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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.31 (MEE, CNX, WLT, DRI, FCX, POT, INTC, more)

As the market got started on this new week, market participants were keeping a close eye on the doings going on in Egypt, but a big coal merger put a bid into numerous energy-focused plays. Before we dig into that, I just want to remind everyone that we added a new name to our best dividend stocks list this morning, so be sure to check out the upgrade if you didn’t see the e-mail alert we sent out earlier to Dividend.com Premium subscribers. Looking at the big deal of the day, Massey Energy ( MEE ), which had long been a subject of ongoing takeover rumors, finally did catch a bid over the weekend. The company will be getting taken over by Alpha Natural Resources( ANR ) at a valuation that is about 30% below its all-time high levels hit in June of 2008. That news helped push shares like Consol Energy ( CNX ) and Walter Energy ( WLT ) nicely higher. We also saw seeing buying spread to other commodity names, including Freeport McMoran ( FCX ) and Potash Corp ( POT ). Darden Restaurant ( DRI ) shares were up on news the company is lifting its outlook. There has been a worry in the market when it comes to food/restaurant plays, and how they will be having to deal with higher commodity costs. We’ll keep an eye on the sector to see if other companies are able to dodge the rising food cost bullet as well. Lastly, Intel Corporation ( INTC ) managed to close unchanged despite news the company is cutting its earlier margins guidance, following a chip design glitch that will hit the semiconductor giant’s bottom line this coming quarter. Lots of gloomy headlines about Social Security possibly dissolving sooner than experts have been predicting last week, so I wanted to look for nuggets to write about retirement this morning. I wanted to focus on some baby boomer tips from a recent U.S. News & World Report, and add my own two cents to each. Baby Boomer Tip #1 – “Sign up for Medicare on time.” This is a no-brainer and who wouldn’t want to be able to free up money that can be saved or used for other necessities? As people continue to live longer, some of the savings from not having to pay for your own expensive plan can even go into quality dividend stocks that provide a nice yield each year. Baby Boomer Tip #2 – “Schedule your free physical…

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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.24 (MCD, RSH, HAL, CLF, JCP, more)

Filed in ceo, dividend, downgrade, earnings, Gold Investing, lead, Lear, o, Rio Tinto, shares, upgrade by on January 24, 2011 0 Comments

Let me just start by saying it was a tough night trying to get to sleep after watching the Jets nearly make it all the way back from the hole they put themselves in against the Steelers yesterday. It was an exciting year, but once again the team falls short. One day, the Jets will win it all again (as will every team at some point). Good luck to the Steelers (sold this stock too early as I was a fan in my younger days – still enjoyed watching them win their first four Super Bowls – and Packers!) The Super Bowl should certainly be an outstanding match-up. In investing, you can always dig yourself out of a hole, as long as the hole doesn’t swallow up your entire portfolio. What I mean is you should never put all your eggs in one or two baskets. It’s easy to say “I should have just owned Stock XYZ” in hindsight. Unfortunately I have seen too many cases where investors pick the wrong “horse” or couple of “horses” to bet on — sometimes this practice is done in one’s 401k regarding their employer’s stock. How many millions were lost in stocks like Enron, Lucent, Nortel, etc, when these stocks tumbled and never bounced back? One thing is always for certain: companies’ fortunes change at one point or another, but if an investor doesn’t accept the fact it may be time to ring the register and sell, the inherent risk to one’s nest egg increases dramatically. Even if you take a decent-sized loss and don’t stick to my 25% off the 52-week high” checkpoint, you can easily recoup those losses by getting back to the investing basics and put your money to work in quality dividend-paying stocks over the next several years. It never makes sense to give up on the markets, despite the magnitude any correction has on your portfolio. I can’t stress enough that if you adopt a sell discipline for your portfolio, you will always have a portfolio that will be performing at or better than most money managers in the business today. Just before we take a look at today’s action, I just wanted to remind everyone to check out today’s new recommendations if you did not read the alert we sent out earlier. As we start another busy week of earnings, the markets got off to a solid start. Halliburton ( HAL ) and McDonald’s ( MCD ) closed with minors following both companies’ earnings reports. J.C. Penney ( JCP ) had a good day following some new board members coming on board, as speculation of a potential sale makes the rounds. On the flipside, Radioshack ( RSH ) shares got hurt on news the CEO will be stepping down in May. Commodity names are bouncing following the recent selling. Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF ) and Rio Tinto ( RTP ) paced the gains. I wanted to go over some investing strategy one-liners that were highlighted on my friend and respected market-watcher Charles Kirk’s “Kirk Report”. Investing Strategy #1 – “Keep it…

