|Bid||117.24 x 1200|
|Ask||117.50 x 800|
|Day's Range||115.37 - 117.39|
|52 Week Range||95.94 - 122.00|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.58|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||13.35|
|Earnings Date||Apr 17, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||3.71 (3.21%)|
|1y Target Est||118.00|
PepsiCo is the maker of several of the world's top soda brands, but Pepsi also owns stakes in many other businesses as well. Discover the top companies that have propelled the growth of PepsiCo during the last twenty years.
Paula Santilli, currently President of PepsiCo Mexico Foods (PMF), has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer, LatAm, reporting to PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta. Santilli assumes the role from Laxman Narasimhan, who was recently named Global Chief Commercial Officer of PepsiCo.
It was another news-filled week in the weed world... Nelson Peltz joined Aurora Cannabis Inc (NYSE: ACB ) as a strategic advisor ; Harvest Health & Recreation Inc (OTC: HRVSF ) acquired Chicago-based Verano ...
PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) has become a favorite among investors. How could it not, given its consistency, continued growth and dividend increases? Yet, as good as PEP stock is, not everyone is sold on the beverage and snacks maker. Who's not on board? Credit Suisse analysts.Last week, the research team initiated coverage on the Pepsi stock with an underperform rating and $100 price target on shares. The stock didn't really feel the impact of that downgrade -- given the strength of the overall market lately -- but as it stands, the target implies just under 14% downside from yesterday's $115.50 close.Is that something investors really need to look out for and if so, should they consider Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) instead? KO stock sits midway between its 52-week low and high.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Evaluating PepsiCoWorth pointing out (or maybe not) is that Credit Suisse has the lowest price target on the Street. The average target is at $117.75, not much higher than current levels, while the highest sits up at $133, implying just over 14% upside.The analyst is critical over PEP stock's valuation, which is admittedly a bit high. The stock trades at more than 21 times this year's earnings. That wouldn't be all that bad for a blue-chip stock, but the growth profile is disappointing. Analysts expect the company to earn $5.51 per share this year, which is a 2.7% decline from 2018. That's despite 2.5% sales growth this year.Over the last five years, PEP stock has an average forward price-to-earnings ratio of 19.9. If that were the case now, that would put Pepsi stock down near $109. * 7 Winning High-Yield Dividend Stocks With Payouts Over 5% Perhaps investors are excited about the company's prospect of growing earnings and sales 7.8% and 3.9% in fiscal 2020, respectively, but that's a long ways off. Some further digging shows Pepsi stock has other strains.While gross margins are ticking higher in the recent quarter, they have been trending lower for over two years on a trailing 12-month basis. Operating margins have come under pressure over the past few quarters, while free cash flow has been greatly pressured. In 2016, the company generated more than $8 billion in free cash flow, while in 2018 it barely eclipsed $6 billion. Trading Pepsi Stock Click to EnlargeIs PEP stock a bad company to own? Absolutely not. After the company's 15.2% dividend bump last May, the stock pays out a respectable 3.2% yield. For long-term investors, this potential decline isn't likely enough of a reason to sell the stock. But perhaps it will cause them to wait for a decline before buying more.I don't know if we get Pepsi down to $100 without a market-wide correction. That said, its valuation is stretched at a time when growth isn't exactly robust. As for the PEP stock price, take a look at the three-year weekly chart above. Support and resistance are quite clear, while uptrend support (in blue) makes its way higher. * 7 Top Stocks to Buy From Goldman Sachs' Secret Portfolio The Doritos maker is a good company, so I'd be interested on a pullback into support, (although we won't likely get it at $96 like we did last time). Because the Pepsi stock valuation is stretched, it makes me hesitant to buy -- even on a move over resistance, given this isn't the type of quick-moving momentum stock that investors typically trade. KO Stock or PEP Stock?So that brings up the question, should investors buy PEP stock or KO stock?To much surprise, KO stock might be the better buy, at least right now. Coca-Cola stock trades at almost 22 times this year's earnings, which is only slightly higher