|Bid||46.36 x 800|
|Ask||46.37 x 800|
|Day's Range||46.21 - 46.65|
|52 Week Range||38.75 - 47.14|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.50|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||20.21|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.36 (5.09%)|
|1y Target Est||47.54|
InvestorPlace's Brett Kenwell recently suggested that AT&T (NYSE:T) was a good buy at $32. Although Brett views the 6% yield on T stock as very attractive, he believes investors interested in buying the company's stock can get a better entry point in the low $30s. Source: Shutterstock InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI'm not a fan of T stock primarily because of its debt. However, any time you can buy a stock for less, I think you should try to do so.Kenwell argues that despite having $167 billion in debt -- most of which was added to buy Time Warner -- the cash flow the content creator delivered to AT&T more than makes up for the additional leverage. And let's not forget once more that juicy 6% yield -- a dividend payment that has been increased for 35 straight years -- makes America's largest wireless carrier an income investor's dream stock. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond I'm here to say that investors should never buy AT&T stock for its 6% yield. Here's why. Can You Do Better?Of the 505 S&P 500 stocks (that includes dual classes), AT&T has the 10th highest dividend yield according to Finviz.com. Currently, AT&T's debt represents 68% of its market cap.I would argue that if any of the nine S&P 500 stocks with a higher yield than T stock have less debt as a percentage of their market cap, you ought to at least consider those stocks if you are focused on income rather than capital appreciation. After looking at each of the nine stocks possessing higher dividend yields, none of the stocks are in any better shape from a debt perspective than AT&T. Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) would have been if not for its pending $57 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) adding $30 billion in debt. Its debt post-acquisition will account for more than 100% of its market cap, although it does plan to sell some non-core assets to bring down leverage. So, at least from a higher yield perspective, you can't get an S&P 500 stock that delivers a better yield without sacrificing the quality of cash flow, etc.However, if you include all stocks with a market cap of $2 billion or higher, I'm confident you could find a stock with a stronger balance sheet. According to Finviz, 195 stocks have a dividend yield of 5% or higher. I found a couple of examples that fit the bill. Example 1: BCEBeing from Canada, I just had to pick a Canadian stock. BCE (NYSE:BCE), one of Canada's largest media companies, currently yields 5.1%. At the end of March, it had $21 billion in short and long-term debt, which represents 50% of its current market cap of $41.5 billion. It is very similar to the new AT&T in that it also has a media division that owns TV and radio stations, cable networks, and Pay TV channels. It's one of Canada's most successful content creators. Although it can't hold a candle to Time Warner in terms of both the amount of content and the revenue generation, it does provide its wireless and landline businesses with excellent opportunities for cross-promotion.Is it worth giving up 90 basis points of yield for significantly less debt? If you're an income investor, I think it is. Example 2: Kohl'sThis second example, if you're a current AT&T shareholder, will probably make you laugh, but that's okay. I'm not here to evaluate the merits of which sector is a better investment. I'm merely pointing out stocks with better debt profiles that have a high dividend yield. I'm speaking about Kohl's (NYSE:KSS), the value-priced department store with more than 1,100 locations in 49 states. Sure, retail's still got a lot of weakness, but overall, I think the future remains positive despite the brick-and-mortar store closures over the past two years. As I write this, Kohl's dividend yield is 5.6%, 40 basis points less than AT&T. However, its $1.9 billion in debt is only 24% of its current market cap of $7.8 billion. Its yield is higher than usual due to a 21% decline in its stock price year to date through July 10 (a 27% drop including dividends). While Kohl's can't hold a candle to AT&T's cash flow, it generated $1.9 billion over the trailing 12 months through May 4, despite a 3.4% decline in its same-store sales in the first quarter and a 2.9% decrease in overall revenues. Despite the unusually slow start to its fiscal year, Kohl's expects earnings per share of at least $5.80 in fiscal 2019, a forward P/E of just 8.3.From where I sit, Kohl's provides an attractive dividend yield with better upside potential than AT&T. The Bottom Line on T StockAs I said in the beginning, I'm not a fan of AT&T because of its debt. However, if you own it merely for the dividend yield, you might want to reconsider your reasoning. Owning a stock for its yield alone is never a good idea. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Buy for Less Than Book * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch * The 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond The post AT&T Is Not Worth Buying Just for Its 6% Yield appeared first on InvestorPlace.
MONTRÉAL, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - BCE Inc. (TSX: BCE) (NYSE: BCE) will hold its second-quarter 2019 results conference call with the financial community on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 8:00 am eastern. ...
MONTRÉAL, June 28, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Directors of BCE Inc. (BCE) (BCE) (Bell) today announced that Chief Operating Officer Mirko Bibic will be appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada following the retirement of George Cope on January 5, 2020 after almost 12 years in the CEO role. "The BCE Board is pleased to take the next step in our succession plan by confirming Mirko Bibic as our next CEO," said Gordon Nixon , Chair of BCE and Bell Canada . "Mirko is a seasoned Bell executive who has played a critical leadership role in the company's strategic transformation over the last decade.
