Government appeals big takeover

AT&T INC. $30 (New York symbol T; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 7.3 billion; Market cap: $219.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.4; Dividend yield: 6.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.att.com) completed its $103 billion acquisition of media giant Time Warner (New York symbol TWX) in June 2018 after… Read More

AT&T bets big on Time Warner

AT&T has now completed its $103 billion takeover of Time Warner. Big acquisitions like this add considerable risk. However, Time Warner’s extensive library of movies and TV shows should help the company compete with online video providers like Netflix and YouTube.
The stock dropped after AT&T… Read More

They’re both poised to spin off assets

NEWELL BRANDS INC. $27 (New York symbol NWL; Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 485.2 million; Market cap: $13.1 billion; Divd. yield: 3.4%; Takeover Target Rating: Medium; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.newellbrands.com) makes a variety of household goods such as pens, coffee makers and baby strollers. On April 15, 2016,… Read More

Three top dividend picks for 2018

For 2018, we’ve chosen to highlight three stocks that have a long history of regular dividend payments. Their strong growth prospects also position them to increase those payments over the next few years.

We continue to recommend that income-seeking investors cut their risk with a.. Read More

New businesses ready to fuel their dividends

These two U.S. telecom companies continue to use acquisitions to expand the profitability of their online and mobile businesses. That strategy adds risk, but it should also let them continue to expand their dividends.

AT&T INC. $33 (New York symbol T; Income-Growth Dividend Portfolio, Utilities sector;… Read More