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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.14 (JPM, PNC, STT, GS, NEM, MEE, GE, more)

As I progress through my early 40′s, I like to think back to how I approached money in my earlier years. Being an entrepreneur, there is always a constant need to invest in your business and in yourself. That said, I still regret not being more proactive when it came to thinking about long-term wealth and financial security. The beauty of compound interest (which dividend stocks are great at providing when you re-invest those dividends) is something to marvel at when you start tabulating the numbers. You can use our Compounding Interest Calculator to measure your hypothetical rate of return, based on the number of years and amount of money you invest. Of course, getting married, having kids, and buying a home can put quite a dent in your best-laid plans. What was Mike Tyson’s famous line? I believe it was “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” Now I’m not trying to liken a boxing match to your family life, but the fact remains that the expenses you incur in adulthood can take quite a toll on your financial goals. Some investors are now in a position of making up for lost time, scrambling to start or build their retirement nest egg at a later stage in their lives than they’d prefer. The way I see it, the solution to this problem is simple: put more money each month to work for you. Some things you learn with age, and when it comes to money, most of us don’t start to really appreciate the power it has in our lives until we look up at the scoreboard and realize we’ve lost some initial ground. The key word I used there is “initial”, because it is NEVER too late to come back and make a difference. My dad had a barber friend who bought his first house at 77 years old! That’s the way you have to look at life. Never stop trying to achieve your goals, no matter how late you are in the game. I don’t care if all you can afford is $25 a month to start investing. Pick an online broker and get an account open if you don’t have one already. If you’re employed, set up an IRA and fund it with the maximum contribution you can make every year. And if you have kids, get a Coverdell Education Savings Account started for each of them and fund those as well. If your employer matches your 401k contributions, then do that too! Do whatever you can to make it happen. In time, you’ll look back …

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Market Wrap-Up for Jan.11 (AA, LEN, WLT, FLR, BEN, more)

Filed in alcoa, dividend, downgrade, earnings, Gold Investment, o, outperform, shares, upgrade by on January 11, 2011 0 Comments

With the release of Alcoa’s ( AA ) results last night, investors should be getting primed for the deluge of earnings reports due out for the first quarter. The response to Alcoa’s numbers were muted, but homebuilder Lennar Corp ( LEN ) saw some some buyers following the company’s report this morning. There is a lot of chatter going on regarding the housing market potentially building a bottom, and we saw a similar positive reaction from the markets when KB Home ( KBH ) reported last week. My gut was that the financials would be the better candidate for a decent rebound in 2011, but it may make sense to watch the homebuilders for anecdotes as well. I still stick with my thesis on investing in real estate, which is to focus on multi-family/commercial units that throw off numbers that work each month. Buyers simply bought on the hope of price appreciation potential in the recent mania, and you see how that worked out in the end. Any price appreciation you get would be gravy if the rent-roll carries the properties and puts money in your pocket every month. Speculation in flipping condos burned many buyers the last few years and is something I would be guarded against trying. All this said, I still prefer dividend stocks for the liquidity and the fact that there are still great names that can be bought in today’s market at current valuations. Speaking of great names, we just added eight new names to our Best Dividend Stocks list today. Check out the link below if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out earlier. We prefer investors not hurry into any names we first recommend, but instead look for entry points on pullbacks. Also, the two

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Walter Energy Started as a “Buy” at Deutsche Bank (WLT)

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Coal producer Walter Energy, Inc. ( WLT ) on Tuesday saw its coverage initiated with a “Buy” rating by analysts at Deutsche Bank. The firm also set a $162 price target on WLT, which implies a healthy 23% upside to the stock’s Monday closing price of $141.93. A Deutsche analyst commented, “The company is a leading exporter of met coal, with ~6m tons exported in 2009 and ~7m in 2010e. As well, it produces steam coal, natgas, coking coal and other products. Walter operates three key segments — Underground Mining (met coal), Walter Coke (coke), and Surface Mining (thermal coal). In April 2010, WLT announced several growth initiatives that aim to purchase new coal and natgas reserves, as well as expand existing projects. In November 2010, it announced the acquisition of Western Coal, a Canada-based met coal supplier that services the Asia-Pacific basin. Excluding contribution from Western Coal, we estimate that coal sales could reach 11m tons by 2012 from 7.5m tons in 2009, as the company has embarked on aggressive expansion plans. Additionally, we estimate that WLT could see 11 bcf in natgas production by 2012 from 6 bcf in 2009.” Walter Energy shares rose $2.07, or +1.6%, in premarket trading Tuesday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Walter Energy (

