It’s pretty clear at this point that the housing market is recovering, albeit slowly. Housing values are ticking up. Sales volumes are increasing. And stock in homebuilders and companies like Home Depot (NYSE: HD ) has responded in kind. But in the latter case, at least, it appears investors may have gotten ahead of themselves.
Consider the dividend yield on Home Depot stock. At 2.2%, there’s no question that it’s generous relative to the 10-year Treasury bond, which is paying a paltry 1.78%. But the same cannot be said when it’s compared to more analogous securities. According to The Wall Street Journal, for example, the dividend yield on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) is 2.78% — nearly 60 basis points higher than Home Depot’s.
HD Dividend data by YCharts.
Mind you, the yield isn’t low because the company hasn’t increased the quarterly payout on its common stock. As you can see in the chart above, Home Depot has done so consistently over the past 10 years. Most recently, in February of this year, it hiked the quarterly distribution by an impressive 34%, in addition to announcing a $17 billion repurchase program.
Top 5 Penny Stocks To Buy For 2015: Chiquita Brands International Inc. (CQB)
Chiquita Brands International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and marketing of bananas and fresh produce under the Chiquita and other brand names worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Bananas, Salads and Healthy Snacks, and Other Produce. The Banana segment sources, transports, markets, and distributes bananas to retailers and wholesalers, and chain stores. It also engages in the cultivation and production of bananas. The Salads and Healthy Snacks segment offers value-added salads under the Fresh Express and other labels; and fresh vegetable and fruit ingredients used in foodservice, healthy snacks, and processed fruit ingredient products. This segment also provides fresh-cut products, such as lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, and onions to foodservice distributors who resell these products to foodservice operators. It distributes Fresh Express branded products to food retailers, foodservice distributors, and quick-service restaurants; and fresh produce foodservice offerings primarily to third-party distributors for resale principally to quick-service restaurants in the United States. The Other Produce segment engages in sourcing, marketing, and distributing fresh fruits and vegetables other than bananas in Europe and North America. It offers grapes, pineapples, melons, kiwis, tomatoes, and avocados. The company was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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3. Chiquita earnings get frozen
Just in time for our favorite part of the year, smoothie season, your favorite childhood banana distributor, Chiquita Brands (NYSE: CQB ) , reported first-quarter earnings on Friday that investors (figuratively) threw bananas at. Revenue for the first three months of 2014 fell 2% from the same period the previous year, to $762 million.
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Furthermore, the court’s finding does not undermine the use of the ATS in cases of human rights abuses. It just requires a stronger connection to the United States. That means that other ATS cases currently working their way through the legal system, such as Earth Rights International’s case against Chiquita (NYSE: CQB ) for allegedly funding and arming Colombian terrorists, are still on track. That also means that the link from human rights violations to corporate liability remains.
Top 5 Penny Stocks To Buy For 2015: Stewart Enterprises Inc.(STEI)
Stewart Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides funeral and cemetery products and services in the death care industry in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company also offers a range of funeral merchandise and services, as well as cemetery property, cremation, merchandise, and services. Its funeral homes provide various services and products, including the family consultation, removal and preparation of remains, usage of funeral home facilities for visitation, worship and funeral services, transportation services, flowers, and caskets. The company also sells cemetery property and related merchandise, which includes lots, lawn crypts, family and community mausoleums, monuments, markers, and burial vaults; and provides burial site openings and closings and inscriptions. In addition, it maintains cemetery grounds under cemetery perpetual care contracts and local laws. As of January 31, 2011, the company owned and operated 218 funeral homes and 141 cemeterie s. Stewart Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is based in Jefferson, Louisiana.
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What: Shares of funeral-home operator Stewart Enterprises (NASDAQ: STEI ) soared 34% today, after larger rival Service Corp. International (NYSE: SCI ) agreed to acquire it in a deal worth about $1.4 billion.
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Service Corporation (SCI), the largest funeral home operator in the United States, made news last week with its large acquisition of Stewart Enterprises (STEI). The acquisition was well received by investors, as shares rose 8% on the day of the announcement. Together, the two companies will see huge cost savings advantages and a backlog that is currently undervalued.
Top 5 Penny Stocks To Buy For 2015: Mad Catz Interactive Inc(MCZ)
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, sells, and distributes accessories for videogame platforms and personal computers (PC), as well as for iPod and other audio devices. Its products include videogame, PC, and audio accessories, such as control pads, video cables, steering wheels, joysticks, memory cards, light guns, flight sticks, dance pads, microphones, car adapters, carry cases, mice, keyboards, and headsets. It markets its products primarily under the Mad Catz, Saitek, Cyborg, Eclipse, Joytech, GameShark, Tritton, and AirDrives brands. The company also develops flight simulation software; operates flight simulation centers under its Saitek brand; operates a videogame content Website under its GameShark brand; publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for third parties. It distributes its products through retailers in the United States, Europe, and Canada, as well as in Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zeal and, and Singapore. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in San Diego, California
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If the name Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (NYSEMKT:MCZ) rings a bell, it might be because yours truly penned some bullish thoughts on the video-gaming hardware (joysticks, control pads, headsets, etc.) back on August 20th. Neither MCZ nor my write-up were received as anything partially special at the time – it was just another stock dissected by just another guy, and you may or may not have given it a second thought. The 37% rally in the meantime, however, may garner a little more attention.
