|Bid||37.15 x 1400|
|Ask||38.77 x 800|
|Day's Range||37.50 - 38.04|
|52 Week Range||32.64 - 41.60|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.47|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||9.90|
|Earnings Date||Apr 13, 2020 - Apr 19, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.40 (6.40%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Nov 17, 2019|
|1y Target Est||41.82|
Once again, we’re scanning the markets for high-value stocks. The key factors to look for are a solid upside potential combined with a high dividend yield. Today we’ll reverse course slightly, and point out three stocks that fit that profile – and show a lower-cost, more affordable point of entry for investors.Of the possible value factors for an investment, the dividend yield is probably the most important. It represents a quickly available, and recurring, cash return on a stock investment. With the Federal Reserve’s key rate set in the 1.5% to 1.75% range, and Treasury bond yields typically running well below 2%, dividends offer income-minded investors a route toward higher returns.While some big-name, high-profile stocks (Apple and Microsoft come to mind, along with Visa and Mastercard) offer token dividends yielding between 0.5% and 1.5%, and the average dividend yield among S&P-listed stocks is only 2%, there is no hard ceiling on dividend yields. We’ve used the TipRanks Stock Screener tool to search more than 6,500 stocks to find stocks with high yields exceeding 5%, along with a considerable upside potential and a Strong Buy consensus view from Wall Street’s analysts. The Screener returned 35 stocks to fit the profile – here are three of them.PacWest Bancorp (PACW)First on our list is a bank holding company, PacWest. These holding companies exist are formed to control one or more banks, and take advantage of Federal Reserve regulations to raise capital – through stock issues, borrowing, or acquisitions – more easily than independent banks. PacWest, based in Los Angeles and holding a market cap of $4.4 billion, is the parent company of Pacific Western Bank. The subsidiary bank has 79 branches in southern and central California, along with one branch in North Carolina, and controls $21 billion in assets.In the last four quarters, PacWest beat the earnings forecasts three times. The exception, however, was the most recent reported quarter – Q3 2019. In that report, the company showed an EPS of 92 cents, 2% below both the estimates and the Q3 2018 number. Revenues also missed expectations, with the $285.7 million reported 1.7% below the forecast, and almost 4% below the year-ago value. Despite the recent quarterly disappointment, PACW shares were up 22.5% in 2019.Going back as far as 2011, PACW has a history of gradually raising its dividend payment. The current quarterly payout is 60 cents per share; the company raised it from 50 cents in February 2018, marking the third increase in seven years, and a 233% increase from the 2011 value. PACW’s dividend is reliable, too, and paid out regularly each quarter. The annualized value, $2.40, makes the yield a healthy 6.54%. Finally, at a payout ratio of 65%, the dividend is easily sustainable. All of this, taken together, makes PACW a true dividend champion.Writing from Piper Sandler, Aaron Deer sees growth potential for both the bank and its holding company. He writes, “We expect solid yearend growth after a slower summer… We look for deposits growth to also hit a double-digit pace, with good inflows from both the community bank and venture division…. Operating expenses should remain well controlled but there could be a slight uptick from the new Colorado branch and bankers hired in that market… Some credit noise is possible but we think overall asset quality should remain healthy.”Deer gives PACW a Buy rating with a $44 price target. At current share price levels, this indicates a 20% upside potential. (To watch Deer’s track record, click here)Deer’s is not the only bullish report PACW has received recently. The stock’s Strong Buy consensus rating is based on three reviews, all of which agree that this stock is a Buying proposition. At $36.68, the current share price is a bargain price, and the average price target of $41.67 suggests an upside of nearly 14%. (See PacWest’s stock analysis at TipRanks)City Office REIT (CIO)Our next stock offers a slight variation on the value factors. With a lower share price and a higher dividend yield, CIO is both easier to enter and brings a better return. Neither of these factors is surprising, as City Office is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), a company formed to purchase, own, and operate various types of properties – commercial, residential, industrial – or mortgage securities, and reap the profits. By law, REITs are required to return a high