Friday, August 30, 2013

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2014

Since I began sharing my strategy on dividend investing here on Seeking Alpha, I have faced plenty of dividend investors who are quite critical of some of my stock selections. Since I am not a "pure" dividend growth investor, it places me in the unique position of being some sort of hybrid investor who reaches too much for yield.

Nothing can be further from the truth. While I do seek out dividend opportunity stocks to increase my overall current yield, increase my income stream, and enhance my overall yield on cost, I also employ perhaps the most effective strategy at the same time; prudent allocation.

The Team Alpha Retirement Portfolio Seeks Income Alpha

Much has been written recently about total return versus income stream. Since there is never any perfect answer as to which focus is best, I have found that by taking advantage of riskier dividend opportunity stocks, with a prudent allocation of funds, an income seeking investor can lessen the loss of total return and increase the income stream at the same time.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2014: Dreyfus Strategic Municipals Inc. (LEO)

Dreyfus Strategic Municipals, Inc. operates as a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The fund invests primarily in municipal obligations of various states of the United States. The Dreyfus Corporation serves as the investment adviser of the fund. Dreyfus Strategic Municipals was founded in 1987 and is based in New York City.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2014: Qualstar Corporation(QBAK)

Qualstar Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells automated magnetic tape libraries used to store, retrieve, and manage electronic data primarily in network computing environments worldwide. Its tape libraries consists of cartridge tape drives, tape cartridges, and robotics to move the cartridges from their storage locations to the tape drives under software control. The tape libraries also provide data storage solutions for organizations requiring backup, recovery, and archival storage of critical electronic information. The company also offers ancillary products related to its tape libraries, such as tape media, tape magazines, cables, bar code labels, and fiber channel adapters. In addition, it designs, develops, and sells switching power supplies that are used to convert alternate current line voltage to direct current voltages for use in electronic equipment, such as telecommunications equipment, servers, routers, switches, lighting, and gaming devices. Qualstar Corporation sells its tape drive products primarily to value added resellers and original equipment manufacturers, as well as switching power supplies primarily to original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Simi Valley, California.

Best Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation(RL)

Ralph Lauren Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. The company offers men?s, women?s, and children?s clothing; and accessories comprising footwear, eyewear, watches, jewelry, hats, and belts, as well as leather goods, including handbags and luggage. It also provides products for homes, including bedding and bath products, furniture, fabric and wallpaper, paint, tabletop, and giftware; and fragrance products for women men. In addition, the company licenses its products, such as men?s sportswear, men?s tailored clothing, men?s underwear and sleepwear, eyewear, fragrances, cosmetics, and color and skin care products. It offers its products under the Polo by Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Women?s Collection, Black Label, Blue Label, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, RRL, RLX, Rugby, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, American Living, Chaps, and Club Monaco brand names. Ralph Lauren sells its products to department stores, specialty stores, and golf and pro shops; full-price retail stores, factory retail stores, and concessions-based shop-within-shops; and online through and As of April 3, 2010, it operated 179 full-price retail stores and 171 factory stores worldwide, as well as 281 concessions-based shop-within-shops and 2 e-commerce Websites. The company was formerly known as Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation and changed its name to Ralph Lauren Corporation in August 2011. Ralph Lauren Corporation was founded in 1967 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By iStockAnalyst]

    The company is one of America's leading lifestyle brands encompassing multiple permutations targeted at specific demographics, usage occasions and price points. Merchandise is available at approximately 10,000 retail locations throughout the world.

    RL holds leading market shares in department stores with four key department stores accounting for about 40 percent of its wholesale volume and Macy's (the largest wholesale account) for 19 percent. RL competes with Jones Apparel Group, Liz Claiborne and VF Corp., as well as private label offerings, which garner about a third of total apparel purchases and are an important differentiator for retailers. RL also sells directly to consumers through 367 specialty retail locations globally, spanning the luxury, mid-market and factory channels and at and

    The company's well-managed portfolio of strong brands, long track record of successful operating performance, and relatively stable profitability over recent years despite weak retail conditions make me bullish on the stock. Moreover, I see the stock benefiting from continued development and expansion of accessories, denim and home categories as well as brand re-positioning in China.

  • [By Kathy Kristof]

    Ralph Lauren has been a force in high-end fashion threads for more than 40 years. But Ralph Lauren Corp. recently launched a luxury accessory line that makes Coach products seem downright affordable. With handbags, for instance, retailing for up to $22,500, the brand is aimed at the truly rich, not the merely affluent. But the New York City–based fashion house also offers more-affordable clothing and accessories under its Polo and Chaps labels. UBS analyst Michael Binetti believes the combination of super-chic and more moderately priced fare will lead to big earnings gains in the fiscal year that ends in March 2014.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2014: Verizon Communications Inc.(VZ)

