After some brief excitement following the closing of its Red Hat deal, International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) stock is back in the doldrums. Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com Shares were due to open Aug. 22 at about $134.20. They’re down 7.5% over the last year, and almost 30% over the last five years. Shareholders are still getting
The general U.S. stock market has hit some turbulence over the past few weeks. And much of this perhaps is due to a series of objections in the media to the further progress of the U.S. economy and the stock market. Since the recent peak in the S&P 500 Index on July 26, that index
Until a couple weeks ago, IBM (NYSE:IBM) stock was on a solid bull run. But with the plunge in the markets, IBM stock price got hit, going from $150 to $133.76. Source: Shutterstock Despite the recent decline, International Business Machines stock is still up a respectable 18% for the year. Keep in mind that –
It hasn’t been a smooth ride for Dow (NYSE:DOW) on its recent spinoff. The hope was the entity would be a low-valuation, high-yield stock that appealed to investors for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, Dow stock is a low valuation, high yield stock. But it’s not appealing to investors at the moment. Source: Shutterstock For those who
It’s hard to find a bargain stock with dividends growing quickly. Often they are overvalued and not worth buying. Another problem is these kind of stocks can’t sustain the dividend growth. The trick to uncovering the best stocks to buy now is to search for fast-growing dividend stocks with low earnings-payout ratios. Even better if
Although the market’s near-7% setback suffered since its late-July high is neither devastating nor unusual, it has certainly been frustrating all the same. Many investors who were lured into the idea of “chasing performance” ended up being punished for doing so, even with Tuesday’s bounce. The selloff isn’t necessarily a reason to throw in the
If you’re like me, the last week or so has made you a bit seasick. Thanks to the escalating trade war, dwindling economic data and perhaps missteps by the Federal Reserve, volatility is rising. Heck, the so-called “fear index” — the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) — has spiked to levels not seen in years. That’s
IBM (NYSE:IBM) stock continues to struggle. Since hitting highs above $215 per share in 2013, the shares have seen a steady decline. Today, the IBM stock price has fallen below $132 per share. Source: Shutterstock Amid evolving technologies, IBM has to pivot again to remain relevant. It has attempted this feat by buying Red Hat.
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is not the world’s most exciting stock, and it’s been a fairly underwhelming past two years even by J&J standards. Two years ago, JNJ stock was trading around $130 per share. It’s back there again today. Source: Shutterstock JNJ stock has underperformed the market recently on a variety of short-term worries.
AT&T (NYSE:T) stock has been on a steady uptrend in 2019. The shares closed yesterday at $34.86, up 16.7% for the year. From an income perspective, T stock is also a quality dividend stock with a current dividend of $2.04 yielding 5.92%. Source: Shutterstock Yet, despite T stock’s 2019 gain — it’s beating the S&P
There’s nothing better than getting paid for just holding on to an asset. Except if those dividends are paid monthly. Stocks that pay their dividends every month can provide faster compounding when those payouts are reinvested, not to mention budget simplification. After all, mortgage payments, car loans and utility bills are due every month. The
[Editor’s note: “7 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks to Buy With Yields of at Least 3%” was previously published in June 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.] In June, I read an article about Target (NYSE:TGT) that couldn’t stop talking about the discount retailer’s healthy dividend yield, which was
After several years of people favoring growth names over value and dividend stocks, sentiment has switched gears. That’s because people are looking for sources of yield again. With the Federal Reserve cutting rates once more, the safe sources of fixed-income yield are drying up. 10-year treasury bond yields, for example have gotten cut nearly in
One of the most important questions that investors need to ask is how their portfolios will fare during times of crisis. When the S&P 500 Index takes a dive, will their investments dive alongside it? Or will hold up or even rally? Source: Shutterstock My approach in Profitable Investing is to present an allocation to
At first glance, investors may not understand why AT&T (NYSE:T) stock trades at levels it reached in 1997. The forward price-earnings of T stock stands at only 9.4 and it has a high dividend yield of about 6%. Source: Shutterstock However, traders may remain on the sidelines for one big reason: AT&T. Specifically, tough price
On July 24, AT&T (NYSE:T), the Dallas-based multinational conglomerate, released Q2 earnings, which the markets overall found solid. Year-to-date, AT&T stock is up over 18%, reflecting growing investor confidence in the business. Source: Shutterstock Although I believe AT&T belongs in a long-term income-generating portfolio, I expect market volatility to continue in the rest of August. Therefore,
With the U.S.-China trade war seemingly getting uglier by the minute, investors are scrambling for defensive stocks to buy now. Of course, in the most extreme example, you can elect to go all into cash. However, history has proven that to be the worst thing to do. Instead, this is a perfect time to consider
Once upon a time, some of America’s greatest companies were based in what looked like the middle of nowhere. Source: Shutterstock Along I-74 in western Illinois, the squat home office of Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) dominated the Peoria skyline. Off I-72, to the southeast, Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) ruled the small town of Decatur. Both HQs have
The last time I wrote about Nokia (NYSE:NOK) stock at the end of June, I suggested this: dividend investors should consider buying NOK stock because they’ll be paid handsomely to wait for its turnaround. Source: Shutterstock Since then, Nokia has reported reasonably sound second-quarter 2019 results, sending Nokia stock up almost 7% in the subsequent
As a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) stock gets a lot of attention due to its high dividend yield, which is currently 4.6%. Source: Shutterstock On July 17, IBM reported its second-quarter earnings. Its earnings per share beat analysts’ average outlook, but its top line came in below their average estimate.