Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now

Credit Acceptance (NASDAQ: CACC) and Nelnet (NYSE:NNI) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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69.9% of Credit Acceptance shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.5% of Nelnet shares are held by institutional investors. 5.4% of Credit Acceptance shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 46.1% of Nelnet shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Credit Acceptance and Nelnet, as reported by MarketBeat.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pinnacle West Capital Corporation(PNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Bank of America upgraded shares of Pinnacle West Capital (NYSE:PNW) from an underperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. Bank of America currently has $81.00 target price on the utilities provider’s stock. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Shares of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) popped 7% in pre-market hours after the company reported stronger-than-expected revenue before the bell. The firm’s profit estimates, however, fell $0.05 short of consensus expectations at $0.17 per share. CEO Larry Culp will still need to address three issues that are keeping many potential investors on edge: GE Capital still faces financial challenges, the SEC and Justice Department are still investigating the firm, and its power division has been burning cash at an incredible rate. Shares of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) popped more than 11% in pre-market hours after the company crushed earnings after the bell Wednesday. The social media giant reported gains in daily active users in every geographic market on the planet. The firm also reported earnings per share of $2.38, topping expectations by $0.19. Its $16.91 billion in quarterly revenue also bested consensus expectations of $16.39 billion. The firm matched daily and monthly active user estimates. In addition, investors largely ignored the latest date scandal rattling sentiment. Shares of Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) slumped 4.5% before the bell Thursday. During the company’s quarterly conference call, CEO Elon Musk announced that CFO Deepak Ahuja will be retiring. This is the second time that Ahuja has departed the company after returning just two years ago. Despite the departure, the firm’s quarterly earnings report was mixed overall. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.93, well below the $2.20 expected by analysts. Revenue, however, beat estimates, and Musk said he expects that his company will be profitable moving forward. Look for other earnings reports from Mastercard Inc. (NYSE: MA), Celegene Corp. (NASDAQ: CELG), Altria Group I

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Court Place Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) by 49.5% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 6,910 shares of the transportation company’s stock after buying an additional 2,287 shares during the period. Court Place Advisors LLC’s holdings in United Parcel Service were worth $723,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Traders sold shares of United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS) on strength during trading hours on Monday. $37.91 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $93.39 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $55.48 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, United Parcel Service had the 33rd highest net out-flow for the day. United Parcel Service traded up $0.49 for the day and closed at $106.58

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: CRB Futures Index(CR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in Crane Co. (NYSE:CR) by 2.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 4,303,084 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after acquiring an additional 93,264 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. owned 7.21% of Crane worth $399,069,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Crane Co. (NYSE:CR) insider Brendan Curran sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $91.07, for a total transaction of $273,210.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 14,346 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,306,490.22. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Crew Energy (TSE:CR) insider James A. Taylor acquired 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 18th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of C$2.04 per share, for a total transaction of C$10,200.00.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short dropped to 12.37 million from the previous 16.01 million. Shares were trading at $71.75, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $73.76.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    However, the region has been growing so fast that oil producers are on pace to exceed its pipeline capacity in a matter of months. While several new lines are under development, drillers have already started slowing down. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) were among several producers that recently announced plans to reallocate some of their drilling activities to other regions. In ConocoPhillips’ case, it plans to drill more wells in the Eagle Ford shale, while Noble Energy will likely allocate more capital to Eagle Ford and the DJ Basin.

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    Lang looked at a daily chart of Anadarko (APC) and Conoco Phillips (COP) , noting that Anadarko has been making higher highs and lows on strong volume, with a bullish MACD momentum indicator. Conoco has made a “W” shaped bottom with a bullish Chaikin money flow, signaling institutional buying. Lang and Cramer were fans of both names.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Marathon pointed out that it can achieve this higher production rate without increasing its capital budget, which remains at $2.3 billion. That’s worth noting since large peers ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) recently increased their budgets. In both cases, two factors drove the spending boost: Cost inflation and a ramp-up in activity from some drilling partners. Marathon, on the other hand, has been able to keep spending on target while boosting output at a faster pace through increased efficiency. In fact, the company noted that it was able to reduce its rig count in the Delaware Basin from five to four entirely due to efficiency gains while still anticipating that it can complete 50 to 55 wells in the region. While both ConocoPhillips and Anadarko are also delivering efficiency gains, they haven’t been enough to offset a spending increase.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    One of the most notable has been ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), which first started buying back its stock in late 2016. The oil giant announced a $3 billion buyback in November of that year, which it planned to finance with asset sales. ConocoPhillips would go on to sell more than double the amount of assets it initially expected, which enabled the company to complete that authorization by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, it’s working to buy back another $3 billion in stock this year as part of a $15 billion program through 2020 that could also see the company retire 20% of its outstanding stock depending on its purchase prices. However, with shares of ConocoPhillips up 64% since announcing the plan — versus an 8% decline for Devon Energy — it’s not going to get as much bang for its buyback buck going forward.

Top 5 Dividend Stocks To Watch Right Now: Investors Real Estate Trust(IRET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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