The Fed has been battling inflation, taking the benchmark interest rate to the highest level since the early 1980s. While the inflation in October came in cooler than expected, the Fed might need…
to keep raising rates to achieve its 2% target.
On the bright side, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard indicated recently that the central bank could soon slow the pace of its interest rate increases. Brainard confirmed that a slowdown, if not a stop, is looming.
On the other hand, inflation expectations for the year ahead rose to 5.9%, according to the New York Fed’s monthly Survey of Consumer Expectations. Moreover, the three-year expectations accelerated to 3.1%, while the five-year outlook rose to 2.4%, rising from 2.9% and 2.2%, respectively.
Since the prospects of the economy still remain uncertain, fundamentally strong dividend-paying stocks Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), The Mosaic Company (MOS), and Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation (BVH) might be solid buys now.
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)
MSFT is a tech giant that develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Productivity and Business Processes; Intelligent Cloud; and More Personal Computing.
On November 14, MSFT announced the launch of the Microsoft Supply Chain Platform. The company also announced the preview of the Microsoft Supply Chain Center. The platform can enable organizations to gain deeper insights and minimize the carbon impact on their organization and supply chain.
On October 20, MSFT announced a landmark expansion of their partnership to accelerate UBS Group AG’s (UBS) public cloud footprint over the next five years. The partnership furthers UBS’s “cloud-first” strategy and the modernization of its global technology estate.
On September 20, MSFT declared a quarterly dividend of $0.68 per share, payable to shareholders on December 8, reflecting a 10% increase over the previous quarter’s dividend.
Its annual dividend of $2.72 yields 1.13% at its current share price. Its dividend payouts have increased at a 10.5% CAGR over the past three years and a 9.7% CAGR over the past five years. The company has a history of 17 years of consecutive dividend growth.
MSFT’s total revenue increased 10.6% year-over-year to $50.12 billion in the fiscal first quarter that ended September 30. Its operating income grew 6.3% from the year-ago value to $21.52 billion. The company’s net income and net earnings per common share amounted to $17.56 billion and $2.35, respectively.
The consensus EPS estimate of $2.36 for the fiscal third quarter ending March 2023 indicates a 6.1% improvement year-over-year. Its consensus revenue of $52.85 billion for the same quarter represents a rise of 7.1% year-over-year. MSFT has topped consensus EPS estimates in three of the trailing four quarters, which is impressive.
The stock has gained 5.6% over the past five days to close its last trading session at $241.55.
MSFT’s POWR Ratings reflect this promising outlook. The stock has an overall rating of B, which translates to Buy in our proprietary rating system. The POWR Ratings assess stocks by 118 different factors, each with its own weighting.
MSFT is rated an A grade in Quality and a B in Stability. Within the Software – Business industry, it is ranked #9 out of 53 stocks.
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The Mosaic Company (MOS)
MOS produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients in North America and other countries. The company operates through its Phosphates; Potash; and Mosaic Fertilizantes segments.
On October 19, MOS declared a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share on its common stock, payable to shareholders on December 15, 2022.
Its annual dividend of $0.60 yields 1.14% on its current share price. Its dividend payouts have increased at a 48.1% CAGR over the past three years. The company has had three consecutive years of dividend growth.
For the third quarter that ended September 30…
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