There’s a good chance you’re paying too much for auto insurance. A new study by NerdWallet found that American drivers are overpaying an average of $368 a year to insure their vehicles because they don’t shop around for the lowest rates.
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Only 12% of drivers surveyed by NerdWallet — a site with price-comparison tools for dozens of financial products — said they find car insurance shopping easy. Because most people find the process to be time-consuming and difficult , they go with the first or second rate quote they get, says Maxime Rieman, product manager for the NerdWallet insurance team. By taking the time to comparison shop, though, drivers are more likely to find substantial savings.
NerdWallet analyzed auto insurance quotes for 1,000 zip codes across the U.S. and found that rates for comparable drivers varied by 154%, on average, within any given zip code. For example, rates for a 40-year-old married male with a clean driving record ranged from $993 to $2,338 in New York. In Texas, rates ranged from $1,067 to $3,133. In California, they ranged from $753 to $1,534.
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: Intel Corporation(INTC)
Intel Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. It offers microprocessor products used in notebooks, netbooks, desktops, servers, workstations, storage products, embedded applications, communications products, consumer electronics devices, and handhelds. The company also provides system on chip products that integrate its core processing functionalities with other system components, such as graphics, audio, and video, onto a single chip. In addition, it offers chipset products that send data between the microprocessor and input, display, and storage devices, including keyboard, mouse, monitor, hard drive, and CD, DVD, or Blu-ray drives; motherboards designed for desktop, server, and workstation platforms, and that has connectors for attaching devices to the bus; and wired and wireless connectivity products consisting of network adapters and embedded wireless cards used to translate and transmit data across networks. Further, the company provides NAND flash memory products primarily used in portable memory storage devices, digital camera memory cards, and solid-state drives; software products comprising operating systems, middleware, and tools used to develop, run, and manage various enterprise, consumer, embedded, and handheld devices; and software development tools that enable the creation of applications. Additionally, it develops computing platforms, which are integrated hardware and software computing technologies designed to offer an optimized solution. The company sells its products principally to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, PC components and other products users, and other manufacturers of industrial and communications equipment. It has a strategic alliance with Scientific Conservation Inc. Intel Corporation was founded in 1968 and is based in Santa Clara, California.
- [By Anders Bylund]
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC ) shares soared 42% higher in 2014. Meanwhile, the semiconductor giant’s quarterly dividend checks held firm at $0.225 per share, so Intel’s dividend yield sank from 3.9% in February to 2.4% in December.
- [By Chris Neiger]
We’ve already seen evidence of this. Last year, big IoT players Intel (NASDAQ: INTC ) , General Electric (NYSE: GE ) , and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR ) all introduced or expanded their own Internet of Things platforms for managing embedded connections. General Electric opened the Predix platform to a small number of companies, and is making the software available to companies of all sizes in 2015. The company expects to generate $5 billion in revenue from Predix over the next two years.
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: 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.
- [By Bob Ciura]
All clear ahead
In early October, peer semiconductor company Microchip Technology (NASDAQ: MCHP ) warned investors that quarterly revenue would come in below its previous forecast as well as analyst projections. That sent semiconductor stocks crashing. Microchip fell 10% after the warning, but its announcement dragged down other chip stocks, too, including Texas Instruments, which saw its stock price drop dramatically in a span of just a few weeks. On Sept. 18, Texas Instruments traded for $49 per share. By Oct. 13, four days after Microchip’s warning, Texas Instruments fell all the way to $41 per share, representing an approximately 16% decline.
- [By reports.droy]
CSR (CSRE), which recently rejected a $2.5 billion takeover offer from Microchip Technology (MCHP), has just been bagged by Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) for $2.5 billion.
- [By Riddhi Kharkia]
The semiconductor maker had it pretty bad on Friday as most of the stocks fell after the warning from Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP). Though it might have looked like an overreaction yet, the investors of semiconductor stocks had to face a reasonable depreciation in their investment value because Microchip cut its sales outlook and warned investors that the industry could face a downturn pretty soon. Well, this is a thing of the past and what is done cannot be undone but the important thing to worry about is future. Intel (INTC), the chip giant which has been gaining momentum and has performed better than expectations in the year, is all set to post its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday.
- [By Jayson Derrick]
Last night Microchip (NASDAQ: MCHP) issued second quarter downside guidance. The company said that it expects its revenue to be $546.2 million, below prior guidance of $560 million to $567.9 million. Perhaps more alarming were the cements from the company's CEO Steve Sanghi who said “we believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Shares lost 12.26 percent, closing at $39.96.
