Hot Dividend Companies To Buy For 2014

Alamy Over the last several years, the news about Social Security’s long-term health has gotten progressively worse. With nearly every passing year, the Social Security Administration’s annual Trustees’ Report has pulled forward the date when the Social Security Trust Funds are expected to run out of cash. About a year has passed since the last report, which pegged the date at 2033, and the next is due soon. Still, a collapse date 20 years from now wouldn’t seem so bad if it weren’t for the fact that the trend suggests it probably won’t stay that far away, as the chart below illustrates: Trustee Report Year Estimated “Run Dry” Date 2012 2033 2011 2036 2010 2037 2009 2037 2008 2041 On top of that worrisome pattern, data published earlier this year by the Congressional Budget Office indicate that the Social Security Trust Funds’ problems continue to get worse. A combination of higher disability claims, low interest rates, and stubbornly high unemployment have conspired to draw closer the date when the program’s reserves will be exhausted. Based on that, chances are strong that this year’s Trustees’ Report will pull the funds’ expiration date even sooner. Regardless of exactly when the projected date for the Trust Funds to run dry is, if nothing changes, those reserves are going to run out — at which time, benefits will be cut. What Happens to You When It Runs Out of Reserves? The Social Security Trustees indicate that when the reserves are gone, incoming taxes will only be able to cover about 75 percent of the program’s current promised benefits. Nobody is quite sure yet how that 75 percent will be distributed across beneficiaries, but chances are good that your benefits, along with everyone else’s, will be affected by that shortfall. The average monthly Social Security check to a retiree currently sits at $1,265.82. While everyone’s situation varies, a 25 percent cut in those benefits translates to a substantial loss in income.

Hot Dividend Companies To Buy For 2014: Merck & Company Inc.(MRK)

Merck & Co., Inc. provides various health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products. The company?s Pharmaceutical segment provides human health pharmaceutical products, such as therapeutic and preventive agents for the treatment of human disorders in the areas of bone, respiratory, immunology, dermatology, cardiovascular, diabetes and obesity, infectious diseases, neurosciences and ophthalmology, oncology, vaccines, and women’s health and endocrine. This segment also offers human health vaccines, such as preventive pediatric, adolescent, and adult vaccines. Its Animal Health segment discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets animal health products. This segment offers antibiotics, anti-inflammatory products, vaccines, products for the treatment of fertility disorders, and parasiticides for cattle, swine, horses, poultry, dogs, cats, salmons, and fish. The Consumer Care segment develops, manufac tures, and markets over-the-counter, foot care, and sun care products. Its over-the-counter product line includes non-drowsy antihistamines; treatment for occasional constipation; decongestant-free cold/flu medicine for people with high blood pressure; nasal decongestant spray; and treatment for frequent heartburn. This segment?s foot care products comprise topical antifungal, and foot and sneaker odor/wetness products; and sun care products include sun care lotions, sprays and dry oils; and sunburn relief products. The company serves drug wholesalers and retailers, hospitals, government agencies, physicians, physician distributors, veterinarians, animal producers, and managed health care providers, as well as food chain and mass merchandiser outlets in the United States and Canada. Merck & Co., Inc. was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Williamson and Michael Douglass]

    These two catalysts have caused analyst price targets to jump, with Piper Jaffray coming out and raising its target on the stock to $36; shares currently sit at $28. In this segment from Friday’s Market Checkup, Motley Fool health-care analysts David Williamson and Michael Douglass discuss Endocyte’s partnership with Merck (NYSE: MRK  ) on the drug, as well as just how much blockbuster potential the drug could have, and why even after a near double the stock is filled with upside.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Equities Trading UP
    Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) shares shot up 95.36 percent to $28.60 after Merck & Co (NYSE: MRK) and Endocyte announced the European CHMP positive opinions for VYNFINIT and the companion agents FOLCEPRI and NEOCEPRI.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Equities Trading UP
    Endocyte (NASDAQ: ECYT) shares shot up 121.31 percent to $32.40 after Merck & Co (NYSE: MRK) and Endocyte announced the European CHMP positive opinions for VYNFINIT and the companion agents FOLCEPRI and NEOCEPRI.

