Author Archive: Brett Owens

Brett Owens is the Chief Investment Strategist at Contrarian Outlook

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Why Big Oil Is Still A Big Dividend Trap

| March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Why Big Oil Is Still A Big Dividend Trap

There are, literally, a billion reasons to avoid the energy sector right now. Hedge funds now own a billion barrels worth of bets that crude oil prices are heading higher. Problem is, these guys are usually wrong – especially when they wager with such conviction! In April 2014, I warned that then-$103 crude oil was […]

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3 Infrastructure Stocks To Buy Before Election Day

| October 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
3 Infrastructure Stocks To Buy Before Election Day

No matter who wins the November election, infrastructure stocks should get a bounce. We’ll talk best plays in a minute – but first, let’s recap the rhetoric. Clinton says she’ll push for a five-year $275 billion plan that, with loans and leverage, would total up to $500 billion. Trump says he’ll double that. Of course […]

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Utilities Or Refineries? Sell One, Buy The Other

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Utilities Or Refineries? Sell One, Buy The Other

Today I want to talk about a corner of the market that has been overlooked for far too long despite offering sustainable high yields of 4% or more—with dividends primed to soar even more. This sector is a distant cousin to a more familiar group of stocks: utilities. Utility stocks were once Wall Street’s best […]

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3 Reasons To Buy These 5 Oil Refineries Right Now

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
3 Reasons To Buy These 5 Oil Refineries Right Now

It seems oil’s big recovery may never come. Last week, chatter from the IEA and Saudi Arabia helped oil rebound, but we’re still down 50% from 2014 prices. What’s more, continuing concerns about energy companies’ ability to pay out dividends has caused massive declines for many stocks in 2016, even after steep losses spanning two […]

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The 3 Best, and 2 Worst MLPs Right Now

| May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
The 3 Best, and 2 Worst MLPs Right Now

In the energy sector, a number of companies operate as master limited partnerships (MLPs) to avoid double taxation and offer a high income yielding asset for investors to buy on the open market. MLPs were solid performers until late 2014, when oil began to fall, looking desperately for a bottom that never seemed to come. […]

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3 Big Money Favorites With 25% Downside

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
3 Big Money Favorites With 25% Downside

Most investors think it’s a good thing to be long alongside the “Big Money.” But professionals’ favorites are actually the riskiest stocks you could own. Let me explain why – and share three beloved names you should sell today. Ten days ago, Barron’s published its latest Big Money poll, where money managers shared their top […]

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5 Despised Dividend-Payers With Easy 20% Upside

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
5 Despised Dividend-Payers With Easy 20% Upside

There are two easy ways to make sure your portfolio beats the market averages, and most professionals too. The first you already know: Buy dividend payers, preferably those that boost their payout annually. The second is just as simple… Buy the dividend raisers that analysts hate the most. We see it repeatedly – the highest […]

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5 Best Utilities For Dividend Growth

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
5 Best Utilities For Dividend Growth

If you’re buying utility stocks for dividends, focus on the firms that are boosting their payouts the fastest. I’ll give you my top 5 in a minute. But first, let me explain why this strategy is a must for utility investors today. The Utilities Select Sector Spider ETF (XLU) pays just 3.4% currently. This puts utility dividends […]

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