Here’s everything coming to HBO Max in June 2020


HBO Max, the new streaming service from AT&T
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, is launching May 27, but really takes off in June, with a slew of movies and series — some original, others coming over from WarnerMedia’s many cable channels.

Among the highlights: The long-awaited third season of the millennial comedy/thriller “Search Party” (June 25); the HBO limited series “Perry Mason” (June 21), a noirish prequel to the iconic TV lawyer starring Matthew Rhys of “The Americans”; the HBO true-crime docuseries “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” (June 28); and all 23 seasons of “South Park” (June 24).

There’s also a bunch of kid-friendly options — such as “Adventure Time Distant Lands: BMO” (June 25) and new cartoons from Looney Tunes and Popeye (both June 16) — and movies, including “The Iron Giant,” “Titanic” (both June 1), “Ad Astra” (June 6), “First Man” (June 17) and “Ford v. Ferrari” (June 20).

Also see: What coming in June to Netflix | Hulu

That’s all in addition to the launch-day offerings, which include every season of “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and six originals: “Love Life,”a romantic-comedy anthology series starring Anna Kendrick; the controversial Russell Simmons documentary“On the Record”; “Legendary,”a voguing competition series; the kids competition show “Craftopia”; and new offerings from Looney Tunes and Sesame Street’s Elmo.

HBO Max costs $14.99 a month — the same as HBO Now or an HBO cable subscription — but if you sign up before May 27 you can get a year’s subscription for $11.99 a month.

What’s coming in June

June 1

4th & Forever: Muck City, Season 1

Adventures In Babysitting, 1987 (HBO)

Amelie, 2001 (HBO)

An American Werewolf in London, 1981 (HBO)

The American, 2010 (HBO)

Another Cinderella Story, 2008

Beautiful Girls, 1996 (HBO)

Black Beauty, 1994

Bridget Jones’s Baby, 2016

The Bucket List, 2007

Cabaret, 1972

The Champ, 1979

Chicago, 2002

A Cinderella Story, 2004

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, 2011

Clash Of The Titans, 2010

Cradle 2 the Grave, 2003

Crash, 2005 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)

Doubt, 2008 (HBO)

Dreaming Of Joseph Lees, 1999 (HBO)

Drop Dead Gorgeous, 1999

Dune, 1984 (HBO)

Elf, 2003

Enter The Dragon, 1973

Far and Away, 1992 (HBO)

Final Destination, 2000

Final Destination 2, 2003

Final Destination 3, 2006

The Final Destination, 2009

Firewall, 2006

Flipped, 2010

Forces of Nature, 1999 (HBO)

The Fountain, 2006 (HBO)

Frantic, 1988

From Dusk Til Dawn, 1996

Full Metal Jacket, 1987

Gente De Zona: En Letra De Otro, 2018 (HBO)

The Good Son, 1993 (HBO)

The Goonies, 1985

Hanna, 2011 (HBO)

Havana, 1990 (HBO)

He Got Game, 1998 (HBO)

Heaven Can Wait, 1978

Heidi, 2006

Hello Again, 1987 (HBO)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 2013

The Hunger, 1983

In Her Shoes, 2005 (HBO)

In Like Flint, 1967 (HBO)

The Iron Giant, 1999

It Takes Two, 1995

Juice, 1992

The Last Mimzy, 2007

License To Wed, 2007

Life, 1999 (HBO)

Lifeforce, 1985 (HBO)

Lights Out, 2016 (HBO)

Like Water For Chocolate, 1993 (HBO)

Looney Tunes: Back in Action, 2003

The Losers, 2010

Love Jones, 1997

Lucy, 2020 (HBO)

Magic Mike, 2012

McCabe and Mrs. Miller, 1971

Misery, 1990

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, 2008 (HBO)

A Monster Calls, 2016 (HBO)

Mr. Wonderful, 1993 (HBO)

Must Love Dogs, 2005

My Dog Skip, 2000

Mystic River, 2003

The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, 1991

The Neverending Story, 1984

New York Minute, 2004

Nights In Rodanthe, 2008

No Reservations, 2007

Ordinary People, 1980

Our Man Flint, 1966 (HBO)

The Parallax View, 1974

Patch Adams, 1998 (HBO)

