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Archive for September, 2011
McDonald's Dividend Increase Shows Its Strength
Jim Trippon: Chief Investment Analyst

It wasn't regarded as one of the bigger financial news stories, unless you're a dividend investor, but McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) recent dividend increase is good news indeed. The bellwether fast food chain raised its quarterly payout from 61 cents to 70 cents, a nearly 15% increase, which hikes the annual payout from $2.44 a share to $2.80. At a recent closing price of $89.34 this gives the stock a current annual yield of 3.13%. That's not bad when you also consider this is

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Should Investors Worry About VIEs?
Jim Trippon: Chief Investment Analyst

When Chinese internet stocks, most notably Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), sold off more than 10% in one day last week, investors' reaction was mostly twofold. One, many just attributed Baidu's and the other internet stocks' decline to the sell off in general. Two,

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China Stocks On Sale?
Jim Trippon: Chief Investment Analyst

As the world's capital markets continued to digest the latest dreary economic news, the Shanghai Composite Index wasn't left out, recently closing at 2,433.16. This is only a drop of 9.9 points for the day, but the close brought the index near the its 52-week low of an intraday dip just above 2,400. The ongoing melodrama of the Greek debt and the sober realization that not only is there not going to be any shining white knight riding to Greece's rescue, but that the

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