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Oil Producers

The impact of OPEC on the energy sector

The price of an oil barrel can have a major impact on energy companies. It directly affect their bottom line and the dividends over time. Well established and capitalized companies will not suffer for a very long time but newer companies with a business plan organized around a price of $90 per barrel can find themselves in a tight corner. For those companies, profits will go down and ultimately the stock price will go down. As profits go down, pressure will be put against dividend payout. OPEC & The Price of Oil Oil plays a big part in our energy infrastructure and the recent decision by OPEC to keep production at the current level to drive the price of oil down has had an effect on many North American oil producers. Deciding to keep their production level intact simply means that OPEC ...
Dividend Income

Dividend Income – November 2014

The year is almost done from a dividend income perspective and I am starting to look at where I will deploy some savings early in the new year. I nearly have my full TFSA contribution of $5,500 ready to go once January 1st comes around the corner. I am still interested in one of the two overlooked Canadian dividend aristocrats but where I invest will invariably be based on my diversification status and the value of a number of potential investments. If you have not noticed, energy stocks have come down from their high and my PIE Score stock tracker has many companies trading at their 52-week high these days. Related: Canadian Oil Giants Review Dividend Income My dividend income for November 2014 is an amazing $820.33. I cannot wait to receive dividend increases over the coming 6 months to ...

Is Wal-Mart King of Consumer Goods Retailers?

The consumer goods sector is an interesting sector as you have brands and retailers of brands. In the retailers’ corner you  have Costco (COST), Wal-Mart (WMT) or Target (TGT) selling brands from Johnson & Jonshon (JNJ), Coca-Cola (KO) or General Mils (GIS). The stock markets break those down into cyclical and non-cyclical for your information but they are all part of the consumer goods sector. As an investor, you can chose to invest in a brand or to invest in a brand retailer. Consumer Goods Retailers Since I like to compare apples with apples, I decided to look at the following companies for the consumer goods retail sector. Brands deserve to be looked at separately and they also need to be looked at based on competitors as opposed to just brands. For example, it doesn’t ...
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