Johnson and Johnson
(JNJ) is one of the largest companies in the world. It has brand names that are familiar to most consumers, such as Band-Aid, Tylenol, and Listerine. The company also sells pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Indeed, J&J has a long track record of success. Earnings and dividends per share have risen every year since the turn of the century, and the company’s record of earnings and dividend growth actually goes back far longer than the figures on our page (31 years for earnings, 52 years for dividends). However, the company is facing some challenges.
Shares of The Home Depot
climbed after the world's largest home-improvement retailer announced better-than-expected January-period sales and earnings. Although unfavorable currency movements are likely to weigh on fiscal 2015 results somewhat, investors
did not appear overly concerned.
(WMT) fiscal fourth-quarter results
were basically in line
, and the company announced wage raises
. The stock fell more than 2% on the news.
It’s not often that Dow stocks experience significant price fluctuations, given their general tendency to be among the most stable equities out there. That’s not to say they are entirely immune to price swings, whether driven by news or company-specific events. In fact, such has been the case lately for diversified financial services titan American Express
(AXP). The issue slipped recently, much to the chagrin of shareholders, after the company made headlines regarding a couple of its major partnership deals.
Are AT&T shares
suitable for investors
seeking a position in the telecommunications
services sector? In this article, we try to answer these questions by taking a brief look at the blue chip's business by performing an easy-to-follow SWOT analysis
of the company, evaluating its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities,
Networking equipment maker
and Dow-30 component Cisco Systems
(CSCO) has reported fiscal second-quarter results
that pleased investors
, sending its shares higher.
In this installment of Using a Value Line Report
we will be highlighting the world’s largest aerospace and defense manufacturer, Boeing Co.
This industry behemoth is the proverbial mothership of the commercial aircraft
and defense equipment sector
, boasting the broadest revenue stream and the heftiest market cap.
The Coca-Cola Company,
a beverage maker and Dow-30 component, delivered another sluggish performance to close out 2014. December-quarter revenues slipped 2% year over year, while comparable earnings fell 4%, to $0.44 a share. The final tallies for the full year were similar, with sales declining 2% and share net finishing at $2.04, down 2% from 2013.
The year got off to a slow start
for the Dogs of the Dow,
with an equally-weighted portfolio of the 10-highest yielding Dow stocks
at the close of 2014 falling 3.4% for the month. Two of the dogs did manage to finish the month in positive territory, and both came from the drug industry. Merck
(MRK) rose 6.1% to take home the top prize, while Pfizer
(PFE) inched ahead 0.3%. Concerns about the global economy and declining commodity prices appeared to be too much for the other dogs, particularly Caterpillar
(CAT) and Chevron
The business outlook at Costco Wholesale Corporation
(COST) is bright. The company has been reporting good results in recent quarters, as it is benefiting from strong demand from both U.S. and international customers, although the strengthening U.S. dollar has tempered international results. Standout categories include Fresh Foods, which reported low double-digit growth in the fiscal first quarter of 2015 (ended November 23, 2014), Food and Sundries (high single-digit), and Hardlines (mid-single digit).