A Perfect World, 1993

Pedro Capo: En Letra Otro, 2017 (HBO)

Personal Best, 1982

Presumed Innocent, 1990

Ray, 2004 (HBO)

Richie Rich (Movie), 1994

Rosewood, 1997

Rugrats Go Wild, 2003

Running on Empty, 1988

Secondhand Lions, 2003

She’s The Man, 2006 (HBO)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, 2011 (HBO)

Space Cowboys, 2000

Speed Racer, 2008

Splendor in the Grass, 1961

The Stepfather, 1987 (HBO)

Summer Catch, 2001

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, 1991

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, 1993

Tess, 1980 (HBO)

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, 2005

The Time Traveler’s Wife, 2009

Titanic, 1997

TMNT, 2007

Torch Song Trilogy, 1988

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, 1997 (HBO)

Tweety’s High-Flying Adventures, 2000

U-571, 2000 (HBO)

U.S. Marshals, 1998

Unaccompanied Minors, 2006

Uncle Buck, 1989 (HBO)

Veronica Mars, 2014

Walking and Talking, 1996 (HBO)

We Are Marshall, 2006

Weird Science, 1985 (HBO)

When Harry Met Sally, 1989

Wild Wild West, 1999

Wonder, 2019 (HBO)

X-Men: First Class, 2011 (HBO)

You’ve Got Mail, 1998

June 2

Inside Carbonaro, Season 1 (TruTV)

June 4

HBO First Look: The King of Staten Island (HBO)

June 6:

Ad Astra, 2019 (HBO)

Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It! (HBO)

June 7

I May Destroy You, Series Premiere (HBO)

June 10

Infinity Train, Season 2 Premiere

June 12

El asesino de los caprichos (AKA The Goya Murders), 2020 (HBO)

June 13

The Good Liar, 2019 (HBO)

June 16

#GeorgeWashington, 2017

Age of Big Cats, Season 1

Ancient Earth, Season 1

Apocalypse: WWI, Season 1

Big World in A Small Garden, 2016

The Celts: Blood, Iron & Sacrifice, Season One

Cornfield Shipwreck, 2019

The Daunting Fortress of Richard the Lionheart, 2019

David Attenborough’s Ant Mountain, 2016

David Attenbourough’s Light on Earth, 2016

DeBugged, 2018

Digits, Season 1

Dragons & Damsels, 2019

Ebony: The Last Years of The Atlantic Slave Trade, 2016

Expedition: Black Sea Wrecks, Season One

First Man, 2017

Going Nuts: Tales from Squirrel World, 2019

Hack the Moon: Unsung Heroes of Apollo, 2019

The History of Food, Season 1

Hurricane the Anatomy, Season 1, 2018

Into the Lost Crystal Caves, 2016

Jason Silva: Transhumanism, 2016

King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (Part 1 & Part 2), Season 1

Knuckleball!, 2019

Leonardo: The Mystery of The Lost Portrait, 2018

Looney Tunes (Batch 2) Season 1

Man’s First Friend, 2018

Penguin Central, 2019

Pompeii: Disaster Street, 2020

Popeye (Batch 2) Season 1

Pyramids Builders: New Clues, 2019

Realm of the Volga, Season 1

Sacred Spaces, Season 1

Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer, Documentary Premiere (CNN)

Scanning the Pyramids, 2018

Science vs. Terrorism, Season 1

The Secret Lives of Big Cats, Season 1

Secret Life of Lakes, Season 1

Secret Life Underground, Season 1

Secrets of the Solar System, Season 1

Space Probes!, Season 1

Speed, Season 1

Spies of War , Season 1

Tales of Nature, Season 1

Tsunamis: Facing a Global Threat, 2020

Versailles Rediscovered: The Sun King’s Vanished Palace, 2019

Viking Women, Season One

Vitamania, 2018

Whale Wisdom, 2019

The Woodstock Bus, 2019

June 18

Summer Camp Island, Season 2 Premiere

Karma, Series Premiere

June 19

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

Entre Nos: The Winners (HBO)

Bajo el mismo techo (AKA Under the Same Roof), 2020 (HBO)

June 20

Ford V. Ferrari, 2020 (HBO)

June 21

Perry Mason, Limited Series Premiere (HBO)

June 24

South Park, Seasons 1-23

Transhood, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

June 25

Adventure Time Distant Lands: BMO, Special Premiere

Doom Patrol, Season 2 Premiere

Esme & Roy, Season 2A Premiere

Search Party, Season 3 Premiere

June 26

Hormigas (AKA The Awakening of the Ants), 2020

June 27

Doctor Sleep (Director’s Cut), 2020 (HBO)

June 28

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Docuseries Premiere (HBO)

June 30

Welcome to Chechnya, Documentary Premiere (HBO)



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Financial stocks look ripe for dividend investors


The stock market’s remarkable rally from its March 23 low may be foremost on many investors’ minds, but for income-seekers, these are difficult times because interest rates are so low. Dave King, the head of growth and income strategies at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, pointed to financial stocks as an area investors should consider, because stock prices are still down significantly this year and banks are in much better shape than they were in the last time the U.S. economy entered a recession.

King co-manages several funds, including the $2.2 billion Columbia Dividend Opportunity Fund
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The fund’s objective is to provide a high level of income with a portfolio of stocks, while also seeking capital growth. The fund’s institutional shares have a dividend yield of 3.71% and are rated four stars (out of five) by financial research firm Morningstar.

King said the fund seeks to provide a dividend yield “in the top quartile” of the Lipper Equity Income peer group.


“We hold pretty staid stocks that would be appropriate for your oldest living relative.”


— Dave King, lead manager of the Columbia Dividend Opportunity Fund.

During an interview, King described the fund’s portfolio: “We hold pretty staid stocks that would be appropriate for your oldest living relative.”

He pointed to banks as a group where he and his colleagues have been making adjustments to improve the quality of the portfolio. Bank stocks as a group “have come down so much, and there are many where the dividend is 100% certain, other than by Federal Reserve action.”

King couldn’t comment about recent trades, but here are the fund’s 10 holdings in the financial services sector as of April 30:

Company

Ticker

Dividend yield

Total return – 2020 through May 15

Fund  holding rank as of April 30

% of portfolio as of April 30

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

US:JPM 4.19%

-37%

2

4.5%

Citigroup Inc.

US:C 4.87%

-47%

12

2.1%

Wells Fargo & Co.

US:WFC 8.73%

-55%

18

1.7%

Morgan Stanley

US:MS 3.75%

-26%

35

1.0%

MetLife Inc.

US:MET 5.80%

-36%

42

0.9%

Principal Financial Group Inc.

US:PFG 6.62%

-38%

43

0.9%

U.S. Bancorp

US:USB 5.48%

-48%

45

0.8%

Truist Financial Corp.

US:TFC 5.74%

-43%

54

0.6%

KeyCorp

US:KEY 7.61%

-51%

57

0.6%

Ares Capital Corp.

US:ARCC 11.96%

-26%

66

0.4%

Source: FactSet

You can click on the tickers for more about each company.

You will have to scroll the table to see all of the data.

King is confident in the ability of JPMorgan Chase
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the fund’s second-largest holding, to maintain its dividend. He said his confidence springs from the annual review of large U.S. banks’ capital deployment plans as part of the Federal Reserve’s stress testing.

In contrast to the 2008 financial crisis, when it became obvious that many large banks needed additional capital, the banks went into the coronavirus crisis “with roughly two times the capital they did last time,” he said.

So he doesn’t expect much dividend-cutting among the large U.S. banks.

Dave King, head of income and growth strategies, Columbia Threadneedle Investments.


Columbia Threadneedle Investments

That said, Wells Fargo & Co.
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(also held by the fund) was the largest bank included last week on this list of 21“potential dividend-cut candidates” from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Wells Fargo has been operating under a Federal Reserve restriction against growing its total assets after customer service scandals. It also has a dividend yield or 8.73%, more than twice as high as JPMorgan Chase’s yield.

A yield can indicate a lack of confidence among investors that a company will be able to maintain its dividend. But even though Wells Fargo was on the KBW list, KBW analyst Brian Kleinhanzl wrote in a separate report on May 13: “Ultimately, we believe that WFC has excess capital so the company can continue to pay dividends despite the prospect of not earning the dividend through net income.”

