Further developments out of Ukraine could weigh heavily on the markets today. That said, it’s a busy day for earnings, so let’s get to the five stories you need to know to make your day profitable.
With so many factors triggering market uncertainty, like the timing of the Fed taper and a lackluster earnings season, investors continue to love their dividend stocks – especially with so many raising payouts in October.
It’s an interesting time for dividend seekers. According to Fidelity Investments, corporate cash balances sit at some $1.8 trillion – the highest in history. Yet, payout ratios are still at 50-year lows. That suggests there’s plenty of room for dividends to rise.
Since President Obama climate change speech at Georgetown University last week, Republicans and critics have accused Obama of engaging in a “War on Coal.”
This isn’t the first time that the President’s statements on coal-fired power plants have raised questions about his energy policies. He even campaigned on higher electricity costs in 2008 when he suggested that costs would “necessarily sky rocket” to prevent the construction of new coal plants.
This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Money Morning. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission. Equity market cheerleaders got very excited about the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting a new record high yesterday (Tuesday). The Dow closed at 14,253.77, topping its previous record close of 14,164.53 on Oct. 9, 2007. While it is…