These Stocks Are Expected To Raise Dividends With February Earnings Reports

The stock market is an interesting world. Stocks trade every business day. Analysts and financial writers publish numerous opinion pieces every day. For popular stocks, you can find new things to read every day. Even less popular companies are reviewed and rated several times a month.

Conversely, publicly-traded corporations typically release “real news” financial information just once a quarter. Just four times a year do we investors learn how much revenue a company generated and how much of that revenue dropped to become bottom line profits.

For dividend-focused investors, quarterly results are the fuel that drives investment decisions. All the opinion pieces and “analysis” over the rest of the quarter is mostly useless noise. When one of the dividend-paying companies I follow reports earnings, I dig into the financial results.

First off, I want to see enough free cash flow to cover the dividend payments. Then I review to see the direction of results on revenue and cash flow. Are they growing or declining? Finally, there is management commentary regarding the forecast of the business for the next few quarters.

After earnings, it is another three-month wait until the next release of real news from most companies. With the daily onslaught of from the financial news media, it can be mentally hard to grasp the information that matters for individual stocks as it is only released those four times a year. It takes patience to stick with income stocks through the ups and downs of the stock market that occurs every day during the months and weeks between earnings release dates.

To subscribers, I highly recommend tracking quarterly dividend income, so results can be compared from quarter to quarter. Right now, a few weeks into Q1, I find myself impatient as I log dividends as I’m eager to get to the end of the quarter so I can see how much my dividend income stream increased.

In February, we will get the bulk of 2019 fourth quarter earnings reports. These will also include 2019 full-year results, and management teams will give their outlook and guidance for 2020. February is a big month for investors who care about earnings and dividends. It is also the time when dividend increases are announced. Here are five real estate investment trusts (REITs) that should announce dividend boosts next month.

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