Focus on Earnings and Dividends
High unemployment, a shaky economy with talk of a “double-dip” recession, and more debt crises in Europe drove stocks lower in late November. But third-quarter earnings accelerated, and gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2%.
Looking ahead, the first indications of holiday season sales look very positive, and consumer confidence is on the rise. This could help stabilize the stock market.
But volatility remains high, so this month investors should concentrate on stocks that have shown strength in earnings and price with an emphasis on dividend increases.
Here are your top stocks to buy for December: