Income · Stocks to Consider and Updates

Total SA Increases Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors of French energy major Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT - $63.21) declared a first interim dividend for the 2018 fiscal year of €0.64 per share (equal to about US$0.75), an increase of 3.2% compared to the three interim dividends and the final dividend paid for the 2017 fiscal year. Total's Board also… Continue reading Total SA Increases Quarterly Dividend

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Chase Hikes Payout

New York money center bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM - $114.30) said the Board of Directors raised the quarterly dividend 43% to $0.80 per share, from $0.56 paid in the previous quarter. The Federal Reserve recently approved JPM’s capital plans, which included the increased payout to shareholders. The new annualized rate of Chase’s dividend is now $3.20… Continue reading Chase Hikes Payout

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Oracle Beats Earning’s Forecasts; Revenue Disappoints

Redwood City, California’s Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL - $49.18) announced fiscal 2019 first quarter total revenues of $9.2 billion, up 1% compared to last year, but below the consensus views of $9.24 billion. Total Cloud Services and License Support plus Cloud License and On-Premise License revenues were up 2% to $7.5 billion. Cloud Services and License Support… Continue reading Oracle Beats Earning’s Forecasts; Revenue Disappoints

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Effective Yield – Update

You may want to refer to my original posting of November 11, 2013 that explains the difference between “today’s yield” and what I refer to as the “effective yield”. To summarize, if you were to receive the current payout based on the prices used when entered into the portfolio (i.e. Price When Added), there would be a fairly significant difference in… Continue reading Effective Yield – Update

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Allocation Update – Aggressive Portfolio

In view of mounting turmoil with a number of emerging market economies, my over-weight allocation for the iShares MSCI Emerging Market ETF has not panned out. While Turkey is making most of the headlines, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and a handful of other countries are in trouble with maintaining a stable currency and growing… Continue reading Allocation Update – Aggressive Portfolio

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Verizon Boosts Dividend

Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VZ - $54.21) said its Board of Directors raised the quarterly dividend by 2.1% to $0.6025, marking the 12th consecutive year of dividend increases. The new payout, up $0.0125 from a previous level of $0.59, is payable Nov. 1 to shareholders of record on Oct. 10. The new annual dividend at the current rate is $2.41 per… Continue reading Verizon Boosts Dividend

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Stock to Consider: Cisco

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO - $47.69) is a worldwide leader in communications equipment. The San Jose, California-based company provides protocol-based networking and other products for transporting data, voice and video across geographically dispersed local-area networks, metropolitan-area networks and wide-area networks. Devices are primarily integrated by Cisco IOS Software and include a broad range of… Continue reading Stock to Consider: Cisco