than Pepsi. However, analysts expect earnings to grow 1% this year on the back of 9.3% sales growth. In 2020, forecast call for a similar outlook to Pepsi, which is for 7.6% earnings growth and 4.4% sales growth.Coke has superior growth in 2019 and similar growth in 2020, while maintaining similar free cash flow profiles and superior margins to PEP. Also worth mentioning is KO stock's dividend yield, which stands at 3.5%.That said, KO stock doesn't have a screaming-low valuation and its earnings growth is somewhat disappointing given the more than 9% sales growth this year. The chart looks decent though. Click to EnlargeSupport at $43.50 to $44 continues to hold, while KO stock is above the 200-day level and is now coiling just beneath $46. We got lucky with our sell call at $50 and now may be a time to add back to that position a bit.The conclusion? Neither KO stock or PEP stock jumps out as a massively better pick than the other. Over the next 12 months though, Coca-Cola stock seems to have the edge.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash * The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Bull Market's Anniversary * 7 Dividend Stocks With Big Yields Compare Brokers The post As Credit Suisse Says Pepsi Stock Could Fall 14%, Is KO Stock A Better Buy? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Our The Timely Ten list represents our top ten current recommendations from among our universe of undervalued blue chip stocks, explains dividend expert Kelley Wright, editor of the industry-leading advisory service, Investment Quality Trends.
to disrupt the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. Shares of the Canadian cannabis company are soaring on Wednesday, marking double-digit gains for much of the trading day after the announcement of Peltz's new advisory role. "Nelson is a globally recognized business visionary with a strong track record of constructive engagement to generate accelerated, profitable growth and shareholder value across many industry verticals that are of great interest to us," Aurora CEO Terry Booth commented.
Target (NYSE:TGT) CEO Brian Cornell was hired by the Minneapolis-based retailer on July 31, 2014. Since then, Target stock is up 46%. Not bad for a company that was thought to be losing the discount war to companies like Walmart (NYSE:WMT) when the former head of PepsiCo's (NASDAQ:PEP) global food business took the job. * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsYear to date, Target stock is up 16% through March 11, less than four bucks away from $80, a level it's only seen twice -- August 2015 and August 2018 -- since Cornell's been in the top job. In November 2017, I wondered if Target could hit $80 in 2018. "Can Target deliver an $80 stock in 2018? It's going to be even tougher after the latest hit to its share price," I wrote. "I'll reserve judgment until after Black Friday, but business does appear to be getting stronger. And that's all you can ask for as an investor."In the 16 months since my comments, Target's business has come on like gangbusters, but it's hardly been reflected in its share price. Here's why I think that's about to change. Business Is GoodTarget announced its fourth-quarter results March 5. They were very solid with full-year same-store sales growth of 5.0% -- brick-and-mortar up 3.2%, while digital sales increased 36% on a comparable basis -- and bottom-line adjusted earnings per share of $5.39, 15.1% higher than a year earlier. My InvestorPlace colleague Dana Blankenhorn called Target a good yield stock after it reported earnings, but not a good buy if you're looking for capital gains. I respectfully disagree.Perhaps it was a mirage, but Target's traffic and same-store sales growth in 2018 were the best the company's achieved in over a decade. Furthermore, its adjusted EPS set a record this past fiscal year. Those are hardly the hallmarks of a business in decline. The fact is, if you exclude the extra week in the fourth quarter of 2017, Target's Q4 results were significantly stronger than its reported numbers. On the top line, Target's revenue was $22.7 billion, flat compared to a year earlier. However, if you exclude $1.62 billion, the average of 14 weeks in 2017, the company's sales increased by 7.7%. On the bottom line, EPS increased by 12.5%, significantly better than the reported decrease of 23.5%. Looking ahead, Cornell sees low- to single-digit same-store sales growth in fiscal 2019, with GAAP earnings-per-share growth of at least 6.7%. Both are likely very conservative given the fact that Target's EPS guidance when it reported Q4 2017 last March was between $5.15 and $5.45 a share. With digital sales growing at a blistering pace and traffic better than it's been in a long time, only a severe