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Digital Realty Trust Q4 FFO Rises; Forecast Boosted (DLR)

Data center REIT Digital Realty Trust, Inc. ( DLR ) on Friday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter funds from operations and lifted its full-year 2011 forecast. The San Francisco-based company reported fourth quarter funds from operations (FFO) of $102.91 million, or 98 cents per share, compared with $69.43 million, or 79 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted FFO was 96 cents per share. Revenue surged more than 40% from last year to $239 million. On average, Wall Street analysts expected smaller FFO of 91 cents per share, albeit on higher revenue of $242 million. Looking ahead, the company boosted its full-year 2011 FFO guidance to a range of $3.80 to $3.95 per share, while analysts expect $3.85 per share for the year. Digital Realty Trust shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We recently added shares of Digital Realty Trust ( DLR ) to our recommended list. The company has a 4.86% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $56.02. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. ( DLR ) 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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Dr Pepper Snapple Q4 Profit Falls, but Still Beats View; Shares Rise (DPS)

Filed in Apple, dividend, earnings, Gold Bullion prices, o, shares by on February 17, 2011 0 Comments

Beverage giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. ( DPS ) on Thursday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings, sending its shares soaring in premarket trading. The Plano, TX-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $112 million, or 49 cents per share, compared with $114 million, or 44 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 67 cents per share. Net sales rose 4% from last year to $1.41 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller adjusted profit of 63 cents per share. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 earnings to range from $2.70 to $2.78 per share, while analysts expect $2.72 per share for the year. Dr Pepper Snapple shares rose $1.50, or +4.4%, in premarket trading Thursday. The Bottom Line We recently added shares of Dr.Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS ) to our recommended list. The company has a 2.92% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $34.25. Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. ( DPS ) 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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Johnson Controls Q1 Earnings Beat, but Forecast Falls Short; Shares Fall (JCI)

Automotive interiors maker Johnson Controls, Inc. ( JCI ) on Thursday said its fiscal first quarter profit rose 7% from last year, beating expectations, but its guidance still fell shy of analysts’ view. The Milwaukee-based company reported fiscal first quarter net income of $375 million, or 55 cents per share, compared with $350 million, or 52 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 13% from last year to $9.54 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 53 cents per share, on lower revenue of $8.9 billion. Looking ahead, the company predicted second quarter profit to range from 52 to 54 cents per share, which would miss the average analyst estimate of 57 cents for the quarter. Its raised full-year guidance for 2011 could also miss Wall Street’s view. Johnson Controls shares fell $1.53, or -3.8%, in premarket trading Thursday. The Bottom Line We recently added shares of Johnson Controls ( JCI ) to our recommended list, when the stock was trading at $38.20. The company has a 1.59% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $40.13. Johnson Controls, Inc. ( JCI ) 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 Jan.19 (IBM, GS, STT, MOS, NTRS, POT, more)

I just got the results from my recent blood work and my cholesterol came back at 207. It is about the same it was three years ago, but I need to dedicate a bit more time to exercise and taking care of my body as I do my finances. Without health, what good is wealth? I was never a big fan of going to the doctor (who is?), but as I get older and have much more responsibility (family, thousands of Dividend.com Premium subscribers, etc.), I need to step up being proactive when it comes to health. I am probably one of the few Italians I know that doesn’t eat fish — not a great thing when you are trying to bring down cholesterol levels. It’s time to cut back a touch on the pasta and hit the treadmill more. Hopefully everyone out there is trying to pay attention to health and fitness as well. We all need each other on our “A” game. We are now entering earnings season and this is where there could be some stomach-turning action in the markets. There will be some good news that gets rewarded and some good news that gets sold. It’s always hard to pinpoint why the moves happen as they do sometimes, but just try and hang in there. I am always happier when earnings season is nearing the end for each quarter, so I can examine where the overreactions occurred or where the news may be a bit more gloomy than we like for names that could be on our recommended list. As for today’s action in the markets, we saw some significant selling in more of the growth plays for a change. Earnings results jolted several big-name financial plays, including State Street ( STT ), Northern Trust ( NTRS ), and Goldman Sachs ( GS ). Fertilizer play Mosaic ( MOS ) took a hit as agribusiness giant Cargill may be planning to relinquish its majority control in the company. Selling spread to other names in the sector, including CF Industries ( CF ) and Potash Corp ( POT ). One of the few bright spots that stood out was IBM Corp ( IBM ), up nicely following the tech giant’s earnings results. We’ll continue to monitor the markets closely as we have been and will keep subscribers alerted to any changes we make on our recommended list. Continuing with yesterday’s theme, here are some more common money excuses people use and my response to them: Excuse #6 – “I’ll pay it off next month!” This is where the credit card companies really get you. The minute you start falling behind is when the fees start to pile on. Pay it off quickly and learn to be consistently responsible. Excuse #7 – “Old cars just aren&#…