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McDonald’s Q4 Profit Rises 2%, Matching View (MCD)

Filed in dividend, Gold Bullion prices, o, revenue, shares by on January 24, 2011 0 Comments

Fast food king McDonald’s Corporation ( MCD ) on Monday said its fourth quarter profit rose 2% from last year, meeting analyst expectations. The Oak Brook, IL-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $1.24 billion, or $1.16 per share, compared with $1.22 billion, or $1.11 per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 4% from last year to $6.2 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a matching profit of $1.16 per share, on matching revenue of $6.2 billion. McDonald’s shares fell $1.21, or -1.6%, in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of McDonald’s ( MCD ) since Aug.12, 2009, when the stock was trading at $56.02. The company has a 3.25% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $75.01. McDonald’s Corporation ( MCD ) is a “Recommended” dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.6 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 Jan.21 (GE, COF, STI, FCX, BTU, MCD, JNJ, more)

We sometimes hear from dividend investors who simply over-analyze their investments. For instance, dividend stock prices are automatically negatively adjusted on the ex-dividend date to reflect the upcoming payout. This practice, put into place by the exchanges themselves, prevents people from “gaming” the dividend system. Investors sometimes panic at these price drops, despite them being a natural part of dividend investing. A one- or two-point drop in a high-quality dividend stock, especially as a result of an ex-dividend adjustment, is nothing to be concerned about! Now if the stocks gets down 20-25% off its 52-week high, then and only then you may have something to worry yourself with. This illustrates the danger of focusing on the short term, which usually causes investors to start trying to time the markets. Trying to time every movement perfectly is trading, not investing, so forget about looking for immediate price gains as soon as you purchase a security! Before we look at today’s market action, just a quick note to check out today’s new recommendation changes in the link below if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out earlier. The market got off to a decent start on the back of solid earnings results from General Electric ( GE ). We also saw positive reactions to financial plays SunTrust Banks ( STI ), Capital One Financial ( COF ), and BB&T Corp ( BBT ). Wall Street analyst upgrades also helped lift shares of Eaton Corp ( ETN ) and Parker-Hannifin ( PH ). Sellers hit commodity plays once again, with Freeport McMoran ( FCX ), Walter Energy ( WLT ), and Peabody Energy ( BTU ) taking a hit. I’m hearing from some gold and silver investors about the recent pain they have seen with the recent price drop. I don’t see any particular long-term worries at this point, but with signs of the economy getting its mojo back, the case for the metals may not be as seductive as it has been. Overall, it may be a good time to get some gold stock candidates ready to examine on healthy pullbacks. I have been consistently saying here that the metals could be in for a pullback, and urged caution back in late November, so hopefully anyone that was sitting on nice profits was able to ring the register at higher levels. I still believe that this generation of investors is not afraid of looking at commodities for a part an investment portfolio, so I doubt that we will go back to long-term periods of gold and silver languishing. We finish up …

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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.18 (CMA, PNC, MCD, CAT, DE, QCOM, LMT, more)

Filed in Apple, Debt, deere, dividend, earnings, Gold Investment, lead, o, shares, upgrade by on January 18, 2011 0 Comments

