LONDON — With the FTSE 100 soaring this year, the average dividend yield of the index is down to about 3%, with forecasts for 3.1%. But that does include some companies still going for growth and paying low dividends, so if you’re looking for income, you should realistically be aiming higher than that. Fortunately, we have a number of FTSE 100 companies paying 5% or better.
Here are three companies that have lifted their dividends this week.
Vodafone (LSE: VOD ) (NASDAQ: VOD )
Vodafone has a good track record of paying dividends, and it didn’t disappoint on Tuesday with a 7% hike in its full-year payment to 10.19 pence per share — and that was about 1.5 times covered. On the current share price of 194 pence, that provides a yield of 5.3%. The rest of the news was a little mixed, though, with group revenue down 4.2% to £44.4 billion. But adjusted earnings per share gained 5% to 15.65 pence, putting the shares on a P/E of 12.4.
Forecasts for the year to March 2014 currently suggest a mere 2% rise in the full-year dividend, though some are suggesting no rise at all. But by this time next year, the nature of Vodafone could be very different, depending on how it gets on with Verizon Communications.
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: CPFL Energia SA (CPFE3)
CPFL Energia SA is Brazil-based holding company engaged in the distribution, generation and commercialization of electric energy in Brazil. The Company is involved in the generation of electric energy through hydroelectric plants, small hydropower plants and thermoelectric power stations. Through eight distribution subsidiaries, as of December 31, 2011, it served 559 municipalities and distributed electrical energy to approximately 6.9 million clients in Brazilian states of Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Parana and Minas Gerais. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had a number of subsidiaries, such as Companhia Paulista de Forca e Luz, Rio Grande Energia SA, CPFL Geracao de Energia SA, CPFL Comercializacao Brasil SA and CPFL Jaguariuna SA, among others. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Patricia Lara]
Tractebel leapfrogged Cia. Energetica de Minas Gerais, CPFL Energia SA (CPFE3) and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (ELET6) in the fourth quarter to become the biggest utility after sidestepping pressure to cut rates because its contracts don’t expire for at least 14 years. Florianopolis, Brazil-based Tractebel has gained 11 percent in the past year, less than Sabesp’s 36 percent rally, which is the most of any utility on the Bovespa index.
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: CEVA Inc.(CEVA)
CEVA, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in licensing silicon intellectual property (SIP) for the handsets, mobile broadband, portable, and consumer electronics markets primarily in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. It designs and licenses DSP cores in the form of a hardware description language definition; a portfolio of application-specific platforms, including wireless baseband, audio, imaging and vision, voice over Internet protocols (VoIP), Bluetooth, and serial storage technology and serial attached SCSI; and development platforms, software development kits, and software debug tools that facilitate system design, debug, and software development. The company?s intellectual property (IP) is used by semiconductor and original equipment manufacturer companies for application-specific integrated circuits and application-specific standard products. It serves various markets, including feature phones, smartphones, machine to machi ne for various cellular standards, home entertainment, portable game consoles, and serial storage and telecommunication devices. CEVA, Inc. markets its technology through a direct sales force. The company was formerly known as ParthusCeva, Inc. and changed its name to CEVA, Inc. in December 2003. CEVA, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on CEVA (Nasdaq: CEVA ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: Chesapeake Gold Corp (CHPGF.PK)
Chesapeake Gold Corp. is a mineral exploration company focusing on the discovery and development of gold-silver deposits in North and Central America. The Company’s primary asset is the Metates gold-silver project (Metates) located in Durango State, Mexico. The Company also has a portfolio of exploration properties in Mexico comprising 57,067 hectares in the states of Durango, Sinaloa, Oaxaca and Veracruz. The Escorpion property is located 85 kilometers by paved road southeast of Guatemala City. The Metates property is the undeveloped disseminated gold and silver deposits in Mexico. The property is consists of 14 mineral concessions totaling 14,727 hectares. Talapoosa property is a low-sulphidation gold/silver property in the Walker Lane gold trend of western Nevada, approximately 45 kilometers east of Reno. The property consists of 535 unpatented lode mining claims and seven additional fee land sections which cover 10,780 hectares. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Hebba Investments]
Therefore the situation is still very bullish for investors in physical gold and the gold ETFs (GLD, CEF, and PHYS). Investors interested in leveraging this situation into higher potential profits may also consider buying gold miners such as Randgold (GOLD), Goldcorp (GG), Yamana Gold (AUY), and any of the other gold miners. Finally, those willing to shoulder much larger risks may consider some of the exploration and micro-cap companies that offer significant profits at a high risk such as Chesapeake Gold (CHPGF.PK), Pretium Resources (PVG), Western Copper (WRN), or any other of the junior exploration companies. Though investors should keep in mind that gold mining companies and explorers do not always rise with a rising gold price – do your research before you invest in the miners.
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: PowerShares S&P SmallCap Information Technology Portfolio (PSCT)
PowerShares S&P SmallCap Information Technology Portfolio (the Fund) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of an index called the S&P SmallCap 600 Capped Information Technology Index (the Index). The Index consists of common stocks of the United States information technology companies. These are companies that are principally engaged in the business of providing information technology-related products and services, including computer hardware and software, Internet, electronics and semiconductors, and communication technologies. The Index is compiled, maintained and calculated by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC. The Fund will normally invest at least 80% of its total assets in common stocks of small-capitalization information technology companies. The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its total assets in common stocks that comprise the Index. The Fund’s investment adviser is Invesco PowerShares Capital Managem ent LLC. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Stephen Leeb]
The PowerShares S&P 500 Small-Cap Technology (PSCT) is geared towards smaller, more agile, but also less-established firms, while iShares S&P North American Technology ETF (IGM) offers broad, blue-chip technology industry exposure.
5 Best Income Stocks To Own For 2014: Enel SpA (ENEL)
Enel SpA is an Italy-based company engaged in the utilities sectors. It operates in seven divisions. The Sales segment focuses on the sale of electricity and gas products and services for end users. The Generation and Energy Management is involved in generation with thermal, natural gas regasification and schedulable hydroelectric power plants. The Infrastructure and Networks distributes electricity and public lighting. The Iberia and Latin America operates in the electricity and gas markets of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. The International segment supports strategies for the European and Russian markets. The Renewable Energy is active in the generation of electricity from renewable resources. The Engineering and Research develops the conventional and nuclear construction of power plants. In November 2013, through Enel Investment Holding BV, it sold a 40% stake in Artic Russia BV, which in turn owns a 49% of the share capital of SeverEnergia, to NK Rosneft’ OAO. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Jonathan Morgan]
Enel SpA (ENEL) retreated 3.8 percent to 3.22 euros after Deutsche Bank AG said that its estimates for earnings at Italy’s biggest utility show no potential for growth for 2013 or 2014.