EFX - Equifax Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
108.13
-1.19 (-1.09%)
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Previous Close109.32
Open109.56
Bid0.00 x 800
Ask0.00 x 1000
Day's Range107.85 - 110.36
52 Week Range88.68 - 138.69
Volume3,131,124
Avg. Volume1,249,151
Market Cap13.038B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.48
PE Ratio (TTM)29.39
EPS (TTM)3.68
Earnings DateFeb 27, 2019 - Mar 4, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.56 (1.43%)
Ex-Dividend Date2018-11-21
1y Target Est115.80
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  • Associated Press1 hour ago

    Equifax: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

    On a per-share basis, the Atlanta-based company said it had profit of 21 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.38 per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average ...

  • MarketWatch3 hours ago

    Equifax disappoints with earnings and forecast as it spends on tech and security

    Equifax Inc. fourth-quarter earnings dropped 85% from the year before as the company continues to spend to bolster its security and technology after a devastating hack, and the company's forecast for 2019 came in below expectations in an earnings report delivered Wednesday afternoon. Equifax reported net income of $25.6 million, or 21 cents a share, down from $1.42 a share a year ago, on revenue of $835.3 million, down from $839 million a year ago. After stripping out all costs for "the 2017 cybersecurity incident," as Equifax refers to it, as well as a host of other factors, the company claimed earnings of $1.38 a share, down just a penny a share from last year's fourth quarter. Analysts on average expected adjusted earnings of $1.32 a share on revenue of $840 million. Equifax projected 2019 adjusted earnings of $5.60 a share to $5.80 a share, after totaling $5.79 by that metric in 2018, on revenue of $3.43 billion to $3.53 billion, which would be a gain from $3.36 billion in 2018. Analysts on average were projecting 2019 adjusted earnings of $5.86 a share on revenue of $3.53 billion, according to FactSet. "Our incremental investment of over $1.25 billion to transform our technology and security between 2018 and 2020 will position Equifax for future growth and profitability and improve our speed of delivering new products to our customers," Chief Executive Mark Begor said in Wednesday's announcement. Equifax shares fell about 2% in very light trading during the extended session following the report Wednesday afternoon. The stock has declined 6.4% in the past year, as the S&P 500 index has gained 2.3%

  • PR Newswire3 hours ago

    Equifax Board of Directors declares quarterly dividend

    ATLANTA , Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced that the Equifax Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.39 per share, payable on March 29, 2019 , to shareholders ...

  • PR Newswire3 hours ago

    Equifax releases fourth quarter 2018 results

    ATLANTA , Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018 . "In the fourth quarter, we made strong steps ...

  • Benzinga13 hours ago

    Equifax Q4 Earnings Preview

    Equifax (NYSE: EFX ) unveils its next round of earnings this Wednesday, Feb. 20. Here is Benzinga's everything-that-matters guide for the Q4 earnings announcement Earnings and Revenue Equifax EPS will ...

  • 15 Cybersecurity Stocks to Watch as the Industry Heats Up
    InvestorPlaceyesterday

