Stock Market News: 4/14/18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, with all 4 indexes posting strong gains, as the market turned in its best performance in a month. Trade war fears ebbed, but investors were unimpressed on Friday by good major bank earnings reports, sending the market down in late trading. Even though JPM, C, and WFC beat earnings estimates, investors were expecting more, due to the anticipated benefits from the tax cut bill. These 3 banks fell from -1.5% to 3.4% on Friday.

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How To Earn Dividends from Amazon

by Robert Hauver
We’ve all seen the headlines often- “Brick and Mortar Chain Store To Close More Stores”, over the past few years. as online retailers, notably Amazon, AMZN, keep gobbling up a bigger slice of the retail pie.
Unfortunately for income investors, AMZN isn’t in the realm of high dividend stocks – in fact, it’s not even in the universe of dividend paying stocks yet, as its management keeps reinvesting in the business. Given the stock’s trajectory, and the company’s revenue growth, the market has no problem with this at all.
So, what’s an income investor to do about this situation? How can we get an income-producing piece of this retail juggernaut?
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3 Monthly High Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 8%

by Robert Hauver
Are you trying to smooth out monthly dividend income? While many high dividend stocks pay in certain quarterly cycles, (most notably – February, May, August, and November), unfortunately, those monthly bills keep coming don’t they? It would certainly help to have dependable high yield dividends hitting your account every month.

We’ve added quite a few monthly high dividend stocks to various sections of our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables over the past few months. Interestingly, a lot of these stocks are based in Canada, where they were founded as royalty trusts a few years ago.
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3 Healthcare High Dividend Stocks Beating The Market Pullback

by Robert Hauver
Looking for a safe place to hide during this latest market pullback? Healthcare was not only the leading sector in 2014- it has also led the market for most of 2015. Here’s a look at how the Healthcare sector has fared vs. the S&P 500, over the last 3 months, which just about coincides with the market highs of September 18, 2014. The Healthcare sector is up 3.81%, vs. a -1.44% loss for the S&P 500:
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Digging further, we found 2 high dividend stocks within the Healthcare sector, which have both outperformed this sector and the market – HCP Inc., (HCP), (a Dividend Aristocrat), and Sabra Healthcare REIT, Inc., (SBRA).

Here’s a chart of these 2 dividend paying stocks over the same 3-month period, vs. the S&P 500. HCP is up nearly 10%, and SBRA is up nearly 7% during this period, vs. a -1.44% loss for the S&P 500:
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Dividends: Our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables, lists both of these stocks, in the Healthcare section. In addition, we also follow a third related high yield stock- Sabra’s preferred stock issue, SBRAP, which currently yields nearly 7%, and has also beaten the market during this same 3-month period, having risen 3.08%.
Although HCP has a low 5-year dividend growth rate of 2.94%, it has increased its dividend per share for 29 consecutive years.

SBRA has raised its quarterly dividend from $.32 in 2011, to the current $.39 payout. Sabra amply covers its SBRAP preferred dividends by a factor of 3.22, i.e. its net income is 3.22 times its preferred dividend payout.
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Preferred Long-Term Yield: The table below summarizes your net annualized yield for SBRAP, based upon 2 conditions:
1. You were to hold SBRAP until its 2018 liquidation date
2. Sabra redeems/buys back your SBRAP shares at the call date
Since SBRAP is trading at $1.08 above its $25.00 liquidation price, we subtracted this amount from the dividends that you’d collect between now and 3/21/18. You’d end up with a $4.71 net profit, which equals a 5.54% annualized yield:
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Copyright: 2014 Demar Marketing All rights reserved