Verizon Communications Inc. provides communication services. The company operates through two segments, Domestic Wireless and Wireline. The Domestic Wireless segment offers wireless voice and data services; and sells equipment in the United States. The Wireline segment provides voice, Internet access, broadband video and data, Internet protocol network, network access, long distance, and other services in the United States and internationally. The company serves consumer, business, and government customers, as well as carriers. As of December 31, 2010, its network covered a population of approximately 292 million and provided service to a customer base of approximately 94.1 million. The company was formerly known as Bell Atlantic Corporation and changed its name to Verizon Communications Inc. in June 2000. Verizon Communications Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in New York, New York.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Brian Gorban]

     Telecommunications giants Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T) are ubiquitous and very well-respected companies that benefit from some compelling competitive advantages. Having well over $110 billion in annual revenue allows both of these firms to benefit from economies of scale, much like Coca-Cola,  while each have well over 100 million wireless subscribers giving them a huge advantage of their distant number three competitor, Sprint, which has approximately 55 million. Perhaps most importantly, management has been very kind in rewarding shareholders through billions in share buybacks and current dividend yields at approximately 5%, well ahead of the average  2% Fortune 500 company. Moreover, with the Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone being received comparatively well by the general public and helping improve margins for both companies as these have less costly subsidies than the more expensive Apple iPhone, expect earnings to improve further in the upcoming quarter. Both of these companies are sitting approximately 10% from their highs, while their fundamentals have only improved, so I think these are two solid dividend companies for the long-term income investor to consider adding to their portfolio.

    I’d like to also say I appreciate you reading my thoughts and reiterate that these are just the views of the blogger and should not serve as a substitute for any professional financial advice or counsel in general. Respectful comments and questions are always welcome below on the comment board.

  • [By Victor Mora]

    Verizon provides communications products and services through a variety of mediums to consumers and companies around the world. The company is currently in talks with Vodafone in order to acquire its remaining stake from Vodafone. The stock has struggled in recent quarters but is currently bouncing back from recent lows. Over the last four quarters, earnings and revenues have been rising which has left investors mostly pleased with the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Verizon has been an average year-to-date performer. WAIT AND SEE what Verizon does this coming quarter.

  • [By Richard Young]

    While AT&T (NYSE:T) has been fighting, and losing, the battle to get T-Mobile’s spectrum, Verizon has been piecing together spectrum from far-flung sources, allowing it to expand its 4G LTE operations. Verizon recently purchased more spectrum from a business consortium, and this month VZ bought more spectrum, this time from Cox — a cable provider. Verizon is inking the deals it needs to keep expanding. The company’s stock yields 5.1% today and has broken out of recent resistance on my price chart.

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

     The sole downside setup we're looking at today is communications giant Verizon (VZ). Even though Verizon isn't a tech stock in the traditional sense, its exposure to mobile phone sales and its scale as an internet service provider means that its price action correlates highly with the rest of the tech sector. But more recently, that correlation has decoupled thanks to a topping pattern in shares.

    Verizon is forming a head and shoulders top right now, a bearish pattern that indicates exhaustion among buyers. The head and shoulders is formed by two swing highs that top out around the same level (the shoulders), separated by a bigger peak called the head. A breakdown below the pattern's support level, called the neckline, triggers the sell signal for this stock. For Verizon, the sell signal comes in right at $41.50…

    The head and shoulders may be a popular pattern, but it's also a potent one: a recent academic study conducted by the Reserve Board of New York found that the results of 10,000 computer-simulated head-and-shoulders trades resulted in “profits [that] would have been both statistically and economically significant.” That's a good reason to keep an eye on how this stock trades for the next week.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2014: Sysco Corporation(SYY)

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, distributes food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry in North America and Europe. The company offers a line of frozen foods, such as meats, fully prepared entrees, fruits, vegetables, and desserts; a line of canned and dry foods; fresh meats, custom-cut fresh steaks, other meat, seafood, and poultry; dairy products; beverage products; imported specialties; and fresh produce. It also supplies various non-food items, including paper products, such as disposable napkins, plates, and cups; tableware, which include china and silverware; cookware comprising pots, pans, and utensils; restaurant and kitchen equipment and supplies; and cleaning supplies. In addition, the company offers personal care guest amenities, equipment, housekeeping supplies, room accessories, and textiles to the lodging industry. It serves restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, schools and colleges, hotels and mote ls, lodging establishments, and other foodservice customers. Sysco Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Richard Young]

    America’s largest foodservice company is Sysco (NYSE:SYY), which operates out of 180 locations nationwide. Sysco serves around 400,000 customers including hospitals, schools, restaurants and hotels. My relative strength chart for Sysco shows a positive trend developing. Buy.

Top Dividend Stocks To Own For 2014: Kohlberg Capital Corporation(KCAP)

Kohlberg Capital Corporation is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in buyouts and mezzanine investments. It focuses on mature and middle market companies. The firm structures its investments through senior debt, second lien debt, secured and unsecured subordinated debt, mezzanine debt, and equity. It invests in all sectors except cyclical industries. The firm invests equity in both minority and control transactions alongside other equity investors. It invests through its own balance sheet. Kohlberg Capital Corporation is based in the New York, New York.

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