Top 5 Penny Stocks To Buy For 2015: S&W Seed Company(SANW)
S&W Seed Company engages in contracting the production of alfalfa seed varieties, processing the seeds, and marketing the certified seed to agribusiness firms and farmers worldwide. It also involves in the production of stevia leaf. The company primarily offers high fall dormancy (FD) alfalfa seed varieties, as well as markets and sells other varieties, including FD 7, 6, and 4 varieties. It sells the seed primarily to dealers and distributors who, in turn, sell primarily to hay and dairy farmers who grow hay for dairy cattle and other livestock; and through brokers. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Five Points, California.
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PureCircle does not grow its own product, but is more of a holding company as it contracts farms scattered around the globe to grow stevia to certain specifications. One such farm is the S&W SEED Co. (NASDAQ:SANW). Toward the end of 2011, PureCircle, with a goal of developing stevia in the U.S. for the U.S market, entered into a five-year agreementwith the California-based grower of high-yield alfalfa seeds, to grow stevia to the company’s specifications. Unfortunately the results have not matched expectationsas reported by S&W Seed:
Top 5 Penny Stocks To Buy For 2015: Gamestop Corporation (GME)
GameStop Corp. operates as a retailer of video game products and personal computer (PC) entertainment software. It sells new and used video game hardware; video game software; used video game products; and video game accessories, which primarily consist of controllers, memory cards, and other add-ons, as well as strategy guides and trading cards. The company also offers PC entertainment and other software across various genres, including sports, action, strategy, adventure/role playing, and simulation, as well as products that relate to the digital category comprising network point cards, prepaid digital and online timecards, and digitally downloadable software. GameStop Corp. sells its products through stores, as well as through its electronic commerce Web sites, including gamestop.com, ebgames.com.au, gamestop.ca, gamestop.it, gamestop.es, gamestop.ie, gamestop.de, and micromania.fr. As of July 12, 2011, its retail network and family of brands included 6,573 company-oper ated stores in 17 countries worldwide. The company also publishes Game Informer, a video game magazine in the United States; and operates the online video gaming Web sites kongregate.com and joltonline.com. GameStop Corp. was founded in 1994 and is based in Grapevine, Texas.
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GameStop (NYSE: GME ) recently announced that Ubisoft’s (NASDAQOTH: UBSFF ) Watch Dogs is the most pre-ordered next-gen game in the company’s history, putting it on track to achieve Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot’s bold claim that the title would sell 6.2 million units.
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Records fell on Wall Street Friday as another solid report on housing lifted the market for the second day in a row. There’s a three-day weekend coming up — something that often prompts investor caution — but the gains were broad-based even though volume was fairly light. The VIX, which measures volatility, fell to its lowest level this year. The Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) gained 63 points, the Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) rose 31, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index (^GPSC) added 8, topping the record high set last week. The Dow Transportation average also raced to an all-time high, lifted by airline stocks. United (UAL) soared more than 4 percent; Delta (DAL) gained more than 1 percent and Southwest (LUV) gained 2 percent. Southwest is at an all-time high, up 79 percent from a year ago. New home sales bounced back with a better than expected 6.4 percent increase last month. Lennar (LEN) and D.R. Horton (DHI) both rose 4 percent. Pulte (PHM), Beazer (BZH) and Hovnanian (HOV) also solid posted gains. Earnings continue to drive retail stocks. Gap (GPS) edged higher even though net fell. Foot Locker (FL) gained 1½ percent after topping expectations. GameStop (GME) rose 4 percent. Its net rose, helped by the rollout last year of new Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Zumiez (ZUMZ) rose 5½ percent on an earnings beat. But Aeropostale (ARO) tumbled 24 percent. Its loss widened and sales declined. The retailer continues to struggle with teen fashion trends. Also on the earnings front, TiVo (TIVO) rose 2 percent as it swung to a profit from a year ago loss. It also reported an increase in the number of subscribers. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) rose 6 percent on news the company plans to eliminate up to 16,000 additional workers in an effort to cut costs. And several stocks extended big moves from yesterday. Best Buy (BBY) rose more than 3 percent for the second straight day after earnings beat expectations. Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) jumped
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Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Friday’s session are Aeropostale Inc.(ARO), Fresh Market Inc.(TFM) and GameStop Corp.(GME)
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www.ebay.com There were plenty of winners and losers in the business world this week, with the leading online auction site suffering a massive data breach and a streaming video service expanding overseas. Here’s a rundown of the smartest moves and biggest blunders. eBay (EBAY) — Loser A massive data breach at eBay was reported this week. Hackers cracked into eBay’s database, gaining access to the names, email addresses, phone numbers, addresses and birthdays of its 233 million registered users. Passwords and payment information were encrypted, and are in all likelihood safe, but eBay is telling folks as they log into the site to change their passwords as a precautionary measure. Identity theft at websites and retailers is a major problem, but why are companies so slow to get the news out? The hack at eBay took place nearly three months ago, and eBay found out about it two weeks ago. Why did it wait until Wednesday to announce the breach? It also didn’t mail its users, choosing instead to let them know about it when they logged into the site. Such situations are unfortunate, and unfortunately becoming more common, but companies need to own up to the breaches sooner and communicate with their customers more effectively when they happen. Netflix (NFLX) — Winner The leading premium video streaming service is about to collect some more passport stamps. Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will be expanding into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg later this year. The moves were widely expected. Variety spilled the beans on Netflix being in talks to enter France and Germany several weeks ago. After offering its digital platform in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, the central Europe is a logical next step. Sears Holdings (SHLD) — Loser Several out-of-favor retailers bounced back a bit this earnings season, but Sears wasn’t one of them. The parent company of Kmart and its namesake department store saw sales fall 7 percent in it