Top 10 Diversified Bank Companies To Buy Right Now

Ex-dividend dates are very important to dividend investors, since you must purchase a stock prior to its ex-dividend date in order to receive its upcoming dividend payout. For more information, check out Everything Investors Need to Know About Ex-Dividend Dates.

Below are seven big stocks going ex-dividend on Wednesday, December 18.

Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Casino resort operator Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) offers a dividend yield of 1.81% based on Monday’s closing price of $77.38 and the company’s quarterly dividend payout of 35 cents per share. The stock has gained 67% year-to-date. Dividend.com currently rates LVS as a “Neutral” with a Dividend.com DARS™ rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

Top 10 Diversified Bank Companies To Buy Right Now: Steamships Trading Company Ltd(PNG)

Steamships Trading Company Limited operates as a diverse trading conglomerate in Papua New Guinea. It involves in shipping, road transport, product manufacture, property, hotels, and information technology businesses. The company?s shipping business includes operation of a fleet of coastal vessels, and providing estuarine and river trades in the Gulf and Western Provinces; short and long term vessel charters, and cargo liner services using vessels ranging from 500DWT to 6000DWT; and stevedoring and shipping agency services. Its road transport business comprises general transport, fuel distribution, and long haul transport services; and customs clearance, handling equipment hire, integrated logistics, and specialist transportation services. Steamships Trading Company?s product manufacture business includes the production and distribution of food stuff comprising ice cream, vegetable oils, condiments, and seasonings; health and beauty goods; and spirits and premixed drinks , as well as involves in distributing imported wines and spirits. Its property business comprises residential, commercial, and industrial property development and leasing activities. The company?s hotel business engages in operating hotels. Its information technology business provides business-critical ICT consulting, solutions and services, IT outsourcing, business process outsourcing, Internet services, electronics and computer retail, and training and wide-ranging technical support. The company was founded in 1924 and is based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Steamships Trading Company Limited is a subsidiary of John Swire & Sons (PNG) Limited.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Aaron Levitt]

    And more could be in store. PAA has just agreed to swallow its former natural gas storage spinoff PAA Natural Gas Storage (PNG) in a $1.41 billion deal that will instantly be accretive to PAA shareholders. Meanwhile, Plains continues to build new capacity and crude-by-rail services in key refining markets like California.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Plains All American Pipeline L.P. (NYSE: PAA) was maintained as Outperform with a $64 price target (versus $51.44 current) after its announced acquisition of affiliated PAA Natural Gas Storage L.P. (NYSE: PNG) in an all-stock buyout.

Top 10 Diversified Bank Companies To Buy Right Now: Burberry Group PLC (BURBY)

Burberry Group plc (Burberry) is a holding company. The Company designs and sources luxury apparel and accessories, selling through a diversified network of retail (including digital), wholesale and licensing channels worldwide. The Company’s Retail/wholesale channel is engaged in the sale of luxury goods through Burberry mainline stores, concessions, outlets and digital commerce, as well as Burberry franchisees, prestige department stores globally and multi-brand specialty accounts. The Company’s retail channel includes approximately 206 mainline stores, 214 concessions within department stores, digital commerce and 49 outlets. The Company’s wholesale channel includes sales to department stores, multi-brand specialty accounts, Travel Retail and franchisees who operates approximately 65 Burberry stores. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Rambourg’s favored luxury stocks include Burberry (BURBY), Richemont, Coach (COH)…and Tiffany, whose “higher-end repositioning, along with lower raw material prices, should continue to support the stock,” he says.

  • [By Reuters]

    Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBurberry Group CEO Angela Ahrendts. LONDON — Christopher Bailey, the designer credited with restoring the cachet to fashion brand Burberry, is to become chief executive next year when long-standing boss Angela Ahrendts will move to Apple. The 157-year-old British fashion house, famous for its camel, red and black check pattern, said Tuesday that Ahrendts would step down by mid-2014 after which Bailey would combine his role as chief creative officer with chief executive. News the 42-year-old Yorkshireman would hold both positions sparked concern among some analysts that he might be taking on too much, and sent shares in the group down 6 percent in early trading, valuing the business at 6.6 billion pounds. “There will undoubtedly be relief that Mr. Bailey, the driving force behind the brand for the last 12 years, is staying,” Morgan Stanley (MS) said in a note to clients. “But we anticipate some investor concern about combining the chief creative officer and CEO roles, which are both time consuming and require very different skill sets.” Ahrendts, who has been Burberry (BURBY) boss for eight years, during which time its share price has soared about 250 percent, will take up a newly created position at Apple as a senior vice president with oversight of retail and online stores. She will report directly to CEO Tim Cook. Ahrendts will be looking to do better than the last chief executive of a British company who left London to join Apple (AAPL) — John Browett who quit Dixons to lead the iPad and iPhone maker’s global retail expansion in 2012. He left six months later. Bailey joined Burberry in 2001 and has held the major creative role for six years, helping to rebuild the group after it became a victim of its own success in the 1990s when its trademark pattern was embraced by the mass market, losing its appeal to its core wealthy clientele. Under Ahrendts and Bailey, the group has refocused on the luxury market, inc

Top 10 Diversified Bank Companies To Buy Right Now: Blyth Inc. (BTH)

Blyth, Inc. operates as a direct to consumer marketing company in North America, Europe, and Australia. The company operates in three segments: Health & Wellness, Candles & Home Décor, and Catalog & Internet. The Health & Wellness segment offers a suite of weight-management products, nutritional supplements, and energy drinks under the ViSalus Sciences, ViSalus, and Body by Vi Challenge brands primarily through its independent promoters. The Candles & Home Décor segment sells food and recipe products, candles, reed diffusers, and other home fragrance products and related decorative accessories under the PartyLite, GloLite by PartyLite, and Two Sisters Gourmet by PartyLite names through independent sales consultants. The Catalog & Internet segment develops and markets an array of decorative and functional household products, personalized cards, gifts, food products, and health and wellness products under the Miles Kimball, Walter Drake, As We Change, Easy Comforts, and Ex posures brands through its Websites, catalogs, and direct mail campaigns. Blyth, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Hanley]

    Consumer-goods marketer Blyth (NYSE: BTH  ) , owner of weight-loss upstart ViSalus, has been in the doghouse lately, sitting near a 52-week low due to poor results in its weight-loss unit.  Despite a large potential customer base of overweight people worldwide, the industry has had difficulty generating growth lately, with data provider Marketdata Enterprises estimating that industry sales rose only 1.7% in 2012.  However, Blyth caught a bid in late October from a proposed combination with marketing-services provider CVSL, indicating that some people see incremental value in Blyth’s businesses. So, should small investors bet on this small cap or should they focus their attention on Weight watchers International (NYSE: WTW  ) and Medifast (NYSE: MED  ) instead?

  • [By John Udovich]

    Small cap NYSE stocks Blyth, Inc (NYSE: BTH), ITT Educational Services, Inc (NYSE: ESI) and U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE: SLCA) had the highest short interest as of late September according to HighShortInterest.com with short interest of 56.80%, 55.73% and 40.22%, respectively. However, shorting a stock can be a dangerous business as the bears can and do sometimes get mauled by the bulls. With that in mind, let’s take a look at why the bulls or the bears may be right or wrong about these three shorted small cap NYSE stocks: 

Top 10 Diversified Bank Companies To Buy Right Now: Discovery Minerals Ltd (DSCR)

Discovery Minerals Ltd., formerly Dhanoa Minerals Ltd., incorporated on July 11, 2005, is an exploration-stage company. The Company’s principal business is the acquisition and exploration of menial resources located in the United States, Central and South America. The Company operates in only one business segment, namely natural resource exploration, mining and recovery.

