The Motley Fool's Weekly Editors' Picks

Fools were out and about this past week in an investing world jam-packed with actions and ideas. Here are three articles you might find useful as you decide how to invest your money.

The Right Dividend Stocks for You
The positive buzz about dividend stocks is loud and convincing, but that doesn't mean every dividend stock is good for your portfolio. Fool analyst Dan Caplinger delved into the dividend stocks that might be right for different types of investors, including conservative investors and speculators.

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC  ) made Dan's cut for conservative investors, yielding more than 3% and trading at just 11 times trailing earnings. It has its PC chip business and is moving more strongly into mobile.

On the other end of the spectrum are stocks such as Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) and Chimera Investment, mortgage real estate investment trusts that are among the highest-yielding investments on the market. Investors might have "the chance to cash in and get out before an eventual [interest] rate hike puts the skids on their profits," Dan wrote. "But if you're left holding the bag, all those dividend gains could evaporate quickly -- as they did for some investors in 2011."

Read the article to find out more about which dividend stocks might suit your investing style.

1 Stock to Profit From China's Tremendous Growth
Fool analyst John Reeves offers up Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX  ) as his favored company to play growth in China. "As China urbanizes and its middle class continues to grow, I could see Chinese revenues for this company rising astronomically," John wrote.

Starbucks has been in China for 12 years and has more than 500 stores on the mainland, John reported. It's recorded same-store sales increases of more than 20% for six consecutive quarters in China and is opening more stores, he wrote. "Starbucks has taken hold there, and I suspect it's only just beginning to take off," he added.

Read the article to learn more about John's thesis for investing in Starbucks to profit from growth in China and to get his take on four other stocks to consider.

1 Tech Giant With Room to Run
Investors might want some help figuring out what's going on with Chinese search giant Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU  ) . After reporting what senior analyst Tim Hanson called a "blowout quarter on almost every key performance indicator," shares dropped. Tim and Motley Fool Money radio show host Chris Hill tackle the question of why in this video.

Tim thinks analysts are worried that Baidu is at its peak profitability and that its operating margins are going to decline given its move into non-search areas such as travel and music services.

But Tim isn't turned off: "I think Baidu's got a lot of growth opportunity ahead of it and it's worth putting up with a little bit of margin degradation to get the revenue growth and [average revenue per user] growth, and just the dominance of the Chinese search engine market."

Watch the video to hear more of what Tim had to say about Baidu, including the topic of its move into mobile search. You can also read Fool analyst Rick Munarriz's take on Baidu's recent quarterly report.

If our analysts have piqued your interest in the international picture, be sure to check out this free Motley Fool report: "3 American Companies Set to Dominate the World."

Fool online editor Kris Eddy owns no shares of any stocks mentioned in this article.

The Motley Fool owns shares of Chimera Investment, Annaly Capital, Intel, and Starbucks. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Starbucks, Baidu, Annaly Capital, and Intel, as well as writing covered calls on Starbucks. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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  • Report this Comment On February 28, 2012, at 3:29 PM, 1caflash wrote:

    Kris, I appreciate TMF. Barclays put an underweight rating on one of my favorite investments. February 28, 2012, Ares Capital announced pretty good earnings and increased its quarterly dividend for the second time since November 2011. Many "home gamers" seem to like NLY. I agree with Dan. Although I may be early, I sold MFA, CIM and AGNC; they were not in my IRA. I kept ARCC. Regarding CIM, where is the quarterly earnings report? This is a disturbing trend, as well as possible dividend cuts down the line. I also believe that with any gradual upturns in world economies, mREITS and other similar equities will not be leading the recoveries. A good BDC is another story and I prefer the way Ares Capital is managed. I have no Annaly shares, unless they are held by someone else in one of my annuities.

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