Best Dividend Stocks For 2018

Investors who’ve waited patiently for shares of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) to get cheap have gotten their chance. Despite stronger-than-expected growth in the company’s commercial cloud business during its fiscal third quarter, Microsoft shares are down more than 4% in after-hour session Thursday.

Microsoft’s cloud-first strategy, implemented by under CEO Satya Nadella, has paid huge dividends for the company, whose shares were near all-time highs heading into Thursday’s results. But valuation concerns had crept in, suggesting that growth expectations were too high. Microsoft, at least for one quarter, couldn’t deliver. Let’s go through the numbers.

The Quarter that Was

For the quarter that ended March, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant earned a net income of $3.76 billion, or 47 cents a share, which declined from $4.99 billion, or 61 cents a share in the year-ago quarter. On an adjusted basis, when taking out one-time gains and costs, the company earned 62 cents a share, which was 2 cents shy of Street estimates.

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: S&P Smallcap 600(PH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Charles Mizrahi, President and CEO, Hampton Investors, Inc.]

    Parker Hannifin (PH) generates strong revenue from its aerospace division, while its primary industrial segment is lagging.

    Overall, we like the company’s balanced portfolio. PH had solid order rates this past year with backlog of $3.6 billion between its industrial and aerospace segments.

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: Littelfuse Inc.(LFUS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Littelfuse (NASDAQ: LFUS) and ABB Group (NYSE:ABB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: ONEOK Inc.(OKE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi maintains Buy ratings on Targa Resources (NYSE: TRGP), ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Oneok Partners (NYSE: OKS) citing the companies stories around natural gas liquids (NGLs).

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    The volatile price of natural gas over the past year has weighed some on this top energy stock. ONEOK Inc. (NYSE: OKE) primarily engages in natural gas transportation, storage and natural gas and NGLs gathering, processing and fractionation in the Bakken, Mid-Continent and Permian. The company recently closed the roll-up of its underlying master limited partnership, ONEOK Partners.

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: SPX Corporation(SPW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Damon Churchwell]

    These companies manufacture processing products used by industries such as food and beverages, oil & gas, and wastewater treatment, among others. They serve a wide range of end markets that are mostly poised for increased earnings and are likely to spend on capital projects. While these positive trends persist, flow technology companies’ prospects ought to remain favorable. Let’shighlight several sector participants, starting with a top selection,SPX(NYSE: SPW),.

Best Dividend Stocks For 2018: Nordson Corporation(NDSN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , Chubb (CB) , XPO Logistics (XPO) , FedEx (FDX) and Nordson (NDSN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Prudential (PRU) , Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX) and ZTO Express (ZTO) .

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $415.52 million.

    KLX Inc (NASDAQ: KLXI) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $383.62 million.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) released fiscal second-quarter 2017 results on Monday that easily exceeded expectations, highlighting broad-based organic growth and solid contributions from its recently acquired businesses.