Q: COVID-19 seems to be benefitting Internet-based firms ready to capitalize on any sharp rise in demand because of our social distancing efforts. Pat, can I get an opinion on The First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund ETF? How does it compare to the broader Nasdaq-focused Invesco QQQ ETF?

A: The First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index Fund ETF, $145.22, symbol FDN on New York (Units outstanding: 56.1 million; Market cap: $8.1 billion; www.ftportfolios.com) aims to track the Dow Jones Internet Composite Index.

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Consumers continue to shift to more-healthful foods with less sugar and salt. That has forced many makers of packaged foods to improve the quality of their products—and so protect value for investors. Industry leaders are also using acquisitions to bolster their current offerings. The moves… Read More

Key updates on your dividend payers: Thomson Reuters, Saputo Inc. and Pepsico Inc.

THOMSON REUTERS CORP. $94 remains a buy. The company (Toronto symbol TRI; Conservative Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 500.0 million; Market cap: $47.0 billion; Dividend yield: 2.0%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Highest; www.thomsonreuters.com) last raised its quarterly dividend with the March 2019 payment. Investors now receive $0.36… Read More

iShares Edge MSCI Min Volatility USA ETF and Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETFs offering market-like returns with lower risk

iShares Edge MSCI Min Volatility USA ETF and Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETFs offering market-like returns with lower risk

ETF managers aim to produce portfolios with lower risk than the overall stock market while keeping up with overall gains.

These two ETFs are good examples of applying low-volatility stock-picking strategies without sacrificing return.


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PEPSICO INC. $135 (Nasdaq symbol PEP; Conservative-Growth Payer Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 1.4 billion; Market cap: $189.0 billion; Dividend yield: 2.8%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.pepsico.com) last raised its quarterly dividend with the June 2019 payment by 3.0%, to $0.955 a share from $0.9275. The new… Read More