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: Northeast Utilities(NU)
Northeast Utilities, a public utility holding company, provides electric and natural gas energy delivery services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts. The company engages in the purchase, delivery, and sale of electricity; and owns and operates approximately 1,200 megawatts of primarily fossil-fueled electricity generation assets. As of December 31, 2010, it served approximately 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns in Connecticut; 497,000 retail customers in 211 cities and towns in New Hampshire; and 206,000 retail customers in 59 cities and towns in western Massachusetts. The company also operates a natural gas distribution system in Connecticut and serves approximately 206,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. It offers gas supply to commercial and industrial customers; and to residential customers for heating, hot water, and cooking needs, as well as provides gas transportation services t o commercial and industrial customers. In addition, the company offers electric transmission services. Northeast Utilities was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut.
- [By David Dittman]
Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU) is New England’s largest utility system, serving more than 1.7 million electricity customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- [By David Dittman]
Answer: I like Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP (TSX: BEP-U, NYSE: BEP), Pembina Pipeline Corp (TSX: PPL, NYSE: PBA), Xcel Energy Inc (NYSE: XEL) and NiSource Inc (NYSE: NI).
- [By David Dittman]
The stock is trading well above our recommended buy-under target of 62, an indication that the market doesn’t see any debilitating Dan River problems. So it is effectively a hold at these levels.
If you have money to invest, focus on Northeast Utilities (NSYE: NU), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and/or TransCanada Corp (TSX: TRP, NYSE: TRP).
- [By David Dittman]
Northeast Utilities (NU) is New England’s largest utility system, serving more than 1.7 million electricity customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: 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.
- [By Garrett Cook]
Telecommunications services shares fell by 0.26 percent on Thursday. Top losers in the sector included AT&T (NYSE: T), down 2.2 percent, and Rogers Communications (NYSE: RCI), off 1.9 percent.
- [By Victor Selva]
The company has a current ratio of 13.45% which is higher than the one registered by Liberty Interactive Corp (LINTA). But for investors looking for a higher ROE, Time Warner Cable, DISH Network Corp (DISH), Rogers Communications, Inc. (RCI), Shaw Communications, Inc. (SJR) and Tivo, Inc. (TIVO) could be better options.
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: Cinemark Holdings Inc(CNK)
Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the motion picture exhibition business. As of June 30, 2011, it operated 436 theatres with 4,983 screens in 39 states of the United States, as well as in Brazil, Mexico, and 11 other Latin American countries. The company is headquartered in Plano, Texas.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
The three major movie theater companies. AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC ) , Cinemark Holdings (NYSE: CNK ) , and Regal Entertainment (NYSE: RGC ) are still solidly profitable, but revenues have declined along with ticket sales over the last year, as the chart below shows.
- [By Leo Sun]
With the crowdfunded Veronica Mars, which hit theaters in March, Warner convinced AMC to agree to the same-day release by renting out its theaters. Warner retained the box office sales, in hopes that it could produce a profit after AMC’s rental fees ($5,000 to $20,000 per week) were deducted. Regal and Cinemark (NYSE: CNK ) , however, do not rent out their theaters for same-day releases.
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: Johnson & Johnson(JNJ)
Johnson & Johnson engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics. The Consumer segment provides products used in baby care, skin care, oral care, wound care, and women?s health care fields, as well as nutritional, over-the-counter pharmaceutical products, and wellness and prevention platforms under the brands of JOHNSON?S, AVEENO, CLEAN & CLEAR, JOHNSON?S Adult, NEUTROGENA, RoC, LUBRIDERM, DABAO, LISTERINE, REACH, BAND-AID, CAREFREE, STAYFREE, SPLENDA, TYLENOL, SUDAFED, ZYRTEC, MOTRIN IB, and PEPCID AC. The Pharmaceutical segment offers products in various therapeutic areas, such as anti-infective, antipsychotic, contraceptive, dermatology, gastrointestinal, hematology, immunology, neurology, oncology, pain management, and virology. Its principal products include REMICADE for the treatment of immune me diated inflammatory diseases; STELARA for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis; SIMPONI, a treatment for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis; VELCADE for the treatment of multiple myeloma; PREZISTA and INTELENCE for treating HIV/AIDS patients; NUCYNTA for moderate to severe acute pain; INVEGA SUSTENNAtm for the acute and maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults; RISPERDAL CONSTA for the management of bipolar I disorder and schizophrenia; and PROCRIT to stimulate red blood cell production. The Medical Devices and Diagnostics segment primarily offers circulatory disease management products; orthopaedic joint reconstruction, spinal care, and sports medicine products; surgical care, aesthetics, and women?s health products; blood glucose monitoring and insulin delivery products; professional diagnostic products; and disposable contact lenses. The company was founded in 1886 and is based in N e w Brunswick, New Jersey.