I was reading an interesting article on SmartonMoney.com that listed some common money excuses people use. Let’s go over some of them each day this week. Excuse #1 – “If I earn interest, I have to pay more taxes.” My Answer: Don’t get preoccupied with taxes when it comes to investment returns. For many of us, making more money with our investments should be the goal, not avoiding paying more in taxes by possibly foregoing better investment opportunities. Excuse #2 – “At my age, it’s too late anyway.” My Answer: Don’t ever start thinking in this negative way. Remember my dad’s barber friend who bought his first house at age 77. That’s the right mentality! Compound interest from dividend stocks kicks in sooner than you think, so don’t ever tap out. Excuse #3 – “Why save money? You can’t take it with you when you die!” My Answer: This is normally the rationale for those around us that have racked up the most debt. I personally would rather create a positive legacy rather than one where you burden your loved ones with all your poor financial habits. Excuse #4 – “We’re only young once!” My Answer: I never stop believing I’m young, and there’s no reason to waste money just because you want to stand by an “only young once” mantra. Ask anyone that is in their 30′s and 40′s and they will tell you about being a bit too foolish with money in their early earning days. Excuse #5 – “But it’s only zero percent interest!” My Answer: Yes, the “free money” myth is super popular when it comes to borrowing these days. But what about the obligation of making monthly payments once you make a big purchase you likely don’t need? There’s no such thing as free money, regardless of interest rates. We’ll do more of these as the week rolls on. Getting back to the markets, Apple ( AAPL ) shares opened about $20 lower this morning on the Steve Jobs health concerns (as we discussed in yesterday’s e…

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McDonald’s October Same-Store Sales Rise 6.5% (MCD)

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Fast food giant McDonald’s Corporation ( MCD ) on Monday said its global October same-store sales jumped 6.5% from last year. Same-store sales were up 5.6% in the U.S., while Europe comps rose 5.8%. Sales in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa region rose 5.3%. Same-store sales are considered a key indicator of a retailer’s health, since they measure only the performance of stores open at least 13 months. CEO Jim Skinner said “We are keeping the McDonald’s brand in demand around the world by serving great-tasting, high-quality food at an outstanding value. Moving forward, our customer focus, menu innovation, and the ongoing modernization of our convenient restaurants will continue to deliver the unique McDonald’s experience that keeps customers coming back.” McDonald’s shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of McDonald’s ( MCD ) since Aug.12, 2009, when the stock was trading at $56.02. The company has a 3.08% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $79.30. McDonald’s Corporation ( MCD ) is a “Recommended” dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.5 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 Oct.21 (MCD, FCX, UNP, VFC, HSY, NUE, more)

Filed in dividend, earnings, Gold Investing by on October 21, 2010 0 Comments

It looks like another quarter of monster profits for corporate America. As we get into the busiest part of earnings season, it is evident analysts have way under-estimated the quarterly results for numerous companies. In our own research, we are continually adding to our target list for potential future recommendations as earnings increase. (more…)

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McDonald’s Q3 Profit Jumps 10%, Beating View; Same-Store Sales Rise (MCD)

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McDonald’s Q3 Profit Jumps 10%, Beating View; Same-Store Sales Rise (MCD)

Fast food king McDonald’s Corporation ( MCD ) on Thursday said its third quarter profit rose 10% from last year, beating analyst expectations, and the company provided an upbeat same-store sales forecast. (more…)

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Market Wrap-Up for Oct.15 (GE, MAT, GOOG, AAPL, AMZN, BAC, WFC, JPM, more)

Market Wrap-Up for Oct.15 (GE, MAT, GOOG, AAPL, AMZN, BAC, WFC, JPM, more)