Hot Dividend Companies To Buy For 2014: Cummins Inc.(CMI)

Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel and natural gas engines, electric power generation systems, and engine-related component products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Engine, Power Generation, Components, and Distribution. The Engine segment offers a range of diesel and natural gas powered engines under the Cummins and other customer brand names for the heavy-and medium-duty truck, bus, recreational vehicle, light-duty automotive, agricultural, construction, mining, marine, oil and gas, rail, and governmental equipment markets. This segment also provides new parts and service, as well as remanufactured parts and engines. The Power Generation segment offers power generation systems, components, and services, including diesel, natural gas, gasoline, and alternative-fuel electrical generator sets for use in recreational vehicles, commercial vehicles, recreational marine applications, and home stand-by or residential applications. This segment also provides components that make up power generation systems, such as engines, controls, alternators, transfer switches, and switchgears. The Components segment supplies filtration products, turbochargers, aftertreatment systems, intake and exhaust systems, and fuel systems for commercial diesel applications. This segment offers filtration and exhaust systems for on-and off-highway heavy-duty and mid-range equipment, as well as supplies filtration products for industrial and passenger car applications. This segment also develops after treatment and exhaust systems to help customers meet emissions standards and fuel systems. The Distribution segment provides parts and services, as well as service solutions, including maintenance contracts, engineering services, and integrated products. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and other customers. Cummins Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Columbus, Indiana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Look out Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDTI), and Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), you may want to take notice too. Little HydroPhi Technologies Group, Inc. (OTCMKTS:HPTG) is about to make a big splash in your pool, which could make life very difficult and much easier (respectively) for the two of you. How’s that? In simplest terms, all signs point to HydroPhi Technologies’ diesel efficiency working quite well, saving those who use it money, while simultaneously saving the environment.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    To give credit where it’s due, Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been the one company to make electric vehicles a viable reality, melding coolness and functionality – even if not affordability – into an automobile that people will like, and buy. Yet, although TSLA shares are understandably priced relative to the company’s sales and potential future earnings, investors and consumers alike may be errantly holding Tesla up as the harbinger of the electric vehicle era. The fact of the matter is, EV’s are still a miniscule part of the auto market, and due to a lack of capacity and materials needed to put an electric car in every driveway, the real opportunity for carmakers like Honda Motor Co Ltd (NYSE:HMC) or Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE:TM) is to radically improve the efficiency of existing technologies like the combustion engine. Thing is, with the help of companies like Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) and HydroPhi Technologies Group, Inc. (OTCMKTS:HPTG), names like Honda and Toyota re ally are making big strides in auto motor efficiency, with the biggest of those recent strides being made in the diesel arena. All joking aside, Tesla and other electric vehicle manufactures may want to look over their shoulder and see how quickly the diesel market is gaining on them.

Hot Dividend Companies To Buy For 2014: Rogers Communication Inc.(RCI)

Rogers Communications, Inc. operates as a communications and media company in Canada. The company?s Wireless segment provides wireless voice and data communications services. It operates a global system for mobile communications and general packet radio service network. This segment markets its products and services under Rogers Wireless, Fido, and chatr brands. Its Cable segment offers cable television, high-speed Internet access, and cable telephony services. As of December 31, 2010, this segment provided digital cable services to approximately 1.7 million households; Internet service to approximately 1.7 million residential subscribers; and residential circuit-switched telephony services to approximately a million subscribers. This segment also offers local and long-distance telephone, enhanced voice and data services, and IP access. In addition, this segment operates a retail distribution chain consisting of approximately 400 stores that provide cable services and digi tal and Internet equipment, as well as offers digital video disc and video game sales and rentals. The company?s Media segment publishes magazines, trade and professional publications, and directories, as well as operates 55 radio stations in Canada; multicultural OMNI broadcast television stations; the 5 station Citytv television network; specialty sports television services, including Rogers Sportsnet, Sportnet ONE, and Setanta Sports Canada; specialty services, which comprise Outdoor Life Network, The Biography Channel Canada, and G4 Canada; and televised shopping service, The Shopping Channel. It also holds an ownership in a mobile sports and events production and distribution joint venture; delivers content and conducts ecommerce through the Internet; and owns Blue Jays, a League Baseball club, as well as Rogers Centre sports and entertainment venue. The company was founded in 1920 and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tom Taulli]

