Record Dividends for S&P 500 in First Quarter of 2018

Companies in the S&P 500 “spent a record amount on dividend payments in the first three months of the year,” according to a recent article in MarketWatch. The article cites data from S&P Dow Jones Indices that showed an $18.8 billion net increase in U.S. common stock dividends in the first quarter of 2018, compared with a $10.9 billion rise over the same period in 2017. According to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at the… Read More

Cautious Dividend Investing a Must

Given the historically low interest rate and return environment, investors hungry for yield have been gravitating toward dividend stocks, but the valuation advantage of this asset class has diminished. This according to an article in this week’s Forbes by Validea CEO John Reese. “Since yield no longer provides a reliable valuation tool” writes Reese, “investors in search of such dividends must be sure to use other metrics to gauge value.” He emphasizes the importance of… Read More

The Weakest Link in Today’s Market

Expending more than you take in works for a diet, but it doesn’t for the stock market. That’s the upshot of a recent Wall Street Journal article by Steven Russolillo, who writes that today’s ultra-low interest rate market is allowing share prices to “stay higher for longer than under more normal circumstances.” What could “end this game” he argues, is the amount of cash companies are paying out to investors–which is now exceeding the earnings… Read More

Shopping for Dividend Yield Without the Traps

While high dividend yields (yield defined as dividend divided by stock price) are appealing, they become less so if they’re a function of a low stock price that reflects underlying financial weakness. In a recent Forbes article, Validea CEO John Reese says to look for those stocks that show higher-than-average yields along with a history of low dividend payout ratios and high dividend growth. He also offers the following warning signs when a dividend yield… Read More

Avoiding the Value Trap when Shopping for Payout

Shopping for yield when interest rates are at rock bottom levels can attract an investor to low-priced stocks that may not be the best prospects. A recent Barron’s article cautioned investors that high-yielding stocks could be “value traps”. Analysts at Evercore’s ISI Team (a research arm of Evercore Partners, an investment bank and money manager) explain, “Dividend yield as a factor for stock selection [must] be combined with other factors.” These other factors include payout… Read More

The Importance of Dividends for the Long Term Investor

Dividend producing stocks are attractive and offer investors compelling values (subscription required) according to this AAII Journal article by John Buckingham, director of research and chief portfolio manager of AFAM Capital and editor of the Prudent Speculator newsletter. Keep in mind, the article was written in mid-2015, but many of the statistics in the article are long term in nature and we believe investors seeking and investing in high dividend paying stocks should take note… Read More

Dividend Stocks Offering More Than Just Dividends

In his latest piece for NASDAQ.com, Validea CEO John Reese takes a look at some dividend stocks that also offer solid fundamentals. In the article, Reese looks at Patrick O’Shaughnessy’s latest research on dividend payers, which shows that high yielding stocks no longer trade at the discount to the market that they traditionally have. According to Reese, the fact that this valuation advantage no longer exists means that investors need to look much more closely at… Read More

Peter Lynch And High-Dividend Stocks

Every other issue of The Validea Hot List newsletter examines in detail one of John Reese’s computerized Guru Strategies. This latest issue looks at the Peter Lynch-inspired strategy, which has averaged annual returns of 11.2% since its July 2003 inception vs. 6.4% for the S&P 500. Below is an excerpt from the newsletter, along with several recent top-scoring stock ideas from the Lynch-based investment strategy.