Independent natural gas producer Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG ) announced yesterday it would split its stock 2-for-1 that would be issued to shareholders in the form of a stock dividend. The board of directors said the additional shares will be distributed on August 14 to shareholders of record on August 6.
The board also announced its second-quarter dividend of $0.02 per share pre-split would be doubled to $0.04 per share. The quarterly payout will be paid on August 23 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 6.
Now that the stock will have approximately 422 million shares outstanding after the split ,which will increase its liquidity, Cabot Chairman, President, and CEO Dan O. Dinges said, “The Board’s decision to double the dividend was due to the Company’s long-term prospects for free cash flow generation.”
The regular dividend payment equates to a $0.16-per-share annual dividend, pre-split, yielding 0.2% based on the closing price today of Cabot Oil & Gas’s stock.
Top 5 Up And Coming Companies To Own In Right Now: Homex Development Corp (HOMEX*)
Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV is a Mexico-based homebuilding company. Together with its subsidiaries, the Company is mainly engaged in the promotion, design, development, construction and sale of affordable entry level and middle income residential housing. The Company has four divisions: the Mexico Division; the International Division; the Infrastructure Division, and the Tourism Division. To carry out its activities, the Company engages in land acquisition, obtaining permits and licenses, designing, constructing, marketing and selling homes, obtaining individual financing for its customers and developing communities to satisfy housing needs in Mexico. The Company participates in housing supply offers from the main housing funds in Mexico. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Julia Leite]
Industrias CH gained 7.9 percent to 85.55 pesos today. Homex (HOMEX*) climbed 5.4 percent to 8.16 pesos, extending this week’s gains to 16 percent. Urbi gained 7.2 percent to 2.37 pesos today, advancing 16 percent in the past five days. Corp. Geo gained 1.5 percent today to 5.55 pesos, climbing 14 percent for the week.
Top 5 Up And Coming Companies To Own In Right Now: Helmerich & Payne Inc (HP)
Helmerich & Payne, Inc., incorporated on February 29, 1944, is engaged in contract drilling of oil and gases wells for others and this business. The Company’s contract drilling business is composed of three reportable business segments: U.S. Land, Offshore and International Land. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012 (fiscal 2012), the Company’s U.S. Land operations drilled in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, Arkansas, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia. Offshore operations were conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, and offshore of California, Trinidad and Equatorial Guinea. During fiscal 2012, the Company’s International Land segment operated in six international locations: Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Tunisia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. The Company is also engaged in the ownership, development and operation of commercial real estate and the research and development of rotary steerable techn ology. Each of the businesses operates independently of the others through wholly owned subsidiaries. The Company’s real estate investments located exclusively within Tulsa, Oklahoma, include a shopping center containing approximately 441,000 leasable square feet, multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties containing approximately one million leasable square feet and approximately 210 acres of undeveloped real estate. The Company’s subsidiary, TerraVici Drilling Solutions, Inc. (TerraVici), is developing rotary steerable technology. As of September 30, 2012, it had 176 rigs under fixed-term contracts. During fiscal 2012, the Company leased a 150,000 square foot industrial facility near Tulsa, Oklahoma for the purpose of overhauling/repairing rig equipment and associated component parts.
U.S. Land Drilling
As of September 30, 2012, the Company had 282 of its land rigs available for work in the United States. During fiscal 2012, the Company’s U.S. Land operations contributed approximately 85% of the Compan! y’s consolidated operating revenues. During fiscal 2012, rig utilization was approximately 89%. During fiscal 2012, the Company’s fleet of FlexRigs had an average utilization of approximately 97%, while the Company’s conventional and mobile rigs had an average utilization of approximately 11%. As of September 31, 2012, 231 out of an available 282 land rigs were working.
Off Shore Drilling
During fiscal 2012, the Company’s Offshore operations contributed approximately 6% of the Company’s consolidated operating revenues. During fiscal 2012, rig utilization was approximately 79%. During fiscal 2012, the Company had eight of its nine offshore platform rigs under contract and continued to work under management contracts for four customer-owned rigs. During fiscal 2012, revenues from drilling services performed for the Company’s offshore drilling customer totaled approximately 56% of offshore revenues.