- [By Laura Brodbeck]
Although the healthcare sector has seen some major reforms over the past few months, it remains an industry that sees constant demand. Pharmaceuticals such as Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Celgene Corp (NASDAQ: CELG) are stable companies with strong product portfolios.
- [By Brian Orelli]
On Monday, Gilead Sciences announced an expanded agreement with Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) to develop two different of cocktail pills to treat HIV. One drug will combine Gilead’s tenofovir alafenamide, commonly called TAF, and Emtriva with Johnson & Johnson’s Edurant. The other combines Gilead’s TAF, Emtriva, and Tybost, along with Janssen’s Prezista.
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: Amphenol Corporation(APH)
Amphenol Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of electrical, electronic, and fiber optic connectors; interconnect systems; and coaxial and specialty cables worldwide. Its Interconnect Products and Assemblies segment produces connectors and connector assemblies primarily for the communications, aerospace, industrial, and automotive markets. This segment provides connector and cable assembly products used in communication applications; smart card acceptor and other interconnect devices used in mobile telephones; set top boxes to facilitate reading data from smart cards; fiber optic connectors used in fiber optic signal transmission; backplane and input/output connectors and assemblies used for servers and data storage devices and linking personal computers and peripheral equipment; sculptured flexible circuits used for integrating printed circuit boards; and hinge products used in mobile phone and other mobile communication devices. It also designs a nd produces radio frequency connector products and antennas used in telecommunications, computer and office equipment, instrumentation equipment, local area networks, and automotive electronics. The company?s Cable Products segment produces coaxial cable and connector products used in cable television systems, including full service cable television/telecommunication systems; radio frequency and fiber optic interconnect components for full service cable television/ telecommunication networks; and data cables and specialty cables used to connect internal components in systems with space and component configuration limitations. Amphenol Corporation markets its products directly, as well as through manufacturers? representatives and distributors to original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, cable system operators, and telecommunication companies. The company was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut.
- [By Sally Jones] % over 12 months, Amphenol Corporation has a market cap of $12.88 billion and is traded at a P/E of 21.70. The dividend yield is 0.60%.
The current share price is around $80.94.
Incorporated in 1987, Amphenol Corporation designs, manufactures and markets electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems and coaxial and specialty cable. The markets for the global company’s products are communication systems for the converging technologies of voice, video and data communications and a wide range of industrial applications including factory automation and motion control systems, medical and industrial instrumentation, and commercial aerospace and military applications, and many more.
Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, Columbia Wanger reduced its position by 0.69%, selling 29,000 shares at an average price of $76.60, gaining 7.5%.
Columbia Wanger is the top guru stakeholder with 4,184,650 shares or 2.63% of shares outstanding.
Over a phenomenal five-year trading history, the firm averaged a gain of 215% on 828,250 shares bought at an average price of $25.71 per share. Columbia Wanger also gained 56% selling 1,608,300 shares at an average price of $51.91 per share.
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- [By Ben Levisohn]
Competitor AVX Corp. (AVX) has gained 1.1% to $12.96, while Molex (MOLX) has dropped 0.2% to $29.28 and Amphenol (APH) has ticked up 0.3% to $76.32.
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: FirstEnergy Corporation(FE)
Firstenergy Corp. operates as a diversified energy company. The company, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, involves in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity, as well as energy management and other energy-related services. It serves approximately 6 million customers within 67,000 square miles through 10 utility operating companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Akron, Ohio.
- [By Eddie Staley]
In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1.10 percent. Top losers in the sector included FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE), down 3.15 percent, and Entergy (NYSE: ETR), off 3.12 percent.
- [By Garrett Cook]
In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1.10 percent. Top losers in the sector included FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE), down 2.7 percent, and Entergy (NYSE: ETR), off 3.4 percent.
- [By Dimitra DeFotis]
First Energy (FE), Entergy (ETR) and Exelon (EXC) each lost more than 3%, and Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) fell nearly as much.
A more temporary phenomenon beset airline stocks, with passenger revenue affected internationally by World Cup soccer mania. Leading the airline stocks lower were United Continental Holdings (UAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL) and American Airlines (AMR).
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: Philip Morris International Inc(PM)
Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. Its international product brand line comprises Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L&M, Chesterfield, Bond Street, Lark, Muratti, Next, Philip Morris, and Red & White. The company also offers its products under the A Mild, Dji Sam Soe, and A Hijau in Indonesia; Diana in Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in the Russian Federation; Morven Gold in Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Belmont, Canadian Classics, and Number 7 in Canada; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece; and Petra in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It operates primarily in the European Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada, and Latin America. The company is based in New York, New York.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Stocks with low turnover include Philip Morris International (PM), Schlumberger (SLB), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), General Electric (GE) and Automatic Data Processing (ADP).