    15 Cybersecurity Stocks to Watch as the Industry Heats Up

    [Editor's note: This story was previously published in August 2018. It has since been updated and republished.]Another day. Another hack. Another reason to buy a cybersecurity stock. That has been my motto for the better part of the past few years, as a huge surge in digital data volume globally has been accompanied by an equally large surge in headline cyber attacks. The big one was the Equifax (NYSE:EFX) scandal back in mid-2017, but that incident is far from isolated. Everyone from Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) to Wendy's (NYSE:WEN) to Whole Foods to Uber to Yahoo and U.S. universities has dealt with a cyber attack of some sort over the past several years.Concurrent to the rampant rise in cyber attacks, demand for cybersecurity solutions has burgeoned, and cybersecurity stocks have bounced. The Prime Cybersecurity ETF (NYSEARCA:HACK) is up roughly 20% over the past year, almost double the S&P 500's return of 18%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe pace of these attacks will only increase as more valuable data shifts online over the next several years. As such, demand for cybersecurity solutions will continue to grow and cybersecurity stocks will continue to outperform. * 7 Financial Stocks With Accelerating Growth With that in mind, here's a list of 15 cybersecurity stocks that investors should watch over the next several years. Indeed, I think a few of them could be huge winners: Palo Alto Networks (PANW)When it comes to cybersecurity stocks, the cream of the corp is Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW)."Another day, another hack, another reason to buy a cybersecurity stock" could just as easily read "another day, another hack, another reason to buy Palo Alto Networks stock." In other words, Palo Alto Networks is so big and so good at what it does that the company may as well be a substitute for the entire cybersecurity space.This dominance has manifested itself in a long and steady track record of 20%-plus revenue growth and healthy operating margin expansion, the sum of which has powered a 350% rally in PANW stock over the past five years.Recent numbers are strong, the uptrend remains intact, and analysts remain confident on the stock, so it is all around thumbs up for PANW here and now.Source: Dennis van Zuijlekom via Flickr Fortinet (FTNT)While Palo Alto Networks may be the cream of the corp in this industry, Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:FTNT) isn't too far behind.This is another really big, really strong cybersecurity company that has a strong track record of 20%-plus revenue growth and strong share price gains. Over the past five years, FTNT is up 300%.Revenue growth isn't slowing at all (up 21% last quarter), implying that despite increased competition, Fortinet continues to ride secular tailwinds in cybersecurity to 20%-plus revenue growth. Thus, so long as cybersecurity tailwinds remain strong, FTNT stock should do well. * 10 Small-Cap ETFs That Pack a Wallop Analysts are worried about valuation here and now, with the stock trading at nearly 50X forward earnings. That does seem a little rich and this stock may be due for a correction in the near future. But thereafter, long-term tailwinds should drive FTNT stock higher.Source: Check Point Software Check Point (CHKP)Another cybersecurity industry titan is Check Point (NASDAQ:CHKP). And, as an industry titan, CHKP stock is a likely winner if cybersecurity tailwinds stay strong.But, CHKP stock has struggled lately. CHKP stock is up just 7% over the past year. A lot of the recent weakness in CHKP stock has to do with anemic revenue growth. Revenue growth was just 2% last quarter, an usually low mark for a cybersecurity giant.Long story short, it looks like competition is weighing on CHKP stock. Thus, go-forward growth prospects, while strong, are muddied by competitive threats. Granted, CHKP stock sports a reasonable valuation at just 20X forward earnings. But, that low valuation runs next to low growth, so the stock really isn't a bargain.Analysts aren't in love with this stock (they see less than 1% upside over the next 12 months), and the chart isn't all that great, either. Thus, while CHKP should head higher in the long run thanks to industry tailwinds, the outlook for the stock in the near- to medium-term is much less promising.Source: David via Flickr (Modified) FireEye (FEYE)I'd lump cybersecurity company FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) more into the Check Point pile than the Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet pile.This is a solid company with healthy industry drivers. But, revenue growth isn't robust (just 6% last quarter). Adjusted gross margins are inching higher, but not by much. The company is barely profitable, yet the valuation is fairly sizable at more than 3X trailing sales.As such, FEYE stock doesn't look like a huge winner in the big picture. * 5 Growthy Stocks Trading Below 15X Earnings That being said, there is an argument to buy FEYE stock in the near- to medium-term. Ever since the start of 2016, FEYE stock has been highly cyclical. In that cycle, the stock usually bottoms when the trailing sales