Market Wrap-Up for Feb.16 (FDO, CMCSA, DE, RAI, SHW, PFCB, more)


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More private equity buzz came into the markets today as Family Dollar Stores ( FDO ) received a bid this morning. Ironically, the "bargain" retailer appears to be getting an offer at "full-retail" price!

Speaking of takeover possibilities, we just added a new name to our recommended list today that offers an interesting risk/reward scenario, considering the brand and near 3% dividend yield. As we put that name on, we took off a higher-yielding smaller market cap "aggressive" name off our list. We don't usually lean toward aggressive high-yield plays, but we had liked the name a while back. Remember, when we remove a name from our recommended list, it is not a sell call, but we always urge investors to keep an eye on their portfolio names that fall 25% from their 52-week highs. That is when we would examine the names closely for any potential fundamental worries that would warrant trimming or selling out of the positions. Be sure to check out the link for these changes here if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out earlier.

Earnings and dividend increases were in the news this morning. Comcast ( CMCSA ) and P.F. Chang's ( PFCB ) reported earnings results as well as dividend increases. One of our favorite "aggressive" names, Deere ( DE ), reported solid numbers and traded higher. Another name we like that just announced an 8% increase in its dividend payout is Reynolds American ( RAI ). Sherwin Williams ( SHW ) gave a slight bump to its dividend payout this afternoon as well. We will have a summary of all the changes later this afternoon in our nightly "Dividend Payout Changes" post. Cablevision ( CVC ) bucked the uptrend and finished lower following this morning's earnings miss.

In a recent article, it was reported the top 20% of the American populace holds roughly 93% of the country's financial wealth, and the top 1% of the country holds approximately 43% of the money in the U.S. Meanwhile, the middle class (middle 20% of population) holds only 6% of the country's total assets. Clearly, it's time for the middle class to start putting money to work for them, instead of the other way around. A lot of things need to change, especially when it comes to consumption, spending, and especially money education. Our main goal for is to motivate individual investors to get started generating new income and put themselves in a position to build tremendous long-term wealth. It's time to generate your own nest egg, and it doesn't take a fortune to get started.

Talking about money with your children can be difficult, especially if you grew up in a family that did not discuss these matters openly. As a kid, I remember our money conversations were limited to whether my dad's barbershop was busy or not on that particular day. We never got into the details of what things cost and what kind of budget we were operating on. Old-school Italians (like my parents) have always been notoriously close to the vest when it comes to finance revelations, but I am determined to break that with my kids as they now get older and get them in the loop on how the world of money operates. You'd be surprised how quickly financial accountability begins to take hold when the spotlight is on everyone. Teaching what we know is the biggest gift we can pass on to the next generation.

Automating your saving and investing is one of the best ways you can get yourself and others you are hoping to teach about money in the right direction from day one. What you don't have to touch can really accumulate over time, especially when the money you invest is in quality dividend-paying stocks (compound interest is an investor's best friend for life).

Also, don't be afraid to fail when it comes to career or business opportunities. As long as the steps you take don't endanger the financial foundation of your family, you should always give serious thought to how you can better yourself professionally and financially. It is a common misconception that the smartest investors are always right and the best athletes always come through in the clutch. No one is born great. There are plenty of Joe Montanas and Michael Jordans that never did pursue their fullest potential, maybe out of sheer laziness or lack of motivation. There are plenty of people that have skills and talents in things outside sports as well, that never pushed themselves. Look at how many people are amazed when you see older contestants in talent shows all over television wow audiences with talents they always had, but never took advantage of the opportunity to pursue them. When you look back at a famous athlete's career, you will see plenty of times they have failed in a spot where they could have been the difference. Failing gets you one step closer to succeeding. Take full advantage of opportunities that have great rewards and share that mindset if you have any children or younger people in your lives.

Don't forget to check out our library of "Learn to Be Rich" articles which give you snippets about personal finance maneuvers you should know about. And as always, check out our industry-leading "Best Dividend Stocks" List for the top dividend names to put money into right now.

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you tomorrow! P.S. Please pass this post on to someone you think can use some financial motivation. Thanks again!

Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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