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  • Are Oil Dividends Worth it?

    04/26/2016 2:32:38 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 14 replies ^ | 26-04-2016 | Paperchaser
    Are you tempted by nice dividends such as BP’s 7.53 percent and Shell’s 7.31 percent? Long-term investors are. They’re lapping up the oil majors on dips to cash in on their impressive dividend yields in hopes that the massive rally in crude oil from the lows of $27.10 per barrel is an indication that crude has bottomed out and higher prices are around the corner. The large investors are pursuing the oil majors for their stability and safety, which has boosted their prices, but even after the rise, prices remain below their 2015 highs. The oil majors are expected to...
  • Top 4 Oil Companies For Dividend Investors

    05/26/2015 1:52:29 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies ^ | 26-05-2015 | chase
    Investing in the energy industry right now can be scary. On the one hand, oil prices have been extremely volatile and look likely to stay that way. On the other hand, while clean energy, especially wind power, is growing rapidly, valuations are astronomical and, for income-focused investors there are few good options. With that in mind, investors looking for income in energy have little choice but to turn to the safest conventional energy play available; oil majors. Companies like ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell have been around for decades, so regardless of what happens to oil prices, these firms have...
  • GM’s Debt Rises as Earnings Disappoint; Warns on First Quarter

    02/06/2014 9:49:20 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 6, 2014 | Mark Modica
    General Motors announced disappointing earnings results today and issued a warning that first quarter results will underwhelm as well. The reasons behind the earnings' miss are surely going to be explained away by pundits and proponents of the company still known as Government Motors to many. Sorting through the smoke and mirrors can lead to some important and simple explanations as to what is going on at GM. Before looking at the reasons why GM has drastically underperformed the broader markets since the Obama-orchestrated bankruptcy process of 2009, let's take a look at one of the most critical takeaways from...
  • GM 4Q Profit Widely Misses Expectations

    02/06/2014 5:40:32 AM PST · by mykroar · 9 replies ^ | 2/6/14 | Reuters
    <p>General Motors Co posted a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday as results in North America, Asia and South America disappointed.</p> <p>Net income rose to $913 million, or 57 cents a share, from $892 million, or 54 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter.</p>
  • Curious Timing for GM Dividend Announcement

    01/16/2014 1:58:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 16, 2014 | Mark Modica
    The internet was ablaze Tuesday evening with stories presenting a perceived positive move by General Motors' outgoing government-appointed management. All hail! "General Motors to pay first dividend since 2008," trumpeted the headlines. GM shares immediately spiked up in after-hours trading with shares rising about $1.60 or 4% on the news. Unfortunately for those duped by the proclamation, GM followed the story hours later with a profit warning. For the time being, the bad news outweighed the good with GM shares reversing course and ending the day Wednesday with a loss of over one and a half percent on a day...
  • Great News, Rich Americans, Looks Like Obama's Caving On Dividend Taxes!

    12/19/2012 8:18:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/19/2012 | Henry Blodget
    SNIP SNIP Capital gains taxes will also revert to Clinton-era levels, rising from 15% to 20%, with a 3.8% Obamacare surcharge to be tacked on top. That's also a meaningful increase, but not a life- or behavior-changing one. And the 23.8% rate will also still be historically low. Much less noted--and much more meaningful for many high-earning Americans--is the scheduled increase in dividend taxes. Thanks to Obamacare, dividend taxes will already have the extra 3.8% surcharge tacked on top of them regardless of what happens with the Fiscal Cliff deal. More importantly, dividend taxes for the highest earning Americans are...
  • How Obamacare incentivizes more debt, less investment

    12/04/2012 1:49:26 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 1 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | December 4, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Item One: Obama-friendly retailer issues special dividend to avoid Obama tax increase... Late last week, Sinegal and the rest of the Costco Board of Directors voted to pay shareholders a special $7 per share dividend to avoid higher dividend taxes that are scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013. As the Wall Street Journal notes... That’s a $3 billion Christmas gift for shareholders that will let them be taxed at the current dividend rate of 15%, rather than next year’s rate of up to 43.4% — an increase to 39.6% as the Bush-era rates expire plus another 3.8%...
  • In 6 Weeks, A New Dividend Tax Will Smack Rich People Upside The Head

