Market Wrap-Up for Nov.29 (DIS, TIF, CBRL, KSS, GES, INTC, more)

Volatility has returned to the markets today, with an up-and-down tape indicating all eyes are on Washington and their fiscal cliff talks. Until some sort of resolution is announced, we expect this sort of behavior to continue.

Looking at specific market movers, we see shares of Guess (GES) rallied (but did finish well off its highs) on news of its special dividend payout, despite another dismal earnings report. It looks like investors are simply ignoring company fundamentals in an attempt to game the special payout. In other news, shares of Cracker Barrel (CBRL) ended lower following that company’s lackluster earnings results. Tiffany & Co. (TIF) got hit as well following an earnings disappointment as well as lowered profit guidance for 2013.

Shares of Walt Disney (DIS) gained a bit as the company announced a 25% hike in the annual dividend payout (bringing its yield to a still-low 1.5%). Wall Street analyst calls are also moving things as we approach the afternoon hours. We had shares of IAC Interactive (IACI) in the green following positive comments, while shares of semiconductor giant Intel (INTC) continues to be on the receiving end of cautious chatter. Finally, tough day for retail giant Kohl’s (KSS) – down nearly 12%, as monthly sales data out disappointed investors.

Second Chances are Getting Harder to Come By

In life, we get a certain number of opportunities. Some are stepping stones to bigger and even better moments, while others are a sideways move at best. The mediocre opportunities (meaning entry-level jobs) have been plentiful for centuries, but even those are getting harder to come by these days. The reality is that a only a minority of the population will put themselves in a position to excel, whereas the majority will spend a great deal of time contemplating, procrastinating, or even fumbling the best opportunities they have been given.

We are now at a point where second chances have become very costly. Think about it. Your child picks a college, a particular major, graduates, and then decides he needs to go back to school after finding out the field he has interested in is not offering the opportunities they were expecting. The student loans pile on and the debts grow larger. Some will never get the chance for a do-over in college because of financial restrictions. They must instead make the best of what they have available.

As we always say, time is of the essence when it comes to your money. The longer you search for the best opportunities, the longer you delay to journey toward getting on the right side of the wealth-building equation.

Choosing the right path is also essential. We see gifted pro athletes and celebrities all the time who follow the wrong road and wind up squandering fortunes — or dooming their chances for success before they ever really make it big. Regular folks like us face similar pressures to perform. The window of opportunity to excel is relatively small, and who knows if we’ll ever get another big break down the line.

Keeping your confidence high and staying passionate about wanting to succeed is also integral. You owe it to yourself to be in a situation where you will make a difference. The longer you can stay away from needing a second chance, the farther ahead of the pack you will remain. Deliver greatness, and make that be the calling card that will continually open doors for you.

2013 Dividend Guide Just Days Away!

We just wanted to let everyone know that we are working hard on a new 2013 Dividend Guide, loaded with our thoughts on what to expect in the coming year for dividend stocks. Again, this is only available to Premium members for download, so be sure you are signed up to receive the guide once it’s released! Last year’s Beat the Market with Dividend Stocks eBook was a smash success, and this year’s version will be even better. We anticipate releasing the new guide within the next couple of weeks.

25 Years of Dividend-Increasing Stocks

We recently updated our list of dividend stocks that have been paying out dividends for 25 years or more. Be sure to check out the latest list of names here.

Dividends Really Matter

Financial blog recently took a look at the difference dividend payouts made in the overall return investors saw throughout the prior decades. Here are some of the highlights:

- The Nasdaq is down 28% since the end of 1999. Even the “blue chip” S&P 500 stocks are down 15% during that time frame…until you add back those “boring” dividends. With dividends included, the S&P 500′s 15% loss flips to a 6% gain.

- Without dividends, the S&P 500 index would have produced a loss for the 25 long years from August 1929 to August 1954. Then again, without dividends, the S&P 500 produced a 5% loss during the 13 years from September 1961 to September 1974. But with dividends included, the S&P’s loss became a 46% gain.

- Over the course of the last half-century, dividends have contributed more than half of the stock market’s total return — 56%, to be exact.

Of course, you can’t discuss the potency of dividend investing without making mention of how awesome compound returns are. I can’t stress enough the power of compound interest: you take a small amount of money and turn it into a large amount over time. Finding the right companies at the right price points which not only grow earnings, but also grow their dividend payouts as well!

New Watchlist Article Out Today

Be sure to check out our weekly Top 50 High-Yield Watchlist Names post that is out today, exclusively for Premium members. This list gives readers a good idea of what stocks we’re watching behind the scenes here for potential upgrades.

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