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Market Wrap-Up for Dec.31 (APC, BHP, FCX, POT, MOS, MON, SCHN, more)

As we get set to wrap up 2010, we currently have 90 dividend stocks on our recommended list. Of those, only 8 of the names are currently lower from where we initially recommended the names. None of those that are lower are down more than 4%. We hope to continue to outperform as we get into 2011. At the end of the day, it comes down to results for investors and for ourselves at Dividend.com. We know the more we deliver, the better it will be for our business and our brand. It has been a relatively quiet week as is usually the case at the end of the year. We have little in the way of big stories or earnings. Anadarko Petroleum ( APC ) continued to move higher following yesterday’s rumor of a deal with BHP Billiton ( BHP ). Commodity plays ended the year in style, with Freeport McMoran ( FCX ), and Potash Corp ( POT ) seeing gains. It was a relatively good year for the markets with the Dow closing up 11%, S&P up 13%, and the Nasdaq finishing 17% higher. Looking ahead to next week, there will be some earnings we will be able to talk about. Names that are set to report include Mosaic ( MOS ), Monsanto ( MON ), Schnitzer Steel ( SCHN ), and others. Be sure to catch up with our weekend watchlists on Dividend.com Premium. There are tons of names that could be candidates for inclusion on our recommended list and the weekend posts will have all that covered. Have a great new year everybody and be safe if you’re traveling. See you in 2011! Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Market Wrap-Up for Dec.30 (BHP, APC, CF, MOS, AGU, more)

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As I look back at how dividend stocks fared, as well as our recommendations, we are certainly pleased by the performance, but there were some areas of the markets that we missed. The first area we did not embrace as quickly as we would have liked was the REIT space. The stocks actually led the way back from the 2009 lows and we were hesitant on pulling the trigger. We do have exposure to the space, but we certainly missed getting in a bit sooner. Another area we were totally surprised with was the hotel/lodging space. The stocks proved super-resilient, but with tiny dividend yields, we still didn’t embrace brands such as Marriott International ( MAR ) and Starwood Hotels ( HOT ). You can say that we should have been more aggressive with gold-mining plays, but everyone knows my thoughts on the “crowded trade”. We have been a bit more aggressive in the second half of 2010 with stocks that have lower dividend yields, as the valuation work we have been doing shows the aggressive recommendations have the potential to see their stock prices continuing to grow. We are always looking to improve our performance and there will certainly be tough calls we will have to make as we dig deeper into 2011. We are keeping a close eye on particular dividend stocks that have had some nice runs and it may be getting close for some of them to come off the recommended list. When we remove a name, we are simply telling investors that we would not initiate or add any further capital to the name. It is not a “sell” call. But that said, if the stock you own in your portfolio drops 25% from its 52 week high, you should put it on your radar and find out why this is happening. Investors can not be afraid to trim a position. There have been many great brands that have lost their way, despite paying dividends. It is every investor’s responsibility to take charge of their portfolio and have the discipline to make changes, and that includes selling a stock that is pulling down a portfolio’s performance. 2011 should be a fun year. I have a book coming out, titled “Be a Dividend Millionaire” and it exciting to see this finished product, following tons of work to put it together. We are definitely seeing dividend investing being more and more embraced. In a recent AP story, legendary personal finance guru Suze Orman talked positively about dividend stocks and sees big opportunities for investors that are looking for income. She talked about shifting some funds out of bonds and into high-quality dividend paying stocks as well as Dividend ETFs. Be sure to check out our latest Top 100 Dividend Stocks on Our Watchlist post we published earlier today. The newsflow continues to be a bit slower in this last week of the year, as has been the volume. There was a story out this morning about BHP Billiton ( BHP ) perhaps considering a bid for Anadarko Petroleum ( APC ) that has both those shares moving today. Fertilizer plays CF Industries ( CF ), Agrium…

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Report: BHP Billiton May Offer $90 a Share for Anadarko Petroleum (BHP, APC)

According to a report in London’s Daily Mail, BHP Billiton Limited ( BHP ) could soon make a $90 per-share offer to buy fellow oil giant Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ( APC ). That offer would represent a 27% premium top APC’s Wednesday closing price of $70.73. The report didn’t specify any sources for the information, but said that BHP CEO Marius Kloppers is “desperate” to get a deal done. BHP has engaged in multiple unsuccessful takeover attempts this year, including a much-publicized failed bid for fertilizer maker Potash Corp ( POT ). BHP shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Thursday, while Anadarko shares soared 5%. The Bottom Line Shares of Anadarko Petroleum ( APC ) have a .51% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $70.73. Shares of BHP Billiton ( BHP ) have a 1.94% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $92.80. Neither Billiton Limited ( BHP ) nor Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ( APC ) are currently recommended by Dividend.com. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Transocean (NYSE:RIG) Talking with Shell (NYSE:RDS-A), Anadarko (NYSE:APC), BHP (NYSE:BHP Over Force Majeure

Transocean (NYSE:RIG), which owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which was operated by BP (NYSE:BP) at the time of the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, is in talks with Shell (NYSE:RDS-A), Anadarko (NYSE:APC), BHP (NYSE:BHP over force majeure, or otherwise known as ‘Acts of God,’ as the Obama administration refuses to allow any new permits in the region. Although the Obama administration has

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BHP Billiton Downgraded to “Underperform” at Exane BNP Paribas (BHP)

