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How investors can still fatten their portfolios with these tax-friendly stocks

How investors can still fatten their portfolios with these tax-friendly stocks

Some are calling it a political “earthquake” after Roy Moore failed to ride his trusty steed to victory in Alabama.

A victory for Doug Jones — the first Democrat to hold that seat in 25 years — puts his party within two seats of a Senate majority, which could be tripuscky for POTUS and Republicans in the future.

But no signs of panic thus far, with both stock futures and the dollar largely holding up. That’s probably because the Republicans are likely to push through the tax bill by next week, before Jones is sworn in. And there’s some distraction en route, given the Federal Reserve decision and likely rate hike today, with all ears perked for signals on the pace of rate increases in 2018.

While U.S. equities have been riding high since Trump’s election on optimism over what tax reform will do for stocks, our call of the day from Stifel says that legislation is a “present yet to be unwrapped” for several restaurant stocks.

Chris O’Cull, from Stifel’s consumer and equity team, notes that every restaurant in their coverage will benefit from a cut in the federal corporate tax rate to 20% from 35% — and many of them seem willing to invest that windfall in the business. (Refresher: What every S&P 500 company actually pays in taxes)

“Based on conversations with several management teams and operators, we expect a substantial portion of any tax savings to be reinvested to improve value propositions,” he says.

For one, casual dining chains that have been struggling to draw traffic may use those savings for remodels, service enhancements and upgrades to food quality, O’Cull suggests.

What else could restaurant companies do? Some might cut back on financial leverage, repurchase stock and/or increase dividends. Stifel says look at Darden DRI, +1.67% , McDonald’s MCD, +0.53% and Texas Roadhouse TXRH, +0.91% for companies that could deliver dividends.

Here’s Stifel’s chart that shows how much upside some stocks stand to get from tax reforms:

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7 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts – KSU NDSN DDS CBU FAF PF BMI

The S&P 500 Index dipped down at the end of the week as investors digested increasing political tensions and a terrorist attack in Barcelona. However, a handful of dividend stocks continued powering through and issued a vote of confidence in their businesses in the form of dividend raises.

Seven notable dividend stocks increased their payouts over the last week, including two financial services firms, two industrial products manufacturers, a large railroad business and a department store.

Here are seven dividend stocks increasing payouts.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) grew its quarterly dividend from 33 cents per share to 36 cents, representing a raise of 9%. The railway company will pay out its higher dividends to shareholders of record as of Sept. 11 on Oct. 4. KSU shares trade ex-dividend on Sept. 8.
KSU Dividend Yield: 1.36%

Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) increased its quarterly dividend by 11%, raising its payment to 30 cents per share from 27 cents. Shareholders of record as of Aug. 22 will receive their higher dividends on Sept. 5 from the adhesives dispenser manufacturer. NDSN shares will be ex-dividend on Aug. 18.
NDSN Dividend Yield: 0.96%

Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI) increased its quarterly dividend by 13% to 13 cents per share from 11.5 cents. Shareholders of record as of Aug. 31 will receive dividends from the manufacturer of flow measurement and control products on Sept. 15. The company’s shares will go ex-dividend on Aug. 29.

BMI Dividend Yield: 1.18%

Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE:PF) increased its quarterly dividend by 14%, raising its payment to 32.5 cents per share from 28.5 cents. Shareholders of record as of Aug. 29 will receive dividends from the branded food products company on Oct. 9. The company’s shares will go ex-dividend on Aug. 25.
PF Dividend Yield: 2.17%

First American Financial Corp (NYSE:FAF) announced a 12% increase to its quarterly dividend, raising it from 34 cents per share to 38 cents. Dividends will be paid from the title insurance provider on Sept. 15 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 8. FAF shares become ex-dividend on Sept. 7.
FAF Dividend Yield: 3.15%

Community Bank Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CBU) announced a 6% increase to its quarterly dividend, raising it from 32 cents per share to 34 cents. Dividends will be paid from the banking and financial services firm on Oct. 10 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 15. CBU shares become ex-dividend on Sept. 14.
CBU Dividend Yield: 2.63%

Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS) raised its quarterly dividend by 43%, increasing it from 7 cents per share to 10 cents. The department store will pay its higher dividend to shareholders of record as of Sept. 29 on Oct. 30. DDS shares will trade ex-dividend on Sept. 28.
DDS Dividend Yield: 0.51%

As of this writing, Brian Bollinger did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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How To Invest In Stocks

How to Invest in Stocks – Stock Investing 101 – TheStreet

Stocks are an equity investment that represents part ownership in a corporation and entitles you to part of that corporation’s earnings and assets.

Common stock gives shareholders voting rights but no guarantee of dividend payments. Preferred stocks provides no voting rights but usually guarantees a dividend payment.
In the past, shareholders received a paper stock certificate — called a security — verifying the number of shares they owned. Today, share ownership is usually recorded electronically, and the shares are held in street name by your brokerage firm.

Investing in stocks can be tricky business. In fact, it’s best to treat all of your investment pursuits as a business. Heck, that’s what Benjamin Graham (Warren Buffett’s stock market mentor) recommended.
Before you buy your first stock, you should master the basics of stock investing. This won’t make you a great investor overnight, but only when you understand the fundamentals of investing can you learn how to invest in stocks with confidence.

Source: https://www.thestreet.com


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