Why Bristol-Myers Squibb is a Top 25 Dividend Giant (BMY)

Bristol-Myers Squibb has been named as a Top 25 Dividend Giant by ETF Channel, with a staggering $3.09B worth of stock held by ETFs. Read More

JNJ: A Little Leaner, But Is This Dividend Stalwart a Buy?

Johnson & Johnson's Ortho-Clinical sale is a bit of a head-scratcher, but it doesn't change the big picture much. JNJ stock still serves a purpose. Read More

3 Places to Search for Dividend Stock Opportunities

As a dividend stock investor, your goal is to find investments that increase distributions every single year. Here are 3 dividend stock lists that will help Read More

Dividend Stocks Providing for Consistent Cash Income

The beauty of owning a steady dividend stock portfolio is you don't have to keep a 24/7 watch on your portfolio. Here's how dividend stocks keep working for you Read More

50 Blue-Chip Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts in Q1 2014

These 50 dividend stocks all hiked their regular payouts during the past three months. Here's a look at the new dividend yields, payout dates and more. Read More

Buy Johnson & Johnson Stock For the Yield, Not Growth

Welcome to the Stock of the Day. jnj stock Johnson & JohnsonHealthcare and consumer goods giant Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is dominating headlines today after it announced plans to sell its diagnostics unit to Carlyle Group (CG) for over $4 billion. Now that Johnson & Johnson is shedding its slow-growing business to focus on more profitable lines, is this a buying opportunity? Find out now. Company Profile Johnson & Johnson is not just a power player in the big pharma industry, it also began as a family company. Founded in 1886, the three Johnson brothers sought to spread the practice of, and become the standard for, sterile surgery in the U.S. That mission continues today, only now, the company maintains this standard worldwide. JNJ has grown to become a $71 billion company, with hundreds of products in more than 170 countries worldwide. Industry Breakdown From oral care, baby care, and skin care products, to over-the-counter medicines, JNJ has a broad consumer reach and relies on its reputation as a trusted family company to market its products and remain a leading competitor in the global pharmaceutical industry. JNJ is first in medical devices, fifth in biologics, sixth in consumer health and eighth in pharmaceuticals. The stock also pays a 2.6% dividend, making it one of the highest in an industry with over 250 players. Looking Ahead Johnson & Johnson is scheduled to report first-quarter results on April 15, but I don't expect it to turn heads. For the current quarter, the analyst community is forecasting $1.48 EPS on $18 billion in sales. Compared with Q1 2013 this would represent 2.8% sales growth and 2.8% earnings growth. Looking ahead to full-year 2014, Johnson & Johnson is expected to post 4% top-line and 5.6% bottom-line growth. Not bad for a 128-year-old company, but also not the kind of earnings I look for in my top blue chip picks. Current Ratings Before you buy any stock, you should always run it through my free Portfolio Grader ratings system. On the fundamentals side, Johnson & Johnson gets a solid B-level rating from me. Johnson & Johnson's strong suits are its operating margin growth (B), earnings growth (B) and return on equity (A) , while its sales growth, earnings momentum and analyst earnings revisions need some work (all Cs). But the reason that I have Johnson & Johnson  stock down at a C-rated hold is because buying pressure, a measure of a stock's risk/return ratio, has tapered off of late. JNJ receives a C for its Quantitative Grade. Bottom Line: As of this posting, March 31, I consider Johnson & Johnson stock  a C-rated Hold. With its solid dividend yield this is a good hold if you already own shares but I wouldn't recommend it for new money at this time. Would you like to check the fundamentals backing up one of your stocks? For more stock grades, please visit my Portfolio Grader website! Read More

How to Identify Your Dividend Stock Investment Goals

After working hard for many years and saving money, you've decided to put it to work with dividend stocks. Here's a starting guide to establishing goals Read More

Line Your Pockets With These 5 Pure-Play REITs

Companies are spinning off assets into separate businesses to enhance valuations -- pure-play REITs are all the rage. Here are five worth considering. Read More

4 High-Yield Small Caps Poised to Rally

Small caps aren't typically known for boasting huge dividend yields, but these four companies are very compelling exceptions to the rule. Read More

Dividend Stocks – Bank Dividends Set to Rise After Stress Test

Bank dividend stocks haven't delivered much income since the financial crisis, but that's about to change now that hikes are coming soon. Read More

4 Companies Paying Dividends for Over 100 Years

The world is changing at a rapid pace, yet despite the changes, some things remain the same, like these 4 companies, who've paid dividends for over 100 years Read More

7 Crash-Proof Dividend Stocks

The market could be heading for trouble soon, but these crash-proof dividend stocks will keep you protected, and even pay you during a crash. Read More

4 Flaws Dividend Investors Should Know About Index Funds

Index funds are perfect for people who don’t want to bother about managing their finances and retirement, but for dividend investors, index funds are flawed Read More

It’s Time to Sell High-Yield Bonds

High-yield bonds and ETFs such as HYG and JNK, have delivered great five-year returns, but there's no longer enough return potential to offset the risks. Read More

Top 10 Dow Dividend Stocks for March

As the Fed continues to taper, investors should expect more volatility in the markets. The safest place to be are dividend stocks like these ten. Read More

3 Attractive Dividend Stocks to Consider

I review dividend increases every week, and this week I want to focus on 3 dividend stocks raising dividends for you to consider. Read More

HPQ Upgrades Its Yield: 5 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts

It was a slow week for dividend increases as we hit the start of spring. However, both HPQ and APD joined the list of dividend stocks increasing payouts Read More

Diageo Stock Keeps Pouring Dividends for Investors

Diageo plc produces, distills, brews, bottles, packages, and distributes spirits. Diageo stock is a good value right now, and a solid dividend stock to own Read More

5 High-Yield MLPs to Put on Your Radar Screen Today

MLPs are one of the best ways to obtain great yields in today's market. I've got a list of 5 MLPs for investors to look at, including one buy I recommend now. Read More

3 Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy

If you plan on retiring ... well, ever, you're going to need some help. Dividend growth stocks are one of the first things you should hunt down. Read More