correction in consumer sentiment is going to slow Target's business. Cannibalization Isn't an IssueTaking a page out of the Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) playbook, Target has optimized its retail footprint to meet growing online sales. Some analysts see this move hampering the retailer's in-store sales. Target doesn't see it quite the same way. "Since 2016, we've made our stores more productive by using them as fulfillment centers. Our fulfillment sales per square foot have grown at an average 67% rate per year. Now, more than $14 a foot as our stores increasingly support our digital business," COO John Mulligan said during Target's conference call. "At the same time, our in-store sales per square foot have grown at a 4% rate per year, which means our Target stores can support incremental growth from Target.com without hurting in-store sales."Investors have seen firsthand how Best Buy has been able to fend off Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) by providing consumers an omnichannel shopping experience that works. Target's merely doing the same thing. And the fourth-quarter numbers bear that out. Target's using its store-as-a-hub strategy to grow faster. Forfeiting a few percentage points -- Q4 2018 gross was margin was 25.7%, 40 basis points lower than a year earlier -- in the name of growth is a good thing. Just ask shareholders who've held TGT stock for more than a few years. The Bottom Line on Target StockOver the past two years, Target's capital expenditures have topped $6 billion, as it continues to invest in its business. Take out the impact of the Tax Act and Target's return on invested capital increased by 100 basis points in fiscal 2018 to 14.6%. Not everything's perfect about Target's business. It continues to struggle with its grocery store business. It's not so much that it isn't growing sales -- its food and beverage business has increased for six consecutive quarters -- but it doesn't have a coordinated strategy to take its grocery game to the next level. I believe Brian Cornell and the rest of the Target team are on top of the situation. In 2-3 years, investors won't recognize the company's grocery business. * 10 Dividend Stock Winners Under $75, I'd be a buyer of Target. Under $70, I'd back up the truck. As 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 * 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 Target Continues to Hit the Bullseye appeared first on InvestorPlace.
From the looks of it, National Beverage Corp. (NYSE:FIZZ) is a brand in crisis mode. The parent company of leading sparkling water brand La Croix has seen its growth narrative come off the rails over the past several quarters as competition in the sparkling water category has heated up and broader market growth has cooled for FIZZ stock.Source: H. Michael Karshis (Modified)Meanwhile, management appears to be in damage control mode, the PR backlash hasn't been great, and the outlook for demand and profit growth to return in the near term is bleak.All together, FIZZ stock has dropped from a 52 week high of $120-plus six months ago, to prices below $60 today.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAt this point in time, the bear thesis on FIZZ stock looks pretty compelling. You have a brand that is rapidly losing mind and market share in a slowing market, with falling margins and rising opex rates, too. All together, National Beverage Corp. will likely pivot into an era of sideways profits for the foreseeable future, which should lead to further weakness in FIZZ stock. * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash That thesis sounds good. But, it misses one big element: valuation.At current levels, FIZZ stock is dirt cheap. It's already priced for all those negatives. But, in the event that National Beverage Corp. actually turns sales around and stabilizes margins, this stock could fly higher.I think that's what will happen. In the big picture, National Beverage Corp. is losing share in a rapidly growing market that has supported and will continue to support multiple high volume brands. La Croix will be one of those high volume brands. As such, sales will stabilize. So will margins. And profits.None of that stabilization is priced in today. That's why now looks like the right time to buy the dip in FIZZ. The Brand Is Losing SteamThere's no question about it; La Croix is losing momentum. Revenues rose 18% last year. Then, throughout the course of fiscal 2019, they have fallen from 18% to 13%, to 7%, and finally to down 3% last quarter. As revenue growth has slowed, gross margins have come under pressure, as have opex rates. All together, profit growth has pivoted from hugely positive, to hugely negative.There's a few reasons behind this big