How Safe Is General Motors' Dividend?

How Safe Is General Motors' Dividend?
Auto stocks are the classic cyclical stocks : Profits swell during economic upswings, driving stock prices upward — but when the economy turns down, profits can shrink, or even swing to losses. That makes automakers like General Motors (NYSE: GM) a conundrum for dividend-minded investors. GM’s dividend yield is quite good at the moment, but will GM’s dividend get cut... Read More

Accenture plc Dives Deeper Into "The New"

Accenture plc Dives Deeper Into "The New"
Professional-services titan Accenture (NYSE: ACN) reported earnings early Thursday morning, covering the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The company crushed its own revenue target and raised its full-year guidance for both sales and earnings. Accenture’s first-quarter results: The raw numbers Metric Q1 2018 Q1 2017 Year-Over-Year Change Net revenue $9.52 billion $8.52 billion 12% Net income attributable to Accenture $1.12... Read More

5 Ways to Prevent Holiday Fraud

5 Ways to Prevent Holiday Fraud
The holiday season tends to be a time when we spend considerably more money than usual; indeed, the average shopper with a budget intends to spend $1,115 on holiday expenses this year, according to a recent survey by Lincoln Financial Group. Unfortunately, scammers realize that we tend to spend freely this time of year, so many of them will step... Read More

10 Stories That Dominated Consumer and Retail Headlines in 2017

10 Stories That Dominated Consumer and Retail Headlines in 2017
With 2017 coming to a close, Industry Focus is looking back to revisit the biggest investing stories from the year. In this week’s episode of Industry Focus: Consumer Goods , Vincent Shen and senior Fool.com contributor Asit Sharma discuss the busy M&A calendar, multiple bankruptcies, and other trends that defined the year. A full transcript follows the video. 10 stocks... Read More

The 3 Worst-Performing Restaurant Stocks of 2017

The 3 Worst-Performing Restaurant Stocks of 2017
2017 will go down as year two of the “restaurant recession,” an¬†industry-induced slump caused by heavy competition from restaurant over-expansion. Many chains turned in lackluster performances thanks to falling foot traffic, but some had a downright awful year. Excluding the small fry of publicly traded companies and looking just at companies with market caps over $200 million, The Habit Restaurants... Read More

Apple Inc. Is Set to Buy a Lot of OLED Displays From Samsung in 2018

Apple Inc. Is Set to Buy a Lot of OLED Displays From Samsung in 2018
According to a report in The Investor , Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) , which is widely believed to be the most capable manufacturer of advanced organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays for smartphone applications, will supply Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) with between 180 million and 200 million OLED displays for next year’s iPhone lineup . “Improved yield rates at Samsung’s A3 panel production... Read More

3 MLPs That Could Disappear in 2018

3 MLPs That Could Disappear in 2018
Master limited partnerships (MLPs) have been slowly disappearing. This past year saw a couple more vanish from the public landscape, with ONEOK Partners among the largest after its parent ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) bought all the units it didn’t own in a $17.2 billion deal. Before that, Targa Resources (NYSE: TRGP) bought out its MLP and Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) acquired... Read More