Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) has raised its dividend every year since 2004. If you had invested $10,000 in TI at the beginning of 2004, your shares would be worth about $52,000 today. Let's see why TI generated such consistent returns over the past 18 years, and if it will remain a reliable blue chip stalwart for the foreseeable future.
Yahoo Finance's Ines Ferre checks out markets closing this week in the green, the bond market action, the consumer discretionary sector, semiconductor stocks, and crude oil pricing.
The S&P 500 Index fell 20.6%, and the Nasdaq Composite fared even worse with a negative 29.5% return. Well-established companies that generate ample profits and return it to investors via dividends and share repurchases can smooth out portfolio performance -- not to mention tee up strong returns once the economic clouds clear up. Three stocks that look like timely buys right now are IBM (NYSE: IBM), Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), and Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ: SWKS).