pivot. First, the sparkling water category is slowing. There's nothing that National Beverage Corp. can do about this. Sparkling water market growth rates have steadily declined over the past several years, as is only natural for a red hot market with big growth rates.Second, competition in the sparkling water category has picked up. There's also nothing that National Beverage Corp. can do about this. More competitors have entered this market, include PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) with their flavored sparkling water drink Bubly. Those new competitors have stolen share from La Croix.Thus, largely due to no fault of its own, La Croix brand is losing momentum. The financial implications of this are meaningful. Revenue growth will be way slower going forward thanks to falling market share. Gross margins will be pressured for the foreseeable future due to bigger pricing competition. Opex rates will head higher as the company will have to spend more to compete on the awareness front.Putting all that together, it's easy to see that National Beverage Corp's profit growth over the next several years won't be great. After back-to-back years of 30%-plus profit growth, investors weren't expecting great. As such, FIZZ has come under significant selling pressure over the past several quarters as weak profit growth has turned into a reality. The Valuation Is Cheap Enough to BuyWith sales slowing, margins retreating, and profits shrinking, it's tough to see why you would want to buy FIZZ here. But, the bull thesis is pretty simple. All those negatives are already priced in. Eventually, they will fade out. When they do, the stock will pop in a big way.The reality is that, while La Croix is losing market share to newer entrants in the sparkling water category, this brand still remains one of, if not the, most important brand in the sparkling water market.It's easy to see La Croix's dominance weakening going forward. But, it's equally tough to see the brand not being one of the top sparkling water drinks in any time horizon, given that La Croix has become almost synonymous with sparkling water.As such, La Croix should be able to grow revenues at a slightly slower rate than the entire sparkling water category. The entire sparkling water category projects as a double-digit grower over the next several years. Thus, La Croix should be able to grow revenues at a high single digit rate during that stretch.Gross margins will come under pressure, but should stabilize as competitive forces stabilize. Opex rates will likewise move higher, but should retreat in the long run thanks to high single digit revenue growth and stabilized competition.Overall, I think sparkling water market expansion can drive National Beverage's EPS towards $5 by fiscal 2025, even against a competitive backdrop. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and Pepsi normally trade around 20 forward earnings. Based on that comp average 20 forward multiple, a realistic fiscal 2024 price target for FIZZ stock is $100. Discounted back by 10% per year, that equates to a fiscal 2019 price target of over $60.FIZZ trades at under $60 today. Thus, it's reasonable to say that, even considering all the competitive risks, FIZZ stock is undervalued relative to its long term growth prospects. Bottom Line on FIZZ StockI used to drink a lot of La Croix. Now, I drink some La Croix and some Bubly. Apparently, I'm not the only one who has started drinking Bubly, and FIZZ stock has dropped big as a result.But, I still drink La Croix, as do a ton of consumers, and the whole sparkling water category is still growing by a ton. Thus, growth in the long run will stabilize and remain healthy. FIZZ stock currently isn't priced for this. That's why buying the dip here looks like an opportunity.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long FIZZ. 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 Buy the Dip in National Beverage Because FIZZ Stock Is Ready to Pop appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Seedo provides a fully-automated growing machine for indoor cultivation of hemp and vegetables that can be used by both average consumers and large-scale producers. The appointment of Birnbaum to the company's board will be beneficial given his expertise in transforming SodaStream into a multi-billion dollar business.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") today assigned an A1 rating to PepsiCo, Inc.'s senior unsecured Euro notes being issued in 8 and 12 year tranches. PepsiCo's A1 long-term senior unsecured rating reflects its strong snack food and beverage franchises, extensive global footprint, and solid innovation pipelines. PepsiCo faces challenges to grow its volume in mature carbonated soft drink markets.
