With the S&P 500 up 23% over the past year, it has become more difficult to find reasonably valued stocks lately. However, it's still possible to find quality stocks at rational valuations. For instance, international consumer staples giant Unilever 's ( NYSE:UL ) stock is down 15.3% in the last year. Part of the reason for the drop was Unilever's recent failed attempt to finalize a deal that would help it buy its way into a new product category -- healthcare. Given Unilever's recent performance, should income investors give this stock a chance? Let's look at Unilever's fundamentals and valuation to try to answer that question. Image source: Getty Images. Unilever posted an impressive third quarter Unilever delivered robust operating results in the third quarter, which builds on what has been a strong 2021 for the company. Before going over Unilever's operating results, it's worth highlighting the company's brand power to understand the key reason behind the … [Read more...] about Should You Consider Buying This High-Yield Dividend Stock?
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Investors looking for yield don't have it easy these days. With interest rates not far from all-time lows, bonds and certificates of deposit (CDs) don't provide the income they used to. The S&P 500 index is at all-time highs, pushing its dividend yield to the lowest since at least the dot-com bubble two decades ago. That combination makes Aflac 's ( NYSE:AFL ) payout even more impressive. The provider of supplemental life and health insurance -- coverage for expenses not paid by regular insurance -- is a slow grower. But its consistent distribution, steady top line, and attractive valuation might make it perfect for those who want a healthy yield but are afraid of stock-price declines. Image source: Getty Images. A dependable payout Aflac has reliably distributed cash to shareholders through wars, manias, financial crises, and a pandemic. The company has raised its dividend for 38 consecutive years. The increases have varied year to year, but its latest was an … [Read more...] about Why Aflac Might Be the Best Long-Term Dividend Stock
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Takeaways Investing involves committing capital toward a security or endeavor with the intent of gaining profit or income Investing comes with the risk of losses and potential for growth Before you start investing, you should identify your goals, budget, risk and selection strategies, and diversification efforts Other ideas to build a solid investment strategy include researching successful investors, identifying modern trends and taking the long-term approach If you’re unfamiliar with the world of stocks , bonds and ETFs, you’re not alone. And if you’re interested in gaining your financial freedom in 2022, you don’t have to do it alone. Thanks to the internet, you can find success in investing in the stock market whether you’re a professional or a novice. And thanks to platforms like Q.ai , you don’t even have to go scouring the depths of the internet to figure out how to invest. Q.ai leverages AI to help … [Read more...] about Financial Freedom In 2022: Investing In Stock Market Ideas
If you're a dividend investor, nothing makes you happier than a company that raises its dividend annually. One company that has made its investors happy for years is Aflac ( NYSE:AFL ) . Aflac's business model keeps its earnings stable, and its commitment to raising its dividends annually is noble. Despite the pandemic's impact on its business, the insurer raised its dividend in 2020 for the 38th year straight. This feat gives Aflac Dividend Aristocrat status, a title given to companies in the S&P 500 that have increased dividends for at least 25 years in a row. With a dividend yield near 2.4% at Friday's prices, Aflac is a company that income investors should know. Solid customer retention kept revenue steady As a specialist in supplemental insurance that relies on employers for much of its business, Aflac struggled during the early stages of the pandemic, as U.S. unemployment surged to nearly 23 million. Last year, Aflac saw new sales decline by 30.8% in its U.S. … [Read more...] about Why This Dividend Aristocrat Will Bounce Back This Year — and Beyond
Income-focused investors should always be on the lookout for high-quality dividend stocks to add to their diversified portfolio. What is one of the most surefire ways to find stocks that are reliable dividend growers? The answer is to look to the stocks that have been consistently growing their dividend for decades. These stocks can be found on the list of Dividend Aristocrats , which are components of the S&P 500 that have raised their dividends for at least 25 years straight. One of those stocks is the supplemental insurer Aflac ( NYSE:AFL ) , which announced a hike in its dividend earlier this month. Let's look at Aflac's fundamentals and valuation to determine whether the stock is a buy or one that dividend investors should simply watch from the sidelines for the time being. Image source: Getty Images. A revenue miss and earnings beat Aflac reported third-quarter revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30 of $5.24 billion, which was a 7.6% year-over-year … [Read more...] about This Dividend Aristocrat Just Crushed Earnings Estimates in Q3. Is It a Buy?
