|Bid||93.24 x 1000|
|Ask||93.25 x 1000|
|Day's Range||92.91 - 93.37|
|52 Week Range||79.39 - 95.95|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.78|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.08%|
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Investment company SJA Financial Advisory, LLC (Current Portfolio) buys iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF, iShares Core High Dividend ETF during the 3-months ended 2019Q2, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, SJA Financial Advisory, LLC. Continue reading...
3M Company (NYSE:MMM), a coveted member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1976, is an industrial conglomerate. The group got its start in the early 20th century by extracting corundum mineral.Source: Shutterstock These days, however, 3M stock has expanded beyond corundum to the point of recent conundrum. After reaching an all-time high of $259.77 in Jan. 2018, MMM stock price has been in a multi-month decline. Year-to-date, 3M stock price which has missed the broader market rally in 2019, is down about 8%.As MMM stock gets ready to report earnings on July 25, many of our readers are wondering whether July may offer a good entry point into MMM shares, which are currently trading around $175. Here is a candid look at the the prospects for 3M stock so that potential investors may decide if the shares should belong in their long-term portfolio.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips How Does 3M Stock Make Money?Although most consumers first think of 3M's ever-popular signature products, e.g., Scotch Tapes and Post-it Pads, the company produces and sells a diverse line of products ranging from adhesive tapes to air filters, filters for computer screens, heatshrink tubing, knee supports, lint rollers, lubricants, safety goggles, and sand paper.To be more precise, its current product range includes over 50,000 items. In other words, most consumers would probably feel somewhat lost while looking through 3M's website. And very few companies would have the capital, time, or technology to build market share in many of the lines of business.The group divides its business into five segments: * Industrial (such as tapes, adhesives, and supply chain management software); * Safety and Graphics (such as protective gear and security products); * Electronics and Energy (such as fibers and circuits); * Health Care (such as medical and surgical products as well as drug delivery systems); and * Consumer (such office supplies and home improvement products).However, with this kind of growth and business range, a big headache has also come; 3M Company is simply too large to run efficiently, i.e., bigger is not necessarily better. MMM Stock's First-Quarter Results Were DisappointingOn Apr. 25, 3M released Q1 2019 results with lower-than-expected earnings. CEO Mike Roman summed up the earnings results in one sentence when he said "The first quarter was a disappointing start to the year for 3M." * 10 Stocks to Sell for an Economic Slowdown MMM stock's EPS came at $2.23, adjusted vs. $2.49 expected. Revenue was $7.863 billion, instead of the expected $8.025 billion. Management partly blamed a litigation-related pretax charge of $548 million, or 72 cents per share, for the poor results.The group also cut 2019 guidance and announced plans to lay off 2,000 workers. Wall Street was not impressed and the stock tumbled.Going forward 3M's five business segments will be restructured into four. Management has been trying to paint a better future picture for MMM stock as the company believes it will increase productivity, reduce costs, and increase cash flow levels.However, Wall Street is not necessarily hopeful about the company's upcoming Q2 results as many analysts do not necessarily expect 3M stock's results to show any signs of real recovery. Is MMM Stock's Dividend Safe?In a low-interest rate environment, stock investors pay special attention to shares with robust dividend yields. Dividend stocks can be one of the best ways to generate a regular passive income for long-term shareholders.In general, big blue-chip names tend to be consistently generous dividend payers. And 3M, which has increased its dividend for decades, has traditionally been regarded as a safe dividend play.Yet with the recent poor results and on-going issues, analysts have also started wondering whether MMM stock's dividend may also be cut.The dividend payout ratio can show investors if a stock is paying out either less or more than the company earns. In other words, if a company earns $1 per share but pays a dividend of $1.30, management may have to decrease the dividend at some point in the near future. A payout ratio of over 100% means that a company is paying out more in dividends than it earns.MMM stock's payout ratio is 0.59 which makes the dividend sustainable as long as the company keeps the earnings around the current levels. However, in case of a miss in earnings, I'd become sceptical of the dividend amount and would even expect a cut.Experienced dividend investors also pay close attention to a company's free cash flow as dividends are ultimately paid out of cash.Free cash flow is what remains in the bank after 3M has paid interest on its debt, paid any taxes owed, and made all of the capital expenditures necessary to run and invest in the giant business. MMM