Longtime Dividend Payers Trio

Longtime Dividend Payers Trio

This trio of longtime dividend payers is offering up tasty yields, but are they good deals? A dividend yield alone doesn’t tell you the full story. But when you see reliable longtime dividend-paying companies like ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(NYSE:HP) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) offering up yields near the high end of their historical yield ranges, it’s time to do a deep dive. The real question investors need to ask is: Are the big yields a real bargain? Pain in the oil patch The situations at Exxon and Helmerich both have the same root cause:…

Asian Stocks Buoyed by China Stimulus

Asian Stocks Buoyed by China Stimulus

Asian Stocks Buoyed by China Stimulus as Crude Climbs Above $34 Asian stocks rallied, emerging-market currencies strengthened and crude oil climbed to an eight-week high as monetary stimulus in China brightened prospects for the world’s second-largest economy. European equity futures declined. Benchmark share indexes advanced across most of Asia after the People’s Bank of China cut lenders’ reserve requirements, freeing up funds to help spur lending in the nation. The yuan gained for the first time in eight days and higher oil prices buoyed Malaysia’s ringgit. Copper retreated after a…

Don’t Panic Over Falling Inflation Expectations

Don’t Panic Over Falling Inflation Expectations

Alarms are ringing over how much expected inflation has fallen in recent months. Bond markets are betting that five to 10 years from now, inflation will be roughly half the Fed’s 2% target. The University of Michigan reports on household expectations today; its last survey found long-term expectations hit an all-time low earlier this month. This has unsettled some Federal Reserve policy makers and many outside analysts, because low expectations can be self-fulfilling. It’s fueled calls for the Fed to stop raising rates, or even cut them. But the drop may be misleading: It is heavily driven by…