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
As the second-largest tobacco company in the world, $137 billion cigarette company Philip Morris International (PM) has the whole “sin stock” thing down pat. PM owns nearly a third of the ex-China market for cigarettes, with some of the most popular global brands under its corporate umbrella. At the top of the pack is the firm’s flagship Marlboro label, which accounts for more than a third of volume. Other brands include L&M, Philip Morris, and Parliament.
But don’t mistake PM for the company manufacturing Marlboro cigarettes here in the U.S. — this firm, which spun out from Altria (MO) in 2008, is 100% ex-U.S. That’s actually spectacular positioning, because it means that PM is the part of legacy Altria’s tobacco business that’s actually still growing. At the same time that cigarette sales here in the U.S. die a slow death, PM’s emerging market business is seeing quick growth rates. The combination of a sticky product (consumers don’t tend to switch cigarette brands often), and premium positioning with Marlboro means that PM earns thick net profit margins (28% last year) for its trouble.
The strong dollar has been a thorn in PM’s side in the last few years — since the firm earns revenues in local currencies and then reports in dollars, any upside in the greenback presents currency risk. Even so, growth in the firm’s core emerging markets has outpaced the dollar’s climb in this environment. Another mitigating factor is PM’s huge 4.5% dividend yield — with low interest rates likely to persist for some time, that yield should look increasingly attractive as time wears on.
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- [By Dan Caplinger]
Similarly, in 2008, Altria spun off its Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM ) unit. In that case, Philip Morris represented the larger portion of the business, making up almost 70% of the overall value of the pre-merger company. Again, the dividends that Altria paid after the merger were in line with the domestic segment’s previous share of payouts.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
…large stocks can outperform in ’risk on,’ rising markets, as well as in bifurcated markets like this year. A period of large cap outperformance is not necessarily a bear market phenomenon. The large cap rally during the dot-com boom is a classic example, as large technology companies led the market. In the ‘80s, large multinational growth companies such as Coca-Cola (KO), Pfizer (PFE), and Philip Morris (PM) led the charge. It is also important to note that during these periods both large and small stocks delivered positive returns.
Top Dividend Companies To Own For 2016: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings(LH)
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings operates as an independent clinical laboratory company in the United States. The company offers a range of testing services used by the medical profession in routine testing, patient diagnosis, and in the monitoring and treatment of disease, as well as specialty testing services. Its routine tests include blood chemistry analyses, urinalyses, blood cell counts, thyroid tests, Pap tests, HIV tests, microbiology cultures and procedures, and alcohol and other substance-abuse tests. The company?s specialty tests and related services comprise viral load measurements, genotyping and phenotyping, and host genetic factors for managing and treating HIV infections; cytogenetic, molecular cytogenetic, biochemical, and molecular genetic tests for diagnostic genetics; oncology tests for diagnosing and monitoring certain cancers and treatments; clinical trials testing for pharmaceutical companies, which conducts clinical research trials on diag nostic assays; forensic identity testing used in criminal proceedings and parentage evaluation services, as well as testing services in reconstruction cases; allergy testing; and occupational testing for the detection of drug and alcohol abuse. Its customers include independent physicians and physician groups, hospitals, managed care organizations, governmental agencies, employers, pharmaceutical companies, and other independent clinical laboratories. The company operates a network of 51 primary laboratories and approximately 1,700 patient service centers. In addition, it delivers a co-branded electronic health records Lite solution for physician practices. The company works with university, hospital, and academic institutions, such as Duke University, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University to license and commercialize new diagnostic tests. Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Burlingt o n, North Carolina.
- [By Johanna Bennett]
LabCorp (LH) climbed 3.2% on an upgrade to Outperform from Underperform by Raymond James.
GoPro (GPRO) rose 5.7% on positive comments from J.P. Morgan analyst Paul Coster ahead of the J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
- [By Johanna Bennett]
Medical testing giants Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (LH) were among the S&P 500′s biggest gainers on Friday after upgrades from Raymond James analysts.
- [By Motley Fool Staff]
Currently, traditional lab tests are handled by laboratory diagnostic companies such as Laboratory Corp. of America (NYSE: LH ) and Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX ) . These companies use expensive, older technology to turn around blood samples in a few days — at relatively high cost, as vials need to be transported to central testing centers.
- [By Jayson Derrick]
LabCorp (NYSE: LH) has agreed to acquire Covance (NYSE: CVD) for $5.6 billion in cash and stock. Shares of LabCorp lost 7.37 percent, closing at $101.23 while shares of Covance surged 25.87 percent, closing at $100.57.