MONTRÉAL, May 14, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada (Bell) (BCE) (BCE) today announced it will redeem, on June 13, 2019 , prior to maturity, all of its outstanding $1 billion principal amount of 3.25% Debentures, Series M-27, due June 17, 2020 (the "Series M-27 Debentures"). The Series M-27 Debentures will be redeemed at a price equal to $1,011.945 per $1,000 of principal amount of debentures plus $15 .849 per $1,000 of principal amount for accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the date of redemption. In addition, Bell will redeem, on May 24, 2019 , (the "M-37 Redemption Date"), prior to maturity, all of its outstanding $400 million principal amount of 3.54% Debentures, Series M-37, due June 12, 2020 (the "Series M-37 Debentures").
This news release contains forward-looking statements. For a description of the related risk factors and assumptions, please see the section entitled "Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" later in this release. MONTRÉAL, May 8, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada (Bell) (BCE) (BCE) today announced the public offering in the United States (the US Offering) of US$600 million aggregate principal amount of 4.30% Series US-2 Notes due 2049 (the Notes).
The head of the U.S. Justice Department's Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, postponed the deadline for approving the merger between Sprint (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) from last Monday to July 29. The delay has raised doubts about the deal getting the green light, sending both T-Mobile and Sprint stock lower in Monday trading. Source: Shutterstock InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips"I have not made up my mind," Delrahim told CNBC. "The investigation continues. We've requested some data from the companies that will be forthcoming. We don't have a set number of meetings or a timeline," he added. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy in May, But Don't Go Away I'm not a legal analyst, but when a decision is delayed by three months, I think that usually indicates that the applicants are not winning the PR battle. I could not care less about either company, and I wouldn't own either stock, although I did suggest in February 2017 that investors interested in T-Mobile stock buy its parent, Deutsche Telekom (OTCMKTS:DTEGY), instead because it pays a healthy dividend. As for Sprint stock, InvestorPlace contributor Ian Bezek recently stated that its share price would be squashed if the Department of Justice denied the transaction. "Sprint stock could be heading for a similarly tragic fate. It's been apparent for years that Sprint and T-Mobile should merge to create a viable third option to AT&T and Verizon," Bezek wrote in an article published on Apr. 3. "Yet, the government seems increasingly set on blocking the deal. With Sprint set to have a poor 2019 as an independent company, shareholders need to start asking what happens if the deal is scuttled."At this point, I'd be shocked if the government allows the deal to go ahead. Here's why. Just Like CanadaIn Canada, there are only three wireless carriers: Rogers Communications (NYSE:RCI), BCE (NYSE:BCE) and Telus (NYSE:TU). Sure, a few independent carriers are operating, but there's a reason why Canada has some of the highest wireless charges in the world. "While progress is being made, prices in Canada remain expensive compared to other nations," the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), which commissioned the annual study of wireless prices in Canada compared to the world, stated in December. The report found that a 2GB plan in Canada was 20% more expensive than the average price for the same plan in four mid-sized American cities. The Canadian package was also more expensive than similar plans in Berlin, Paris, London, and Rome.Naturally, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association has a problem with the study because it doesn't focus on promotional pricing offered by its members. Anecdotally, I know how expensive Canadian plans are because friends of mine in Halifax who moved there from Washington D.C. last year, couldn't stop remarking about the difference in cost between their U.S. provider and Canadian ones. Let's just say that Canada has not benefited from a telecom triopoly. Significant OppositionSeveral different groups representing unions, consumer associations, media types, and other concerned citizens have railed against the Sprint-T-Mobile marriage because it does not help the average American much. "Our nation's antitrust and telecommunications laws set a purposefully high bar for mergers that consolidate a market to this degree," the detractors told the FCC. All of these diverse stakeholders have one clear message: The Department and Commission should reject this merger, because it means less competition, fewer choices, and higher prices for consumers.In what world does it make sense to have three companies controlling a wireless market with 327 million people?Canada has a population of 37 million, about one-eighth of America's, and yet it has three major providers, albeit ones that charge an arm and a leg for service. It is sheer lunacy to allow these companies to merge because if Canada is any indication, the results that the detractors warn about -- fewer choices and higher prices -- most certainly will materialize. If you own Sprint stock, I would sell it while you still can, because unless President Trump has something to gain financially from this deal going through, it isn't going to be approved. Full stop. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for May * 7 Stocks Worth Buying When They're Down * 7 of the Best ETFs to Buy for a Slowing Economy Compare Brokers The post Sell Sprint Stock Because Sprint's Merger Will Probably Be Blocked appeared first on InvestorPlace.
MONTRÉAL, May 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - BCE Inc. (TSX: BCE) (NYSE: BCE) today announced that shareholders voted in favour of all items of business put forth by BCE at the company's Annual General Shareholder ...
BCE (BCE) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 0.00% and 0.59%, respectively, for the quarter ended March 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
On a per-share basis, the Verdun, Quebec-based company said it had profit of 62 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 58 cents per share. The results matched Wall Street expectations. ...
This news release contains forward-looking statements. For a description of the related risk factors and assumptions, please see the section entitled "Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" ...
Bell partners with Google Cloud to offer hybrid cloud connectivity for business customers
BCE (BCE) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.