For the second year in a row, the nearly 54 million retirees and other Americans who receive Social Security benefits will not get any cost-of-living increase in 2011 in their monthly checks, government officials announced Friday morning. I continue to urge investors to get away from relying on the government for any retirement safe haven fix. The time to get your own income stream of dividends is now. There are still plenty of great opportunities in the market, despite the fact some names we have recommended have gone up 50-100% just in stock price alone. Look at Reynolds American ( RAI ) , which just announced a nearly 9% dividend increase this morning. The stock is up over 60% since our recommendation, and with the dividend increase will still yield over 6%. There are plenty of dividend opportunities on our “Best Dividend Stocks” list to get one started. Get in the business of putting your money to work today, if you have not already done so. Trading stocks may look sexy, but too often all it takes is one bad trade to nullify numerous profitable trades. In contrast, dividend investing is about slow and steady winning the race. Back to the markets. A couple of disappointing results from General Electric ( GE ) and Mattel ( MAT ) pushed the markets to closed mixed. Traders went crazy chasing shares of Google ( GOOG ) higher, then went frantic after shares of high-beta plays Amazon.com ( AMZN ) and Apple ( AAPL ) which are reporting next week. The Qualcomm ( QCOM ) circa-1999 buying frenzy is happening as I mentioned it possibly could a few weeks back, with the triple-digit high-fliers. Never the best situation for the markets when this party ends. Elsewhere, we saw another strong pullback in the financial space today. Shares of Bank of America ( BAC ) , Wells Fargo ( WFC ) and JP Morgan ( JPM ) all trended lower once again. We have avoided the “value hunt” in the financial space and rightfully so. A questionable earnings picture and extremely low dividend yields are not what we find as attractive investment ideas. Looking ahead to next week, earnings reports really begin to ramp up, with Goldman Sachs ( GS ) , IBM Corp ( IBM ) , McDonald’s ( MCD ) , and many more set to report. Be sure to catch up with our latest watchlist updates this weekend on Dividend.com Premium . Have a great weekend everybody, and thanks for reading! 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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McDonald’s Estimates Boosted at Oppenheimer (MCD)

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McDonald’s Estimates Boosted at Oppenheimer (MCD)

Fast food king McDonald’s Corporation ( MCD ) on Friday saw its earnings estimates raised by analysts at Oppenheimer. The firm said it boosted its estimates for MCD through 2011, citing expected benefits from a weakening dollar. Oppenheimer also maintained its “Perform” rating on the stock. McDonald’s shares rose 37 cents, or +0.5%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of McDonald’s ( MCD ) since Aug.12, 2009, when the stock was trading at $56.02. The company has a 3.17% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $77.04. McDonald’s Corporation ( MCD ) is a “Recommended” dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.5 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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McDonald’s I’m Not Lovin’ It

Filed in silver by on October 3, 2010 0 Comments

I have been a McDonald’s (MCD) shareholder for some time now. The stock has been a good investment for the past five years. My reasons for owning the stock were plenty. McDonald’s has over 32,000 restaurants around the world and has plans to continue expanding internationally. According to the company website, McDonald’s serves over 60

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Market Wrap-Up for Sept.23 (QCOM, MCD, MET, PRU, SPG, VNO, more)

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Market Wrap-Up for Sept.23 (QCOM, MCD, MET, PRU, SPG, VNO, more)

We are seeing momentum plays partying like its 1999. I wrote about the Qualcomm ( QCOM ) example yesterday, where experts are now using the “divide by 10″ rule on triple-digit names to justify how really cheap they are, which is a very dangerous proposition. This could lead to some big spikes, and if we follow the patterns of 1999, an even bigger fall. For dividend investors that are foaming at the mouth to jump in to the momentum action, we urge you to use extreme caution. The business media does a great job cheerleading these buying frenzies. If you have experience as a trader and have proven to be a disciplined player, you could certainly try and make some quick gains, but be careful not to lose sight of the overbought conditions that we have seen. It was a strange day for the markets as we saw an early dip on some weaker-than-expected jobless claims numbers, then a rally after existing home sales numbers rallied, followed once again by a late-day dip. McDonald’s ( MCD ) closed lower despite news out this morning the company was raising its dividend payout 11%. Financials once again didn’t do anything to help stave off the selling, with Metlife ( MET ) and Prudential ( PRU ) leading that sector lower. REITs were also laggards, led by Vornado Realty Trust ( VNO ) and Simon Property Group ( SPG ) . I hope everyone is enjoying the new video segments our editor Tom Reese and I are producing on the site. Feel free to reach out to us with more ideas on what you would like to see discussed. I am also proud to announce that I have signed a book deal with FT Press/Pearson, in which I will be writing about Dividend stock investing, personal finance tips and more. I will be providing everyone with more details as things begin to materialize. As always, be sure to check out our industry-leading Best Dividend Stocks list for our current recommendations. 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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