The Company does not own any properties that contain mineral reserves that are economically recoverable. The Company’s projects include Turquoise Mountain Project and Yukon Mining Project.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap mining stocks Discovery Minerals Ltd (OTCMKTS: DSCR), Zinco Do Brasil Inc (OTCMKTS: ZNBR) and Amalgamated Gold and Silver Inc (OTCMKTS: BCHS) have been getting some extra attention lately as one stock surged last Friday while the other two are or have been in the past, the subject of paid promotions. It goes without saying though that small cap mining stocks tend to be riskier than your average stock. But do these three small cap mining stocks have what it takes to produce a mother lode for investors? Here is a deeper dig into all three:

    Discovery Minerals Ltd (OTCMKTS: DSCR) Is Branching Out Into Mining Apps

    Small cap Discovery Minerals Ltd is a production stage company formed to acquire and develop natural resource properties. Activities include gold, precious metals and petroleum minerals, including rare earth minerals production and sales. In addition, the company has initiated a new program to evaluate undervalued assets, including clean tech and alternative energy investments, for potential addition to its portfolio. On Friday, Discovery Minerals Ltd surged 25% to $0.001 for a market cap of $1.66 million plus DSCR is down 73% over the past year and down 97.1% over the past five years according to Google Finance.

Top 10 Diversified Bank Companies To Buy Right Now: Linear Technology Corporation(LLTC)

Linear Technology Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets a line of linear integrated circuits. The company’s products include amplifiers, comparators, voltage regulators, voltage references, monolithic filters, linear regulators, DC-DC converters, power over Ethernet controllers, battery chargers, data converters, communications interface circuits, RF signal conditioning circuits, Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    This week a few companies answered the call and rewarded their shareholders with higher cash dividends:

    Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED) engages in regulated electric, gas, and steam delivery businesses. January 16th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.4% to $0.63 per share. The dividend is payable March 15, 2014, to stockholders of record on February 12, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 4.7%.

    Cousins Properties Incorporated (CUZ), a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, develops, and manages real estate portfolio, as well as performs certain real estate-related services. January 16th the company increased its quarterly dividend 66.7% to $0.075 per share. The dividend is payable February 24, 2014, to stockholders of record on February 10, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.8%.

    Wisconsin Energy Corporation (WEC) generates and distributes electric energy, as well as distributes natural gas. The company operates in two segments, Utility Energy and Non-Utility Energy. January 16th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2% to $0.3900 per share. The dividend is payable March 1, 2014, to stockholders of record on February 14, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 3.8%.

    BlackRock Inc. (BLK) is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. January 16th the company increased its quarterly dividend 14.9% to $1.93 per share. The dividend is payable March 24, 2014, to stockholders of record on March 7, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.4%.

    ONEOK Inc. (OKE) operates as a diversified energy company in the United States. January 15th the company increased its quarterly dividend 5.3% to $0.40 per share. The dividend is payable February 18, 2014, to stockholders of record on February 10, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.5%.

    Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. (OHI) is a real es

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Analog integrated circuits and products manufacturer Linear Technology (LLTC) raised its quarterly dividend 3.8% to 27 cents per share, payable Feb. 26 to shareholders of record Feb. 14. This marks the 22nd consecutive annual dividend increase for Linear.
    LLTC Dividend Yield: 2.33%

Top 10 Diversified Bank Companies To Buy Right Now: lululemon athletica inc.(LULU)

Lululemon Athletica Inc., together with its subsidiaries engages in the design, manufacture, and distribution of athletic apparel and accessories for women, men, and female youth primarily in Canada, the United States, and Australia. Its apparel assortments include fitness pants, shorts, tops, and jackets for healthy lifestyle activities, such as yoga, running, and general fitness. The company?s fitness-related accessories comprise bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats, instructional yoga DVDs, and water bottles. It sells its products through its retail stores; independent franchises; and a network of wholesale accounts, such as yoga studios, health clubs, and fitness centers, as well as directly to consumers through e-commerce. As of May 1, 2011, the company had 142 corporate-owned and franchise stores under the lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica brand names. Lululemon Athletica Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Grace L. Williams]

    We know, we know. Another day, another Lululemon Athletica (LULU) upgrade.

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    After a great ride last week following earnings, analysts continue to sing the company’s praises. Today’s moment of Lululemon love comes courtesy of Corinna Freedman of Wedbush, who upgraded her rating to Outperform from Neutral and hiked the price target to $64 from $54.

    In a note today, Freedman declared Lululemon’s woes to be “largely priced into the stock” and explains why now is the time to get bullish:

    We previously anticipated becoming more constructive on a reset of earnings expectations to a drastically lowered bar and we found several positive takeaways from recent earnings commentary to support our pivot in outlook. We further believe the near- term set up is positive given upcoming management marketing (which should clear up lingering concerns regarding gross margin guidance,) high short interest, the April Analyst Day and a scarcity of mid-cap Consumer growth stories.

