Digital Realty Trust ( NYSE:DLR ) has been one of the best performing real estate stocks in recent history, with a total return of over 2,500% in just 17 years as a public company. In this Fool Live video clip, recorded on Oct. 25 , Fool.com contributors Matt Frankel, Jon Quast, and Jason Hall discuss the company and why it could be worth a look right now. Jason Hall: What is Digital Realty Trust? It's one of the largest data center operators in the world, and it's a top 10 U.S. REIT. It's one of the largest real estate businesses. By and large, it owns the data centers, and at leases, bandwidth or computer space in the data centers it has about 300 of them. One of the really important things about the business is actually not on this particular slide, but is important is that physically where is it located and it's in 40 or so of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Physical proximity actually does matter with these data centers, so that's really … [Read more...] about This Dividend Stock Has Returned 2,500% Since Its 2004 IPO
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It's often been said that a rising tide lifts all boats. This was the case for many (but not all) stocks on the S&P 500 , which surged 27% in 2021. One stock that was lifted as a result of the financial market boom in 2021 was the Dividend King Procter & Gamble ( NYSE:PG ) , which has raised its payout annually for 65 straight years. Even though the stock was up 18% in 2021, I believe it is still a buy. Here are three reasons why. Image source: Getty Images. 1. P&G's business is chugging along After generating 7% year-over-year revenue growth to $76.1 billion in its last fiscal year ending June 30 and 11% non-GAAP (adjusted) diluted earnings per share (EPS) growth to $5.66, Procter & Gamble (P&G) got off to a solid start in its new fiscal year. P&G reported $20.34 billion in net sales during its first quarter, which represents a 5.3% growth rate against the year-ago period. This topped the analyst consensus of $19.87 billion for the … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons to Buy This Dividend King
We're nearly at the end of the year, which also means the end of the fiscal year for a vast number of publicly traded companies. And what do the best dividend stocks on the market do once every year? That's right, they declare dividend raises. With that firmly in mind, let's take a look at three very recent dividend raises from a trio of top-flight companies in their respective fields -- Nike ( NYSE:NKE ) , PepsiCo ( NASDAQ:PEP ) , and McCormick ( NYSE:MKC ) . Happily, there is still time for investors to take advantage of each before their respective ex-dividend dates slam the door shut. Happy investing! Image source: Getty Images. 1. Nike In what has to qualify as a nice holiday gift, Nike is playing Santa with an 11% hike to its quarterly payout. The new level is just over $0.30 per share. The long-reigning king of athletic footwear and apparel has had much success lately with its " consumer direct acceleration strategy ," (CDA) which it credits for … [Read more...] about Are You Missing Out on These 3 New Dividend Raises?
Market volatility is back. Rapid swings up and down can cause many investors to feel uneasy about their financial wellbeing . But volatility and a baseline amount of risk are par for the course in the U.S. stock market, and it's important to understand that both known risks (rising interest rates, valuation concerns, the ongoing pandemic) and unknown risks can cause equity valuations to drastically fall, or even go to zero. However, certain companies have a reputation for weathering tough times, and Procter & Gamble ( NYSE:PG ) is arguably the most stable all-around U.S. company. Here's why it's a top value stock to buy and hold for decades. Image source: Getty Images. Consistency in spades A picture -- or in this case a table -- can be worth 1,000 words. The below table shows financial metrics from P&G's past five fiscal years (FYs). P&G's fiscal calendar begins on July 1 and ends on June 30, so FY 2021 represents the 12-month period between July 1, … [Read more...] about My Top Value Stock to Buy for 2022 (and It’s Not Even Close)
The idea of a next-generation internet that bridges the gap between the physical and virtual worlds can leave you with wonder and worry. The metaverse industry will probably grow over time as technology advances in ways we can't even imagine. But for most investors, simply going with existing and established growth stocks can be a better way to build wealth over time and limit downside risk. Qualtrics International ( NASDAQ:XM ) , United Parcel Service ( NYSE:UPS ) , and nVent Electric ( NYSE:NVT ) are three excellent businesses poised to grow well into the future. Here's what makes each a great buy now. Image source: Getty Images. Time to take a hard look at this software company Scott Levine (Qualtrics ): Since its initial public offering in January, Qualtrics has tumbled about 26%, positioning the software company for an unfortunate stock performance in its first year as a public company. But that suits those of us with long-term investing … [Read more...] about Tired of Talk About the Metaverse? Here Are 3 Great Growth Stocks for 2022