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Dividend Stock Leaders for the Week of Dec.27-31 (WLT, POT, APC, HRB, more)

Here are some of the biggest dividend stock winners and losers from the week that just ended. Company Fri. Close Weekly % Change Dividend Yield Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ( APC ) $76.16 +11.12% 0.47% Mosaic Company (the) ( MOS ) $76.36 +7.47% 0.26% Potash Corporation Of Saskatchewan Inc. ( POT ) $154.83 +7.27% 0.26% Agrium Inc. ( AGU ) $91.75 +6.57% 0.12% Walter Industries Inc. ( WLT ) $127.84 +5.31% 0.39% Monsanto Company ( MON ) $69.64 +4.56% 1.61% Consol Energy ( CNX ) $48.74 +4.26% 0.82% H&R Block Inc. ( HRB ) $11.91 -6.15% 5.04% 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.19 (NKE, WLT, CLF, WYNN, DIS, BA, more)

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It’s been pretty amazing to see the trend of quick morning spikes, followed by 5-6 hours of a tight trading range whenever we get the triple digit gains on the Dow (which we saw again yesterday). This type of action certainly stirs the pot for market conspiracy theorists. We all know the Federal Reserve has been active in the financial markets with liquidity, so the action should not be too much of a shock. The key thing to watch is if the pattern starts to change. Here at Dividend.com, we’ve been able to successfully navigate through any sort of market environment as we look for the best dividend investment opportunities we can find. Investors need to focus on this area as well. There have been too many people that have remained on the sidelines for fear of the markets tumbling. Sitting in cash for long periods of time rarely makes for the best strategy. We’re certainly not known here as the most bullish of market pundits, but we don’t want investors to get hooked on trying to time the markets either. We still have a number of potential new recommendations we are eying, but also know that we may need to make changes to our current list if need be. As we look at today’s action, there were some well-known plays that powered higher, despite the sluggish averages. Nike ( NKE ), Wynn Resorts ( WYNN ), Walter Energy ( WLT ), and Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF ) paced the gainers’ list. On the flipside, Disney ( DIS ) and Boeing ( BA ) were a couple of weak performers. Be sure to check out the “Market Themes” video for some notes on this week’s action and a look toward next week. Speaking of next week’s holiday-shortened trading, there will be fewer earnings on the board, but we will be getting reports from Deere ( DE ), Tiffany ( TIF ) and Analog Devices ( ADI ), to name a few. Be sure to catch up with our latest watchlist updates this weekend on Dividend.com Premium, and as always, you can view our current recommendations on our industry-leading Best Dividend Stocks List. 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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Market Wrap-Up for July 6 (GS, CAT, WLT, FCX, X, COH, MA, more)

Market Wrap-Up for July 6 (GS, CAT, WLT, FCX, X, COH, MA, more)

Analysts were ready to get back to work this morning following last week’s selling. We were greeted by upgrades on Goldman Sachs ( GS ) , Caterpillar ( CAT ) , Walter Energy ( WLT ) and several other widely-known plays in the early hours today. As I have mentioned in the past, I have considered these spikes as opportunities to re-position and re-work one’s portfolio to prepare for the environment coming down the road. Unfortunately for the markets today, sellers once again popped up to take a chunk of the early gains away today. Commodity-related plays were seeing nice gains from Freeport McMoran ( FCX ) , U.S. Steel ( X ) , and BHP Billiton ( BHP ) , but those gains slipped some in the afternoon. Gold prices ( GLD ) pulled back and are continuing to settle off recent highs. Analysts continue to try and question whether higher gold prices are actually a good thing for the markets. Why is that? It could possibly mean we are fighting off deflation, which is becoming more and more of an economist’s worst nightmare. Elsewhere, selling intensified in dividend growth plays such as Coach ( COH ) , Mastercard ( MA ) , and Cliff’s Natural Resources ( CLF ) with all three closing in the red. We continue to hear about record-low interest rates for homebuyers, but one thing that is not talked about so much is the inability for homeowners that are in their current homes to be able to refinance without clearing numerous contingencies — the biggest of which is the falling comps for home prices. Banks will not “sharpen their pencils” to refinance home loans if there is a fear of home prices continuing to decline. We will keep subscribers updated as to further changes we see a need to make with our Best Dividend Stocks list. Be sure to visit our