These 2 Undervalued, Oversold High Dividend Stocks Yield 10-12% & Go Ex-Dividend Soon

by Robert Hauver
Looking for bargains in the high dividend stocks department? This article covers 2 relatively new dividend paying stocks, both of which have been hammered along with the rest of the Energy/Basic Materials complex over the past month. In October alone, the Energy sector is down over -13%, while the Basic Materials sector is down over -10%. A rising US $, plus fears of a global recession, and a glut of oil have put pressure on these groups.
However, we have 2 stocks which we feel represent attractive long term values for income investors, due to certain advantages that their operations enjoy:
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Company Profiles:
New Source Energy Partners L.P.: NSLP is engaged in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States, and is rapidly growing its Oilfield Services division. Asof 12/13/13, NSLP had 124,759 gross acres in the Golden Lane field in east-central Oklahoma; and 161 gross proved undeveloped drilling locations. Its estimated proved reserves on its properties consisted of 20.6 MMBoe. NSLP is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

OCI Resources LP: OCIR is engaged in the trona ore mining and soda ash production businesses in the US and internationally. As a natural soda ash producer, OCI Resources has a big cost advantage over synthetic producers. It has approx. 23,500 acres of subsurface leased/licensed mining areas in the Green River Basin of Wyoming. OCIR also processes trona ore into soda ash, which is a raw material in flat glass, container glass, detergents, chemicals, paper, and other consumer and industrial products. OCI Resources LP is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dividends: Our High Dividend Stocks By Sectors Tables, lists both of these dividend stocks, (in the Energy and Basic Materials sections).
Both stocks have whopper dividend yields, thanks to the fall pullback – OCIR’s dividend yield is nearly 10%, and NSLP’s is over 12%.
They should both be going ex-dividend soon, sometime around 1/30/15:
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This Brand New High Dividend Stock Offers Good Price Gain Potential And A 6.7% Dividend Yield

By Robert Hauver
Who says you can’t have it both ways? Preferred stocks, often pooh-poohed as being stodgy, with minimal price gains, are having a good year in 2014, with many issues outperforming the market via price gains alone.
If you want well-covered dividend income, but, also some potential for price gains, you ought to consider buying the newest preferred shares issued by CHS Inc., (CHSCM), a large cooperatively-owned Midwestern US company which deals in both Energy and Agriculture.
CHS is a bit different from most publicly traded companies – they don’t have common stock. Instead, they issue preferred shares, which trade on the NASDAQ.
Profile: CHS Inc. is a globally integrated Fortune 100 company supplying energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, insurance, financial & risk management services and food & food ingredients. CHS employs over 10,000 people across North America and in 24 other countries around the globe.
CHS is committed to a cooperative business model, as reflected by its ownership, made up of 600,000 producers, the majority whom are throughout 1,100 member cooperatives and 77,000 are served through CHS local service centers. CHS also has 16,000 preferred stockholders. (CHS doesn’t have any common shares). The company is governed by a 17-member board of farmers and ranchers, who are elected by its cooperative-owners and producer-owners.

Dividends: We’ve had our sights on CHSCP for years, having listed it in our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables, (and all of the CHS preferred shares are now listed in the Consumer Staples section). The thing is, we’ve never been able to buy any of its shares near their $25 liquidation price, due to price gains on them…until now.
Last week, CHS issued its newest series of preferred shares –

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3 High Yield Plays On Outperforming Energy High Dividend Stocks

by Robert Hauver
The Energy sector continues to lead all other sectors in 2014. As of 7/16/14, this sector, as measured by the XLE etf, was up 12.73% year to date, vs. 7.16% for the S&P500, and only 3.3% for the DOW. The XLE etf is dominated by large cap dividend stocks, such as Conoco Phillips, (COP), which is its 4th largest holding, after Exxon, Chevron, and Schlumberger.
When looking at performance, however, the majors, such as Exxon and Chevron, have greatly underperformed independent Conoco, which is up over 22% so far in 2014, vs. gains of only 5.2% for Chevron and 2.6% for Exxon.
COP also has the second highest dividend yield in the group, at 3.39%, having just raised its quarterly dividend from $.69 to $.73.
We screened for other dividend paying independent oil & gas stocks, to see if there are some other worthwhile outperformers in that sub-industry. We came up with Delek Logistics LP, (DKL), a relatively new, (NOV 2012 IPO),small cap high dividend stock, which we recently added to our High Dividend Stocks By Sectors Tables.

