Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now

Though they operate in the same industry, Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) are two telecom companies of a very different nature.

In fact, the past decade has seen Frontier’s business model come under siege, while Verizon has largely strengthened its hand, even if it has underperformed the market averages over the past five years (before the effect of dividends).

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However, this kind of backward-looking analysis doesn’t necessarily say much about which company represents the better investment today. After all, contrarian stock picks can yield the best returns under the right circumstances. To get a better sense of which stock looks like the better buy today, let’s analyze Frontier and Verizon in three important areas.

Financial fortitude

The telecom industry is well known for its heavy use of debt, and that trend holds true for both Verizon and Frontier. Here’s a snapshot of four of the most important financial metrics to gauge a company’s liquidity and solvency positions.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    Two of the biggest laggards have been General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII), each down by more than 10% in the past three months. The similarities go well beyond stock performance. The companies have two of the more interesting outlooks for growth among defense players, but each seemed to catch investors off guard over how long it will take that increased business to materialize.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    It could also slow down efforts led by Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) and Lockheed Martin to modernize missile defense and stunt work being done at Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), Boeing (NYSE:BA), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), and others to modernize the U.S. nuclear triad.

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    This week’s episode of Industry Focus: Energy is all about big defense — the companies behind things like missiles, ships, and intelligence services. Host Michael Douglass and Motley Fool contributor Lou Whiteman run through the latest earnings reports from Lockheed (NYSE:LMT), Raytheon (NYSE:RTN), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC).

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    Finally, General Dynamics Corp. (GD) , along with Lockheed and BAE Systems, could possibly profit from heightened demand ships and other vehicles. 

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation(RL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Shares of Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL), a global leader in the design, marketing, and distribution of luxury lifestyle products in apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality, are down more than 7% as of 3:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday after broader markets tumbled and luxury groups reacted to comments from French fashion group LVMH.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE: RL) was up 14% at $133.33 on Wednesday after earnings. Credit Suisse maintained its Outperform rating and raised its target to $153 from $135. Barclays left its Underweight rating in place but still raised its target to $110 from $103 after the stronger report.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Cara Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARA) shares surged 42.76 percent to close at $16.56 on Wednesday in reaction to a new licensing agreement with Europe-based Vifor Pharma. As part of the agreement, the biopharmaceutical company that alleviates pain licensed worldwide rights (except U.S., Japan, and South Korea) to Vifor Pharma to commercialize its KORSUVA therapy to Vifor $70 million.
    Yangtze River Port and Logistics Limited (NASDAQ: YRIV) gained 31.28 percent to close at $7.05 on Wednesday.
    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) climbed 23.29 percent to close at $126.05 after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and raised its FY2018 earnings guidance.
    EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOP) gained 18.88 percent to close at $19.02. EVO Payments priced its IPO at $16 per share.
    Carver Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARV) rose 16.1 percent to close at $6.85.
    USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAT) gained 15.68 percent to close at $13.65 after announcing pricing of public offering.
    eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI) shares jumped 15.01 percent to close at $17.70.
    Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN) gained 14.99 percent to close at $4.68.
    Evolus, Inc. (NASDAQ: EOLS) rose 14.62 percent to close at $19.36.
    Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) shares rose 14.34 percent to close at $133.33 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.
    Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) jumped 13.26 percent to close at $17.34 on Wednesday. Turtle Beach S-3 showed registration for 1.857 million share common stock offering via selling holders.
    Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS) rose 13.18 percent to close at $3.95. Communications Systems reported establishment of special committee to explore strategic alternatives.
    Immutep Limited (NASDAQ: IMMP) shares climbed 12.95 percent to close at $2.53.
    xG Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: XGTI) rose 12.64 percent to close at $0.8561 after the company&rsq

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: United Bancshares Inc.(UBOH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    United Bancshares Inc. OH (NASDAQ:UBOH) and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Microchip Technology Incorporated(MCHP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) which fell about 3.6% to $83.92. The stock’s 52-week range is $78.33 to $104.20. Volume was about 4 million compared to the daily average volume of 2.3 million.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Press coverage about Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Microchip Technology earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.825929182511 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its holdings in Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP) by 7.2% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 44,931 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,003 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank’s holdings in Microchip Technology were worth $4,086,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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    Though concerns have been raised that the analog and MCU markets are at risk of seeing an inventory correction (they haven’t had a major one in a while), given signs of excessive ordering and stretched lead times, TI and STMicro’s numbers suggest conditions remain good for now. That’s particularly true in industrial and auto markets where trends such as factory automation, ADAS adoption and electric/hybrid car sales are boosting chip demand. Several other analog/MCU firms, including Microchip (MCHP) , ON Semiconductor (ON) , Maxim Integrated (MXIM) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) , will be reporting soon.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Own Right Now: Nucor Corporation(NUE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Teacher Retirement System of Texas decreased its position in Nucor (NYSE:NUE) by 37.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 100,602 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 60,213 shares during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in Nucor were worth $6,146,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Almost any company can look good during an industry upturn. That is why Warren Buffett’s quote, “You never know who’s swimming naked until the tide goes out,” is both funny and poignant. Very often, it’s downturns that show investors which companies are the true industry leaders. Recent downturns in the steel and oil industries were highly informative in this regard, proving once again why U.S. steel giant Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) and oil services company Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) are the cream of the crop in their respective industries. And this has nothing to do with the fact that both of these companies have increased dividends annually for more than four decades.

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