International Land Drilling
During fiscal 2012, the Company’s International Land operations contributed approximately 9% of the Company’s consolidated operating revenues. During fiscal 2012, rig utilization was 77%. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had nine rigs in Argentina. During fiscal 2012, the Company’s utilization rate was approximately 52%. During fiscal 2012, revenues generated by Argentine drilling operations contributed approximately 2% of the Company’s consolidated operating revenues. The Argentine drilling contracts are with international or national oil companies. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had seven rigs in Colombia. During fiscal 2012, the Company’s utilization rate was approximately 79%. During fiscal 2012, revenues generated by Colombian drilling operations contributed approximately 3% of the Company’s consolidated operating revenues. During fiscal 2012, revenues from drilling services performed for the Company’s customer in Colombia totaled approximately 1% of co nsolidated operating revenues and approximately 16% of inter! national ! operating revenues. The Colombian drilling contracts are with international or national oil companies. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had five rigs in Ecuador. During fiscal 2012, the utilization rate in Ecuador was 97%. During fiscal 2012, revenues generated by Ecuadorian drilling operations contributed approximately 2% of consolidated operating revenues. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had two rigs in Tunisia, four rigs in Bahrain and two rigs in United Arab Emirates.
- [By Editor , EnergyStockChannel.com]
So when dividend stocks turn up that see insider buying, and are also top ranked, investors are wise to take notice. One such company is Helmerich & Payne (HP) which saw buying by Director Thomas A. Petrie.
- [By Richard Moroney]
Helmerich & Payne (HP)
Helmerich & Payne is expanding its fleet of high-end rigs and taking market share. The company is now projected to earn $6.07 per share in fiscal 2014 ending September, implying 8% growth, on 7% higher sales. The stock yields 2.8%.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
As a result, the knives have come out. Cowen’s analysts downgraded six stocks–Baker Hughes (BHI), Cameron International (CAM), Nabors Industries (NBR), CGG (CGG), Superior Energy Services (SPN) and Helmerich & Payne (HP)–and cut their estimates on even more. Its analysts explain why:
- [By Robert Rapier]
My opinion is that in this space Helmerich & Payne (NYSE: HP) looks better with respect to most metrics and pays a 3 percent dividend to boot. We recommended HP to subscribers in February, and it has returned more than 25 percent since. UNT hasn’t done too badly by comparison; it is up nearly 14 percent over the same time frame. But I would still favor HP today when I stack it up against UNT. HP’s debt is lower, its price/earnings ratio is lower, its volatility is lower, and its profit margin is higher than UNT’s.
Top 5 Up And Coming Companies To Own In Right Now: United Dominion Realty Trust Inc. (UDR)
UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities. The firm was previously known as United Dominion Realty Trust, Inc. UDR, Inc. was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado with additional offices in Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Newport Beach, California; Orlando, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; Santa Clara, California; Tampa, Florida; and Washington DC, Virginia.
- [By Reuben Brewer]
Change doesn’t always work out so well
The thing is, income investors don’t always make out so well when big changes are taking place. For example, UDR (NYSE: UDR ) once bought fixer-uppers and upgraded them as a means to increase rents. That model worked well for the company for many years.
- [By The Part-time Investor]
The following stocks met the criteria in January of 2008 and were put into the initial portfolio:
Abbot Labs (ABT)Advanced data processing (ADP)Associated Banc-Corp (ASBC)Bank of America (BAC)BB&T Corp. (BBT)Bemis Company (BMS)Anheuser Busch (BUD)The Chubb Corporation (CB)Clorox (CLX)Comerica Inc. (CMA)Diebold Inc. (DBD)Emerson Electronics (EMR)First Dollar Corp. (FDO)First Third BanCorp. (FITB)Gannett Co, Inc. (GCI)General Electric (GE)Hershey (HSY)Illinois Tools Works (ITW)Johnson and Johnson (JNJ)Leggett and Platt (LEG)Eli Lilly (LLY)La-Z-Boy (LZB)McDonald’s (MCD)Marsh and Ilsley (MI)M&T Bancorp (MTB)PepsiCo (PEP)Pfizer (PFE)Procter & Gamble (PG)Pentair Ltd. (PNR)Regions Financial Corp. (RF)Rohm and Haas (ROH)RPM International (RPM)Sherwin Williams (SHW)Sysco Corp. (SYY)UDR Inc. (UDR)
Historical quotes were taken from Yahoo Finance. $10,000 was put into each position, to the nearest whole share, so a total of $349,262.89 was invested. From 1/15/08 throu gh 5/16/13 all dividends were reinvested back into the stock that paid them. If a dividend cut was announced, that stock was sold on the ex-div date of the new, lower dividend.