    11/17/2012 11:54:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2012 | Henry Blodget
    Unless Congress intervenes, taxes are set to rise significantly on January 1st, when we hit the "fiscal cliff." Most of the focus of this tax increase has been on income taxes. Income taxes for incomes over ~$388,351, for example, are set to revert back to the Clinton-era 39.6% from the current 35%. That's a relatively modest increase, and a 39.6% tax for the top bracket is still historically low. Capital gains taxes are also set to rise, from 15% to 20%. That's a bigger percentage increase, but the resulting capital-gains rate will still be historically low. Screams about how these...
  • Apple Announces $11 Dividend And Share Buyback

    03/19/2012 7:13:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/19/2012 | Jay Yarrow
    Apple announced a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share and authorized a share buyback plan this morning. According to the release, it anticipates spending about $45 billion in cash over the first three years of the dividend and buyback plan.  The buyback authorization is worth $10 billion and starts in fiscal 2013, which starts after September 30, 2012. (Important note: a buyback authorization doesn't mean Apple is going to rush out and buy stock, it just means it could buy stock.) The dividend starts in fiscal Q4, which is after July 1, 2012. The $45 billion Apple anticipates spending will...
  • Obama's Dividend Assault (A plan to triple the tax rate would hurt all shareholders. You included)

    02/22/2012 8:27:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    President Obama's 2013 budget is the gift that keeps on giving—to government. One buried surprise is his proposal to triple the tax rate on corporate dividends, which believe it or not is higher than in his previous budgets. Mr. Obama is proposing to raise the dividend tax rate to the higher personal income tax rate of 39.6% that will kick in next year. Add in the planned phase-out of deductions and exemptions, and the rate hits 41%. Then add the 3.8% investment tax surcharge in ObamaCare, and the new dividend tax rate in 2013 would be 44.8%—nearly three times today's...
  • Treasury Quid To Banker Pro Quo: "You Can Raise Dividends If You Buy My Toxic Mortgages"

    03/21/2011 8:39:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/21/2011 | Tyler Durden
    To all those wondering why the Treserve scrambled on Friday to allow banks to resume paying dividends (even something as downright hilarious as Citi's $0.01...Is that the lowest recorded dividend yield in history?) here is your answer. The Treasury just announced it would sell its $142 billion MBS portfolio, supposedly to the same banks who are now using their cash on the books to satisfy shareholders too. The Treserve will sell $10 billion per month depending on market conditions, meaning a downtick in the market will now crash not only that given day's POMO (a UST market operation), but also...
  • Auto Rebound Pays Dividend to Work Force

    01/13/2011 8:49:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/13/11 | Ne Bill Vlasic and Nick Bunkley
    The sweeping overhaul and surprising recovery of the American auto industry is about to pay off handsomely for the blue-collar workers at Ford and General Motors. The two big Detroit carmakers will announce profit-sharing checks this month for their hourly workers, perhaps the largest in a decade, company officials and industry analysts say. While the payouts — expected to top $5,000 at Ford... [snip] Ford’s total labor cost for a worker — a combination of wages, benefits and pensions — has been reduced more than 20 percent and is now about $59 an hour
  • Despite bad economy, Alaskans will be paid dividends

    09/11/2009 5:24:20 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 6 replies · 932+ views
    Texas for Sarah Palin ^ | Friday, September 11, 2009 at 7:02 AM | Josh Painter
    While most other states are cutting services and laying off workers, Alaska is preparing to send dividend checks to about 657,000 of its citizens, who have their former governor and the state constitution to thank. United Press International reports: ANCHORAGE, Ala., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Citizens qualified to receive dividends from Alaska's Permanent Fund will receive dividends of more than $1,300 this autumn, state officials said. The Anchorage Daily News reported that even though the $32 billion oil profits savings account lost $2.5 billion in the last fiscal year, the five-year dividend program will temper the effect of the losses...
  • Dividend Stocks to Avoid

    04/25/2009 12:56:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 854+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 4/25/2009 | Dividend Growth Investor
    The dividend aristocrats index has had five dividend cuts so far this year. Because of the way that the index is rebalanced, the dividend cutters will remain a part of the elite basket of S&P 500 companies which have consistently raised their dividends for over 25 consecutive years. Unless a member of the Dividend Aristocrats index is removed from the S&P 500, it won’t be removed from the elite income index. The five companies, which cut dividends so far in 2009, will most likely be booted out of the index at the annual December reconstitution. Back in February, General Electric...
  • Paulson urges banks to raise more capital

