|Bid||45.58 x 4000|
|Ask||47.35 x 1100|
|Day's Range||47.29 - 47.85|
|52 Week Range||35.38 - 57.68|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.90|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||9.20|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.52 (5.32%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
While many investors are focused on the negative impacts of tariffs and the U.S.-China trade war on corporate profits, they may be overlooking another sizable threat, which is rapidly rising labor costs. The median company in the S&P 500 Index (SPX) pays out 13% of its revenues in the form of employee compensation, and these costs grew by 3% in 2018, the fastest pace during the current economic expansion, which began in June 2009, Goldman Sachs reported this week. Goldman believes that stocks with lower than average labor costs as a percentage of sales are well-positioned to outperform in this environment.
Seagate Technology PLC NASDAQ/NGS:STXView full report here! Summary * Bearish sentiment is low and declining * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is low for STX 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 June 20. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NeutralETF activity is neutral. The net inflows of $5.39 billion over the last one-month into ETFs that hold STX are not among the highest of the last year and have been slowing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Technology sector is rising. The rate of growth is very weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, and has continued to ease. However, the rate of expansion may accelerate in the coming months. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to email@example.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.
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When most investors hunt for dividend stocks, the technology sector is often not on their shopping list. The perception is that most technology firms need and are forced to plow every extra cent back into their businesses in order to fuel growth. As a result, tech stocks are seen as a strictly capital appreciation element for a portfolio.However, this isn't true at all. Tech stocks make for amazing dividend stocks.The reality is, that many firms in the tech sector are cash flow and profit machines. Thanks to surging revenues and high margins, mature tech firms simply mint money at this point. So much, in fact, that many have too much money sitting on their balance sheets. To rid themselves of that excess cash, many tech stocks have started paying some hefty dividends. And they have been growing those dividends by leaps and bounds too.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn the end, when looking for dividend stocks, the technology sector should be the first stop for portfolios rather than an afterthought. But which tech stocks have what it takes to be considered good dividend stocks as well? * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 Here are five that are worthy of consideration. Cisco (CSCO)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 2.45%No list of dividend stocks in the tech sector can be written without the firm that started the modern trend of payouts from tech. We're talking about Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO). CSCO started paying a token dividend back in 2011 and hasn't looked back, growing that payout by more than 480%. And it's easy to see why Cisco has become such a dividend stalwart.Sensing a slowdown in networking, router and physical equipment sales, CSCO started to pivot into more software and services. Cloud computing, cybersecurity and other such products have quickly become big-time money makers for the firm. Perhaps, more importantly, these sales come with higher margins, reoccurrence and the ability to add value/upsell networking transactions. "We just built you this massive network for your cloud operations. Would you like us to secure it as well?"Because of this, CSCO has become a cash flow giant. Last quarter alone, the firm managed to see a 16% jump in operating cash flows once adjusting to overseas taxes paid for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Meanwhile, cash on CSCO's balance sheet has swelled to more than $34.6 billion.With sales of software/services continuing to rise, CSCO should be able to keep bringing in the cash for the long haul. Even better is that the growth in data centers and 5G networking is once again boosting equipment sales.At the end of the day, Cisco is one of the best dividend stocks to buy -- tech sector not. Seagate Technology (STX)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 5.75%Like previously mentioned Cisco, Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) may seem like a relic from the dot-com days. However, STX has managed to see plenty of new life in recent years. The key is data center demand is making one heck of a dividend stock.For many years after the dot-com bust, STX struggled. The rise of mobile and tablet computing crimped PC sales. At the same time, flash-based solid-state drives (SSD) hit Seagate's platter-based hard disk drives (HDDs) right in the wallet. SSDs are faster, smaller, and more power-efficient. Manufacturers liked these facts and started favoring them in PCS and other devices. As a result, STX stocks stagnated and was looking like a lost cause.That is until cloud computing and data center demand started to take over.It turns out, those building out networks and data centers prefer capacity over speed. That makes HHDs much better suited for this application. Since Seagate dove into SSD production -- like rival Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) -- it's been able to reap the full benefits of this expansion. Year to date, STX has managed to produce $1.3 billion in cash flow from operations and $862 million in free cash flows from higher drive demand. * 6 Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Big Thing And naturally, Seagate has been rewarding investors with that extra cash. Today, shares yield a tech-sector high 5.75%. Apple (AAPL)Source: Yuanbin Du Via FlickrDividend Yield: 1.58%225 billion.That's a big number. It also happens to be the amount of cash Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has on its balance sheet. This makes the consumer tech company one of the most cash-rich firms on the planet. That fact alone could make it a big buy. But the fact that Apple has quickly become one of the leading dividend stocks and continues to increase its buyback programs makes it a big buy right now.The key is that Apple has been able to use its vast cadre of devices to sell apps, music, movies and games. This helps Apple produce plenty of cash flows. Meanwhile, its shift into various services and other add-ons for its customers have only enhanced its cash flows further. So, even though AAPL has been handing out plenty of cash to investors, its over cash balance continues to hover over that $200 billion mark. Last year, Apple spent more than $74 billion on buybacks and raised its dividend by roughly 5.5%.With new devices hitting the markets and a focus on building out content for those devices, Apple should have no problem growing that cash balance far into the future. That should make dividend investors happy. And while there are some risks with revenue slowdowns and Chinese trade, that massive cash pile provides such a huge cushion to keep the dividend grow going.With that, Apple is still one of the best dividend stocks around. Equinix (EQIX)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 1.95%One of the biggest trends in tech continues