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Natural Gas Service (NGS): Gas Field Gains

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Natural Gas Service (NGS): Gas Field Gains

Filed under: Newsletters , Commodities , Oil , Stocks to Buy “I am getting more interested in natural gas; we all realize that crude oil production is peaking and that new discoveries are deep, dangerous to exploit, and bottom line expensive,” says resource expert Curtis Hesler . The editor of Professional Timing Service explains, “Investors can consider Natural Gas Service Group ( NGS ), a natural gas field equipment provider that I am adding to our recommended list. “While technology is improving in wind and hydroelectric generation, perhaps the greatest technical strides are being seen in natural gas production. Continue reading Natural Gas Service (NGS): Gas Field Gains Natural Gas Service (NGS): Gas Field Gains originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 19 Jan 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Out-of-Favor eBay (EBAY) Gets ‘Some Love’

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Out-of-Favor eBay (EBAY) Gets ‘Some Love’

Filed under: eBay (EBAY) , Newsletters , Stocks to Buy “eBay ( EBAY ) — a holding on our recommended buy list — isn’t a very popular stock on Wall Street,” notes Geoffrey Seiler . The editor of BullMarket.com explains, “Nevertheless, the name received some love in the past several days as two analysts came out with bullish takeaways on the stock. “First, on January 7th, Evercore Partners initiated coverage of the stock with an ‘overweight’ rating and Street high target of $37. Continue reading Out-of-Favor eBay (EBAY) Gets ‘Some Love’ Out-of-Favor eBay (EBAY) Gets ‘Some Love’ originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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M&T Bank Q4 Profit Jumps 49% on Higher Margins, Lower Provisions (MTB)

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Regional banker M&T Bank Corporation ( MTB ) said Friday that its fiscal fourth quarter profit rose 49% from last year, easily besting analyst estimates. The Buffalo-based company reported fiscal fourth quarter net income of $204 million, or $1.59 per share, compared with $137 million, or $1.04 per share, in the year-ago period. On average, Wall Street analysts had expected a much smaller profit of $1.44 per share. The company noted the solid results “reflect higher net interest income, resulting from a widening of the net interest margin, and a significantly lower provision for credit losses.” M&T Bank shares rose $1.59, or +1.9%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We recently added shares of M&T Bank ( MTB ) to our recommended list, back on Jan.3, when the stock was trading at $87.05. The company has a 3.25% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $86.26. M&T Bank Corporation ( MTB ) 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 Dec.29 (POT, CF, MOS, MON, OXY, SHZ, MCP, REE, more)

Filed in dividend, Gold Investing, lead, o, potash corp, shares, ubs by on December 29, 2010 0 Comments

As we look ahead to 2011, we continue to look for names that we believe are still undervalued and where valuations can grow with company profits. This will sometimes lead us to stocks that have lower dividend yields. When we recommend lower-yielding names, we almost always note that they are better suited for aggressive investors. Typically an aggressive dividend investor is willing to give up the cushion of a higher dividend yield for stocks that can make up for it with price appreciation. Our recommended list has a nice mix of both income and aggressive dividend plays, so be sure to pick what is best for you and your investment profile. Speaking of recommendations, we added five new names to our recommended list earlier today, so be sure to check out the post if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out. Recent data from Markit, a global financial information-services firm, calculated that as of Nov. 30, 56% more Standard & Poor’s 500 companies increased dividends in 2010 than in 2009, while the number of those reducing or suspending disbursements plunged 92%. We see the list of companies increasing dividend growing even larger as 2011 rolls around. Looking at today’s action, fertilizer plays continued to power higher with Potash Corp ( POT ), Mosaic ( MOS ), and CF Industries ( CF ) leading the way. There haven’t been a lot of analyst calls out from Wall Street this week, but upbeat comments this morning on Monsanto ( MON ) and Occidental Petroleum ( OXY ) moved those shares higher. Lastly, I wanted to mention the rare earth stocks were back at it. Check out the price action in symbol SHZ (spiked 70%) today. This company has joined the ranks of MCP and REE as the daytrader’s weapon of choice. I bring this up because I recognize a mania when I see one. This happened in the early dot-com days, early solar energy days, satellite radio mania, stem cells breakthroughs, DNA coding biotech bonanzas, and more. Anyone that is new and for that matter an experienced investor needs to steer clear of the hype. It is not impossible to make money when there is this much nuttiness, but it is usually only the nimblest and most experienced of traders that can come out of the pile usually with their head still attached, but barely. As an experienced trader myself, I can surely tell you that these manias don’t end well for the retail investor. We will continue to look for opportunities that