Dividends/Distributions: After spinning off its refining division, Phillips 66 (PSX), in 2012, COP has gone from paying $.66 to $.69, and now $.73 a quarter. DKL has raised its quarterly distribution 5 straight times since its IPO.
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Options: Although COP just went ex-dividend, you can still earn an attractive options yield on it, via selling November 2014 covered calls, which will also allow you to either capture the next quarterly dividend, in October, or get paid even more $ if your shares get assigned. DKL has a much higher option yield, but its shares are much closer to its strike price.
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Top Performing Utility Dividend Stocks So Far In 2014

by Robert Hauver
The market has had a bumpy ride so far in 2014, with February turning in the best performance, rising over 4%, after January’s -3.6% pullback. Cap this off with a less than 1% gain for the S&P 500 in March, and you’ve got an unimpressive 1.3% gain for the first quarter:
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With this kind of up and down ride, you’d want to find some dividend stocks which offer defense, in addition to income. With the pullback in many biotech stocks, the Healthcare sector no longer leads,(although it’s still up nearly 5%), but has given way to the Utilities sector, which is up over 10% year-to-date.
Here’s a look at the chart for the Utilities ETF, XLU:
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We looked further into XLU’s top holdings, and came up with these top 5 utility stocks, all of which are large cap dividend paying stocks. Another common feature is that they all have somewhat lower forward P/E’s, meaning that their earnings should improve in their next fiscal year. Duke, DUK, and Southern, SO, have the lowest P/E’s, relative to their 5-year P/E ranges:
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This is how they’ve performed year-to-date, and over the past month, and over the past 52 weeks. Nuclear-based Excelon, EXC, has outperformed the pack year-to-date, and over the past month, but is still up only 3.62% over the past year. Contrasting with that performance is more steady Next Era Energy, NEE, which has made over half of its 1-year 25.90% gains, by rising 13.61% in 2014:
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Dividends: With their 4%-plus dividend yields, Southern CO., SO, and DUK, are both listed in the Utilities section of our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables. Although their yields are lower, Dominion, D, and NEE, have the best 5-year dividend growth rates:
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Options: If you want to add more downside protection to these stocks, selling covered calls offers you more immediate income, and a lower breakeven. NEE has the most attractive call options of the group. This June $97.50 call pays $2.60, over 3 times NEE’s next quarterly dividend. (Our free Covered Calls Table has more info on this and over 30 other trades.)
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Here are the major income scenarios for this trade. The $97.50 strike price is $1.07 above NEE’s price/share, which amply rewards you if your shares get assigned prior to the ex-dividend date for the $.73 dividend:
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Selling cash secured put options is another way to profit from these defensive stocks. In fact, if you sell puts below the stock’s share price, you’ll get an even lower breakeven, and improve upon their defensive nature. This is another June trade, but this put has a $95.00 strike price, and a $92.05 breakeven, which is 4.5% below NEE’s price/share. You won’t receive any dividends, but, just like selling calls, you’ll be paid your option premium within 3 days of the trade, often sooner. You can find more info about this and over 30 other trades in our Cash Secured Puts Table.
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Financials: It’s a mixed bag, Dominion and Next Era have an edge over the rest of the group for some of these metrics, but they do carry more debt:
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Valuations: Excelon has the lowest valuations for these metrics:
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Disclosure: Author was long shares of Southern, SO, at the time of this writing.
Disclaimer: This article was written for informational purposes only. Author not responsible for any errors, omissions, or actions taken by third parties as a result of reading this article.
Copyright DeMar Marketing 2014. All rights reserved.

