Why The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) Stock Will Soar to New Heights
You can be forgiven for feeling conflicted over The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and its stock.
On the one hand, the company has been hit by a lot of widely reported problems with its 787 Dreamliner commercial aircraft.
On the other hand, Boeing stock is up 78% this year. See the contradiction?
Here's why investors have so much confidence in Boeing...
The Next Microsoft CEO Will Look a Lot Like This
It's a question that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) needs to get right: With current Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer slated to retire within a year, who will become the next Microsoft CEO?
The answer to that question is crucial to the health of the struggling tech giant and the revitalization of the company's stock. A series of missteps - not the least of which was Microsoft's failure to recognize the mobile revolution until it was too late - had left the stock languishing for more than a decade.
this is the person with the most realistic shot at turning Microsoft around...
Don't Be Fooled by the Media, Boeing is a Buy
I was at work here at the office last Monday night when I heard about the Boeing 737 crash at New York's LaGuardia Airport. A nose wheel on the jetliner had apparently given way after a hard touch-down just after 5:30 p.m. (EDT), leading to a crash that injured about eight of the 150 folks on board
"Uh-oh," I thought to myself. "Here's comes another feeding frenzy."
The media has had feeding frenzy at Boeing's expense ever since the tragedy in San Francisco, then the Dreamliner fire and the 737 crash. All it can talk about is the "continuing woes at Boeing." But don't be fooled, appearances can be deceiving.
I've been bullish on this aerospace giant for a while and even when in difficult times, I doubled down. Its recent troubles are a thin veil over some great long-term fundamentals.
And it's shares are set to soar...
Stocks to Buy: Three Small Cap Stocks for Safety & Dividend Growth
Here's how to get rich in stocks: Buy elite businesses at a good price and let the dividends compound over the years. That's the safe, steady road to building true wealth.
The key is in selecting the right stocks to buy.
However, most investors starved for solid dividend-payers often overlook one of the safest and most lucrative sectors - small cap dividend stocks.
Instead they focus on large cap businesses like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) or McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD).
But therein lies the problem--everybody knows they are great companies. That alone can drive their share prices to dizzying heights.
So investors who limit their choices to the big blue chips can end up paying too much-while missing out on another category of stocks that could make them even more money.
In short, they miss the quality small-cap dividend-payers. Here's why that is a big mistake for most investors.
Small Cap Stocks to Buy
Small-cap stocks can be an individual investor's best friend.
In the period between 1927 and 2009, small-cap value stocks returned 14.9% per year.
Meanwhile, returns on large-cap value stocks averaged roughly 3% less per year.
So why do these small frys outperform their larger cousins?
First of all, their small size makes them fly under the radar of many institutional investors.
What's more, mutual funds and pension funds have billions to invest, making it nearly impossible to buy and sell small stocks without having a huge influence on the price. As a result, a fund manager may find himself chasing a stock higher as he tries to take a meaningful position simply because he's the only big buyer.
Second, because the big fish tend to attract the big bucks, small caps are often ignored by Wall Street analysts. Most analysts simply aren't about to spend precious hours researching a company that no one follows.
So "in-the-know investors" buying small cap dividend payers face a lot less competition and can pick up shares at a good price.
Plus, many of these small cap dividend machines actually have a lot in common with their big brethren.
Like many large-cap, dividend-paying stocks, these companies generate tons of cash flow, have great brand names and wide competitive moats in their respective industries.
More importantly, they also have a history of dividend growth. They just happen to be much smaller than giants like Coke (NYSE: KO)and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG).
The bottom line: Investors who are willing to accept a slightly higher degree of risk should consider investing in small-cap value stocks that pay dividends.
Three Small Cap Dividend Machines
With that in mind, here are three small caps that are members of the Russell Global Small Cap Dividend Achievers Index. To qualify they must have raised their dividends annually for more than 10 years and meet minimum cash volumes.
In short, these are companies that throw off plenty of cash and safe dividends.
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Dividend-Paying Stocks to Buy: High Yield from an Unexpected Sector
Until recently you rarely if ever heard technology mentioned as a good sector to search for dividend-paying stocks to buy.
Technology companies for decades have eschewed paying dividends to shareholders - to grow, you had to spend money. They plowed their annual profits back into the company, spending on research and development or acquiring smaller tech companies that improved their product offerings.
Only the largest tech companies like International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) ever paid meaningful dividends to their shareholders. If a tech stock paid a dividend, investors would take it as a sign that the company had matured and was no longer a growth stock with meaningful opportunities for appreciation.
In fact, a dividend declaration by a technology company could often lead to a sizable stock decline.
But those days have changed.
How Tech Companies Evolved Into Dividend-Paying Stocks
Tech stopped shunning dividends in the 1990s when tech stocks went through a boom phase.
That's because institutional investors have mandates that prevent them from buying anything other than dividend-paying stocks, and they felt they were missing the action in the technology and Internet sector. They began to pressure tech stocks to pay a small dividend so they too could participate in the runaway rally.
Since then we have seen many of the tech giants initiate regular dividend payments to their shareholders. They were never intended to be significant but things have changed dramatically in the last decade.
Today many of these tech giants have seen their stock prices decline as their cash balances increased. They have raised the dividend to the point that tech stocks can now be a meaningful addition to income portfolios - especially for pre-retirement investors looking for income streams that will still be healthy 10 years from now.
Here are a couple examples of some of the best sources of yield in tech.
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