    03/13/2008 9:51:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 358+ views
    FT ^ | 03/13/08 | Krishna Guha and James Politi
    Paulson urges banks to raise more capital By Krishna Guha and James Politi in Washington Published: March 13 2008 15:42 | Last updated: March 13 2008 15:42 Hank Paulson on Thursday called on financial institutions to raise more capital and reduce their dividends in order to strengthen their balance sheets as he set out the US government’s regulatory response to the credit crisis. The US Treasury secretary backed plans to make it easier for banks to issue “covered bonds” to finance mortgages kept on their own books as an alternative to selling them on to investors as mortgage-backed securities. He...
  • Analyst Whitney Says Citi Has to Cut Dividend More[CitiGroup]

    02/22/2008 7:17:43 AM PST · by BGHater · 1 replies · 86+ views
    Reuters ^ | 21 Feb 2008 | Svea Herbst-Bayliss
    Meredith Whitney, Oppenheimer & Co's banking analyst who was the first to say Citigroup Inc. (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research) needed to cut its dividend last year, said on Thursday the bank would need to cut payouts again and raise more capital. Whitney also told television channel CNBC she believes financial stocks, which have been weak recently in the wake of the credit crisis, housing crunch and fears of a recession, could fall at least another 15 percent and as much as 50 percent. "The best case downside scenario is that there is a 15 percent downside in the financials; worst...
  • Dick Cheney, Peace Dividend - a Jack of All Trades

    08/15/2004 10:47:12 PM PDT · by risk · 4 replies · 439+ views
    Memo on the Margin ^ | August 2, 2000 | Jude Wanniski
    Memo on the MarginAugust 2, 2000Dick Cheney, Peace DividendMemo To: Political & Financial Writers From: Jude Wanniski Re: A Jack of All Trades My father was a jack of all trades, master of none. He could do everything passably, nothing to perfection. I could tell countless stories about him, but my favorite was when he discovered in 1950 that it would cost him $4 to have a TV repairman fix the set we had bought just six months earlier. He cut out an ad from a Superman comic book offering a book for $2 or so on how to fix...
  • Microsoft sorts out its cash plans

    07/20/2004 4:29:41 PM PDT · by mikegi · 24 replies · 575+ views ^ | July 20, 2004 | Michael Page
    LOS ANGELES (CBS.MW) -- Microsoft on Tuesday revealed what it will do with its massive stockpile of cash, outlining plans to issue a special dividend worth $32 billion and a stock buyback of up to $30 billion over the next four years. In an announcement that many on Wall Street awaited for several months, Microsoft (MSFT: news, chart, profile) said it would pay the one-time dividend of $3 per share and move to a quarterly dividend of 8 cents per share. In annual terms, the new policy essentially doubles the company's current shareholder payout of 16 cents a share to...
  • Harley-Davidson, Inc. Declares Dividend

    02/11/2004 7:06:30 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 13 replies · 216+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Tuesday February 10, 6:43 pm ET
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. Declares Dividend Tuesday February 10, 6:43 pm ET MILWAUKEE, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HDI - News) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of 8 cents per share, payable March 25, 2004 to shareholders of record as of March 11, 2004. Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the group of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Buell Motorcycle Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc. Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and offers a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel, and general...
  • Harley-Davidson, Inc. Doubles Quarterly Dividend

    12/05/2003 11:12:49 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 6 replies · 263+ views
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. Doubles Quarterly Dividend Friday December 5, 10:17 am ET MILWAUKEE, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HDI - News) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of 8 cents per share, payable December 29, 2003 to shareholders of record as of December 15, 2003. This represents a 100 percent increase over the last quarterly dividend. "The recent change in tax law has increased the attractiveness of dividends as a way of sharing the success of the Company with our shareholders," said Jeffrey L. Bleustein, chairman and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc....
  • Your check: $1,107.56 (But only if you're an Alaskan)

    09/25/2003 5:37:14 AM PDT · by AlaskaErik · 5 replies · 618+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | September 25, 2003 | WESLEY LOY
    <p>PERMANENT FUND: Most dividends will be wired to banks Oct. 8.</p> <p>Qualified Alaska residents each will receive a Permanent Fund dividend of $1,107.56 this year, Gov. Frank Murkowski announced Wednesday night.</p> <p>It's considerably less than last year's payment of $1,540.76, but it's the ninth time in the 22-year history of the program that the dividend has been $1,000 or more.</p>
  • FT: Microsoft considers $10bn shareholder payout