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Pawn Power: EZCorp (EZPW) and Cash America (CSH)

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Pawn Power: EZCorp (EZPW) and Cash America (CSH)

Filed under: Newsletters , Stocks to Buy , Recession , Financial Crisis “Two newcomers to our recommended list come from a sector still dogged by fears — the financial sector; and interestingly, both specialize in a bit of an unusual type of finance: pawn loans,” says John Reese . Here, the editor of Validea — which focuses on stocks that meet the investment criteria of some of the market’s most successful professional investors — offers a bullish review of EZCorp ( EZPW ) and Cash America International ( CSH ). “Cash America gets approval from my James O’Shaughnessy-based strategy — as well as from my Benjamin Graham value investing model. Continue reading Pawn Power: EZCorp (EZPW) and Cash America (CSH) Pawn Power: EZCorp (EZPW) and Cash America (CSH) originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Email this | Comments

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Hormel Foods’ Downside Price Target Boosted at Deutsche Bank (HRL)

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Hormel Foods’ Downside Price Target Boosted at Deutsche Bank (HRL)

Packaged foods giant Hormel Foods Corporation ( HRL ) saw its downside price target raised on Wednesday by analysts at Deutsche Bank. The firm said it now sees HRL shares reaching $38, which still represents a 13% downside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $43.44. Deutsche Bank noted that the company’s turkey business is strong, and pork packing margins are rising, but maintained its “Sell” rating on the stock. Hormel Foods shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line The company has a 1.93% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing price of $43.44. The stock has technical support in the $39-$40 price area. The stock is trading near all-time highs and has little overhead resistance. We are watching the shares closely for a possible future inclusion on our recommended list. Hormel Foods Corporation ( HRL ) 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 June 24 (NKE, DRI, BBBY, WFC, JPM, PNC, JCP, more)

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Market Wrap-Up for June 24 (NKE, DRI, BBBY, WFC, JPM, PNC, JCP, more)

The market is certainly feeling the effects of subpar earnings out this morning from the likes of Nike ( NKE ) , Darden Restaurants ( DRI ) , and Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY ). The indices closed near the lows of the day as retailers and financials pushed lower. Retailers led the way lower including J.C. Penney ( JCP ) , Nordstrom Inc. ( JWN ) , and Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF ) . Financials also performed poorly with Wells Fargo ( WFC ) , J.P. Morgan ( JPM ) , and PNC Financial ( PNC ) closing in the red. We are heading into two notoriously quiet weeks, as the 4th of July holiday break nears. As far as how that could affect the averages, there isn’t any concrete data that would say it is bullish or bearish historically. We are in a unique market environment and there are conditions in place that we have not seen since the 1970’s with high unemployment and high energy costs. Inflation was a threat back then, but so far we are not seeing much of it in the current economic environment. If anything, deflation is the big threat. Japan has been dealing with this problem for the last two decades, with little progress unfortunately. The current plan has been to print vasts amount of dollars, but the ripple effect has not done anything for job creation, which is what will ultimately determine the confidence that consumers will need to develop in order for the economic engine to rev up. We’ll keep subscribers posted as to any specific changes we make on our recommended list. Be sure

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Market Wrap-Up for June 15 (TXN, BRCM, ADI, MCD, BA, more)

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Market Wrap-Up for June 15 (TXN, BRCM, ADI, MCD, BA, more)

The market got back what it had lost in yesterday afternoon’s swoon and then some today. The S&P traded back above the 200-day moving average, which tends to trigger technical trades. There is definitely a feeling of safety for investors with the World Cup event likely taking the short-term global economic focus off the table. We continue to monitor many names that are potential adds to our recommended list, as well as names that we may want to remove from our current recommended list. Despite bad earnings news from Best Buy ( BBY ) this morning, many names we are following traded in the green. Winners included McDonald’s ( MCD ) , Boeing ( BA ) , Diamond Offshore ( DO ) and Emerson Electric ( EMR ) . We also saw strength in tech plays, Broadcom ( BRCM ) , Analog Devices ( ADI ) , and Texas Instruments ( TXN ) . We’ll continue to keep subscribers updated to any changes we make. Be sure to check your portfolio to be sure you are positioned well moving forward. 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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