to be the growth of cloud computing and mobile access. Any time you use an app to go shopping or check your bank balance, you're tapping into a data center far away. It turns out that's a very good business to be in. Just ask Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX).EQIX is the world's largest owners of these data centers -- with more than 200 under its umbrella. The key is that EQIX doesn't actually own or really operate the centers, it's a real estate investment trust (REITs). That is, it owns the specialized buildings and rents space inside to firms to build their required computing needs. It's essentially an apartment building owner for computers.Given the continued surge in data center demand from e-commerce, cloud computing, and mobile operations, EQIX has been sitting pretty over the last few years. Revenues and funds from operations rose by 14% and 12%, respectively in the first quarter of the year. This continues the REITs string of strong performance. The FFO growth is of particular interest as this cash flow directly translates into how much money a REIT can hand back as dividends to its shareholders.On that front, EQIX has been a champion as well. The data center giant has paid plenty of special stock dividends to its shareholders and has managed to grow its cash payout by 45% since 2014. * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 With continued demand for data centers assured, EQIX is the best dividend stock to play tech's backbone. Shares currently yield 1.95%. First Trust NASDAQ Technology Dividend ETF (TDIV)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 2.97%Considering that this list didn't even touch such amazing tech dividend stocks like Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) or even Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN), one approach could be to think broad. There are plenty of tech ETFs on the market, but only the First Trust NASDAQ Technology Dividend ETF (NYSEArca:TDIV) tackles the sector with a dividend approach.The $1 billion fund tracks an index that screens for tech stocks that have paid a regular or common dividend within the past 12 months and haven't cut the payout either. This provides exposure to all the top names in tech that pay dividends -- currently at 83 different stocks. This includes all the names on this list as well. That focus also throws off a surprising amount of income as well. Today, TDIV has an SEC 30-day yield of nearly 3%. That's' better than the S&P 500 and current yields on Treasury bonds.And as a total return component, TDIV has been top notch. Since its inception in 2012, the ETF has roughly doubled in share price and managed to produce an average annual return of around 12%. That's around the same as the S&P 500. The key is that TDIV has been less volatile than the broader index. Less volatile than all the tech stocks in the broader index as well. The secret is in the power of the dividends.All in all, for investors looking to score some hefty dividends from tech and take advantage of the sector's growth, TDIV could be the best way to capture those benefits.Disclosure: At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not have a position in any stock mentioned. 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Every marijuana stock has a different strategy. For Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) stock, the strategy is simple. Grow a lot of pot, then find cheap ways to promote it.Source: Shutterstock This strategy has led to something very unusual for a marijuana stock last fall -- a profit. It was a small profit, and it was short-lived, but it means that (for now) the company has an honest-to-goodness price to earnings ratio, 36. As losses in 2019 continue flowing, that will disappear … but it's something few players have ever had.That's because legal pot, a market that opened last year in Canada and is now opening state-by-state in the U.S. (Illinois joined the parade last week), is a fast-growing market that requires investment to serve.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsJust like tech stocks, marijuana companies that are serious about becoming market leaders must raise money, take losses and look over the horizon to profit. Aurora is no exception. The Grow Light is On for ACB StockAurora expects to grow 662,000 kilograms of Canadian marijuana next year and has the capacity to grow a cool million. That's going to be the biggest harvest in the industry. It's important because other companies, like Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY), are reporting shortages of product to sell. * The 10 Best Stocks for 2019 -- So Far Aurora's latest loss, C$160 million or 16 Canadian cents per share (the Looney now trades at 74 cents), was blamed on the cost of convertible debentures used to fund its growth. As the stock's price increases, the cost of those debentures also increases. So it is that good news became bad news.But there was real good news to report. * Aurora is building a logistics hub called Aurora Polaris to handle its product. * Aurora has bought a chemical laboratory, an industrial hemp producer and a medical marijuana brand. * Aurora made a tender to produce medical marijuana in Germany and began exports of CBD oil. * Aurora expanded into the United Kingdom and Portugal. * Aurora brought in Nelson Peltz as a strategic advisor, working on global expansion.Despite the good news, the bigger-than-expected loss sent the stock down, although the whole group is losing ground right now as Trump's trade war against everyone escalates. What's New for Aurora?Since the earnings were reported, Aurora has announced a contract to supply medical marijuana to Luxembourg.Aurora's latest headline is a marketing agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a fast-growing fighting and entertainment organization popular with millennials, covering CBD oil. This is claimed to promote recovery in preference to painkillers.There is little medical evidence to back up the claim, but the UFC is a global brand. CBD is the tip of the spear for marijuana products. Since it lacks the active ingredient that gets people high it's legal in many places that still frown on pot. The U.S. MarketAurora stock is hampered by a perceived lack of access to the U.S. market, deemed essential by speculators. Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), thanks to its alliance with Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), is considered the leader there.Another fact keeping the stock down is a shelf prospectus to issue up to $750 million more stock over the next two years. Some analysts call this bullish, because Aurora can pounce quickly on opportunity without going back to the markets. Others call this bearish since it means the stock can be watered down. The Bottom LineMarijuana is a product with multiple markets. There is industrial hemp, medical and recreational pot, as well as CBD oil and other derivatives.There's an old military adage that you "get there firstest with the mostest," which sums up Aurora. Getting product to the market, and promoting the market where it might exist next, are its strategy.I don't care for pot stocks, but if you do, this is one worth considering.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this article. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Retailers Including Disney Agree to Ditch On-Call Scheduling * The 10 Best Stocks for 2019 -- So Far * 7 Small-Cap ETFs to Buy Now Compare Brokers The post Aurora Cannabis Stock Is a (Pot) Growth Story appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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