King agrees that “Wells can be a special case” because of its higher level of scrutiny by the Federal Reserve, but for the large banks in general, he sees an opportunity at these discounted prices because the group has been “doing what they are supposed to be doing” by having their capital plans approved by the regulator.

Companies that have recently raised dividends

Looking further into the financial sector, King mentioned MetLife Inc.
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as an attractive play after a significant pullback this year, with a yield of 5.80%. The stock “never gets a high multiple [to earnings] because it is not a growth business,” he said. The company raised its quarterly dividend to 46 cents a share from 44 cents on April 28.

Other holdings of the fund that have recently raised dividends include Johnson & Johnson
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which increased its quarterly dividend to $1.01 a share from 95 cents on April 14, and Procter & Gamble Co.
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which raised its quarterly payout to $0.7907 a share from $0.7459.

King said, “it’s a very interesting signal” for a company’s management and board of directors to be confident enough, even heading into what may be a severe recession, to increase dividends.

Dividend cuts

King said he was able to sell the fund’s shares of Delta Air Lines Inc.
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before the company suspended its dividend on March 20. The fund also sold its holdings of Suncor Energy Inc.
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several months before the company cut its quarterly dividend by 55% a share on May 5.

But four holdings of the fund have cut dividends so far during the coronavirus crisis.

• General Motors Co.
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suspended its dividend on April 27.

• Las Vegas Sands Corp.
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suspended its dividend on April 17.

• Western Digital Corp.
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suspended its dividend on April 30.

• Extended Stay America Inc.
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lowered its dividend to a penny a share from 23 cents on May 6. King said it “made sense” when the company articulated clearly that the dividend cut was temporary. During the first-quarter earnings call with analysts on May 7, Extended Stay America CFO Brian Nicholson referred to “the extremely tough decision to temporarily reduce our dividend in order to preserve liquidity and to preserve optionality at such time as the operating environment improves,” and said once business trends are “more normalized,” the dividend would be reviewed.

“This is going to be very important for income-oriented investors — owning a company where if you do cut, you have an understanding of when it will be restored,” King said.

The fund’s largest holdings

Here are the Columbia Dividend Opportunity Fund’s 10 largest holdings as of April 30:

Company

Ticker

Dividend yield

Total return – 2020 through May 15

% of portfolio as of April 30

Johnson & Johnson

US:JNJ 2.69%

4%

5.0%

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

US:JPM 4.19%

-37%

4.5%

Verizon Communications Inc.

US:VZ 4.50%

-9%

4.0%

Chevron Corp.

US:CVX 5.79%

-25%

3.6%

Cisco Systems Inc.

US:CSCO 3.25%

-6%

2.9%

AbbVie Inc.

US:ABBV 5.20%

5%

2.7%

PepsiCo Inc.

US:PEP 3.01%

0%

2.7%

AT&T Inc.

US:T 7.35%

-25%

2.7%

Broadcom Inc.

US:AVGO 4.99%

-16%

2.5%

International Business Machines Corp.

US:IBM 5.57%

-11%

2.3%

Source: FatSet



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These are the streaming services worth your money in May 2020


It’s no secret that we’re all streaming a lot more than usual, as we seek distractions amid weeks of coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders.

So with lockdowns for much of the country unlikely to ease significantly anytime soon, it’s a good thing May will bring another strong crop of streaming titles.

But with more than 25 million Americans now out of work, and millions more dealing with pay cuts or facing job uncertainty, having multiple streaming services can seem like a luxury. So it may be time to re-evaluate which services are really worth your money.

See: What to stream in a pandemic? Here are 25 comfort shows to binge and get your mind off coronavirus

As we have previously mentioned, consumers can take full advantage of cord-cutting by capitalizing on the ability to add and drop streaming services each month, and all it takes is good planning and timing. Remember, a billing cycle starts when you sign up, not necessarily at the beginning of each month.

Consumers can also take advantage of deals for free streaming trials, as Disney and Apple in particular focus on building subscriber bases rather than growing revenue (for the time being, at least). You’re never going to get a better deal than free, and the offers won’t last forever.

Read: How to get Disney+, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video or Netflix for ‘free’ — and what to know before you sign up

Free possibilities aside, when it’s time to decide where your subscription dollars should go, What’s Worth Streaming will be here to help. We will rate each major streaming service every month as a “play,” “pause” or “stop,” similar to investment analysts’ ratings of buy, hold and sell, and pick the best content that will help you make your monthly decisions.