PURCHASE, N.Y., March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) today announced that it will issue its first quarter (ending March 23) financial results on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) by posting the results on the company's website at www.pepsico.com/investors. The results will also be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a Form 8-K, which will be available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana.
If you know nothing about the stock market except what I'll explain here today, you'll be a vastly better investor than almost everyone on Wall Street… or any MBA… or anyone on CNBC.What I'm going to share with you is a "secret" in the sense that few people use it. It's really an "open secret." Nobody has it under lock and key. It's hiding under an invisible blanket of common sense.When you start putting this secret to work for you, you'll "graduate" into a higher class of investor.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsRight now, you've probably got some money in the stock market: You probably have a 401(k), an IRA, or an individual brokerage account.Once you've invested some money, you probably started watching a little financial television. You probably read financial websites or a few investment magazines.While reading and listening to financial media, you're sure to encounter dozens of "gurus" who promote lots of different market strategies… and make lots of big predictions. You're sure to see lots of news stories about the economy and the government.It's a lot to take in. It can all be very confusing.And for 999 out of 1,000 people, it distracts them from what really leads to long-term success in stocks.You see, the news you read in the paper or hear on CNBC is completely meaningless compared to the idea I'll share with you now.Most people watch the financial news and think they're doing something important. They're actually just wasting time and getting distracted from what's truly important for making big, safe returns in the stock market.And what's truly important for growing wealth in stocks is the accumulation of elite, dividend-paying businesses purchased at reasonable prices.That's it.It's the most important idea.It's the "king" of all investment ideas.It's a thousand times more important than knowing what the economy is doing… or what the government is doing… or what's happening in the news.Again… what's truly important for growing wealth in stocks is the accumulation of elite, dividend-paying businesses purchased at reasonable prices.What is an elite business?How can you find them?And how can one safely and surely generate wealth for you? The Traits of Elite BusinessesThere's no set definition of an "elite business." But most smart people agree that elite businesses share some unique traits.An elite business has a durable competitive advantage over its competitors.For example, Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) has a durable competitive advantage because its huge global distribution network allows it to sell goods at unbeatably low prices. It's very, very difficult for smaller firms to compete against it.An elite business usually has an outstanding brand name. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) is a good example. People associate Coke's logo and name with quality soda all over the world.An elite business is often the largest business in its industry. When you run your business better than the competition, you usually can't help but become the biggest. McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) became America's biggest fast food chain because it ran a better business than its competitors.An elite business often sells "basic" products, like food, oil, soda, cigarettes, beer, mouthwash, razor blades and deodorant. These are things that don't go out of style.And here's something you don't often hear: Most of the truly elite businesses sell habit-forming, or even addictive, products.If you look at the list of the 50 Best Stocks of All Time (July 1926 through December 2016), you'll note many of them sold habit-forming products. It jumps right out at you.For example, Philip Morris, rebranded a few years ago to Altria (NYSE:MO), is right near the top of the list -- creating $470.2 billion of wealth in its lifetime. It sells cigarettes, which contain addictive nicotine.Coca-Cola and PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) are on the list. They sell soda… which is a sugar and caffeine delivery vehicle.People love a little sugar rush. It's habit forming… even addictive.PepsiCo's business includes Frito-Lay, and salty snacks stay strong even when sugar gets a backlash.Many big drugstore brands are on the list. These names include Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) -- whose products include Ensure nutrition drinks and Similac baby formula -- Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY), Merck (NYSE:MRK) and Pfizer (NYSE:PFE).People get very accustomed to filling a prescription, over and over. Much of the time, those drugs are useful, although sometimes they are not. And the same goes for your favorite brand of beer. I'm not saying these things are good or bad. I'm simply pointing out that people get very accustomed to them.You can make the case that certain fast foods are addictive as well. Fast food companies load their food with fat, sugar and chemicals that make people want more. This is part of the reason McDonald's has been such a corporate success.The businesses I just mentioned produced more than 13% annual gains for over three decades.Those returns are extraordinarily rare in the stock market. You won't find anything better.An investment of $25,000 in a tax-deferred account that grows 13% per year for 30 years grows to nearly one million dollars ($977,897).Most companies can't sustain 13% annual returns for more than five years. The businesses I just mentioned sustained those returns for decades.And the reason why they did so well is simple… Why Habit-Forming Products Are Such a Cash CowWhen people form a habit around a product, it goes a long way towards ensuring repeat business. People get used to certain brands, and they grow resistant to switching.Also, when people get used to a product and the brand surrounding it, they are more likely to continue buying the product even if the price increases a little. Both of these help companies sustain long-term sales growth and healthy profit margins. That's good for shareholders.It's also important to know that when these companies hit upon the right recipes or the right mix of whatever it takes to make good products, they don't have to make large, ongoing investments in the business. They don't have to spend tons of money on more research and development.Once Coca-Cola hit upon Coke, it didn't have to change it. The same goes for Budweiser and Hershey (NYSE:HSY) and Tootsie Roll (NYSE:TR).When you develop a product that people love and develop habits around, you don't tinker with it. You don't have to spend a lot of money on new research and development. You don't have to buy expensive high-tech equipment. You can instead spend that money on things that will provide a high return on investment, like marketing, distribution or manufacturing.This means a larger percentage of revenues can be sent to shareholders.Owning the world's top sellers of basic (often habit-forming) products is also ideal for investing in high-growth emerging markets like China and India.Combined, China and India have about 10 times the population of the United States. Many of those people are at the level of economic development of 1940s America… and they are getting a little richer every year. It's one of the biggest investment opportunities in history.To invest in this trend, I don't want to try and guess what websites will get the most clicks… or what retailer will become popular. That's a very difficult game to play. Those business landscapes will change rapidly.On the other hand, I'm very confident those folks in China and India who are getting a little richer every year will want to enjoy the same habit-forming products Americans have enjoyed for decades.They'll want to consume more branded soda, cigarettes, beer, liquor and processed foods.Owning elite, global businesses that serve those growing markets makes a lot of sense.By the way… these global sellers of branded, habit-forming consumer goods are the kinds of businesses Warren Buffett, the greatest investor in history, always looks to buy. He's a long-time owner of soda-maker Coca-Cola and candy maker See's Candies.My friend Neil George also owns several big-name, habit-forming brands in his portfolio for Profitable Investing -- a portfolio that has a long track record of correctly timing (and profiting from) trends ranging from gold and real estate booms to income stocks.Regards,BrianP.S. Besides habit-forming products…there's another key element that the best-performing stocks share.Compare Brokers The post The 1 Way to Invest for Retirement appeared first on InvestorPlace.
A lawsuit filed in October alleges the seltzer maker's products are not all-natural, a claim denied by the company. The fallout continued Friday for LaCroix maker National Beverage FIZZ following the CEO's bizarre explanation for the company's dismal earnings. Investment firm Guggenheim also issued a rare "sell" rating on the stock.
PURCHASE, N.Y., March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Michelle Gass as an independent member of the Board, effective March 6, 2019. "Michelle is a strong global executive with a proven track record and deep knowledge in the consumer products and retail industries," said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta.
