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[ July 18, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 38026 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Netflix’s (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) CEO Reed Hastings may be celebrating the company’s strong results lately, but he also recentlyshared his thoughts on just how close the company came to losing it all. Thanks to a big price hike and ill-fated attempt to split off the DVD business, Hastings said that the company didn’t have the resources back thento survive one more big slip-up. But is Netflix in a similar position today? In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos argues that the video streamer is in a much stronger place now. And while Netflix hasn’t completely earned back the trust of its members, it has recovered from those past mistakes. The tumultuous performance of Netflix shares since the summer of 2011 has caused headaches for many devoted shareholders. While the company’s first-mover status is often viewed as a competitive advantage, the opportunities in streaming media have brought some new, deep-pocketed rivals … Continue reading

[ May 29, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 91845 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

The big news in the master limited partnership (MLP) world last week was the announcement by Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: BWP) that it was cutting its quarterly distribution by 80%. The companys market value was cut in half, and the price of Boardwalks common units fell from above $24 to below $13. For the rest of the week, investors have been trying to figure out which midstream company will be next or, alternatively, which companies offer the best chance of prospering. Initial speculation about a coming disaster swirled around El Paso Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: EPB). The company, now controlled by Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI), got a $3 million investment from CEO Richard Kinder and that ended the speculation about El Paso being the next to go. Every MLPs most important product is cash that it can pay to limited partners in quarterly distributions that get bigger every … Continue reading

[ May 27, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 27431 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With stocks rising to record highs on a weekly basis, it’s difficult to outperform the market these days. But a number of blue-chip stocks have managed to do just that, observes Ian Wyatt, editor of $100k Portfolio. Wells Fargo (WFC) continues to lead the big-bank renaissance, rising 23.5% year-to-date on ever-improving earnings. American Express (AXP) shares have advanced nearly 30% in 2013, as credit spending has returned, as the US economy improves. And DirecTV (DTV) has shot up 20.5% as consumers flock to digital television with DVR capabilities. By owning shares of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), you essentially own a slice of all those stocks. They have helped Berkshire outperform the market yet again in 2013, posting 25% gains year-to-date and continuing to climb after reporting a 46% profit increase in its second-quarter earnings. But outperforming the market is nothing new for Berkshire Hathaway. Since legendary investor Warren Buffett took control … Continue reading

[ May 26, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 29790 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Millions of investors have turned to dividend stocks to provide income, and they can ill-afford to have those stocks cut their payouts right now. Yet in one sector, things look particularly dangerous for dividend investors right now. In the following video, Fool markets analyst Mike Klesta talks with Fool contributor Dan Caplinger about this dangerous sector. As Dan notes, with large drops in revenue expected in the current quarter, several companies in the industry have already been forced to cut their dividends dramatically, and further cuts could come in the near future if prospects for the industry don’t rebound quickly. Dan concludes with some guidance on what to look for in assessing whether the industry can avoid further problems down the road and how price increases in ETFs SPDR Gold (NYSEMKT: GLD  ) and iShares Silver (NYSEMKT: SLV  ) could help companies sustain their dividends. If you’re looking for a company whose … Continue reading

[ May 26, 2014 | Author: Admin | Views: 45709 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

We avoid chasing stocks that have run beyond these levels. We boost targets primarily based on dividend growth but also on other factors, such as asset additions, that promise dividend growth in the future. Another component of our approach is a long-term focus. Our buy-hold-sell decisions are rooted in what underlying operating and financial metrics say about dividend sustainability and growth well into the future. Here’s a look at five solid companies with sustainable and growing dividends. Dominion Resources (D) is one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the US, with a portfolio of approximately 27,500 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines. Top 5 Gas Stocks To Watch For 2015: Essar Energy Plc (ESSR) Essar Energy plc is a holding company. The Company is an energy company with assets across the power and … Continue reading