Here’s a look at what’s coming to the various streaming services in May 2020, and what’s really worth the monthly subscription fee.

Netflix ($8.99 or $12.99 a month)

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is rolling out the big names in May, with a new sitcom starring Steve Carell and a pair of new drama series from TV hitmaker Ryan Murphy and Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle. Carell’s “Space Force” (May 29) sounds the most promising. He’ll play a decorated general who dreams of running the Air Force, but instead gets put in charge of creating the new Space Force — which President Donald Trump has launched in real life — and getting American boots back on the moon ASAP. There’s a lot of potential for a “Veep”-type workplace comedy, and the other names attached to the show — Lisa Kudrow as the wife of Carell’s character, as well as John Malkovich, Noah Emmerich, Ben Schwartz and Fred Willard — are highly promising. Another good sign: It’s co-created by Greg Daniels (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” “King of the Hill”), who knows a thing or two about how to make a great sitcom. With all the talent behind this, it should be a must-see.

On the drama side, Murphy’s limited series “Hollywood” (May 1) will focus on a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers trying to make it big in the 1940s movie biz. Murphy-series regulars Darren Criss (“Glee,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”), Dylan McDermott (“American Horror Story’) and Broadway icon Patti LuPone star in a glitzy, technicolor extravaganza, featuring an alternate history of Hollywood as told by outsiders to the traditional system. Like all things Ryan Murphy, it looks slickly stylized and over-the-top, and again like all things Ryan Murphy, it’ll be right up some people’s alley and not at all for others. Your reaction to the trailer should answer that question pretty quick.

A trio of European dramas will also bear noting: “The Eddy,” from “La La Land” director Chazelle, Season 3 of the Nordic noir “Bordertown” and the crime thriller “White Lines.” Set in modern-day Paris, “The Eddy” (May 8) stars André Holland (“Moonlight”) as the owner of a jazz club who gets caught up with criminals in an effort to save his struggling business. As a bonus, the club’s house band is made up of real Parisian jazz musicians, and a soundtrack album will accompany the series’ launch. A little farther north, “Bordertown” (May 11) returns for a third season, as a gifted but troubled police detective tangles with worse crimes than he ever imagined he’d encounter in a sleepy Finnish city near the border with Russia. While technically well done and beautifully shot (the Finnish scenery is gorgeous), the intense violence and unrelenting bleakness will scare away some viewers. There’s also “White Lines” (May 15), a British mystery set in Ibiza from the creator of “Money Heist.” A woman (Laura Haddock) comes to the resort island to investigate her DJ brother’s disappearance -— raves, drugs and murder ensue. This could be a fun, binge-worthy thrill ride.

Among movies, there’s the streaming debut of Adam Sandler’s critically acclaimed, tense crime drama “Uncut Gems” (May 25), and “The Lovebirds” (May 22) an action-packed rom-com starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as a couple who get caught up in a murder mystery. It was supposed to be released in theaters in April, but switched to a Netflix release due to the pandemic. Nanjiani and Rae are hugely likable actors and the movie looks like a fine enough romp.

Also:Here’s everything coming to Netflix in May 2020 — and what’s leaving

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini return for Season 2 of the dark comedy“Dead to Me” (May 8), Ellie Kemper is back for an “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”interactive special (May 12), and there are also a few high-profile standup comedy specials, from Jerry Seinfeld (May 5), Patton Oswalt (May 19) and Hannah Gasdsby (May 26) — whose last special, the stunning and eye-opening “Nanette” in 2018, was perhaps the must-see show of that year.

Play, pause or stop? Play. Netflix is still the clear No. 1 in the streaming wars, and May will only bring more binge-worthy content to its incredibly deep library.

Amazon Prime Video ($12.99 a month)

Greg Daniels is a busy guy, and as his “Space Force” debuts on Netflix, he’ll also have a new sitcom launching on Amazon.com Inc.’s
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Prime Video. That would be “Upload” (May 1), a sci-fi comedy that looks like a blend of “The Good Place”and the “San Junipero” episode of “Black Mirror,” taking place in a future where consciousness is uploaded to a digital afterlife, and a newly uploaded (aka dead) guy has to adapt to his new “life” while helping solve a mystery back down on Earth. Early reviews are middling, but it may be worth a view.

