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Apple special dividend coming? Makes sense, says Gene Munster

“Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF), CME Group (CME), Duke Realty (DRE), Ford (F), Host Hotels & Resorts (HST) and PACCAR (PCAR) paid investors special dividends in 2017” writes Suzanne O’halloran for foxbusiness.com. Thus far it has been conservative with its dividend, according to dividend watchers, despite a market value of nearly $900 billion.Apple, best known for iPhones, iPads and Macs, will have nearly $300 billion in cash to play with this quarter, according to investors.When Cook took over as CEO from founder Steve Jobs in 2012, he revived the dividend which…

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Jeff Reeves: 5 opportunistic ways to beat the stock market this year

“That compares with almost 30% in China for the iShares fund, plus another 11% in exchanges on Taiwan” writes Jeff Reeves for marketwatch.com. This could be the year of a long-awaited comeback for energy stocks.Here are five thematic ETFs to take advantage of specific opportunities in 2018: Every investor should consider dividend stocks, whether they seek income in retirement or simply an extra bit of performance.It’s simply biased toward large-cap companies with a screen for fundamentals as well as raw market cap to determine weighting.At the dawn of a new…

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5 opportunistic ways to beat the stock market this year

“That compares with almost 30% in China for the iShares fund, plus another 11% in exchanges on Taiwan” writes Jeff Reeves for marketwatch.com. This could be the year of a long-awaited comeback for energy stocks.Here are five thematic ETFs to take advantage of specific opportunities in 2018: Every investor should consider dividend stocks, whether they seek income in retirement or simply an extra bit of performance.It’s simply biased toward large-cap companies with a screen for fundamentals as well as raw market cap to determine weighting.At the dawn of a new…

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Six Flags plans on 11% dividend increase

“SIX, +0.25% said late Friday its board of directors plans to increase the company’s regular quarterly cash dividend by 11% to 78 cents a share, from 70 cents a share” writes Claudia Assis for marketwatch.com. “We are pleased to increase our dividend expectations in light of our continued confidence in our strong, recurring cash flow,” Chief Executive Jim Reid-Anderson said.The company’s cash flow “will benefit greatly” from the tax overhaul, he said.The increase would be effective in the first quarter, subject to final approval, Six Flags said. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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This dividend stock fund also bets on a decline in prices

“The Divcon rating encompasses free cash flow/dividends, earnings growth, dividend actions, stock repurchases and other indicators” writes Investing Columnist for marketwatch.com. The idea is that companies that are well-positioned for dividend increases are more likely to be better stock-market performers over time.Eric Ervin, the CEO of Reality Shares, is concerned enough about the stock market that he favors a strategy that includes betting on a decline in prices heading into 2018.If the company doesn’t pay a dividend on common shares, it won’t have a Divcon rating. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Credit Agricole to remove loyalty dividend scheme

“Credit Agricole SA (ACA.FR) said Wednesday that it will submit a proposal to its shareholders in regard to withdrawing its loyalty dividend scheme after the European Central Bank ordered it to remove its loyalty dividend bonus clause by Sept. 2018” writes Euan Conley for marketwatch.com. The withdrawal comes after the European Banking Authority ruled that payment of a loyalty dividend by Credit Agricole constituted a “preferential distribution” in breach of the capital-requirements regulation.Only 6% of ordinary shares are currently eligible for the loyalty dividend, representing an additional payout of EUR10…

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Why Both Active And Passive Funds Belong In One’s Portfolio

“But it is hard to look at the data and see the growth of passive investing as being anything but positive” reports etfdailynews.com. From WisdomTree : I recently found myself on a panel debating the merits of  passive  investing versus  active  management at an investment conference populated by mostly active investors and traders.To sum up: WisdomTree’s quant team is challenging the traditional thinking around active and passive management.Over time, WisdomTree plans to launch active equity ETFs that will aim for higher alpha targets.But until now, WisdomTree’s equity ETFs have only…

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MGM Growth Properties boosts dividend by 6.3%

“MGM Growth Properties LLC MGP, -0.17% said Friday it will raise its quarterly cash dividend on Class A shares to 42 cents a share, up 6.3% from 39.5 cents a share” writes Reporter Editor for marketwatch.com. The new dividend will be payable Jan. 16 to shareholders of record on Dec. 29.Based on the real estate investment trust’s Thursday stock closing price of $29.10, the new annual dividend rate of $1.68 would imply a dividend yield of 5.77%, compared with the SPDR Real Estate Select Sector ETF’s XLRE, +0.09% implied yield…

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Teva Pharmaceuticals is slashing 25% of its workforce and suspending its dividend

“The company said dividends on convertible preferred shares would be evaluated on a quarterly basis” writes Tova Cohen for businessinsider.com. (Reuters) – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will cut its workforce by more than a quarter, give up many of its manufacturing plants and suspend its dividend on ordinary shares in a much-anticipated overhaul to help pay back its massive debt. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Morningstar raises dividend by 8.7% to 25 cents a share

“That reflects an 8.7% increase in the quarterly dividend from 23 cents a share” writes Claudia Assis for marketwatch.com. MORN, -1.34% said late Friday its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 25 cents a share, payable Jan. 31 to shareholders of record Jan. 5. Shares of Morningstar rose 0.2% in late trading after ending the regular session down 1.3%. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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