Most large-cap companies releasing their Q1 earnings expect to dazzle investors with growth stories, but what kept stocks under pressure in the last few weeks were the worries over interest rates and trade – and those issues will continue to worry investors this week.
While there is a clear sign of a slowing economy, the U.S. labor market and the housing sector are two areas that provided investors with ample optimism in the last few weeks. These two areas are also keeping management at Home Depot, Inc. (HD ) pretty optimistic. Partly because analysts have been terribly wrong about the duration and magnitude of the housing recovery as it caused stocks of this home improvement retailer to soar by more than 500% over the last ten years.
Sure, HD is going to close a lot of its stores in the coming months, but its business will continue to boom as the company is planning to make massive investments in e-commerce to boost sales and margins. As long as the U.S. housing sector does well, HD will enjoy a tailwind – and that’s worth betting on.
To conclude, interest rates have gone north enough to keep markets trading sideways, but there are certainly some U.S. companies that can continue to perform despite the odds. Hence, look out for how individual stocks are doing instead of waiting for a rising tide to lift all boats.
There are 155 stocks going ex-dividend this week starting Monday, May 14. For income investors looking to generate more income as part of a dividend capture strategy, a stock must be purchased one day before the ex-dividend date to capture the dividend payout. This would make the individual a shareholder of record and would entitle the investor to be paid the dividend on the payable date.
Each day, companies across the globe announce upcoming dividend payouts. In our Dividend Payout Changes and Announcements tool, you’ll find all of the dividend increases, decreases, initiations, suspensions, updates and regular dividend announcements for a given day.
Below, we present an analysis of the stocks that increased dividends last week. The latest payout is compared to the most recent payout before the dividend increase.
Following is a snapshot of the 15 major securities that increased dividends last week. If investors simply purchase the stock prior to the ex-dividend date and then sell it either on the ex-dividend date or at some point afterward, they will be able to receive the dividend in their account.
To apply this strategy, you need to know when stocks go ex-dividend. You can find the latest ex-dividend dates for the stocks that interest you in our Ex-Dividend Date Search tool.
Get a complete explanation of the ex-dividend date, record date, payment date and declaration date here. This will help to broaden your understanding of the dividend capture strategy.