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Dividend Stock Leaders and Laggards from the Week of Apr.26-30 (BP, HAL, WHR, BLK, CLF, WLT, more)

Dividend Stock Leaders and Laggards from the Week of Apr.26-30 (BP, HAL, WHR, BLK, CLF, WLT, more)

Here are some of the biggest dividend stock winners and losers from the week that just ended. Company Fri. Close Weekly % Change Tyco Electronics ( TEL ) $32.12 +8.62% Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR ) $108.87 +6.51% Newmont Mining Corporation (holding Company) ( NEM ) $56.08 +5.61% Safeway Inc. ( SWY ) $23.60 -11.84% Halliburton Company ( HAL ) $30.65 -12.33% BlackRock Inc. ( BLK ) $184.00 -12.80% BP PLC ( BP ) $52.15 -12.91% Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF ) $62.53 -14.17% Walter Industries Inc. ( WLT ) $80.81 -15.79% Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ( APC ) $62.16 -16.12% Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. ( ETH ) $20.20 -19.20% 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 Apr.5 (X, CLF, WLT, MAT, ETR, BUCY, more)

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Market Wrap-Up for Apr.5 (X, CLF, WLT, MAT, ETR, BUCY, more)

We just about touched Dow 11K today as the market continues to climb toward another pyschological marker. The market continues to defy the doubters and we would consider ourselves as having a little toe in the head-scratching watchers ourselves. Again, we are not upset about the gains we have seen, but the lack of any meanungful pullback is quite bizarre. Is a blowoff top in the cards? It’s quite possible, but it has not paid to fight the uptrend we have seen. At some level, we will see valuations that make no sense, and that would be the time to move back to the sidelines in a meaningful way. There was even talk of a Fed meeting today to discuss the interest rate situation with all signs pointing to a potential hike in the discount rate. As for today’s movers, U.S. Steel ( X ) enjoyed a nice lift following an upgrade from a Keybanc analyst. Other commodity-related names doing well today included Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF ) , Walter Energy ( WLT ) , and Bucyrus International ( BUCY ) . Entergy ( ETR ) headed the other way after the company updated its’ business outlook this morning, including news of a dividend payout increase. Back to the leaders’ list, toy stocks like Hasbro ( HAS ) and Mattel ( MAT ) also turned in a good day. 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 Mar.31 (HON, WLT, DO, PNC, BUCY, DE, more)

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Market Wrap-Up for Mar.31 (HON, WLT, DO, PNC, BUCY, DE, more)

This next day of trading should see volume beginning to thin out as traders get set for a long 3-day holiday weekend, with the markets being closed for the Good Friday/Easter holiday. As we mentioned yesterday, a pullback would allow for more investors to be able to put money to work at better entry levels. The frustrating thing about the recent market action is the lack of pullbacks and that has many frustrated. We too would like to see a decent period of consolidation, but we also know that we want to be careful what we wish for as well. Fortunately, we have had plenty of names on our recommended list, so we have been able to partake in the upside. As we add new names, the downside will be that many of them will have lower dividend yields than they had many months ago. The good thing is that we were able to sidestep the carnage from two years back for the most part as we began to limit our exposure to many areas of the market before the you know what hit the fan. The hardest part has been to get back in and feel safe knowing the chaos we had been through in that awful period. Nontheless, we were able to slowly get the courage to get back in and still feel we need courage here to make the tough calls on adding new names despite the run-up. We will continue to monitor the action and do our best to navigate the waters. As for today’s action, Honeywell ( HON ) traded a bit higher after the company raised guidance. Names that

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Market Wrap-Up for Mar.26 (IBM, V, GS, BBY, QCOM, WLT, more)