The 5 Best Performing High Dividend Stocks In 2014

by Robert Hauver
We thought we’d take a different approach in this article, and look at high dividend stocks within the S&P 500 that are performing well in 2014, vs. those that are oversold and/or undervalued. Not surprisingly, 3 out of 5 of these top dividend stocks are from the Utilities and Healthcare sectors, which are the 2 top sectors year to date.
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Performance through 3/17/14: A Financial stock, AIV, is the top performer of this group so far in 2014, but, interestingly, made most of its gains in January and February, and is only up around 2% in March.
Garmin, (GRMN), a tech stock, has made all of its net gains over the past month.
The more defensive Utilities stocks, PEG and AEE, show a more balanced performance, both rising in January and February, in addition to the past trading month.
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Dividends: With its 4%-plus yield, we’ve added Public Enterprise Group, (PEG), to the Utilities section our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables. You’ll also find Lilly, (LLY), in the Healthcare section of the tables.
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Options: 2 of these dividend paying stocks also have fairly high options yields – Garmin and Lilly. We’ve listed July Covered Call trades for both stocks below. Both stocks have ex-dividend dates for their next quarterly dividends, prior to the July call expiration, so you can effectively increase your overall yield substantially, via the combo of the dividend and option yields.
Garmin’s call option payout is nearly 5 times its dividend, and Lilly’s call option pays 4 times its dividend.
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You can find more details on these and over 30 other trades in our free Covered Calls Table.
Both trades have call options which are enough above the stock’s share/price, to amply replace the dividend income, via price gains, if your shares get assigned prior to the ex-dividend date.
Here are the major income scenarios for the Garmin trade:
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Cash Secured Puts: Our Cash Secured Puts Table also lists July put trades for Garmin and Lilly, (along with over 30 other trades). These put option trades both have strike prices which are below these stocks’ current price/share, thereby achieving a lower breakeven:
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Financials:
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Valuations:
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Disclosure: Author held no positions as of yet in any of the stocks mentioned in this article at the time of this writing.
Disclaimer: This article was written for informational purposes only. Author not responsible for any errors, omissions, or actions taken by third parties as a result of reading this article.

Dow Dividend Stocks For 2014 – Dividends vs Covered Calls

by Robert Hauver

After the big gains in 2013, (and subsequent declining yields), income investors are scouring the market for safe yields in 2014. With this in mind, we took a look at the 2 highest yielding dividend paying stocks in the DOW 30: AT&T, (T), and its arch rival Verizon, (VZ). In particular, we compared these 2 stocks’ next quarterly dividends to covered call premiums, in order to see if you could increase your yield, while gaining some downside protection.

DIVIDENDS: Both of these stocks are listed in our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables, in the Telecoms section. AT&T has a higher dividend yield than Verizon, but Verizon’s 5-year dividend growth rate trumps AT&T’s.
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COVERED CALLS: These April 2014 covered call options trades both have strikes above each stock’s price/share, which offers you a chance for some assigned price gains, in addition to increasing the yield above that of the dividends:
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Here are the 3 main income scenarios for each trade. You can find more details for these 2 trades and over 30 others in our free Covered Calls Table.
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Since VZ’s strike price is further above its share/price, you have more of a chance for potential price gains:
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EARNINGS: To be sure, neither of these stocks are growth stocks – here’s how they stack up against each other:
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VALUATIONS: The good news is that both stocks look to have more attractive P/E’s in 2014. VZ is commanding a premium over T in its Price/Book and P/E ratios.
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FINANCIALS: VZ has used more debt for financing than AT&T has, and has a higher Operating Margin and ROI:
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PERFORMANCE: While VZ lagged the market during 2013, AT&T went absolutely nowhere over the past 52 weeks:
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Author: Robert Hauver,copyright 2014 DeMar Marketing, All Rights Reserved.
Disclosure: Author had no positions at the time of this writing.
Disclaimer: This article was written for informational purposes only. Author not responsible for any errors, omissions, or actions taken by third parties as a result of reading this article.