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Oil and aluminum producer BHP Billiton Limited ( BHP ) on Wednesday caught a downgrade from analysts at Exane BNP Paribas. The firm said it cut its rating on BHP from “Neutral” to “Underperform.” This move comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the company would end its hostile takeover pursuit of fertilizer giant Potash Corp ( POT ). BHP Billiton shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of BHP Billiton ( BHP ) have a 2.16% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $83.30. The stock has technical support in the $79-$80 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $87-$90 price levels. BHP Billiton Limited ( BHP ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Market Wrap-Up for Nov.23 (FCX, BHP, MA, HRL, MON, CLF, more)

Investors woke up this morning to the news of high tensions in the Korean peninsula following a military exchange between North and South Korea. There are also concerns that other European nations could be following Ireland’s lead in looking for a financial bailout. Besides these two issues, news of lower-than-expected existing home sales made for a triple-play of bad news, which has translated into another triple-digit drop in the Dow. Yesterday had the ear-markings of a tough day, but buyers woke up in the afternoon to take us off the lows. When you have several key issues hitting the tape all at once, there is little for an investor to do but look at one’s portfolio and consider what holdings could be susceptible if selling escalates. This is where dogs in a portfolio become even more pronounced, and illustrates how important having a sell strategy really is. Elsewhere, I was startled by a study conducted from Limra, an investment research company, stating that only 44% of U.S. households have individual life insurance. I started buying term life insurance once my wife and I had our first child. I am a big fan of the “Buy term and invest the rest” adage when it comes to insurance. Term life insurance is not very costly and is a good way to protect your family against any unexpected events that could leave loved ones in a financial bind from an untimely death. Getting back to the markets, the selling was broad-based today. Commodity stocks led the way lower, with names like BHP Billiton ( BHP ), Freeport McMoran ( FCX ), and Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF ) all in the red. Elsewhere, MasterCard ( MA ), Monsanto ( MON ), and Chevron ( CVX ) got hit as well. Hormel Foods ( HRL ) bucked the downtrend, following the company’s solid earnings results this morning. Don’t forget to check out new Investing Videos section. As always, check out our industry-leading Best Dividend Stocks list for the top dividend names to put money into right now. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow! Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Freeport (NYSE:FCX), BHP (NYSE:BHP), Teck (NYSE:TCK), Southern Copper(NYSE:SCCO) Plunge on Falling Copper Prices

Copper prices have plummeted today, dragging down heavily-exposed copper companies like Freeport-McMoran (NYSE:FCX), BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP), Teck Resources (NYSE:TCK) and Southern Copper(NYSE:SCCO). Much of this was precipitated by the weakening euro versus the U.S. dollar, as the dollar index rose early in the trading session. There is also the continuing uncertainty as to the demand which

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Potash Upgraded to “Overweight” at JPMorgan (POT)

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Fertilizer giant Potash Corp. ( POT ) on Monday saw its rating and price target boosted by analysts at JPMorgan. The firm said it upgraded POT from “Neutral” to “Overweight,” while raising its price target to $155 all the way up from $109. That new target implies an 11% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $140.25. JPMorgan had previously restricted its coverage on POT following the recent hostile bid for the company from BHP Billiton ( BHP ). Potash shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line Shares of Potash Corp ( POT ) have a .29% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $140.25. The stock has technical support in the $134 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $145-$150 price levels. Potash Corp. ( POT ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Freeport (NYSE:FCX), BHP (NYSE:BHP), Teck Resources (NYSE:TCK) Down on China CPI Report

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold(NYSE:FCX), BHP Billiton Limited (NYSE:BHP) and Teck Resources (NYSE:TCK) were all down Friday as uncertainty clouded the demand picture when news China’s consumer price index rose to 4.4 percent (higher than what was anticipated), leading to speculation China may tighten the economy by raising interest rates in order to fight inflation. Gold price obviously

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Dividend Stock Leaders for the Week of Nov.8-12 (BA, MS, WFC, BHP, FO, more)

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Here are some of the biggest dividend stock winners and losers from the week that just ended. Company Fri. Close Weekly % Change Dividend Yield Halliburton Company ( HAL ) $35.82 +12.22% 1.01% Consol Energy ( CNX ) $42.50 +8.14% 0.94% Fortune Brands Inc. ( FO ) $58.60 +7.74% 1.30% Strayer Education Inc. ( STRA ) $142.48 +5.10% 2.81% BHP Billiton ( BHP ) $86.97 -5.61% 2.07% Campbell Soup Company ( CPB ) $34.52 -5.71% 3.19% Wells Fargo & Company ( WFC ) $27.54 -5.75% 0.73% Metlife Inc. ( MET ) $39.64 -5.84% 1.87% Morgan Stanley ( MS ) $25.57 -6.27% 0.78% Vornado Realty Trust ( VNO ) $83.09 -7.52% 3.13% Boeing Company ( BA ) $63.09 -11.48% 2.66% Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Where Will BHP (NYSE:BHP) Invest its Cash?

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Now that the Potash (NYSE:POT) deal is all but over for BHP (NYSE:BHP), rumors continue to circulate as to what would be the best way for the company to invest its cash.While acquisitions are sure to remain on the table, pressure from shareholders could result in BP using some of the capital, possibly as much as $10 billion to buy back shares in the company.As high as that is, BHP would still

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BHP (NYSE:BHP) May Acquire Woodside says Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)

Joining the chorus of commentators and analysts hyping the possibility BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) may target Woodside Petroleum Ltd. is Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), who believes they will be a target of BHP if the Potash (NYSE:POT) remains closed to the mining giant.With little chance of the Canadian government changing their minds, Morgan is essentially saying Woodside is the next target of BHP CEO

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