    Like many of her peers, Freedman also feels upbeat about the company’s prospects under new CEO Laurent Potdevin.

    We further anticipate additional capsule product to drive interest post-Analyst Day and anticipate the company’s recently issued guidance of $1.80-1.90 to prove beatable providing confidence in the new CEO’s regime.

    Shares of Lululemon have gained 1.1% to $52.48 at 3:46 p.m., while Nike (NKE) has risen 0.5% to $73.88, Under Armour (UA) has dropped 0.3% to $114.88 and the Gap (GPS) has dipped 0.1% to $40.14.

  • [By Jack Kramer and Nick Martell] Take a break from your spring-break binging and check out what sent Wall Street to a mostly down week.   1. Stock market winner …
    Armed with a new CEO, lululemon athletica (NASDAQ: LULU  ) released its earnings report for the final quarter of 2013, and the results sent the stock up 6.2% on Thursday.

    The fourth quarter of the a year is the meat and potatoes for most retailers — all because of the holiday season. For Lulu, based in our neighbor to the north, sales topped $521 million, which was a solid $4 million above Wall Street’s expectations, with net income of $109.7 million. Plus, the results were a fancy 7% rise from the same quarter the year before and higher than the company’s own projections released in January.

    Keep in mind that investors were just happy to see a sign that Lulu is starting 2014 on a fresh slate for more than just financial reasons. Remember that sheer-pants debacle last spring? That cost the company $60 million in revenue last year. Then its founder had to step down from his CEO role after commenting that not all women’s bodies were made for Lulu’s products (classy, dude). It’s no wonder the theme of the earnings report release was making a more “emotional connection” with consumers this year. #latenewyearsresolutions

    2. … And stock market loser
    In case you didn’t catch it on your news feed, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) dropped a solid $2 billion over the week. The new acquisition: Oculus. Its virtual-glasses hardware straps to your face like Oakley ski goggles that look like they’ve taken some steroids. Someone’s trying to compete with Google Glass.

    Just to give you some context, the ‘Book spilled $1 billion to control your photo life history when it bought Instagram. And it’s lower than the hefty $19 billion Mark Zuckerberg’s company spent on WhatsApp when Zuckerberg went to a coffee shop to sit down with the founders and tell them he was about to cut a check.

    So wha

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, shares of Lululemon Athletica (LULU) gained 6.2% despite disappointing earnings. Was the move justified or has the market gone crazy? Today, more analysts weighed in.

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    It’s no secret that many analysts seem to really love the company, and after yesterday’s report, they finally found someone deserving of that love: Lululemon’s new CEO, Laurent Potdevin.

    Take for example, Olivier Chen of Citigroup, who gave readers a yoga metaphor, declaring the company’s “journey still in progress” and gave mad props to Potdevin. He writes:

    [Potdevin] adds agility and speed in decision making, global urgency, & brand + product experience, which will protect guidance. New marketing efforts should improve traffic particularly in the second half as Lululemon further utilizes brand ambassadors, leverages media, and focuses on enhancing guest interaction. Although stock is not inexpensive we believe downside is protected given continued strength of brand, global and store growth runway, dominance in a technical athletic cycle, and M&A possibility (with considerable synergies possible in a deal scenario).

    Brian Tunick of J.P. Morgan also gave Potdevin a shout-out:

    Potdevin addressed head-on his plans to return lulu to growth mode in an increasingly crowded field, including a more offensive product strategy after a defensive 2013, a focus on grassroots marketing and store experience, while building the foundation for future global growth.

    Not all analysts joined in on the Potdevin lovefest, however. Count Kimberly Greenberger of Morgan Stanley among the unconvinced. She writes:

    While encouraged by Lululemon’s re-focus on long-term product development and brand fortification, we think increased competition, mix shift to lower margin items and incremental marketing and supply-chain spend lower Lululemon’s growth profile.

    Shares of Lululemon rose 1.4% to $51.89 today, while Nike