    07/03/2003 4:35:44 PM PDT · by mikegi · 14 replies · 190+ views
    Microsoft is considering paying its shareholders a special dividend of more than $10bn to reduce its $46bn cash pile. Shareholders would receive the dividend in a one payment of "significantly more than $10bn" or spread over three or four quarters, according to a person close to the discussions. The dividend, which would be the largest corporate pay-out ever, is one of a number options Microsoft is looking at, the FT's sister paper, Les Echos, has learned. The other options include a buyback, acquisitions and higher ordinary dividends. A decision is expected by the end of the year. The software giant...
  • The "Secret" JFK Tax Cuts

    05/14/2003 11:52:46 PM PDT · by xagent · 4 replies · 4,058+ views ^ | 5/12/2003 | Arjun B.
    Democrats and the Kennedys are once again proving to be hypocrite fools suffering from the famous case of liberal amnesia. The controversy this time stems from John F. Kennedy in advertisements that support President Bush's new tax cut plan. Senator Ted Kennedy is fuming over JFK's name and image being used to support tax cuts, something he vehemently opposes. These ads in question compare the massive tax cuts of JFK to those of Reagan and Bush, and rightfully so. This ordeal is only a small part of the larger problem; that modern day Democrats and socialists have hijacked the good...
  • The trouble with the dividend tax-cut

    04/28/2003 9:51:35 PM PDT · by dwswager · 6 replies · 182+ views ^ | April 29, 2003 | Bruce Bartlett
    President Bush’s plan to eliminate the double taxation of corporate profits, by exempting dividends from taxation, appears to be on life support. Even before his tax package was reduced from $726 billion to $550 billion in the House and $350 billion in the Senate, the proposal was in trouble. Now, it looks very sick indeed. ... In coming days, President Bush will have to make some critical decisions about his tax plan as the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee begin to mark-up a bill—a task that they must finish by May 8. He should not let...
  • Bush travels to Ohio to pressure Voinovich on his tax-cut package

    04/22/2003 4:16:58 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 17 replies · 218+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 22, 2003 | MALIA RULON (AP)
    <p>President Bush locked up support from Sen. George Voinovich for his first batch of tax cuts in 2001 with a visit to Ohio. Now, he's trying the same pressure tactic to get the Ohio Republican's support for tax cuts of $550 billion over 10 years.</p>
  • Move afoot in Congress to slash Bush's tax cut

    03/18/2003 10:53:22 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 152+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2003 | James G. Lakely
    <p>Senate Democrats and a few Republicans are citing the impending war against Iraq as a reason to dramatically pare down or eliminate President Bush's $726 billion economic stimulus package.</p> <p>Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat and ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, offered a doomed amendment yesterday that would prevent the passage of the president's tax package until the costs of conflict in Iraq are known and it is explained "how these costs fit within the budget plan as a whole."</p>
  • Passive components shortage imminent? (Dividend) Tax changes could cut manufacturing

    02/14/2003 1:28:13 PM PST · by ImphClinton · 14 replies · 972+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | Friday 14 February 2003, 19:18 | The Inquirer staff
    Passive components shortage imminent? Tax changes could cut manufacturing By INQUIRER staff: Friday 14 February 2003, 19:18 SHARE DIVIDENDS WILL NOT BE TAXED under planned changes that could come into effect this year in the US. This could have far reaching consequences for component suppliers. More than half the suppliers in the US do not issue dividends and that could drive investors away. Shawn Wood, analyst at iSuppli, has warned that passive component suppliers face an uphill struggle to keep their capital investments going at a steady rate. He outlines three possible scenarios in a new report. The most likely...
  • Wrong ailment, wrong cure (Critiquing Democrats' economic "stimulus" plan)

    01/18/2003 10:52:23 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 1 replies · 218+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan. 19, 2003 | Lawrence Kudlow
    <p>After all the gnashing of teeth, it turns out consumers turned in a positive performance during the holiday season. Retail sales increased more than 1 percent in December, yielding a near 5 percent pace over the past year.</p> <p>Consumer spending has been the backbone of our economy for the last two years. In that time, it has grown at about a 3 percent rate, despite the stock market collapse and the deep business-and-profits recession. This is a solid consumer performance — yet once again Democrats mistakenly insist on giving consumers a quick one-shot of adrenaline via temporary tax rebates. Wrong ailment, wrong cure.</p>
  • Microsoft thanks Bush with historic share dividend

