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General Electric (NYSE: GE) steadily pays out dividends to its shareholders. The payout amount is also increasing year over year for three years in a row. The annualized dividend paid to the shareholders in 2010 was $0.46 per share. The company raised the annualized dividend in 2011 by 32.6% to $0.61 per share. The dividends got a further boost in 2012, to $0.70 per share.
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Lets examine the recent performance of dividend-paying companies relative to their non-dividend paying and dividend-cutting peers within the S&P 500 Index. I will take the S&P 500 index members and then divide those names into four groups to analyze the companies that pay and raise their dividends versus those that have cut or do not pay a regular dividend. Afterwards, I will choose my favorite among the four more »
When people think of revolutions in transportation, they probably don’t think of the railroads. But, that might be changing sooner rather than later.
Last week Amtrak revealed a plan to replace 70 of its older locomotives with newer, more efficient models. Utilizing a braking system that converts 100% of the energy it uses back to the electric grid, the new engines, built by Siemens AG (NYSE: SImore »)
Not only is Warren Buffet a well known celebrity, but he is also one of the richest men in the world. He is a well known American investor, business magnate and philanthropist. Buffett is acting chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A)(NYSE: BRK-B) and also its major shareholder. The fund is well known for repeatedly buying stakes in solid corporations that trade beneath their fundamental value. Also, Buffet more »
"We're not buying corporate bonds of any kind. Not at these yields." Warren Buffett
"Bonds are terrible investments now." Warren Buffett
"Bonds really should come with a warning label." Warren Buffett
It's no secret that Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A)(NYSE: BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett doesn't like bonds. The herald Oracle of Omaha has been warning investors to avoid the entire asset class in favor of better alternatives more »
The combination of leverage-enhanced day trading to a passive index exchange-traded fund can result in returns hard to attain or losses hard to digest. Leveraged ETFs are designed to profit when the direction of the index is correct. The Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares (NYSEMKT: FAS) is such an ETF that holds the entire Russell 1000 Financial Services Index. This ETF was created on November 4, 2008 and has more »
Scores of investors scour Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B)holdings in attempts to mimic legendary CEO Warren Buffett’s picks. After all, Buffett is deemed the greatest investor of all time, and rightly so.
Berkshire Hathaway has averaged an annual growth in book value of 19.7% over the last 48 years. That compares to 9.4% for the S& P 500 Index, including dividends, over the same more »
Humans are great at accumulating insurance. There's life insurance. Home insurance. Health insurance. Car insurance. Flood insurance. Ring insurance. And now there’s even a market for, of all things, vacation insurance.
It’s easy to get insurance. You do some research, pick up the phone, pay for coverage, and then you can forget about it. One and done. It’s as if safety requires almost no thinking.
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Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, DaVita (NYSE: DVA) is one of the largest kidney care companies in the United States. The company specializes in diabetes-related care for approximately 158,600 patients across 2,032 outpatient dialysis centers, including in-center hemodialysis, in-center nocturnal dialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis, renal diet assistance, vascular access management, and chronic kidney disease education.
Instead of wondering who will become the next CEO of Berkshire Hathaway or what Warren Buffett wrote in his first tweet I think most investors, including me, would be more interested in the answers to questions like what companies he chooses and how he chooses them.
The annual Berkshire shareholders meeting was held earlier this month, a "small" affair attended by 35,000 of the faithful in Omaha more »
Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) has humble roots as a textile mill in the early 20th century, but when a dying business was coupled with the world's best investor, it grew quickly. This year, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway appeared at number 5 on the Fortune 500, which ranks companies by revenue.
Investors fear that the size and scope of Berkshire Hathaway will prevent it from repeating more »
On May 1, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A), (NYSE: BRK-B) agreed to pay $2.05 billion to purchase the remaining piece of Iscar, an Israeli metalworking company that it had acquired a stake in seven years ago. IMC International Metalworking, known as Iscar, was founded in 1952 by Stef Wertheimer, an Israeli entrepreneur from an old rented shack. It makes cutting gear for industries including aerospace and auto more »
AIG (NYSE: AIG) reported a phenomenally strong quarter. The great performance was driven by improving cost management along with the management team’s openness to other investment opportunities. The insurance giant is undervalued and may be able to generate substantial returns going forward.
AIG, an international insurance company, has reported a decline in earnings the past quarter. In the first quarter of 2012 the company was able to more »
Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) had its annual shareholders' meeting in downtown Omaha this past weekend; see our live coverage of the meeting here. Warren Buffett made the bold move of including an investor bearish on Berkshire Hathaway on the panel of analysts to question him.
Who was the bear?
Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners Management was the lucky recipient of the invitation to be the credentialed bear. Kass more »
A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that, buried in the Bakken shale and Three Forks regions of North Dakota and Montana, there are actually more oil and natural gas deposits than previously thought . Two or three times more, in fact.
If these projections pan out, it can only benefit businesses involved in the production, transportation, storage, processing, and use of said energy supplies. The overall economy more »
The answer, of course, depends on who is asking. The results are likely to be in the affirmative right now, but it would appear that Warren Buffett is letting go of some of Berkshire’s stock holdings, selling 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson and almost a quarter of his Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) stake. The stocks have performed decently over the past year, but with Procter trading for 18 more »
It was a cold, rainy morning at the Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) annual shareholder's meeting. Warren Buffett made a crack about it later while answering a question about climate change.
The drive at 5:30 a.m. from Lincoln, which is where the cheapskates stay, was black and wet with visibility of about 200 feet. Thoughtfully, the executive suite at Berkshire got together and opened the doors more »
I would love to spend 10 minutes in the head of Warren Buffett. The amount of wisdom that I'd glean would be a revelation comparable to the discovery of electricity. But taken in its basic form, his strategy is very simple: he buys large undervalued stocks. Let's take a look at three of what I believe to be the best Buffett companies for the years ahead.
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The constant bad news about the U S economy tends to obscure some positive investment performers. After all investment performance is not directly tied to economic performance.
The iShares S&P Global Financial Sector Index Fund (NYSEMKT: IXG) is an exchange-traded fund that holds 221 financial stocks, and according to the chart below, allocates the portfolio among countries throughout the world.
A day does not go by when we hear more »
How do you get the most bang for your buck in the stock market? You buy conglomerates. These mega-firms encompass multiple organizations all striving to achieve in different areas of business.
Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B)
How could you truly expect me to get through this article without a mention of Warren Buffett’s famed Berkshire Hathaway?
The company is engaged in so many different areas of business; it actually becomes more »
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