The metaverse seems to be the latest investing megatrend that's caught the attention of investors and the news media. Before you discount this as just another passing fad, ARK Invest founder and respected technology pundit, Cathie Wood, told CNBC in December that the metaverse could be a "multi-trillion dollar opportunity" and that it will impact "every sector in ways that we cannot even imagine right now." For savvy tech investors, this sounds like an opportunity that could be too good to pass up. We asked three Fool contributors to highlight one metaverse stock they would buy right now without hesitation. They came up with Meta Platforms ( NASDAQ:FB ) , Unity ( NYSE:U ) , and Digital Realty Trust ( NYSE:DLR ) . Image source: Getty Images. 1. Meta Platforms: The name says it all Danny Vena (Meta Platforms): While the massive potential represented by the metaverse is certainly an appealing idea to investors, they will also want to exercise care. … [Read more...] about 3 Top Metaverse Stocks I’d Buy Right Now Without Any Hesitation
Last month, the diversified healthcare company Abbott Laboratories ( NYSE:ABT ) raised its quarterly dividend 4.4% from $0.45 to $0.47 per share. This marked the 50th consecutive year that the stock has increased its payout, which means that the stock will become a Dividend King in the likely event that it sticks with this dividend throughout the year. But there are also other reasons to buy Abbott. Let's take a look at three factors that make the stock a buy. Image source: Getty Images. A booming business Abbott is a well-balanced company that makes money from the following four segments: Diagnostics (35.3% of year-to-date revenue). Medical devices (33.6% of year-to-date sales). Nutrition (19.8% of year-to-date revenue from products such as Ensure and Pedialyte). Established pharmaceuticals (11.1% of year-to-date sales from branded generic drugs in international markets). Since the introduction of its COVID-19 testing kit, Abbott's diagnostics … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons to Buy This Newly Minted Dividend King
What could crypto leader Ethereum ( CRYPTO:ETH ) and consumer staple stalwart Procter & Gamble ( NYSE:PG ) possibly have in common? On the surface, nothing. But dig deeper and you'll find they have a surprising number of similarities, despite being polar opposite investments. And each could be a great buy for 2022 and beyond. Image source: Getty Images. 1. Similar market caps As of the time of this writing, Ethereum has a market cap of $385.1 billion versus P&G's $382.1 billion market cap. But just a couple of weeks ago, Ethereum was worth over $500 billion, and it topped $575 billion at its all-time high in September 2021. For now, though, these assets are viewed by the market as having about the same values, though for completely different reasons. Ethereum's value derives from what investors hope it can grow to become while P&G's value comes from what it has built over its rich history, its reputation, and the confidence that it will continue to … [Read more...] about Ethereum and This Top Value Stock Have 3 Surprising Similarities That Could Make Them Monster Buys for 2022
The continued poor stock performance of 3M ( NYSE:MMM ) suggests investors are starting to lose patience with the company. The company's latest investor presentation saw management walking down the full-year guidance it had given at the end of October. As such, the stock is even falling off of value investors' radars and increasingly becoming an option only for dividend investors . Let's take a closer look at what's happening and whether 3M has investment potential left in it. What happened 3M CEO Mike Roman and CFO Monish Patolawala presented at a Credit Suisse industrials conference in early December. They promptly told investors that organic sales growth in the fourth quarter would come in the "bottom half" of the implied growth range of zero to negative 2%. 3M has been negatively impacted by a slowdown in automotive production. Image source: Getty Images. It's never good news when a company lowers sales estimates, but 3M's update was particularly frustrating … [Read more...] about What Happened to 3M in 2021?
Procter & Gamble ( NYSE:PG ) share price gains have spent the better part of the pandemic trailing the wider stock market. While sales and earnings soared since early 2020, the consumer staples giant was left out of the rally that pushed high-growth niches to new highs. But that performance gap is shrinking as investors lose some of their appetite for many hot tech stocks. P&G has a chance to add to its positive momentum when the company announces fiscal 2022 second-quarter earnings results in a few days. Let's look at why the owner of global brands like Tide, Bounty, and Pampers might have good news for shareholders on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Image source: Getty Images. Sales trends Wall Street is expecting sales to land at $20.4 billion for the period that ended in late December. While that figure would mark just a 3% increase year over year, it translates into significant growth for the world's leading consumer staples giant. Sales were $18.2 billion in the same … [Read more...] about Procter & Gamble Q2 Earnings: What to Watch