See:Here’s everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in May 2020

Amazon’s most promising May show is the return of “Homecoming” (May 22), which in its second season swaps out its star (Janelle Monae replaces Julia Roberts) and its director (Kyle Patrick Alvaraz takes over from Sam Esmail). The loss of Esmail, who gave Season 1 a stylish, Hitchcockian look, is concerning, but the trailer at least looks intriguing. Monae’s character wakes up on a boat in the middle of a lake, and has to unravel who she is and what happened to her, with the shady Geist Group and its secretive pharmaceuticals at the center of the mystery once again. The first season of “Homecoming” may have been Amazon’s single best series to date, and if Season 2 can even approach that, viewers should be very pleased.

There’s also a crop of movies, including the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” (May 22); the fun indie sci-fi thriller“The Vast of Night” (May 29), which has won acclaim at various film festivals; Kristen Stewart in “Seberg” (May 15), a biopic thriller about the FBI’s surveillance of French new-wave actress Jean Seberg; and nearly 40 independent films and shorts that would have played at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Amazon is hosting a mini SXSW in the wake of that film fest’s cancellation due to the coronavirus, with selections streaming for free (no Prime Video paywall) from April 27 to May 6.

Play, pause or stop? Play. “Homecoming” alone could be worth the price, and there’s juuust enough other promising new stuff to make Prime Video worth your while in May.

Hulu ($5.99 a month or $11.99 with no ads)

The true value in Hulu is its vast library and extensive lineup of new shows (usually airing the day after broadcast), so consider the few original series on tap for May a bonus.

Ramy Youssef won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of an Egyptian-American slacker in the unique coming-of-age comedy “Ramy,” and the semi-autobiographical series returns for a second season on May 29, with Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali in a new guest role. It’s a hilarious and empathetic story about a young Muslim-American balancing his faith with his typically American lifestyle. “Ramy” is one of Hulu’s very best series, and worth checking out.

More: Here’s everything coming to Hulu in May 2020, and what’s leaving

Weirdness abounds in Hulu’s other two big May debuts, the animated “Solar Opposites” and the historical comedy “The Great.” Justin Roiland and Mike McMahon, part of the creative team behind the spectacularly strange animated hit “Rick and Morty,” are the brains behind “Solar Opposites” (May 8), a sitcom about an alien family forced to take refuge on a galactic backwater planet called Earth. Originally created for Fox, Hulu has already green-lit two seasons. Even weirder is “The Great” (May 15), which mashes up a historical costume drama about the rise of Catherine the Great with satirical comedy. Elle Fanning stars as Catherine, with Nicholas Hoult as her husband, the emperor Peter III of Russia. The super-quirky tone and willingness to veer from actual history seem to put it along the lines of Apple TV+’s “Dickinson.” One positive sign — “The Great’s” showrunner is Oscar-nominated writer Tony McNamara, who penned another quirky historical comedy that turned out quite well: 2018’s “The Favourite.”

Play, pause or stop? Play. Even though there’s nothing essential until “Ramy” at the end of the month, Hulu’s overall lineup makes it the best value in streaming.

HBO Max ($14.99 a month)

Time to welcome HBO Max to the streaming wars. The long-anticipated service from AT&T Inc.’s
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WarnerMedia launches May 27, offering HBO content as well as Warner Bros. movies and TV series from Warner cable networks such as TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network. The service originally planned to have 31 original series launch this year, but that may be in jeopardy due to the coronavirus-related shutdown of TV productions. At launch, its originals lineup with be sparse and unimpressive — “Love Life,” a romantic-comedy anthology starring Anna Kendrick, is the most prominent, along with the controversial Russell Simmons documentary “On the Record”; “Legendary,”a voguing competition series; the kids competition show “Craftopia”; and new offerings from Looney Tunes and Sesame Street’s Elmo. And of course, the much-ballyhooed “Friends” reunion, which was meant to debut with the service, has been postponed.

What HBO Max will have, besides HBO’s vast and excellent library (“The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” “Watchmen,” etc.), is every season of “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “South Park,” among others.

