Black Hills Corp
Recently, I stumbled across three notable earnings misses – Tellabs (NASDAQ: TLAB), Zoltek (NASDAQ: ZOLT) and Black Hills (NYSE: BKH). I would not have noticed these companies because had they not been on my radar. All three are relatively smaller companies, market caps between $280 million and $1.78 billion, and belong to different industries. However, the earnings misses were not as much of a surprise as the performance of these more »
I've read several articles suggesting that stocks that pay dividends are so much in favor, that there might be a dividend bubble much like the famous dot.com bubble of the year 2000. However, not all dividend paying companies are created equally, and this year 14 new names were added to the dividend aristocrat list. One of the new names that was added this year was MDU Resources Group (NYSE: MDU). The company is an oil and natural gas exploration company, construction materials company, and a diversified electric and natural gas distributor all rolled into one. Many investors assume that utilities all basically work the same and look for higher yield as the defining factor between which stock to buy. However, for a company to be a good long-term investment we need to look not only at yield, but also payout ratio and dividend growth.