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Investing Topics: Value Investing

Seeking Dividend Champions: Don’t Settle for Less

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 21, 2018
This week, Barron’s “5 Dividend Standouts,” asserted that “finding stocks with both attractive yields and strong dividend growth isn’t easy.” But I take issue with the article’s implication that individual investors can’t find stocks with generous and growing dividends on their own when there are 8 rock-solid, buy-rated essential services stocks in our Conservative Income Portfolio right now, yielding an average of 6 percent.

Canada’s Communications Champion Going Cheap

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 6, 2018
BCE Inc (TSX: BCE, NYSE: BCE) shares have touched a new 52-week low this month. Fortunately, the weakness is due to interest rate worries and a slide in the Canadian dollar as the core business remains strong. And the result is a buying opportunity for this Conservative Holding.

Our Buying Opportunity Finally Comes

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2018
This telecom titan finally trades below our value-based buy target.

Business is Booming

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 5, 2018
Our favorite turnaround story in the utility sector posted a blow-out fourth quarter.

Utilities as Growth Stocks?

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 18, 2018
Did electric utilities suddenly become growth stocks when the market wasn’t looking? Fourth-quarter results from the 200-plus companies we track in Conrad’s Utility Investor say that may be so, at least for some.

Learnings from Earnings: Upgrades and Downgrades

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 14, 2017
Most of the names in our Utility Report Card have reported third-quarter results, with a quartet of Portfolio holdings earning higher buy targets after surprising to the upside or announcing key company-specific developments.

A Next-Generation Telecom at a Last-Generation Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2017
A rapidly growing cloud services division makes this international telecom giant a great value play.

Turnaround Gains Traction

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 11, 2017
After a dividend cut, this international telecom titan continues to make progress on its turnaround effort and remains an appealing value play.

A Rare Value

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
The market isn't giving this utility credit for reducing operating risk, shoring up its balance sheet and growing its dividend.

Focus on Strategy

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2016
Utilities take the crown as the S&P 500’s top-performing sector this year, with the group generating a total return of 10.5 percent. Much of this strength reflects the appeal of utilities’ resilient cash flow and generous dividends, qualities that make the sector a good place for investors to hide out in uncertain times. But every stock takes a hit in a bear market; savvy investors should bide their time and wait for valuations to improve.

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