percentage of their profits to the shareholders, and usually use dividends to comply. As its name suggests, City Office focuses on metropolitan office spaces. The company operates mainly in the Southern and Western US.City Office derives its profits from 66 office buildings in Tampa, Orlando, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, San Diego, and Portland. The properties have total of 5.9 million square feet in net rentable area, and are located in some of the country’s faster growing urban centers.Like many REITs, CIO reports earnings as funds from operations. In the most recent quarter reported, Q3 2019 the company gave an FFO of 29 cents per share, 6.4% below the forecast, but up 3.5% year-over-year. Revenues showed a stronger yoy gain, of 16%, and came in at $38.95 million – although that was still 1% below the estimates. CIO shares gained 41.6% in 2019, far outpacing the broader markets.CIO’s dividend, at 23.5 cents quarterly, may not sound like much, but it annualizes to 94 cents and offers a very high yield of 6.96%. The company has paid out this dividend consistently since 2015, although it has not raised the payment in that time. The payout ratio, which compares the dividend to the quarterly earnings, is 81%, a typical value for REITs.4-star analyst Mitchell Germain, from JMP Securities, is bullish on CIO, writing, “Our positive investment opinion is driven by market mix, with an emphasis on the Sunbelt, and a compelling value-add investment strategy, anchored on adding market scale, and finding smaller investments that have less institutional interest. Shares currently trade at 11.7x (2020e FFO/share), which compares to the office REIT sector average of 17.2x, keeping us positive on the investment…”Hanold set a $15 price target with his Buy rating, indicating confidence in an 11% upside for the stock. ( (To watch Germain’s track record, click here)Like PACW above, CIO has three recent Buy reviews backing up its unanimous Strong Buy consensus rating. The stock’s $14.83 average price target indicates an upside potential of 9.8% from the $13.50 current share price. (See City Office’s stock analysis at TipRanks)Starwood Property Trust (STWD)The last stock on today’s list is another REIT, this one focused on mortgage loans, mainly commercial mortgage-backed securities and other commercial real estate debt investment, but the company has also invested in similar residential mortgage loans and securities. With a market cap of $7.01 billion, and an investment portfolio exceeding $16 billion, Starwood is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the US.Starwood’s most recent quarterly report – again, for Q3 of last year – showed slightly mixed results, but was generally positive. EPS was down 1.8% from the year before, but the 52 cents reported met expectations. Total quarterly revenue, at $327.19, missed the forecast by 1.5%, but was up 14.5% year-over-year. Shares slipped 1% after the report, but have since gained 5.7%. Overall, STWD shares showed a 36.7% appreciation in 2019.STWD’s dividend has been held steady at 48 cents since 2014. This quarterly payment translates to an annualized value of $1.92 and a strong yield of 7.72%. That yield is almost 4 times the S&P 500 average, and over 4 times the average return of Treasure bonds. Combined with the moderate share price of $24.88 and the strong appreciation in the past 12 months, this makes STWD an excellent investment value.This stock’s solid performance attracted attention from Donald Fandetti, 5-star analyst from Wells Fargo. Fandetti initiated coverage of STWD with a Buy rating, saying, “We view STWD as one of the best positioned commercial real estate finance companies that also has a history of successfully incubating new businesses… STWD’s div yield is 600+ bps over the 10-yr yield vs historical 250-350 pre-crisis periods.”Fandetti supported his view of STWD with a $26 price target, implying a modest 4.5% growth potential to the upside. (To watch Fandetti’s track record, click here)Starwood’s Strong Buy consensus rating is based on three Buys set in the past two months. As noted, shares sell for $24.88; the $26.50 average price target suggests an upside potential of 6.5% from that level. (See Starwood’s stock analysis at TipRanks) *
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PacWest (PACW) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of -2.13% and -1.66%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
Highlights Net Earnings of $110.0 Million, or $0.92 Per Diluted ShareLoan and Lease Production of $1.2 Billion; $263 Million of Net Loan GrowthCore Deposits Growth of $854.
In the third quarter, decline in interest rates may have impacted bank's net interest margins, while strength in mortgage business and attractive valuations may have offered some relief.