multiple hits 3. Right now, we are just above 3. Thus, further weakness in the stock should be expected, but could turn into a medium-term buying opportunity. Proofpoint (PFPT)Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) is the nascent, hyper-growth player in the cybersecurity space.The company isn't all that big (under $6 billion market cap, versus nearly $20 billion for Palo Alto Networks). But, what this company lacks in size, it makes up for in growth. Revenue growth last quarter was 40%, and it was 40% the quarter before that, too.Because of this massive growth in a rapidly expanding industry, PFPT stock has done quite well. The stock is up nearly 300% over the past five years.Analysts think this stock heads higher. So do I. Growth rates are huge, the valuation is reasonable, and the chart looks good (big buy signal if the stock drops to $110, its 200-day moving average). Imperva (IMPV)There is a lot of noise surrounding Imperva (NASDAQ:IMPV) right now. But, I think that if you zoom out and look at the big picture, this is a cybersecurity company heading in the right direction.IMPV stock got slammed recently because of mixed quarterly numbers that included a big-cut to the full-year guide. The rationale behind the down-guide was that Imperva is transitioning to a subscription model, and that is adversely affecting revenue and profits in the near-term.Longer-term, though, this is the right move. We are entering the subscription economy era. Moreover, Imperva operates in a rapid growth area of cybersecurity (hybrid cloud), and that gives them exposure to huge tailwinds over the next several quarters. * 10 Smart Money Stocks to Buy Now Meanwhile, the valuation on IMPV stock is reasonable at only 4.5X sales. Thus, in a big picture, I think IMPV stock is headed in the right direction. But, IMPV won't be a big winner overnight, so expect some choppiness while Imperva's financials take a near-term hit from the subscription shift.Source: Shutterstock CyberArk (CYBR)Much like Proofpoint, CyberArk (NASDAQ:CYBR) is a cybersecurity company characterized by small scale but big growth.CyberArk is even smaller than Proofpoint (just a $2 billion market cap). But, growth is really big. Last quarter, revenues rose 35% year-over-year, and deferred revenue rose by more than 50%.Also much like PFPT, CYBR stock has been a big winner due to its big growth. Over the past year, CYBR stock is up 80%.Analysts think this run will continue, albeit at a much slower rate. That seems reasonable to me. This stock is slightly more expensive than PFPT, but growing at a slower rate, so if you are searching for growth in the cybersecurity space, I'd pick PFPT over CYBR.Source: Shutterstock Cisco (CSCO)One of the bigger companies on this list, Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), is much more than just a cybersecurity company. But, a big part of this company's turnaround narrative is centered on cybersecurity.That part of the Cisco narrative is doing well, and is powering improved financial results. But, Cisco as a whole remains a low-growth business with struggling margins. Moreover, laps are going to get tougher going forward, so slowing revenue growth is a risk this company is looking at it in the near- to medium-term future.That being said, CSCO stock is pretty cheap at just 16X forward earnings, and the chart looks pretty good. * 5 Stocks That Could Be the Next Amazon Big picture, CSCO stock has good, but not great, upside from here. It is a low-risk, low-volatility investment with a cheap valuation. But, it also lacks big-time growth drivers to unlock huge share price appreciation in the long-term.Source: Shutterstock Carbonite (CARB)Although it is one of the smaller names on this list, Carbonite (NASDAQ:CARB) has one of the better growth narratives in all of cybersecurity.This is a company that is positioning itself as a data protection company. Considering the volume of digital data is exploding higher right now on a global scale, data protection is the right niche to dominate over the next several years.Carbonite's numbers are really good. Revenues rose more than 30% last quarter. Gross margins are trending higher. Operating margins, too. Net profits are growing by a whole bunch from a small base.The valuation, meanwhile, isn't all that bad at 4X trailing sales. Plus, the stock is up more than 100% over the past year, and it has a bunch of positive momentum right now. Altogether, CARB stock looks like a winner.Source: Shutterstock Qualys (QLYS)The next cybersecurity stock to watch over the next several years is Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS).The value prop of Qualys is getting enterprise customers to sign onto their platform, consolidate their security and compliance stacks, and cut IT spend. That is a pretty promising value prop, and a lot of customers are buying into it.Last quarter, revenues at Qualys rose more than 20%. Same with last quarter, and the quarter before that. Gross margins aren't soaring higher, but operating margins are moving higher as big revenue growth is driving opex leverage. * 3 Stocks With Breakout Potential From a valuation perspective, this hyper-growth cybersecurity stock looks fully valued at over 13X trailing sales. That