    Big competitors for BCE include Rogers Communications (RCI) and Telus (TU), though it also faces niche players such as Public Mobile, Wind Mobile and Mobilicity. Until recently, there was buzz that Verizon (VZ) might enter the market by buying up the latter two, though VZ apparently scrapped plans for Canadian expansion until 2014.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The big news for Madison Square Garden has been the success of its key sports franchises. The New York Knicks basketball team made the playoffs and earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Even more importantly, the long-delayed National Hockey League season finally got going in January, helping resurrect what many had feared would be a lost season, sending shares of MSG, as well as Canadian venue/team-owners Rogers Communications (NYSE: RCI  ) and BCE (NYSE: BCE  ) , higher. As it turned out, MSG’s New York Rangers made the playoffs and will go up against the Washington Capitals in the first round. Playoffs are an especially lucrative time for sports viewership, and usually translate into extra profits for the company’s broadcast businesses.

Hot Dividend Companies To Buy For 2014: H.J. Heinz Company (HNZ)

H. J. Heinz Company manufactures and markets food products for consumers, and foodservice and institutional customers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. The company primarily offers ketchup, condiments and sauces, frozen food, soups, beans and pasta meals, infant nutrition, and other food products. It sells its products through its sales organizations, independent brokers, agents, and distributors to chain, wholesale, cooperative, and independent grocery accounts; convenience stores; bakeries; pharmacies; mass merchants; club stores; foodservice distributors; and institutions, including hotels, restaurants, hospitals, health-care facilities, and government agencies. The company was founded in 1869 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Carroll]

    Pediatric nutritional products, in particular, are growing at a fast clip. The business grew worldwide sales by a whopping 20% in the quarter, strong growth for what’s become a hot market around the world. Competition waits for Abbott, particularly in the Latin American market, where Heinz (NYSE: HNZ  ) has particularly been successful in growing baby food sales in countries such as Mexico.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    It’s official: Warren Buffett is the new Master of Ketchup. In a special meeting convened for the purpose, H.J. Heinz (NYSE: HNZ  ) stockholders today voted overwhelmingly in favor of being acquired by a consortium led by the veteran investor Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A  ) (NYSE: BRK-B  ) . Roughly 95% of the votes, representing around 60% of Heinz’s outstanding stock, were in support of the buyout.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    10. Not including its equity holdings and recently acquired 50% stake in Heinz (NYSE: HNZ  ) , Berkshire is made up of 56 distinct subsidiary businesses.

  • [By Matt Koppenheffer]

    On negative implications of the H.J. Heinz  (NYSE: HNZ  )  deal. A questioner wondered whether Berkshire’s preferred position in the Heinz deal and the high price paid suggested that Buffett isn’t optimistic about the returns available in the market. Buffett responded simply that that was “totally inaccurate.” Munger later added on: “As you said, the report was totally wrong.”

Hot Dividend Companies To Buy For 2014: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Microchip Technology Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. It offers a family of microcontroller products that include 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers; and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers, which feature on-board flash memory technology. The company also provides a set of application development tools that enable system designers to program a PIC microcontroller and dsPIC DSC for specific applications. In addition, it offers analog and interface products, which consist of various families with approximately 600 power management, linear, mixed-signal, thermal management, safety and security, and interface products. Further, the company provides memory products comprising serial electrically erasable programmable read-only memory. Its products are used in various applications in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, and industrial contr ol markets. Microchip Technology Incorporated markets its products primarily through a network of direct sales personnel and distributors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Chandler, Arizona.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Microchip Technology Inc.(MCHP) agreed to acquire fellow semiconductor manufacturer Supertex for about $394 million to strengthen its analog business. Shares surged 36% to $33.05 premarket, topping the offer price of $33 a share.

