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CVS Reports Strong Results; Lifts Guidance

Pharmacy and health insurer CVS Health (NYSE: CVS - $57.55) reported better-than-expected first-quarter results in the first full quarter that includes results from its acquisition of Aetna. Adjusted earnings climbed to $1.62 a share compared with $1.48 a share in the same period of 2018. The consensus was for $1.51 a share. Revenue rose 35% to $61.6 billion, beating the Street view… Continue reading CVS Reports Strong Results; Lifts Guidance

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Total Reports First Period Results; Hikes Dividend

French energy giant Total SA (NYSE: TOT - $56.04) reported adjusted operating income of $3.4 billion in the first quarter, an 1% increase compared to the first period of 2018. The Exploration and Production business operating income was $1.72 billion, five percent lower than a year-ago. The Integrated Gas and Renewables segment showed a 23%… Continue reading Total Reports First Period Results; Hikes Dividend

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Intel Beats Estimates; Second Quarter Guidance Disappoints

Chip behemoth Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC - $51.97) reported March-quarter sales of $16.1 billion that were flat compared to a year ago, but a tad higher than estimates of $16.03 billion.  Likewise, adjusted earnings per share were two cents higher than consensus estimates and two cents better than the first quarter of 2018, but profit… Continue reading Intel Beats Estimates; Second Quarter Guidance Disappoints

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Johnson & Johnson Increases Dividend

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ - $139.65) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a 5.6% increase in the quarterly dividend rate from $0.90 to $0.95 per share.  This is the 57th consecutive year the Brunswick, New Jersey-based health care company increased its payout. At the new rate, the indicated dividend on an annual basis… Continue reading Johnson & Johnson Increases Dividend

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Verizon Delivers Mixed Results; Lifts Guidance

Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VZ - $57.26) reported adjusted earnings for the first quarter of $1.20 per share, up from $1.17 in the same period a year ago and four cents ahead of analysts’ estimates. Total revenue of $32.13 billion was up 1.1% from the same period a year ago, but a bit below what the Street was expecting at $32.3… Continue reading Verizon Delivers Mixed Results; Lifts Guidance

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Johnson & Johnson Beats Consensus; Lifts Guidance

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ - $139.45) reported first-quarter adjusted share earnings of $2.10, versus a Street estimate of $2.04 and up from $2.06 last year. Sales, however, were basically flat as the top line inched only 0.1% higher. Eliminating the impact caused by the strong U.S. dollar and acquisitions and divestitures,… Continue reading Johnson & Johnson Beats Consensus; Lifts Guidance

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Diversification Update

Since I’ve made a few changes to the three buttonwoodproject portfolio candidate lists over the past few months, I am posting a new chart of the sector and industry diversification for these accounts. The conservative choices are still overweight in industrials, but cover a wide-range of industries from electrical products and services, agricultural equipment and… Continue reading Diversification Update