Dividends are a great reason to own real estate investment trusts (REITs). For many, they're the main reason. That steady flow of quarterly (and in some cases, monthly) cash can help bolster retirement income or, for investors of any age, add a bit more profit to the portfolio than money that's sitting in cash, bonds, or certificates of deposit. Dividends also add to a stock's stability in a lot of ways, helping to hold up the price in turbulent times, including in the inflation we're seeing now. Companies pay dividends from their income, and a steady, growing dividend points to a steady, growing operation. That said, here are a pair of real estate investments with ultra-safe dividends that are yielding more than the 1.20% offered by the S&P 500. Image source: Google Images. Alexandria Real Estate Equities Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( NYSE:ARE ) develops, owns, and operates laboratory and office space in several major R&D markets. It has more than 700 … [Read more...] about 2 REITs to Buy With Ultra-Safe Dividends
When Robinhood ( NASDAQ:HOOD ) came to the public markets in July 2021, it was one of the most anticipated IPOs of the year. Shares closed at $70.39 just a few days after the IPO, an 85% increase. It's been a steady decline for the share price since then, and the most recent quarter's results haven't helped. For investors who may have been considering buying shares of Robinhood, it's worth looking instead at Charles Schwab ( NYSE:SCHW ) for an online broker that has provided better results for shareholders. Image source: Getty Images Robinhood's business model Before diving into the last quarter's results, it's important to understand how Robinhood makes its money. The bulk of Robinhood's revenue comes from what it calls transaction-based revenue, but it's more commonly known as payment for order flow. Essentially, Robinhood makes tiny amounts of profits on every trade by routing those trades to certain market makers. The customer gets a slightly less … [Read more...] about Worried About Robinhood? This Broker’s Stock Is a Better Buy
Shares of McCormick ( NYSE:MKC ) stock significantly lagged the S&P 500 in 2021. McCormick only gained 1% last year, whereas the S&P 500 ripped 26.9% higher during that time. This raises the question: Does this recent underperformance make the stock a buy, or should investors wait for a correction? Let's take a look at three reasons why the stock of this manufacturer and distributor of spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavoring products may be a buy and one reason that could make it a sell. Image source: Getty Images. 1. McCormick boasts robust operating fundamentals McCormick turned out an impressive third quarter (finishing Aug. 31) on behalf of its shareholders, topping analysts' forecasts for net sales and non-GAAP (adjusted) diluted earnings per share (EPS). The company's fourth-quarter report comes out Jan. 27. The company reported $1.55 billion in revenue during the third quarter, an 8.3% growth rate against the year-ago period. … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons to Buy McCormick Stock and 1 Reason to Sell
Image source: The Motley Fool. Aflac Inc ( NYSE:AFL ) Oct 28, 2020 , 9:00 a.m. ET Contents: Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants Prepared Remarks: Operator Good day everyone and welcome to the Aflac Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the call over to your host, David Young, Vice President of Aflac Incorporated Investor Relations. Please go ahead, sir. David A. Young -- Vice President, Investor Relations Thank you, Adrian. Good morning and welcome to Aflac Incorporated third quarter earnings call. As always, we have posted our earnings release and financial supplement to investors.aflac.com. This morning, we will be hearing remarks about the quarter as well as our operations in Japan and the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dan Amos Chairman and CEO of Aflac Incorporated will begin with an overview of our operations in Japan and the US. Fred Crawford, President and … [Read more...] about Aflac Inc (AFL) Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcript
Image source: The Motley Fool. Aflac Inc ( NYSE:AFL ) Feb 4, 2021 , 8:00 a.m. ET Contents: Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants Prepared Remarks: Operator Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Aflac Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to hand the conference over to your first speaker today, David Young, Vice President, Investor & Rating Agency Relations. Please go ahead, Mr. Young. David Young -- Vice President, Investor & Rating Agency Relations Thank you, Carol, and good morning and welcome to Aflac Incorporated Fourth Quarter Earnings Call. As always, we have posted our earnings release and financial supplement to investors.aflac.com. This morning, we will be hearing remarks about the quarter and the year related to our operations in Japan and the United States amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Dan Amos, Chairman and CEO of … [Read more...] about Aflac Inc (AFL) Q4 2020 Earnings Call Transcript