Hot Dividend Stocks For 2018

Sin stocks aren’t a favorite of every investor for moral reasons, which we totally get, cautions dividend expert Kelley Wright, editor of Investment Quality Trends.

If you are simply interested in a consistent business with good growth prospects and an attractive dividend yield, however, then Philip Morris International (PM) is sinfully attractive.

This is a pretty simple business to understand; a tobacco company that sells cigarettes and other tobacco products.

PM markets and sells its products in approximately 180 countries in the European Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Canada, which provides a lot of geographic diversification.

Its economic internals are very strong, with a high rate of return on invested capital, free cash flow and free cash flow yield.

PM offers excellent value when its dividend yield is 5% or higher. Based on the current cash dividend of $4.16 that equates to a stock price of $83 per share.

Hot Dividend Stocks For 2018: Cartesian, Inc.(CRTN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Today, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggestedsmall cap professional services and technical solutions stock Cartesian Inc (NASDAQ: CRTN) as a long/bullish trade:

Hot Dividend Stocks For 2018: International Speedway Corporation(ISCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    International Speedway Corp (NASDAQ: ISCA) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $146.09 million. International Speedway shares declined 1.65 percent to close at $36.26 yesterday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    International Speedway Corp (NASDAQ: ISCA) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $146.09 million.

    Mitcham Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.36 per share on revenue of $10.99 million.

Hot Dividend Stocks For 2018: Helen of Troy Limited(HELE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Helen of Troy (HELE) is trading lower Friday, after reporting a mixed first quarter.

    The personal care products company said it earned $1.27 a share on revenue that rose 0.8% to $347.9 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.17 per share on revenue of $356.1 million. Gross profit margin increased 2.3 percentage points to 43.8%, while cash flow from operations climbed from $37.8 million in the year ago period to $41.7 million.

    For the full year, Helen of Troy expects to earn between $5.85 to $6.35 a share on revenue of $1.57 billion to $1.62 billion. Analysts are modeling for earnings of $6.12 a share on revenue of $1.6 billion. However the company also warned that it expects a decline in sales for its nutritional supplement division.

    Jefferies Trevor Young reiterated a Buy rating and $114 price target on the stock today:

    Despite the 1Q revenue miss and ~30bps (~$4m) expected incremental FX headwinds, management maintained its FY revenue and adjusted EPS guidance (GAAP EPS came down $0.23 on the high and low end due to $6.6m of after tax non-cash asset impairment and patent litigation charges). Embedded in this guidance is the assumption of beauty coming in at the low end of the previous -7% to -12% range, and nutritional declining MSD (vs. flat to LSD positive growth previously). We believe this implies that housewares (MSD positive growth guidance previously) and health & home (LSD positive growth previously) would have to perform incrementally better than prior expectations, which we view as a positive.

    The shares are down 3.3% to $99.31 in recent trading.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Deer Consumer Products (OTCMKTS: DEER) and Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.