stock's capital structure has been under stress due to legal liabilities and decreasing revenue.Companies do not cut dividends in good times. And 3M Company is clearly going thorugh a difficult patch in its history. If there were further external events (such as increased trade tensions with China or a slowing down of the U.S. economy) as well as company-specific problems, it is possible that management may take the extraordinary measure of cutting MMM stock's dividend. Where is 3M Stock Price Now?On June 3, MMM stock hit a 52-week low at $159.32. In other words, as it hovers around $175, 3M stock is trading just above its 52-week lows right now. The downtrend since Jan. 2018 as well as Apr. 25, 2019 is a stark reminder that its all-time high of $259.77 is now in the rear-view mirror.If you are an investor who also pays attention to technical analysis, then you may want to know that over the past 18 months, 3M stock has suffered from a damaging technical picture.In addition to its long-term technical chart which still looks weak, MMM stock's short-term technical chart, trend lines and support and resistance levels, are telling investors to exercise caution.Although MMM stock's momentum indicators, which describe the speed at which prices move over a given time period, are currently in oversold territory, they can stay oversold for quite a long time, especially when the overall trend is down.Therefore, buy signals based on momentum indicators need to be conﬁrmed with further chart analysis before the stock is a buy from a technical standpoint.Among 10 Wall Street analysts, there is one strong buy rating, seven hold ratings (which effectively mean sell) and two sell ratings on 3M stock. Recently its price target was cut from $201 to $182. In other words, could MMM share price have already seen the high for 2019?If there is any broader market weakness, say due to market worries over U.S.-China trade wars, 3M stock price may be further adversely affected. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy At this point, the bulls are not yet in control and the selling pressure has increased especially after the Q1 earnings report of April 25. Therefore MMM shares will need a catalyst to make them attractive in the eyes of long-term investors, who are probably still skeptical about the near-term prospects for the company. The Bottom Line on MMM StockI am of the camp that 3M stock's price weakness is a clear reflection of investor sentiment and major fundamental worries, especially regarding a large conglomerate with legal woes and which is going through a major restructuring process amidst falling revenues.If you aren't already long MMM stock, you may want to remain on the sidelines until the earnings report on July 25 to give yourself time to study the balance sheet as well as the outlook by the management. Many questions, such as the effects of the current trade wars, decreasing margins, falling revenues, viability of the dividend as well as the level of free cash flow, remain yet to be answered.If you already own 3M shares, you may also consider initiating covered call positions in conjunction with being long MMM stock. For example, Aug. 16 expiry at-the-money (ATM) covered calls may enable you to hedge your long position in case of profit-taking following the earnings report. You would also be able to participate in a further up move in 3M stock price.If you are considering investing in 3M stock, you may want to start building a position between the $150 and $160, and expect to hold the stock for several years.Investors who are interested in buying into 3M Company shares, but do not want to commit all their capital to a single stock may also consider investing in various exchange-traded Funds (ETFs) that have MMM stock as a holding, including the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEARCA:DIA), Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLI), or iShares Core High Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:HDV).As of this writing, the author did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post Ahead of Next Week's Earnings, Should Investors Buy 3M Stock Into Weakness? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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After a stellar Fed-induced rally in the first half, the U.S. market looks pricey. These ETF techniques could save you from any overvaluation-related downside risks.
Speculation that the Federal Reserve could lower interest rates this year and the corresponding declines in Treasury yields are positives for myriad asset classes including dividend stocks, particularly those of the high-yield varietal. The $7.32 billion HDV tracks the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index and holds 74 stocks. Income investors should consider the current environment, meaning where dividend stocks are out and where the group has been.
With the Federal Reserve having issued some dovish commentary following its two-day meeting Wednesday, some high-yield assets, including dividend stocks, could extend already impressive year-to-date gains. HDV seeks to track the investment results of the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus IndexSM composed of relatively high dividend paying U.S. equities. “Two particularly popular dividend strategies are high dividend yield and dividend growth.
