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  • More Headwinds for This Tobacco Master

    By Waqar Saif - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: BTI, PM, VGR

    On July 18, the world’s largest publicly-traded tobacco company, Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM), reported its earnings for the second quarter. The company missed its earnings’ estimates by $0.11, mainly due to currency fluctuations.

    With the tobacco industry facing an uncertain future, the question is: What is in store for Philip Morris?

    Quarterly earnings

    In its second quarter, Philip Morris posted earnings of $2.12 billion, or $1 more »

  • Tobacco and Non-Socially Responsible Investing

    By Nate Wooley - April 28, 2013 | Tickers: BTI, PM, RAI, VGR

    Not all investing is socially responsible investing. Sometimes you just want your investments to pay off.

    Back when I was a broker, I had clients every week ask me about socially responsible investing. They'd be concerned that they put their money into companies and funds that were doing good in the world and so forth. That's fine. But sometimes investing it just a tool to promote one's more »

  • Risky Small Cap Dividends

    By Reuben Brewer - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: PBI, RRD, VGR

    WisdomTree's Jeremy Schwartz recently penned a report highlighting his company's small and mid-cap dividend ETFs. While WisdomTree's dividend weighting concept increases yield, it also increases risk. Here are a few examples of companies dividend investors should avoid that top WisdomTree's ETFs.

    An Index for Everyone

    Index funds have become very popular since Vanguard created a mutual fund that tracks the S&P 500 Index. Although the more »

  • Is it Worth Investing in Dividend Kings?

    By Lior Cohen - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: SAN, NRP, VGR

    Many investors seek high paying dividend stocks that will also maintain their value over time. Big companies such as Altria or BP offer around 5% annual yield for their dividend, which is very high. Let’s examine several smaller companies from different sectors that offer much higher dividend yield. Is it worth investing in these companies?

    Coal Making a Comeback

    Natural Resource Partners (NYSE: NRP) has a market cap of more »

  • These Big Dividends Are In Danger

    By Timothy Green - March 17, 2013 | Tickers: EXC, PBI, VGR

    Whenever you see a stock with a dividend yield in the stratosphere, there's a good chance that a dividend cut is inevitable. Nevertheless, these ultra-high yields lure investors hungry for income into the stock only to later trample them as the dividend is slashed and the share price plummets. Being able to avoid these tempting yields will save you a lot of money and heartache down the line. Here more »

  • 3 High Dividend Tobacco Stocks To Buy

    By Waqar Saif - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, VGR

    During the last couple of years, the cigarette industry hasn’t shown a lot of promise. More taxes on cigarettes, rising smoking bans and more public awareness are the major reasons behind the lackluster performance of the industry. As more countries start to ban public smoking, smoking’s future doesn’t look that promising.

    However, even in this sluggish industry, there are three high dividend stocks that are expected to more »

  • Is Altria A Smoking Investment?

    By Ryan Guenette - March 7, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, PM, RAI, VGR

    Editor's Note: This article contained inaccurate information regarding declines in Altria's revenue and book value, and that information has been removed.

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and is a tremendous way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. As 2013 begins, I would like to focus on a leader in the United more »

  • A Tobacco Giant Celebrating Over 250 Years in Business

    By Ryan Guenette - February 15, 2013 | Tickers: MO, LO, PM, RAI, VGR

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, and is a tremendous way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. As 2013 begins, I would like to focus on a tobacco giant celebrating over 250 years in business: Lorillard Incorporated (NYSE: LO).

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    Strengths:

    • Stable Revenue Growth: In 2007, Lorillard reported revenue of $3.28 billion, in 2011, the more »
  • Is It Time to Light Up With Philip Morris?

    By Ryan Guenette - December 27, 2012 | Tickers: MO, LO, PM, RAI, VGR

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and is a tremendous way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. As the year draws to a close, I would like to pinpoint a leader in the tobacco industry, Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM).

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    Strengths:

    • Solid Sales Growth: In 2008, Philip Morris reported sales of $25.7 billion more »
  • Four Stocks to Avoid in 2013

    By Michael Nolan - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: PBI, GEVA, UNTD, VGR

    Some companies have very promising outlooks for 2013. These are not those companies. In this article, I am going to be focusing on stocks to avoid in the new year, starting with a pharmaceutical failure.

    Synageva BioPharma (NASDAQ: GEVA)

    Synageva actually has a rather promising drug in the making, called SBC-102. The mystery drug targets lysosomal acid lipase deficiency, and could be a success in the future. However, it is more »

  • This Tobacco and Real Estate Stock Pays 10%, But Which Way Does Its Performance Vector Point?

    By Jonathan Lim - December 6, 2012 | Tickers: MO, LO, RLGY, RAI, VGR

    Hoping to juice their returns, today's investors are pursuing all sorts of esoteric investments. Emerging markets debt, master limited partnerships, and the more conventional real estate investment trusts (REITs) have caught their eye. In this climate, it's a wonder that tobacco stock Vector Group (NYSE: VGR), with its 10% cash dividend and 5% stock dividend, remains little-known.

    Perhaps it's the generic corporate name and the lack of more »

  • 5 Small-Cap Dividend Plays for Risk-Embracing Investors

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - November 2, 2012 | Tickers: AINV, MPW, PDLI, PSEC, VGR

    Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETF) that focuses on dividend stocks can be good sources of ideas about attractive high-yield or high dividend-growth plays. One such ETF is WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend Fund (DES), which invests exclusively in the small-capitalization segment of the US dividend-paying market. The ETF invests in the small-cap companies that “compose the bottom 25% of the market capitalization of the WisdomTree Dividend Index, after the 300 largest more »

  • Chasing Yield

    By Stephen Benz - May 31, 2012 | Tickers: CODI, PBI, PG, VGR

    The average annual return on stocks since 1928 is around 9%.  Life would be splendid if stocks behaved themselves and simply grew at a steady 9% rate each year.  Talk about a utopia!  Too bad we invest in a volatile market where only those of us with terrificly long time horizons can take comfort in the 9% average return statistic. 

    There may be hope after all.  Many companies pay regular more »