- [By Sean Williams]
Everything’s peachy for residential REITs!
However, what terrible news exists for homebuilders could turn into fantastic news for the residential-REIT sector. You see, if lending rates begin to rise because the Fed is paring back its bond purchases, then it will remove the consumer incentive to purchase a home and will drive people back into renting — which is great news for the big three residential REITS: Equity Residential, AvalonBay Communities (NYSE: AVB ) , and UDR (NYSE: UDR ) .
Top 5 Up And Coming Companies To Own In Right Now: Family Dollar Stores Inc.(FDO)
Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low and middle income consumers in the United States. The company offers consumables, including household chemicals, paper products, candy and snack products, health and beauty aids, hardware and automotive supplies, and pet food products and supplies; and home products, which comprise domestics, housewares, giftware products, and home decor products. It also provides apparel products and accessories consisting of men?s and women?s clothing products, boys? and girls? clothing products, infants? clothing products, shoes, and fashion accessories; and seasonal products and electronics, such as toys, stationery and school supplies, seasonal goods, and personal electronics. As of August 11, 2011, the company operated approximately 7,000 stores in rural and urban settings across 44 states. Family Dollar Stores, Inc. was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina .
- [By Rich Bieglmeier]
Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FDO) will host a conference call for investors and analysts at 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, April 10, 2014 to discuss financial results for the second quarter ended March 1, 2014. The Company will also discuss various business initiatives and expectations for fiscal 2014. After some prepared remarks by management, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.
- [By Rick Aristotle Munarriz]
Lloyd Bishop/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty ImagesStephen Colbert (left) practices his network performance with Jimmy Fallon. From a fallen dot-com darling scoring a rare hat trick to a discount retailer discounting its headcount, here’s a rundown of the week’s smartest moves and biggest blunders in the business world. CBS (CBS) — Winner David Letterman is leaving his late-night talk show next year, and CBS allowed only a week to pass between that announcement and naming his replacement. Stephen Colbert will take over “The Late Show.” It may seem like a gutsy call. Colbert’s satirical skewering of political conservatives is polarizing, even if his talk show persona is unlikely to embrace the character that made him a Comedy Central late-night star. It’s still an attention-grabbing announcement and one that should benefit CBS as well as its sister company and Comedy Central parent Viacom (VIA). Time Warner (TWX) — Loser “Game of Thrones” kicked off its highly anticipated fourth season on Time Warner’s (TWX) HBO on Sunday, but it wasn’t just the show’s power-hungry characters that were out for blood. Online users were incensed to find an outage on HBO Go preventing them from watching the premiere for several hours. HBO Go has been a major component of the premium movie channel’s success in recent years, included at no additional cost with HBO subscriptions to justify the platform’s high cost relative to Netflix (NFLX) and other growing streaming video services. Subscribers expect reliability when they’re paying up for a premium service, and they just didn’t get it. A big reason why this outage is making news — as HBO Go subscribers had to stay off social media to avoid spoilers — is because there was a similar disruption last month during HBO’s “True Detective.” Yelp (YELP) — Winner Yelp may not be very popular with its investors, nor with some irate merchants, but it got some love from Wall Street this week. Three analyst firms — Oppenheimer, SunTrust and
Top 5 Up And Coming Companies To Own In Right Now: Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (RRTS)
Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. operates as a non-asset based transportation and logistics service company. It provides a suite of solutions, including customized and expedited less-than-truckload, truckload brokerage, transportation management solutions, intermodal solutions, and domestic and international air services. The company is headquartered in Cudahy, Wisconsin.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Roadrunner Transportation Systems (NYSE: RRTS ) reported earnings on May 1. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Roadrunner Transportation Systems beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Margins matter. The more Roadrunner Transportation Systems (NYSE: RRTS ) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That’s why we check up on margins at least once a quarter in this series. I’m looking for the absolute numbers, so I can compare them to current and potential competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Roadrunner Transportation Systems’s competitive position could be.
- [By Rich Smith]
This series, brought to you by Yahoo! Finance, looks at which upgrades and downgrades make sense, and which ones investors should act on. Today, our headlines feature a pair of downgrades for lululemon athletica (NASDAQ: LULU ) and Roadrunner Transportation (NYSE: RRTS ) . But the news isn’t all bad, so before we get into that news, let’s find out first why one analyst thinks…