In an uncertain market environment where trade wars make the major indexes succumb to wild swings, dividend exchange-traded funds can help provide the shelter and income conservative investors desire. One of the ETFs to consider that checks those boxes is the iShares Core High Dividend ETF (HDV) . HDV seeks to track the investment results of the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus IndexSM composed of relatively high dividend paying U.S. equities.
In an uncertain market environment where trade wars make the major indexes succumb to wild swings, dividend exchange-traded funds can help provide the aspirin for investor headaches caused by volatility. Other challenges to dividend yields is a more cautious central bank that is deviating from its rate-hiking measures seen in 2018. 2019 is certainly seeing a more cautious Federal Reserve when juxtaposed with the rate-hiking machine it was in 2018.
We have highlighted five dividend ETFs that are clearly outpacing the broad market indices by wide margins and have a Zacks ETF Rank 1 or 2, suggesting further outperformance in the months ahead.
Editor's note: This story was previously published in September 2018. It has since been updated and republished.The universe of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is awash in low-fee products, and the space is growing as issuers reduce their fees to lure investors.Income-seeking investors do not have to pay up to access high-dividend ETFs. In fact, numerous high-dividend ETFs can be inexpensive, which is an important point for income investors looking to keep more of those dividends and a higher share of their invested capital. High-dividend ETFs are often embraced by long-term investors and over the long-term, lower fees can mean better outcomes for investors.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOver the past several years, data confirm that when it comes to adding new assets, the best ETFs are usually those with annual fees of 0.20% or less. Plenty of high-dividend ETFs fit into that category, making it a cost-effective method for thrifty investors to access broad baskets of dividend stocks. * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash Here are some high-dividend ETFs, with very low fees, for income-minded investors to consider. High-Dividend ETFs to Buy: iShares Core High Dividend ETF (HDV)Expense Ratio: 0.08%, or $8 annually per $10,000 investmentMany high dividend ETFs weight components by yield, a strategy that has some drawbacks. Those disadvantages include vulnerability to rising interest rates and the potential for exposure to financially challenged companies that may have trouble maintaining and growing dividends.The iShares Core High Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:HDV) has a 12-month dividend yield of 3.03%, which is well above the S&P 500 and 10-year Treasuries. However, this high-dividend ETF follows the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index, which screens companies for financial health, giving the fund a quality look.With an annual fee of just 0.08%, HDV is one of the cheaper high dividend ETFs on the market today. That low fee coupled with its sector allocations make HDV ideal for conservative investors. The healthcare, consumer staples, telecom and utilities sectors, four of HDV's top five sector weights, can all be considered defensive groups. High-Dividend ETFs to Buy: SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 High Dividend ETF (SPYD)Expense Ratio: 0.08%The SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 High Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:SPYD) is one of the least expensive dividend ETFs on the market, high dividend or otherwise. The ETF tracks the S&P 500 High Dividend Index, the high-dividend offshoot of the traditional S&P 500.SPYD's yield requirement gives this high-dividend ETF a focused roster of just 80 stocks, but the 12-month dividend yield of 4.65% makes this high-dividend ETF appealing for income investors relative to standard broad market funds. * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash SPYD relies heavily on high income sectors that have shown historical vulnerability to rising interest rates -- a trait to keep in mind in the current market environment. The real estate and utilities sectors combine for almost 35% of this high dividend ETF's weight. High-Dividend ETFs to Buy: Invesco Dow Jones Industrial Average Dividend ETF (DJD)Expense Ratio: 0.3%The Invesco Dow Jones Industrial Average Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:DJD) is a yield-weighted approach to the venerable Dow Jones Industrial Average. What this high-dividend ETF does is weigh the 30 Dow stocks by their trailing 12-month dividend, not price, as the traditional Dow does.DJD's yield focus makes Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) the high dividend ETF's largest holding. DJD's largest sector weight is technology, and the fund devotes just 12.36 to industrials.While DJD