Companies hate to cut dividends. Knowing the backlash they’ll get from stockholders, many executives and board members consider it a desperate act of last resort. They will halt non-discretionary expenditures, reduce payroll and overhead, and even take on debt in order to maintain distributions.
And that’s exactly why dividend hikes send such a strong bullish signal. A company wouldn’t bump quarterly payouts to $0.60 per share from $0.50 unless it were fairly certain that incoming cash flows would be more than sufficient to cover the higher dividend, with room to spare. The last thing they want is to raise it today only to lower back down tomorrow. A dividend hike is a clear vote of confidence for future success.
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Top Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: eBay Inc.(EBAY)
- [By James E. Brumley]
To say eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) is a big e-commerce outfit would be a significant understatement. It’s a giant, generating $8.9 billion worth of revenue for itself over the course of the past twelve months. That’s not the head-turner though. See, that’s just the cut eBay takes for itself, which is only a nominal percentage of the total amount of business in transacts. During the same twelve months, eBay facilitated sales of $83.3 billion worth of goods. Point being, while eBay is doing well, it’s sellers are doing even better. In some cases, eBay offers a game-changing opportunity for some companies to be in business.
Up-and-coming star Namaste Technologies (OTCMKTS:NXTTF, CNSX:N) isn’t one of those companies that needs eBay on an existential basis, but now that it’s able to list its goods at the online auction site, don’t be surprised if NXTTF (or N, for investors in Canada) sees a skyrocketing top line.
Namaste Technologies sells electronic vaporizers, which are more commonly categorized as electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs). Though initially intended as a means of avoiding tobacco smoke without giving up nicotine, it was only a matter of time before the idea was adapted and new technologies were developed to vaporize whatever it is people choose to smoke. Marijuana was an obvious good-fit candidate for the idea, and Namaste Technologies is simply capitalizing on that growing opportunity. The end result: Namaste now operates more than 30 e-commerce retail stores (with monthly traffic of over 550,000 visitors) in 20 countries targeting both medical and recreational users.
Those who know the story of the advent of marijuana’s legalization and/or those who know eBay inside and out will know that eBay doesn’t allow listings of such paraphernalia… or at least didn’t. That changed in October, when eBay opened up its doors – selectively – while opening up a whole new product category called “Vape Pens, E-Cigarettes & Accessories.”
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
When Skype was launched in 2003, the notion that people could connect via video call was something new, particularly because the service was free. It was a time when long distance calls, particularly those made overseas, could still be expensive, and video call technology was not available to most people at all. The innovations of the product were great enough thateBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) bought the company for over $2.5 billion in 2005. That made it a father of the “unicorn” category. After it passed through other hands, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) paid $8.5 billion for it in 2011.
- [By Ashley Moore]
EBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) stock was volatile in 2016, but that volatility has ended. EBAY dropped 10% in October after announcing poor fiscal year 2016 earnings. Since then, eBay stock is up 19%, more than recovering from the initial losses.
- [By Mark Fritz]
Google had argued its ads help smaller European merchants compete directly with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY).
Before the Intel case came down, Vestager said Tuesday that Google was tweaking its shopping ads and was moving “in the right direction” to avoid further fines.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
Payment company PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) was once owned by eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY). The two operations were joined at the hip, and eBay used PayPal as its nontraditional way to spend money at the online auction site. In July 2015, eBay spun off PayPal into a new public company, but many people expected the core relationship would go on indefinitely.
- [By Daniel Sparks]
FBA is “thriving,” Amazon said. FBA items shipped worldwide during the holidays increased 50%, highlighting the growing popularity of the service. To understand just how strong this growth rate is, consider that eBay’s (NASDAQ:EBAY) year-over-year growth in sold items on its platform was just 5% in the company’s most recently reported quarter. And eBay’s marketplace revenue in the company’s most recent quarter was up just 2% year over year. The big difference in the two company’s recent growth clearly shows how hot FBA is with sellers right now.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cheniere Energy, Inc.(LNG)
- [By Manikandan Raman]
Bays said the momentum would boost fortunes for projects like Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG)’s Corpus Christi, Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (ASX:LNG)’s Magnolia, and Tellurian Inc (NASDAQ: TELL)’s Driftwood LNG project, among others.
- [By Craig Jones]
Pete Najarian noticed that somebody bought 17,000 contracts of the July 55 calls in Cheniere Energy, Inc.(NYSE: LNG) for $0.60. He followed the trade and he is planning to hold it until expiration. The trade breaks even at $55.60 or 9.90 percent higher.
- [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]
With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Clean Diesel Technologies Inc.(CDTI)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $10.25 million.
Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $22.10 million.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Sigma Designs, Inc.(SIGM)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Sigma Designs Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGM) dropped about 34% on Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $5.20 against a 52-week high of $8.60 and a Tuesday close of $7.75. Volume of about 6.2 million was about 25 times the daily average of around 280,000. The company reported so-so earnings on Tuesday and the stock was downgraded and price targets lowered by several analysts.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NYSE: PXS) rose 47.48 percent to $$5.56, after the company announced it has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement with a group of investors, which will result in gross proceeds of $4.8 million.
Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) rose 22.77 percent to $6.88. Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) announced plans to buy Sigma Designs for $7.05 per share in cash.
Steadymed Ltd (NASDAQ: STDY) rose 19.35 percent to $3.70, after the company reported that no clinical trials were required for Trevyent and that the FDA had agreed to the pathway for the drug candidate's NDA resubmission.
Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI) rose 15.73 percent to $7.06. Earlier in the week, Zacks Investment Research had upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold".
Science Applications International Corp (NYSE: SAIC) rose 13.71 percent to $85.77 as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter.
Technical Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: TCCO) rose 12.41 percent to $6.07, after having risen sharply in pre-marketing trading.
Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDUS) rose 12.41 percent to $30.81 after the company provided an update on data from the Phase 1 005 clinical study of elacestrant in patients with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 12.32 percent to $25.80 after the company reported its third quarter financial results.
Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) rose 11.36 percent to $3.43, as the company announced a research collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to study the ability of movement disorders compound, PBT434 to slow or prevent neurodegeneration of the gastrointestinal system.
Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO) rose 10.49 percent to $7.90 as the company announced the appointment of Arwa Shurrab and Jamie Ellen Siegel in its clinical hemophilia
- [By Lisa Levin]
Sigma Designs Inc (NASDAQ: SIGM) shares dropped 30 percent to $5.43. Sigma Designs reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $221,000 on revenue of $62.7 million.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In 2018: Frontline Ltd.(FRO)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Wednesday afternoon, the energy shares surged 1.23 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO), up 5 percent, and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO), up 6 percent.
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Frontline Ltd. (NYSE: FRO) is projected to post a loss in the second quarter, translating to a zero dividend, Credit Suisse said in a Tuesday note. Notwithstanding the negative opinion, the shares of the company were up in reaction to the possibility of a deal being struck.
- [By Rich Smith]
So what is it that’s supporting DHT’s stock price in the face of sliding shipping rates for crude oil, retreating revenue, and plunging profits? Well, for one thing, rival tanker companyFrontline (NYSE:FRO) made an unsolicited bid to acquire DHT last week, offering to pay $475 million for the company. (DHT is currently valued at $460 million.)