  • [By John Udovich]

    If you are looking for a semiconductor stock that’s focus on an area that’s not so cyclical, mid cap microcontroller (MCU) stock Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) could be a good choice – meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with other microcontroller players like Microchip Technology Inc (NASDAQ: MCHP), STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) and Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: CY). Microcontrollers are programmable and embedded chips that are increasingly hidden inside a all sorts of products these days e.g. if you have an appliance with a LED or LCD screen and a keypad, it contains some kind of microcontroller plus all new automobiles contain at least one and often several. I should mention that we have also recently added Atmel Corporation to our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio and we are down about 5.6% mostly due to the recent market volatility.

Hot Dividend Companies To Buy For 2014: Dominion Resources Inc. (D)

Dominion Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. It operates in three segments: DVP, Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. The DVP segment includes regulated electric transmission and distribution operations that serve residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in Virginia and North Carolina. This segment also involves in non regulated retail energy marketing of electricity and natural gas. The Dominion Generation segment includes the electricity generation through coal, nuclear, gas, oil, and renewables; and related energy supply operations. It also comprises generation operations of the company?s merchant fleet and energy marketing, and price risk management activities for these assets. The Dominion Energy segment includes the company?s Ohio and West Virginia regulated natural gas distribution companies, regulated gas transmission pipeline and storage operations, natural gas gathering and by-products extraction activities, and regulated LNG import and storage operations. It also provides producer services, which aggregates natural gas supply; engages in natural gas trading and marketing activities; and involves in natural gas supply management. The company?s portfolio of assets includes approximately 27,615 MW of generation; 6,100 miles of electric transmission lines; 56,800 miles of electric distribution lines; 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering, and storage pipeline; and 21,800 miles of gas distribution pipeline. Dominion Resources, Inc. also owns approximately 947 bcf of storage capacity of natural gas and serves retail energy customers in 14 states. In addition, it sells electricity at wholesale prices to rural electric cooperatives, municipalities, and into wholesale electricity markets. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Richard Stavros]

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    In addition to beating the market since the beginning of the year, diversified energy utilities, such as MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE: MDU), Dominion Resources Inc (NYSE: D) and Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), significantly outperformed pure-play or predominantly all-electric utilities, such as Duke Energy Corp (NYSE: DUK) and Entergy Corp (NYSE: ETR), by as much as several percentage points (See Chart B).

    Interestingly, among top performers, there was no dominant strategy for exploiting natural gas demand, as these firms were involved in all aspects of the value chain–from exploration and production to distribution and storage. These companies have not only been benefiting from a natural gas surplus, but also from the pressing need to expand US energy infrastructure to deliver this newfound bounty to businesses and households.

    Chart B: Diversified Energy Utilities Outperformed Electric-Only Peers

  • [By David Dittman]

    Answer: Exelon and FirstEnergy had a lot of exposure to the wholesale power market as well as other particular circumstances that made their situations acute. I don’t foresee a raft of dividend cuts in the sector.
    I like electric utilities with a lot of regulated revenue, or with a lot of exposure to the midstream segment of the energy business, as is the case with Dominion Resources (NYSE: D).

  • [By Grace L. Williams]

    Master limited partnership Dominion Resources (D) grabbed our attention after UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith upgraded it to Buy from Neutral and lifted the price target to $72 from $63 on anticipation that a “mid-year spin of the MLP” will generate about $4 per share in value. “We see capacity to drive double digit distribution growth through the decade,” Dumoulin-Smith wrote. Dominion is scheduled to report earnings sometime between Jan. 27 and 31.