is about as big as it gets in this industry, but Qualys isn't the biggest grower. Thus, going forward, valuation will likely weigh on share price performance.Source: Shutterstock Symantec (SYMC)Of all the stocks on this list, Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) is the one that has been under the most pain.SYMC stock is down more than 30% over the past year, mostly thanks to slowing revenue growth, which just turned negative. Considering competition in this space is only intensifying, it is discouraging to see revenue growth already dip into negative territory.That being said, SYMC stock is about as cheap as it gets in this sector. The stock trades at 2.5X trailing sales and 13X forward earnings. Those are pretty cheap multiples for exposure to cyber defense.If the growth trajectory for this company improves, SYMC stock could soar higher. Until then, though, SYMC stock will remain weak. There simply isn't much demand for zero-growth cyber defense stocks.Source: Shutterstock Akamai (AKAM)One cybersecurity stock with a very attractive and multi-faceted growth narrative is Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM).The Akamai growth narrative is really quite broad. On one end, the company's fastest-growing segment is its Cloud Security solutions. Revenues in this segment are consistently growing around 25% to 35% year-over-year each quarter, and momentum is strong due to the security portfolio including new products.On the other end, Akamai provides solutions that enable the shift from linear content to internet content. This shift is only gaining momentum, and as such, Akamai's growth narrative and numbers are only getting better. * 5 Marijuana Stocks to Watch Valuation is a concern for this stock. But, the fundamentals are pretty good. Thus, while I don't think AKAM stock has another 20%-plus upside in its tank over the next 12 months, I do see this stock heading higher in a multi-year window.Source: Web Summit Via Flickr Splunk (SPLK)Another high-growth name in this space is Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK).Splunk essentially operates in the world of turning data into actionable insights. This is a good place to be. It puts Splunk at the heart of a $55 billion addressable market. Revenues currently sit around $1.3 billion on a trailing 12 month basis, so there is clearly a long runway for big growth.But, revenue growth has been consistently slowing at SPLK. The valuation, however, has not compressed. That is a worrisome combination. With revenue growth last quarter under 40%, and the price-to-sales multiple above 10X, this stock looks unnecessarily risky here and now.Analysts have been moving to the sidelines on this name, and insiders are selling a bunch, so now might be the time to heed the warning signs.Source: Shutterstock F5 Networks (FFIV)F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) has been a winner to-date. But, that could change soon.There's no doubt about it. FFIV stock has been a cybersecurity winner. Over the past year, the stock is up 60%. Yet, despite the big run, the forward-earnings-multiple on FFIV stock remains below 20.Thus, the valuation is attractive. But, it is on top of what is projected as sub-10% earnings growth over the next several years. A 20X multiple for less than 10% growth isn't all the great, especially considering the market is trading at a lower multiple (17X) for bigger growth (16.5%). * 7 Strong Buy Stocks With Over 20% Upside Perhaps that is why most analysts have a price target on the stock that is below the current price tag. I think the analysts are right on this one. This feels like a low growth company with a big growth valuation. Cybersecurity tailwinds are strong, but there are better cybersecurity stocks on this list with more upside potential.Source: Shutterstock Zscaler (ZS)Freshly public and relatively small, Zscaler (NASDAQ:ZS) is one of the most exciting and risky cybersecurity stocks on this list.Zscaler went public at $16-per-share in March. The IPO was a huge success. ZS stock doubled in its first day of trading, closing at $33. The momentum hasn't really stopped. Today, ZS stock is around $40.The hype makes sense. Zscaler is a cloud security company with nearly 3,000 customers, a huge international presence, 50%-plus revenue growth and 80%-plus gross margins. The company is disrupting a huge, nearly $20 billion cloud and mobility market, and revenues last year were just $126 million.Thus, the long-term growth narrative supporting ZS stock is quite promising. But, this is nearly a $5 billion company that is expected to do under $200 million in sales this year, so the stock is trading at a rather huge 25X-plus sales multiple. That isn't a risk-off investment. As such, ZS is the high-risk, high-reward name in this cybersecurity bunch.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long HACK, PANW, FTNT and PFPT. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Hot Stocks Leading the Market's Blitz Higher * 7 Strong Buy Stocks With Over 20% Upside * 5 Growthy Stocks Trading Below 15X Earnings Compare Brokers The post 15 Cybersecurity Stocks to Watch as the Industry Heats Up appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • PR Newswireyesterday