[Editor's note: "6 Safe Dividend Stocks to Buy Now" was previously published in September 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.] From continuing concerns about the China-U.S. trade war to worries about the yield curve inversion, the stock market still faces many steep risks.America's political situation hasn't been this tense in decades. The EU is facing a host of challenges, and there's always volatility lurking somewhere.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAdd it all up, and things could easily get volatile quite soon. That leaves investors wondering where they can go for safety.After years of tech outperforming everything, the problems facing Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) have many people bailing on those stocks as well. * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 That leaves safe-haven dividend stocks as a more favorable alternative. Here are six worth taking a look at. Diageo (DEO)Dividend Yield: 2.10%Rain or shine, good economy or bad, people like to drink alcohol. And for safe dividend seekers, that makes Diageo (NYSE:DEO) an ideal play. While its name may not be familiar, its brands almost certainly are. Diageo owns and manufactures Guinness beer, Captain Morgan rum, Smirnoff vodka and Johnnie Walker whiskey, among many others. Source: Puamella via Flickr (Modified)DEO stock is a well-known safe haven for investors. The company is headquartered in the U.K. and was one of the very few stocks to go up the day after Brexit in that country as British investors sold risky stocks and moved to safety. Diageo will again serve as a safe haven whenever the next bear market/recession hits.Diageo isn't just a great business, it's also a great dividend play. The company has continuously raised its dividend (as measured in its home currency of British Pounds) each of the past 20 years. Campbell Soup (CPB)Dividend Yield: 3%Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) is one of the unloved packaged-foods makers. It's not hard to see why, if you only think about the company's name. Canned soup certainly isn't trendy with younger consumers at this point. And there's a general nutritional wariness about heavily salted foods.Source: Shutterstock That said, there's much more to Campbell Soup than just the iconic red cans. The company is more and more a snack food play. As we know, while Americans profess an interest in healthier eating, they still love their junk food from time to time. Campbell's, owner of Hanover, Pop Secret, Goldfish and Pepperidge Farm, is in a great position to profit off of this. * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 Pepsico (NYSE:PEP), the leader in snacks, consistently gets a high P/E ratio from the market, as investors acknowledge the stickiness of their brands with consumers. The market, however, is not appreciating Campbell Soup as much. Shares are down from $50 in 2017 to $47 now. PacWest Bancorp (PACW)Dividend Yield: 6.6%After investors dumped bank stocks late last year, a lot of value has been created in this generally overlooked sector of the market, where solid dividends abound.Source: Shutterstock That brings us to PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW), which offers a more-than 6% dividend yield at the moment. Headquartered in Los Angeles, PacWest is a major player throughout the California market and currently sports a $4 billion market cap. That puts it in a sweet spot, size-wise, where it may still be a buyout candidate, but it is large enough to manage the rising costs of regulation and banking technology costs.Despite the horrid state of the California housing market in 2008, PacWest survived the crisis. In fact, its shares never came close to zero during the panic. The bank has come out stronger, and is now generating record profits. Thanks to the corporate tax cuts in particular, PACW stock is now at a cheap P/E ratio of just 9.4 times its trailing earnings. New York Community Bancorp (NYCB)Dividend Yield: 5.22%Despite its large yield, New York Community Bancorp (NASDAQ:NYCB) is an even safer bank stock. NYCB stock currently yields 5.2%, and they earn more than enough to cover the dividend, with earnings coming in at around 79 cents and dividends at 68 cents annually. NYCB stock was down 12% last year because the sector was down, as discussed above. Over the last few months, though, it has fought its way back to the levels it traded at before the fall. That's why the bank is one of the safest in the country. It lends primarily against multi-family homes in New York City, one of the lowest-risk lending markets out there. * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 The bank's loans barely budged in performance even during 2008. With a strong dividend covered out of earnings and a safe loan book, investors can earn a large dividend income from a most conservative bank. Southern Co (SO)Dividend Yield: 4%In the worst of times, people tend to still want to use electricity. Even a severe economic downturn tends to not impact utility stocks too dramatically. As such, it's a sound sector to buy when investors get panicky, such as what we're seeing with the market now.Source: Desiree Kane via FlickrSouthern Co (NYSE:SO), as one of the highest-yielding large power utilities, checks the boxes for safe dividend stocks here. SO stock is currently yielding 4%.Its high yield is in large part, it seems, due to interest rates having gone up. Many investors treat utility stocks as substitutes for bonds. As such, when interest rates go up, investors demand a higher yield from their utility stock as well. If interest rates were to keep surging for years to come, SO stock would likely underperform. Right now, though, that clearly is not the case. Exxon Mobil (XOM)Dividend Yield: 5%Speaking of things people use in good times and bad, gasoline ranks pretty high on the list. Sure there is a minor drop-off in consumption during recessions, as people take fewer road trips, for example, but in general, oil and gas is a safe haven business. And Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) as the largest U.S. player is a true sleep-well-at-night stock.Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)The combination of a fortress balance sheet, diversified operations and a storied dividend make XOM stock an excellent place to endure market storms. It may seem strange to call Exxon diversified. But what many investors don't realize is that much of big oil has spun off the other segments of their businesses.We saw a ton of refining and pipelines subsidiaries moved out of the parent companies into MLPs and other corporate entities. That is all well and good as far as shareholder value maximization goes. But Exxon's more diversified approach ensures that it remains solidly profitable even when the price of oil plummets, as it did in recent years.XOM stock is hardly the most exciting name in a high-growth market. But at 16.7 times earnings and paying a 5% dividend yield, it is a fine option for defensive investors. And buyers are still getting a fair value at this point.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned DEO, CPB, PACW, NYCB and XOM stock. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Deeply Discounted Energy Stocks to Buy * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market * 10 Stocks to Buy to Ride China's Emerging Wealth The post 6 Safe Dividend Stocks to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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