In both euphoric and bear markets, there are stocks that trade at valuations which defy logic. To a large extent, this seems to be the case with AT&T (NYSE:T) stock. Source: Shutterstock In the last 12-months, T stock has declined by 12.5%. The stock, which has a high dividend yield, currently trades at a forward…

It’s fascinating to witness Wall Street turning against telecommunications giant AT&T (NYSE:T) stock. The way they’re treating this iconic company, you’d think AT&T was headed toward zero. Source: Roman Tiraspolsky / Shutterstock.com Of course, that won’t happen anytime soon. Part of the problem is that the market has been rotating out of telecom stocks. This trend,…

There’s a tremendous amount of disagreement in the markets right now with respect to where the economy could be headed from here. Concerns related to inflation, overvaluation, and an eventual end to the existing accommodative monetary and fiscal stimulus measures have some investors considering taking the foot off the gas. Or, they’re looking at defensive…

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Merck (NYSE:MRK) stock was a good one to own. The performance of Merck stock matched that of the S&P 500, and it paid a steadily rising dividend. Source: Atmosphere1 / Shutterstock.com Since then, the obsession with growth and vaccines has told a different story. Over the last two years the average…

Narratives are vitally important in the stock market. In the case of AT&T (NYSE:T) stock, it isn’t particularly positive. Source: Roman Tiraspolsky / Shutterstock.com That’s because AT&T has undergone a very long period of stagnation. Despite multiple attempts to revitalize its business and increase share prices, not much has changed. A decade ago, T stock…

The worst curse you can lay on any stock today is to call it “value.” Source: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com Value, especially as it pertains to sharing earnings with investors in the form of dividends, has become pure foolishness, particularly in the tech industry. If they’re handing out cash, investors suspect, management must not have…

Income investors are in a difficult position. Interest rates remain near zero, meaning yields across fixed income have declined over the past several years. When it comes to stocks, the rally to all-time highs in the market has caused the average dividend yield of the S&P 500 index to decline to around 1.3%. This is why…

It’s pretty easy to continue to buy growth in this market. Third-quarter earnings for big tech companies are crushing it. The economy is climbing the wall of worry that supply chain issues are promising. So why buy dividend aristocrat stocks? Well, first of all, these aren’t just dividend stocks. You need to think of these…

When it comes to protecting to the downside, something not everyone considers when in the midst of a bull market, investors in dividend stocks need to be aware of the volatility of their stocks. Owning too many high-risk positions can create a scenario where your portfolio loses more than the S&P 500 index. To help…

While dividend yields have partially declined of late due to rallying stock prices, it’s still possible to find attractive high-yield retirement stocks on Wall Street. These businesses typically generate stable cash flow, boast strong balance sheets, and have reasonable dividend payout ratios. As a result, these companies have the financial resilience to grow their businesses…

I recently read an article discussing the 20-year performance of Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD), one of Canada’s biggest banks. I wonder if there are stocks to buy that will do better than TD over the long haul. I like to use Morningstar.com for projecting annualized returns. Since it only goes as far out as 15 years,…

Income investors are facing negative real returns as inflation rates soar. Not only is wage growth falling behind inflation, but cash savings are earning almost nothing in bank accounts. Investors who waited years for interest rates to rise and pay a better return now cannot wait. However, those who found high-yield stock gems have earned…

Seasoned income investors know that the secret to good dividend stocks isn’t always about the size of the yield, it’s about the consistency. Income investing isn’t a short-term game. It’s a long-term strategy, so you need quality stocks that can deliver dependable income in good times and bad. Newcomers in income or total return investing…

Thanks to the strong recovery of global oil consumption from the pandemic, energy stocks are the top performing market sector of the S&P 500 this year. The commodity price rally has been fueled by the recovery from the pandemic, as well as the limited oil production from OPEC and Russia. These two factors have led…

There is a lot going on right now. Inflation is becoming a concern and the global supply chain has yet to recover from the pandemic, resulting in product shortages. Semiconductors continue to be in short supply, making supply woes worse — especially when it comes to consumer electronics and cars. The federal government is struggling…

The allure of dividend stocks should be increasing right now. The Fed has signaled that it will soon begin tapering the market stimulus it provided during the pandemic. Following the news in late September, there hasn’t been any immediate shock. In general, broader markets including the S&P 500 index traded down after Labor Day. But…

Consumer staples stocks are a good source of stable dividends and steady growth from year to year. Businesses that sell products or services that consumers need in everyday life tend to have steady growth, even with the economy is in a recession. These companies are then able to provide dividends to shareholder, often raising them…

Telecommunications giant AT&T (NYSE:T) should be a darling of the markets, but it’s not. For the past five months, T stock has been “dead money,” temporarily robbing investors of their wealth. Source: Shutterstock In my view, AT&T is a company with staying power and global recognition, which deserves better treatment by Wall Street. The shares of…