appears to be a high-dividend ETF, the fund offers significant dividend growth potential because many of the Dow's 30 member firms have payout-increase streaks that can be measured in decades. High-Dividend ETFs to Buy: Invesco S&P 500 Quality ETF (SPHQ)Expense Ratio: 0.28%With a distribution rate of just 1.8%, the Invesco S&P 500 Quality ETF (NYSEARCA:SPHQ) does not scream "high dividend ETF." SPHQ's underlying index, the S&P 500 Quality Index, does not even emphasize dividends.Rather, that benchmark focuses on firm's "that have the highest quality score, which is calculated based on three fundamental measures, return on equity, accruals ratio and financial leverage ratio," according to Invesco. While SPHQ is not explicitly a high -dividend fund, reliable, growing dividends are often a hallmark of companies meeting the standards of the quality factor. * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash With a combined weight of over 40% to the technology and consumer services sectors, SPHQ has the feel of a growth ETF, but that means this fund also pairs well with more traditional high-dividend ETFs, such as some of the funds highlighted above. High-Dividend ETFs to Buy: Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM)Expense Ratio: 0.06%Home to $22.72 billion in total net assets, the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEARCA:VYM) is one of the largest dividend ETFs of any variety. It is not unreasonable to believe that VYM's name frames the fund as a high-dividend ETF, but a yield of 3.44% is not alarmingly high.More importantly, VYM is not overly dependent on rate-sensitive sectors. This high-dividend ETF features no real estate exposure and the bond-esque telecom and utilities sectors combine for just 12.80% of VYM's weight.A quarter of the fund's holdings hail from the industrial and healthcare sectors. Financials, a sector that has been a major driver of S&P 500 dividend growth over the past year, is this high dividend ETF's largest sector exposure at 15.3%. High-Dividend ETFs to Buy: JPMorgan U.S. Dividend ETF (JDIV)Expense Ratio: 0.12%The JPMorgan U.S. Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:JDIV) is one of the youngest funds on this list, having debuted in late 2017, but it fits the bill as a cost-effective, high-dividend ETF. JDIV "utilizes a rules-based approach that adjusts sector weights based on volatility and yield and selects the highest yielding stocks," according to the issuer.With a 12-month yield of 4.07%, JDIV has high-dividend ETF credentials. JDIV's annual fee of 0.12% is quite low. * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash High-Dividend ETFs to Buy: Xtrackers MSCI EAFE High Dividend Yield Equity ETF (HDEF)Expense Ratio: 0.33%The Xtrackers MSCI EAFE High Dividend Yield Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:HDEF) targets the MSCI EAFE High Dividend Yield Index, a benchmark that is a high-dividend derivative of the widely followed MSCI EAFE Index.While HDEF is a credible name among international high dividend ETFs, the laggard status of European stocks has hindered HDEF in recent months. On the more positive side of the ledger is ex-U.S. dividend growth and valuation opportunities across developed markets, two traits that speak to long-term opportunity with HDEF.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Retail Stocks Winning in 2019 and Beyond * The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Bull Market's Anniversary Compare Brokers The post 7 Inexpensive, High-Dividend ETFs to Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
In 2018, U.S. dividend growth remained solid, although some dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) were challenged by the Federal Reserve's four interest rate hikes. Expectations are in place that the Fed will slow its pace of rate hikes this year or possibly not raise rates at all. Joe Smith, deputy chief investment officer (CIO), at CLS Investments ($9.2 billion AUM), recently discussed his firm's approach to dividend strategies with ETF Trends.
This article originally appeared in Morningstar Direct Cloud and Morningstar Office Cloud. The pace of fee cuts on passively managed funds may have slowed in some corners of the fund universe, but not at Vanguard.
On November 16, Merck’s (MRK) stock price closed at $76.06, which represents ~1.63% growth from its close of $74.84 on November 15. Merck’s stock price grew from $56.79 when the market opened on January 2 to $76.06 when the market closed on November 16, which representing ~34% year-to-date growth. On November 16, Merck hit its 52-week high of $76.25.
When the stock market gets rough, investors often flee to dividend stocks, which explains why iShares Core High Dividend is now in IBD's ETF Leaders screen of top ETFs.
On October 25, Merck & Co. (MRK) announced a dividend of $0.55 per share for its outstanding common stock in the fourth quarter of 2018. That’s a ~15% increase from its dividend of $0.48 per share in the fourth quarter of 2017.