    Equifax announces earnings release date and conference call for fourth quarter 2018 results

    ATLANTA , Feb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) will release its financial results for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, 2018 in a press release to be issued on Wednesday, Feb. 20 after ...

  • Markityesterday

    See what the IHS Markit Score report has to say about Equifax Inc.

    Equifax Inc NYSE:EFXView full report here! Summary * ETFs holding this stock have seen outflows over the last one-month * Bearish sentiment is low and declining Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is low for EFX with fewer than 5% of shares on loan. Additionally, this was an improvement in sentiment as investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices reduced their short positions on February 15. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NegativeETF activity is negative but appears to be improving. Over the last one-month, outflows of investor capital in ETFs holding EFX totaled $9.96 billion. However, outflows appear to be slowing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NeutralAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Industrials sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to score@ihsmarkit.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.

  • Financial Times6 days ago

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    The great Equifax mystery: 17 months later, the stolen data has never been found, and experts are starting to suspect a spy scheme

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  • PR Newswire16 days ago

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    InvestorPlace20 days ago

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Source: Shutterstock ### Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Current Dividend Yield: 2.7% If you love stable dividend stocks, you love Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). It is the powerhouse brands of powerhouse brands. Better yet, JNJ is levered toward the ultimate in secular industries: healthcare. Separated among consumer-level products, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, JNJ is one of the most respected companies in the world. Currently, Johnson & Johnson's dividend yield is 2.7%. Considering the strength of its global business, that dividend is rock solid. But what people may not immediately appreciate is that JNJ can also surprise people in the capital markets. For instance, year-to-date, shares are up over 21%. To put that into perspective, the benchmark SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY) is just under 18%. Critically for the conservative investor, JNJ rarely loses. Between 1970 to the end of 2016, annual returns average almost 15%. Moreover, JNJ only hit red ink 13 times, meaning that 72% of the time, you can expect shares to win. In our business, that's as close to a sure thing as you're gonna get! Source: Shutterstock ### Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) Current Dividend Yield: 3.68% I'll admit that I wasn't thrilled about putting Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) into my dividend stocks to buy list. You'll recall that WFC was embroiled in a major controversy that shocked the entire financial and business community. Essentially, the banking giant admitted to creating more than two million fake accounts to meet ambitious sales targets. It made me sick and I'm not the only one. But eventually, people get over this stuff, perhaps resigned to the fact that the major conglomerates always win. I've even made the argument that Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX) -- yes, that Equifax -- will be forgiven. As cynical as it may sound, what good will being angry do for any of us? It stinks that the ultra-rich get away with bloody murder. 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When people hit the switch, they expect the lights to turn on. Similarly, when they go to the gasoline station, they expect to fill their tanks. Without XOM and its ilk, none of these things would occur. A societal breakdown could commence. In all seriousness, investors should be encouraged by Exxon Mobil's response to the oil market downturn. They and the remaining survivors have revamped their operations and rid themselves of unproductive assets. Today, XOM and the oil community are leaner, meaner, and better prepared for whatever lies ahead. In other words, XOM has proven its resilience. As a conservative investor, you can buy that 4.53% yield with confidence. Source: Shutterstock ### Duke Energy Corp (DUK) Current Dividend Yield: 4.2% If you're a real numbers guy, you'll want to pay attention to Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK). Based on a quantitative model that our own Louis Navellier developed, DUK is one of the best dividend stocks to buy right now. Mixing in commonly-used metrics (ie. earnings momentum) as well propriety methods, DUK appears primed for a stellar new year. I prefer to keep it simple if there's no real need to complicate things. Here's what I'm looking at: Since the tech bubble and the 2008 financial crisis, DUK has steadily rewarded investors with few hiccups. This year, DUK is set to return more than 13% should its technical momentum hold. All indications suggest that Duke Energy can keep the good times flowing into next year. As it stands, the company is the seventh-largest electric utility company in the U.S. Furthermore, management has retired many of its coal power plants, instead focusing on natural gas and cleaner energy sources. * 5 Dividend Stocks to Help You Through the Market's Mayhem Currently, DUK stock yields slightly more than 4%. Although slightly riskier than your conservative dividend play, Duke Energy has the right balance between stability and income. Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr ### AT&T Inc. (T) Current Dividend Yield: 6.82% I have to say that AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) disappointed me this year in the capital markets. Typically, AT&T is like clockwork -- more often than not, you know what you're getting. This year was the anomaly. In the past year, T stock dropped like a rock, currently down 21.6%. Although you have to have a short memory in the investment markets, I took the AT&T's implosion personally. Investment-performance aggregator TipRanks honored me with "top blogger" status and used my bullishness toward T stock in their feature article. Unfortunately, Wall Street had other plans and took my blue-chip baby down. No matter. Keep in mind that between 1984 through 2016, AT&T's annual returns average more than 13%. More importantly, during this time, T stock has only lost eight times out of 33. When this year is over, the statistic will likely be nine times out of 34. Even in that case, AT&T is a winner 73.5% of the time. Like the aforementioned JNJ, at this rate, T stock is practically a sure thing. The only difference is the reward. AT&T offers a whopping 6.82% dividend yield! Source: sima dimitric via Flickr ### Welltower Inc (WELL) Current Dividend Yield: 4.49% I cannot wait for the current batch of young millennials to turn 40. Each generation has its fair share of youthful idiocy; however, I think millennials, particularly those in their mid-twenties, take the cake. The way that so many of them conduct themselves, you'd think that they honestly believe they will never age. The news flash that everyone else knows instinctively is that time stops for no one. With that harsh reality in mind, I bring to you Welltower Inc (NYSE:WELL). WELL stock is a real estate investment trust specializing in senior care and facilities. Even if you're one of the young millennials that sees no use for Welltower, you still might put your parents into one of their centers. Joking aside, I can think of no other business where revenues are virtually guaranteed, save for a funeral home. Although Welltower's market performance has been a little choppy, in the long haul, Welltower has been a steady investment. In the trailing ten years, shares have gained nearly 48%. * 10 Best Consumer Stocks to Buy in 2019 Of course, we can't forget the dividend yields, which for WELL stands at 4.49%. Source: Shutterstock ### Blackstone Group LP (BX) Current Dividend Yield: 7.17% Moving on to the speculative side of dividend stocks, we have Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX). If you were to simply assess BX based on this year's performance alone, Blackstone wouldn't seem at all risky. On a YTD basis, BX gained nearly 11%, making it a solid performer. Typically, strong capital returns and high yields don't go together. With a dividend yield of 7.2%, Blackstone's passive income is right around the same as an average mutual fund. So what gives? Let's just say that BX will probably never make the list of best "feel good" stocks. The financial firm has been involved in a number of controversies, ranging from scandalous real-estate practices to shadow banking. For conservative-leaning voters, Blackstone has troubling ties to key Democrats. Additionally, BX is a "make money at any cost" type of organization. Their profiteering activities in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS) amid its "Blackfish" controversy is a perfect example. But hey, who said Wall Street was a friendly place? Source: Shutterstock ### Kimco Realty Corp (KIM) Current Dividend Yield: 6.6% I will tell you straight up that anything involving brick-and-mortar retail is a risky game. Earlier this year, I cautioned my readers about investing in retail REITs. With overall declining foot-traffic, the physical retail space doesn't have the appeal it once did. Of course, the most important factor is e-commerce. Why sit in traffic and wait in lines when you can shop conveniently at Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)? The flipside to this argument is that some retail sectors that Amazon has trouble impacting exist. For instance, most people find it more convenient to size their clothing at a physical apparel shop than guessing online. In addition, some store brands offer better pricing or a better experience than Amazon. Think Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) and Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY). A retail REIT that focuses on strong brands just might have a chance, hence Kimco Realty Corp (NYSE:KIM). KIM features multiple properties running highly demanded store brands. Moreover, a good chunk of their properties are located in lucrative markets. * 7 Sector ETFs to Buy for 2019 and Beyond Will it be enough to overcome the risk to the entire sector? I'm not so sure, which helps explain Kimco's 6.6% dividend yield. If you're a believer, KIM stock gives you a solid opportunity. Source: Anders Jilden via Unsplash ### Sotherly Hotels Inc (SOHO) Current Dividend Yield: 7.53% Thanks to the abundance of consumer-level technologies, traditional industries face obsolescence. A decade ago, if you needed to go to the airport, you essentially had to call a cab. Now, with ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, you can request a similar service conveniently through your smartphone. A similar upheaval may occur in the hotel industry, thanks to apps like Airbnb. To survive in this rough-and-tumble sector, you need a fresh approach. Sotherly Hotels Inc (NASDAQ:SOHO) just might have the magic formula. Centered largely in the southern region of the U.S., SOHO provides an authentic, unique experience for its guests. Apparently, most millennials want brands to be more authentic, and that fits SOHO to a T. Visit any of their locations, and you feel like a welcomed member of a community, not some room number. Plus, former NFL star Herschel Walker sits on the board of directors … that's just downright awesome! But will any of this matter for investors? Again, it's a tough call given so many changes in the hospitality and services sector. Still, with a 7.53% dividend yield, SOHO is worth a second look. As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 Machine-Learning Stocks to Buy for a Smarter Portfolio * 10 Stocks to Sell in February * 10 Triple-A Stocks to Buy in February Compare Brokers The post 9 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Every Investor appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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