Inc (NASDAQ: PI), Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA). Morgan Stanley has the following ratings on the companies:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) had its price objective increased by Morgan Stanley from $96.00 to $97.00 in a research report report published on Wednesday morning. The brokerage currently has an equal weight rating on the semiconductor company’s stock.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Press coverage about Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Microchip Technology earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.825929182511 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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    Though concerns have been raised that the analog and MCU markets are at risk of seeing an inventory correction (they haven’t had a major one in a while), given signs of excessive ordering and stretched lead times, TI and STMicro’s numbers suggest conditions remain good for now. That’s particularly true in industrial and auto markets where trends such as factory automation, ADAS adoption and electric/hybrid car sales are boosting chip demand. Several other analog/MCU firms, including Microchip (MCHP) , ON Semiconductor (ON) , Maxim Integrated (MXIM) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) , will be reporting soon.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Shipbuilding and services specialistHuntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) was spun off from Northup Grumman in early 2011. General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) is roughly six times larger and offers a far more diversified list of products and services that includes submarines, aircraft, and armored vehicles, among other things. Both, however, provide key products and services to the U.S. military. That’s normally a fairly consistent business driven by large and often very long contracts. With a supportive administration in the White House, it would seem like now is a good time to take a look at this pair of stocks. But which of these two military-industrial companies is a better buy? Using a Benjamin Grahamlens, the answer may not be what you want to hear.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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    U.S. Air Force Awards General Dynamics Cloud Services Contract (finance.yahoo.com) General Dynamics (GD) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com) America Desperately Needs More Submarines. And That Is Good News for General Dynamics. (yahoo.com) GD completes Hawker Pacific acquisition (janes.com) General Dynamics Unit Secures Work for Aircraft Computer System Repairs, Replacement (govconwire.com)

    Shares of NYSE:GD traded up $3.17 on Tuesday, reaching $199.62. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,149,954 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,720,029. General Dynamics has a 52-week low of $190.30 and a 52-week high of $230.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a current ratio of 1.34. The stock has a market capitalization of $57.94 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.06, a PEG ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 0.84.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Cellcom Israel Ltd.(CEL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Natural Health Trends Corp (NASDAQ: NHTC) fell 7.8 percent to $19.80 in pre-market trading after rising 1.46 percent on Friday.
    Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) shares fell 6.6 percent to $11.41 in pre-market trading after climbing 4.18 percent on Friday.
    Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC) shares fell 6.2 percent to $5.15 in pre-market trading after tumbling 11.45 percent on Friday.
    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA) fell 6.1 percent to $7.31 in pre-market trading after declining 3.35 percent on Friday.
    Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) fell 5.6 percent to $28.30 in pre-market trading.
    Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) fell 5.3 percent to $6.06 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.73 percent on Friday.
    Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) shares fell 5.2 percent to $28.60 in pre-market trading. Xerox terminated its transaction agreement with Fujifilm and entered into a new agreement with Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. JP Morgan downgraded Xerox from Overweight to Neutral.
    Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) fell 5.2 percent to $7.02 in pre-market trading. Cellcom is expected to release Q1 results on May 30, 2018.
    Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) fell 4.5 percent to $74 in pre-market trading.
    Nabriva Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: NBRV) shares fell 4 percent to $4.66 in pre-market trading

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the telecommunication services shares surged 0.58 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), up 5 percent, and Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) up 2.5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the health care shares rose 1.79 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Partner Communications Company Ltd. (NASDAQ: PTNR), up 8 percent, and Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE: CEL) up 7 percent.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Paychex Inc.(PAYX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    GW&K Investment Management LLC decreased its holdings in shares of Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) by 15.0% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 509,839 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 89,891 shares during the quarter. GW&K Investment Management LLC owned 0.14% of Paychex worth $31,401,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Paypex (CURRENCY:PAYX) traded 1% lower against the dollar during the one day period ending at 16:00 PM Eastern on May 20th. In the last week, Paypex has traded 45.6% higher against the dollar. Paypex has a total market capitalization of $142.70 million and $8,938.00 worth of Paypex was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Paypex token can currently be purchased for about $2.09 or 0.00024454 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges.