    01/17/2003 1:50:34 PM PST · by ImphClinton · 35 replies · 335+ views
    The Register ^ | 1/17/03 | Andrew Orlowski
    By November, the fix was in. Attorney General John Ashcroft had indicated that he had little interest in pursuing the case, and several Department of Justice Antitrust attorneys had already left, disillusioned. The result was a settlement neatly summarized by the financial analysts we cited at the time: "a major win; no substantive change in business model or R&D practices; maintain Buy." Ashcroft had declined to excuse himself from the case: despite having taken $20,000 in campaign contributions for his Senate campaign from Microsoft and refused to disclose contacts with the company. That said, the contribution hadn't done him much...
  • A Bold Beginning (President Bush's Economic Plan)

    01/08/2003 7:01:44 AM PST · by Isara · 23 replies · 306+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | Wednesday, January 8, 2003 | Editorial
    A Bold Beginning INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILYStimulus: We may quibble with some aspects of the president's growth-and-jobs plan. But overall, it's the broader, more-ambitious approach we were hoping for.The plan also strikes us as being thoughtful, innovative and - true again to President's Bush's word - compassionately conservative.For conservatives, the president hit most of the right notes in setting it up Tuesday. He noted (usefully) that our economic system is still the "most promising, creative and productive the world has ever seen." He stressed (sagely) that it's best served by leaving more money in the hands of the people, not the...
  • A Stealth Tax Cut? (excludable distribution account)

    01/10/2003 7:07:31 AM PST · by Isara · 23 replies · 718+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | Friday, January 10, 2003 | Editor
    Stimulus: All the talk about President Bush's $674 billion stimulus plan has been focused on dividends. But slipped in among its provisions is a possible bombshell that could be very bullish for stocks.It's called an "excludable distribution account." If that doesn't sound sexy, it should. At least if you own stock. These accounts potentially will boost returns for all shareholders - not just those who own shares that pay dividends.The Bush administration - wisely, we think - wants to avoid giving stocks that pay dividends an advantage over other stocks. The reasons for this are simple: Job growth, new products...
  • Dividend Taxcut - New Details

    01/09/2003 7:19:57 AM PST · by Cicero · 8 replies · 263+ views
    FTN Financial Economics AM Comment - via e-mail | 1-9-03 | Chris Low
    FTN Financial Economics AM Comment: January 9, 2002 One big criticism of the Bush economic plan is that a dividend tax cut might discourage retained earnings and reinvestment. Now, Treasury has published the details and it turns out that NO earnings will be double taxed. This changes everything. It means that if a company pays taxes on $5 per share and pays a $2 dividend, the basis of the stock will be raised by the remaining $3, effectively sheltering that portion of any capital gain from tax. That means that companies paying no dividends will pass the same tax advantage...
  • The Dividend Tax Kerfuffle

    01/08/2003 1:41:30 PM PST · by Steven W. · 5 replies · 107+ views
    Motley Fool ^ | 1/8/2003 | Bill Mann
    We've called for the centerpiece of President Bush's economic stimulus plan -- the removal of a tax on dividends at the individual level -- for some time. Why? Removing this tax 1. Allows companies to make the most efficient decisions possible about their retained capital; and 2. acts as a major stabilizing force on the markets. Oh, it's on now! This past July, I proposed that the government would help bring some stability back to the markets if it ceased the practice of double taxation of dividends. At the time, frankly, I thought this had little chance of happening. Dividend...
  • Just Call Him George W. Reagan

    01/08/2003 12:05:49 PM PST · by Steven W. · 6 replies · 232+ views
    Business Week ^ | 1/2/2003 | Joseph Weber
    <p>The Gipper would have loved the tax-cut plan Dubya unveiled in Chicago. Democrats -- and some conservatives -- will need convincing.</p> <p>If President George W. Bush put his new economic stimulus program to a vote among some 2,000 Chicago business leaders who heard him speak on Jan. 7, his bold plan would win hands-down. The question now is whether the rest of the country will be quite so enthusiastic.</p>