When you write about investing as much as I do, sometimes it takes a little divine intervention to come up with ideas. Sometimes, I'll borrow an idea from another writer. Recently, I saw an article about dividend stocks that have already increased their quarterly payment early in 2019. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Eric Volkman, the author in question, recommended PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP), Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and TJX (NYSE:TJX). All Dividend Aristocrats, I like the latter two. Pepsi not so much. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsHowever, I do appreciate the inspiration. Now, on to the task at hand. I'm looking for seven dividend stocks that I'd want to own that have announced a dividend increase in the first 64 days of the year. While they don't have to be in the S&P 500, nor do they have to be a Dividend Aristocrat, they should have a market cap higher than $2 billion.To help with diversification, I'll try to get one stock for seven different sectors. I can't guarantee that will be the case, but I'll give it my best shot. * 10 High-Yield Monthly Dividend Stocks So, without further ado, here are my seven dividend stocks to own now. EPR Properties (EPR)On Jan. 16, 2019, EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR) announced a 4.2% increase in its monthly cash dividend. Payable as of Feb. 15, the monthly dividend is now 37.5 cents or $4.50 on an annual basis. It is the company's ninth consecutive year increasing its dividend. In February 2018, I recommended the REIT that specializes in experiential real estate, to own in good times and bad. At the time, it was yielding 7.7%. As of Mar. 5, 2019, it's yielding 6.1%. That's because it has appreciated significantly over the past year. I've been a fan of EPR stock for a long time. I first recommended it in 2013 when it was trading in the $50s. In 2019, EPR expects to generate adjusted funds from operation (FFO) of at least $5.30 a share. With all the interesting experiential real estate it owns or is developing, I continue to believe it's a REIT to hold for the next 20 years. Fastenal (FAST)On Jan. 16, 2019, Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) announced a 3-cent increase in its quarterly dividend. Payable as of Feb. 27, the quarterly dividend is now 43 cents or $1.72 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 2.8%. The company first paid an annual dividend in 1991. It went to semi-annual dividends in 2003, and finally to quarterly dividends in 2011. It has also paid out special dividends in 2010 and 2012. Fastenal is a wholesale distributor of industrial and construction supplies. Although I haven't covered the company in recent years, its results from fiscal 2018 suggest it's doing just fine. In 2018, Fastenal grew revenues by 13% to $5 billion. On the bottom line, it increased earnings by 30% to $752 million. Both the company's fastener and non-fastener products experienced healthy double-digit growth in 2018. * 10 Small-Cap Stocks That Look Like Bargains CEO Daniel Florness plans to double company sales to $10 billion. That ought to happen sometime in 2024. Perhaps earlier. BlackRock (BLK)On Jan. 16, 2019, BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) announced a 5% increase in its quarterly dividend to $3.30. Payable as of Mar. 21, the quarterly dividend works out to $13.20 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 3.0%. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has become almost as famous for his annual letter to CEOs as he has for building the owner of iShares ETFs into a global asset management powerhouse. Fink's 2019 letter was another classic. Here's the part that stands out for me: "Companies must embrace a greater responsibility to help workers navigate retirement, lending their expertise and capacity for innovation to solve this immense global challenge. In doing so, companies will create not just a more stable and engaged workforce, but also a more economically secure population in the places where they operate," Fink stated in BlackRock's 2019 Letter to CEOs. He's not shy to say what's on his mind. Some people don't like it. I do. I believe it's what sets BlackRock apart from other asset management and financial services firms. Stand up for the little guy, and the little guy will give it his or her all for management. It's a contract Fink believes should still exist within companies. I couldn't agree more. Penske Automotive (PAG) On Jan. 30, 2019, Penske Automotive Group (NYSE:PAG) announced a 1-cent increase in its quarterly dividend to 38 cents. Payable as of Mar. 1, the quarterly dividend works out to $1.52 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 3.4%. A penny increase in the quarterly dividend might not seem like a lot, but it adds up. That's especially true when you've increased the dividend for 31 consecutive quarters. That's not a typo. There aren't many companies that are that consistent about their dividend. Of course, would you expect any less from Roger Penske, the King of motor racing?It hasn't been smooth motoring for PAG stock over the past 26 months with negative total returns of 5.3% and 12.8% in 2017 and 2018, respectively; it's nice to see Penske stock is up almost 9% year-to-date. * 7 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy I recommended PAG stock last August as one of seven dividend growth stocks to buy. Although it has gone slightly backward since then, I see its juicy 3.4% dividend yield as an excellent check to earn while you wait for its stock to revert to the mean. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP)On Feb. 6, 2019, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP) announced a 6.9% increase in its quarterly dividend to 50 cents. Payable as of Mar. 29, the quarterly dividend works out to $2.01 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 5%. Google the word "infrastructure," and you get 718 million results. Without infrastructure investments, economies wither and die. President Trump ran on an impressive platform in 2016 to grow the nation's infrastructure, but very little has been done. That's because America is broke and infrastructure is a costly adventure. It's not for the faint of heart, hence the 5% dividend yield.In fiscal 2018, BIP saw funds from operations (FFO) increase by 5% to $1.23 billion. Leading the charge was its energy business, which saw FFO increase by almost 29% in the past year. A significant part of the increase was the result of the company's investment in a Canadian midstream business as well as a North American residential energy infrastructure company. Like its affiliated former parent, Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM), BIP's goal is to acquire assets at a reasonable price, get them operating both efficiently and profitably, and then sell those assets when prices are high. Then take the proceeds and do it again. Rince and repeat. Church & Dwight (CHD)On Feb. 5, 2019, Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) announced a 4.6% increase in its quarterly dividend to 22.75 cents. Payable as of Mar. 1, the quarterly dividend works out to 91 cents on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 1.4%. What the maker of Arm & Hammer baking soda fails to provide in terms of dividend yield, it more than makes up for it with lots of capital appreciation. Year-to-date, CHD stock is up 0.54%. Off to a slow start in 2019, Church & Dwight stock is in danger of a losing year, the first in more than a decade. Over the past ten years, CHD's delivered an annualized total return of 19.6%, 250 basis points higher than the S&P 500. * 7 Stocks That Should Be Worried About a Data Dividend That is why I believe Church & Dwight is the best consumer staples stock for investors to own for the long haul. Best Buy (BBY) On Feb. 27, 2019, Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) announced an 11% increase in its quarterly dividend to 50 cents. Payable as of April 10, the quarterly dividend works out to $2 on an annual basis. As of Mar. 5, it yielded 3%. With the 11% increase, Best Buy has now increased its annual dividend payment for six consecutive years. It has also paid a dividend for 61 straight quarters. Best Buy's past issues including its ongoing fight with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) appear to be very much in the rear window.In 2018, Best Buy grew same-store sales by 4.8%, overall revenues increased 1.7% to $42.9 billion, and earnings-per-share on a non-GAAP basis increased by 20.4% to $5.32 a share. In 2019, it expects to generate at least $5.45 a share in earnings on $42.9 billion in revenue. It might not be massive growth, but considering its shares were trading around $12 in 2012, it has come a long way. When I wrote about Best Buy in August 2013, it had online sales that accounted for 6.1% of its overall revenue. Today, it's 21.9% or almost four times as much. It's one of the best comeback stories of the 21st century. As 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 * 7 Stocks That Should Be Worried About a Data Dividend * 5 Cheap ETFs Worth Considering * 7 Cheap Stocks Under $5 That Could Soar Compare Brokers The post 7 Dividend Stocks Already Rewarding Shareholders In 2019 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
PURCHASE, N.Y., March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- LIFEWTR, the premium water brand that believes art is as essential to life as water, is committing to advancing arts education in schools nationwide as the foundation of where creativity begins. New research shows we are heading toward a creativity crisis in schools – 91% of American parents agree that arts education is important to teach children to think outside the box, yet 4 in 5 people say that arts education is not being offered as much as it once wasi. This week, in partnership with Americans for the Arts during its National Arts Action Summit, LIFEWTR announced its commitment to making every day vibrant by infusing creativity into schools across the U.S., reaching 10 million students through school and community beautification projects and arts education programming as part of its continued collaboration with Scholastic.