  • [By ]

    “For many other stocks, such as gaming (EA, TTWO) and IT services ( (PAYX) , (GPN) ), regulatory risks for Facebook may not necessarily pose a risk to their core business models,” writes Goldman Sachs strategist David Kostin. “We expect correlations for these stocks would likely revert to historical averages and present potential buying opportunities given their underperformance since March.”

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI trimmed its holdings in shares of Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) by 2.9% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 203,575 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 6,098 shares during the quarter. Paychex accounts for approximately 1.9% of Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI’s portfolio, making the stock its 24th biggest position. Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI’s holdings in Paychex were worth $12,538,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Cinemark Holdings Inc(CNK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE: BUD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $13.06 billion.
    SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $433.32 million.
    Weibo Corporation (NASDAQ: WB) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $342.39 million.
    Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.57 per share on revenue of $1.55 billion.
    Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.98 per share on revenue of $2.75 billion.
    Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.51 billion.
    ADT Inc. (NYSE: ADT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.11 billion.
    Coty Inc. (NYSE: COTY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $2.18 billion.
    Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: PNK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.31 per share on revenue of $644.94 million.
    Conduent Incorporated (NYSE: CNDT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $1.44 billion.
    Delphi Technologies PLC (NYSE: DLPH) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.13 per share on revenue of $2.33 billion.
    Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $530.99 million.
    Performance Food Group Company (NYSE: PFGC) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $4.46 billion.
    Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) is projected to report
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in Cinemark by 73.2% during the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 6,081,823 shares of the company’s stock worth $211,768,000 after buying an additional 2,570,923 shares in the last quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 88.0% during the fourth quarter. Rivulet Capital LLC now owns 2,859,216 shares of the company’s stock worth $99,558,000 after buying an additional 1,338,000 shares in the last quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC increased its position in Cinemark by 1.9% during the fourth quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 2,312,832 shares of the company’s stock worth $80,533,000 after buying an additional 42,982 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in Cinemark by 4.0% during the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,728,543 shares of the company’s stock worth $60,187,000 after buying an additional 66,700 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in Cinemark by 3.4% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,334,140 shares of the company’s stock worth $48,310,000 after buying an additional 43,606 shares in the last quarter. 94.03% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Hodges Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) by 2.0% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 311,681 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 6,234 shares during the quarter. Hodges Capital Management Inc. owned approximately 0.27% of Cinemark worth $11,741,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: First Financial Northwest Inc.(FFNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation(RL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE: RL) was up 14% at $133.33 on Wednesday after earnings. Credit Suisse maintained its Outperform rating and raised its target to $153 from $135. Barclays left its Underweight rating in place but still raised its target to $110 from $103 after the stronger report.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had a tumultuous session on Wednesday, as major benchmarks started the day weak but bounced back in the afternoon. Investors weren’t happy with the current state of geopolitical uncertainty, with trade disputes threatening to become larger problems than ever. But the release of the minutes of the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee convinced many that the central bank will be slow to do lasting damage to the economic expansion, remaining measured in the pace of its interest rate increases. Moreover, some companies had good news that sent their shares higher. Tiffany (NYSE:TIF), BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE:BPT), and Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Ralph Lauren outperformed the industry in the past six months backed by robust bottom-line performance in recent quarters. Notably, third-quarter fiscal 2018 marked the company’s 12th consecutive earnings beat while sales lagged estimates after a beat in the previous quarter. Additionally, the company’s Way Forward Plan is on track, and it remains keen on bolstering digital and international presence. Also, the company has been gaining from favorable geographic and channel mix shifts along with lower promotions and reduced product costs. Further, management adjusted fiscal 2018 outlook to account for the positive currency rates, which are likely to aid revenues and operating margins. However, its North America business continues to suffer due to distribution and brand exits, planned reduction in shipments and promotions to enhance the quality of sales, and lower customer demand.”

Top 10 Dividend Stocks To Watch For 2018: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Cramer and the AAP team note that seven of the companies in their portfolio are reporting this week, including Abbott Laboratories (ABT) , Nucor (NUE) and Honeywell (HON) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

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    United States Steel (X) : “We’ve got Nucor (NUE) and that’s the one you want to buy.”

    Del Taco Restaurants (TACO) : “We have so many others in that group, why go with this one?”

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    Steel Dynamics (STLD) : “That’s a great steel company and the only one I’ll recommend other than Nucor (NUE) .”

    Sprint (S) : “I think you have to ring the register. All we have are rumors of a merger.”

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