  • [By Aimee Duffy]

    We’re still years away from commercial scale LNG exports, but that hasn’t stopped Dominion Resources (NYSE: D  ) or Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP  ) from making plans to drop down their facilities into a master limited partnership. In this video, Fool contributor Aimee Duffy discusses why MLPs could be a good fit for LNG and how Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT: LNG  ) has already done this with its existing MLP, Cheniere Energy Partners (NYSEMKT: CQP  ) .

Hot Dividend Companies To Buy For 2014: First Security Group Inc.(FSGI)

First Security Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for FSGBank that provides banking and financial products and services to various communities in eastern and middle Tennessee and northern Georgia. The company offers various deposit services, such as checking, savings, and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. It offers commercial loans, including loans to smaller business ventures, credit lines for working capital, short-term seasonal or inventory financing, and letters of credit; real estate?construction and development loans to residential and commercial contractors and developers; and consumer loans to individuals for personal, family, and household purposes, including secured and unsecured installment and term loans. The company also offers commercial mortgage loans to finance the purchase of real property; commercial leasing for new and used equipment, fixtures, and furnishings to owner-managed businesses; and leasing for forklifts, heavy equipment, and other machinery to owner-managed businesses primarily in the trucking and construction industries. It also provides trust and investment management, mortgage banking, financial planning, and electronic banking services, such as Internet banking, online bill payment, cash management, ACH originations, wire transfers, direct deposit, traveler?s checks, safe deposit boxes, United States savings bonds, and remote deposit capture, as well as equipment leasing. The company operates 38 full-service banking offices and 1 loan and lease production office. Its market areas include in Bradley, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Monroe, Putnam, and Union counties, Tennessee; and Catoosa and Whitfield counties, Georgia. First Security Group was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ning Jia]

    The case for First Security Group (FSGI) is interesting. It is bank holding company that is obscure, cheap and unloved. As the company completed the recapitalization earlier this year, I think the market has been under-appreciating its potential to return to growth and profitability as a result of the much-needed recapitalization.

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    First Security Group (FSGI) operates as the holding company for FSGBank, which provides banking products and services to various communities in Tennessee and Georgia. This stock closed up 6.5% to $2.29 in Tuesday’s trading session.

    Tuesday’s Range: $2.16-$2.30

    52-Week Range: $1.30-$7.45

    Tuesday’s Volume: 80,000

    Three-Month Average Volume: 509,606

    From a technical perspective, FSGI ripped higher here right above some near-term support levels at $2.14 to $2.12 with lighter-than-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of FSGI within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if FSGI manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.38 to $2.52 and then once it clears its 200-day moving average at $2.80 with high volume.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in FSGI as long as it’s trending above some key support levels at $2.14 to $2.12 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 509,606 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then FSGI will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from June that started at $5.08.

Hot Dividend Companies To Buy For 2014: Resource Capital Corp.(RSO)

Resource Capital Corp. operates as a specialty finance company that focuses primarily on commercial real estate and commercial finance in the United States. The company?s commercial real estate-related investments include first mortgage loans, first priority interests in first mortgage real estate loans, subordinate interests in first mortgage real estate loans, mezzanine loans, and commercial mortgage-backed securities. It also invests in commercial finance assets, including senior secured corporate loans, other asset-backed securities, equipment leases and notes, trust preferred securities, and debt tranches of collateralized debt and loan obligations. The company qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for federal income tax purposes. As a REIT, it is not subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes 90% of its REIT taxable income. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wallace Witkowski]

    Shares of Resource Capital Corp. (RSO)  declined 3.8% to $5.82 in moderate volume after the real-estate investment trust said it would launch a $100 million offering in notes due 2018.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    Resource Capital (NYSE: RSO  ) is dipping into its coffers for another shareholder payout. The company has declared a dividend for its current quarter of $0.20 per share, which is to be paid on July 26 to shareholders of record as of June 28. That amount matches each of the company’s previous five distributions, the most recent of which was paid in late April. Before that, Resource Capital was more generous, dispensing $0.25 per share.