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Market Wrap-Up for Mar.26 (IBM, V, GS, BBY, QCOM, WLT, more)

The market was enjoying a solid day following positive earnings-related news from Best Buy ( BBY ) and Qualcomm ( QCOM ) , but some late profit-taking scalped most of the gains away. We saw buying in names like IBM Corp ( IBM ) , Visa ( V ) , State Street ( STT ) , and Goldman Sachs ( GS ) . The reaction to earnings out of Paychex ( PAYX ) and Conagra ( CAG ) was not as good, and both of those names ended lower on the day. Also, commodity plays reversed from earlier highs to close lower. Stocks like U.S. Steel ( X ) , Walter Energy ( WLT ) , and Peabody Energy ( BTU ) all were examples of names that pulled back. We added two sets of dividend names to our recommended list earlier today, based on recent trends we are seeing. Commodity-related names may be in for a second surge as interest rates begin to push higher, which historically has been the wind at the back of commodity plays. Also, we have added some other dividend plays that have a bit more growth characteristics than we have been attracted to over the past year. We are noticing the market is rewarding growth plays that are beating earnings much stronger than we have been used to seeing. We certainly don’t want to fight this trend and will look for opportunities that can outperform over the near and long-term. One more thing that we want to stress is that investors should always consider waiting for pullbacks when looking to initiate or add to a current position that is on our recommended list. The market could certainly use a correction and that would be even better for long-term investors. Today’s late-day selling should be welcome relief for most market watchers as we need the market to pull in some here and consolidate the recent gains. If we can get a decent pullback, the names we added to our recommended list will become especially attractive. 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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Dividend Stock Leaders and Laggards from the Week of Feb.8-12 (PM, CMI, HAS, POT, CVC, IR, more)

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Dividend Stock Leaders and Laggards from the Week of Feb.8-12 (PM, CMI, HAS, POT, CVC, IR, more)

Here are some of the biggest dividend stock winners and losers from the week that just ended. Company Fri. Close Weekly % Change Harman International ( HAR ) $44.20 +26.54% Hasbro Inc. ( HAS ) $35.55 +15.42% Bucyrus International Inc. ( BUCY ) $58.42 +15.39% Walter Industries Inc. ( WLT ) $76.76 +13.65% Agrium Inc. ( AGU ) $64.26 +9.04% Cummins Inc. ( CMI ) $54.95 +8.85% Caterpillar Inc. ( CAT ) $56.20 +8.60% Philip Morris International ( PM ) $49.29 +7.95% Potash Corporation Of Saskatchewan Inc. ( POT ) $111.60 +7.85% Ingersoll-Rand ( IR ) $31.26 -5.01% Molson Coors Brewing Company ( TAP ) $38.90 -5.63% SAP ( SAP ) $42.99 -6.46% Cablevision Systems Corporation ( CVC ) $22.42 -11.17% Administaff Inc. ( ASF ) $16.67 -26.50% 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 Feb.4 (JPM, PNC, GS, MA, CME, WLT, more)

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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.4 (JPM, PNC, GS, MA, CME, WLT, more)

We started to see some panic in the overseas debt markets as investors started realizing the global economies are still vulnerable to the smallest economic hiccups. We removed four names from our “recommended” list this morning that we feel are not attractive for new capital or for initiating a new position. Be sure to check out the post to look at those names, if you did not read the e-mail alert from earlier. As for what happened in today’s market, earnings disappointments took center stage with Mastercard ( MA ) , CME Group ( CME ) , Steel Dynamics ( STLD ) , Walter Energy ( WLT ) , and Yum Brands ( YUM ) all lower. There were some names trading up on their earnings results, including Starwood Hotels ( HOT ) and Equity Residential ( EQR ) , but those names also gave up the bulk of their gains by day’s end. The two sectors that continue to lead the markets up or down, both sank hard. Financials were led lower by Blackrock ( BLK ) , PNC Financial ( PNC ) , JP Morgan ( JPM ) , and Goldman Sachs ( GS ) . Commodity-related plays like Consol Energy ( CNX ) , U.S. Steel ( X ) , Freeport McMoran ( FCX ) , BHP Billiton ( BHP ) and Massey Energy ( MEE ) were also down. 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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