Play, pause or stop? Stop. For one reason only: Since this column focuses on month-to-month subscriptions, and since it launches so late in the month, ignore HBO Max for May and just start a subscription in June. Yes, it’s the most expensive streaming service, but it will be worth the price for the HBO content alone. Literally, since HBO Now is the same price — all the Warner content is just icing on the cake.

UPDATE: Since this article first published, HBO has offered a $3-a-month discount on HBO Max for 12 months if you sign up before May 27 (you’ll get HBO Now from the time you sign up until the launch date). That’s a great deal ($11.99 a month) that prices it below Netflix and Amazon Prime and changes the rating to Play. Go for it, you won’t be sorry.

CBS All Access ($5.99 a month or $9.99 with no ads)

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CBS All Access is still offering a 30-day free trial if you sign up before May 10, and its best show — “The Good Fight” — is in the middle of its current season. So there’s a case to be made to start an account and binge the season during the free trial (only eight of the 10 episodes were completed before the pandemic shut down production) and then cancel your account. You just need to time it right. Because aside from that, there’s nothing of note coming in May, and very little reason to pay for a subscription.

Play, pause or stop? Stop. Still not enough content to justify the cost.

Apple TV+ ($4.99 a month)

Apple’s
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TV+ is still looking for its first true hit show. Don’t expect that to change in May.

The service will have two new offerings: “Trying” (May 1), a British comedy about a couple who want to start a family but can’t conceive, and “Central Park” (May 29), an animated musical comedy from the co-creator of “Bob’s Burgers.” “Central Park” seems the better bet, as anyone who’s ever enjoyed one of “Bob’s Burgers” musical numbers can attest to. The voice casting is solid (Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Kristen Bell, among others) and if it has even a fraction of the heart and humor of “Bob’s Burgers,” it’ll be a welcome addition.

Play, pause or stop? Stop. Not enough quality offerings to justify the price. Still, if you’ve bought a new iPhone and have a free trial, it’s worth a look.

Disney+ ($6.99 a month)

Six months in and “The Mandalorian” has still been the only big hit for Walt Disney Co.’s
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streaming service, so to fill the void between Seasons 1 and 2 (still scheduled to debut this winter), Disney+ is launching “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” (May 4, new episodes every Friday after that), an eight-episode behind-the-scenes docu-series about how the show was made. Does anyone really need that? Not really. Will “Star Wars” fans still watch it? Oh yeah.

May 4 is, of course, Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), and Disney+ is fully capitalizing, also releasing the final instalment of the latest trilogy, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” as well as the series finale of the animated “Star Wars: Clone Wars.”

There should be a big development for “Simpsons” nerds too. Disney has said that all early seasons of “The Simpsons” will finally be available in their original screen-aspect ratio by the end of May, at 4:3 instead of 16:9 — up until now, old episodes have been cropped to fit widescreen TVs, cutting out some visual jokes. Will most people notice? Probably not. But for the hard-core fans, this is a big improvement.

There’s not a lot besides that. Another behind-the-scenes docu-series, “Prop Culture” launches May 1, and there are a handful of additions to Disney’s movie library, such as “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” (May 22) and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (May 15), but nothing else of note.

Play, pause or stop? Pause. If you have kids who watch Disney shows and movies endlessly on repeat, then sure, it’s worth it. But if you’re not a kid or a “Star Wars” superfan, there’s not a lot of variety there.

Quibi ($4.99 a month or $7.99 a month with no ads)

Quibi launched less than a month ago, and it’s already changing its basic viewing model. Instead of being available only on mobile devices, as originally intended, the service in May will allow some users to cast its videos from their phones to their TVs. That’s likely because with stay-at-home orders, people are not on the go as much and don’t really have a need for 10-minute-or-less video hits when they have hours upon hours to kill.

And while most Quibi content isn’t quite ready for prime time, May will bring the debut of perhaps its most high-profile show, the “Reno 911” revival. The hilarious “Cops” spoof had a cult following for years on Comedy Central, and the original cast is back for a new season May 4.

Still, as a video service, Quibi is more akin to YouTube or TikTok than a true Netflix competitor, and its cost (even with a free trial period) far exceeds its quality.

Play, pause or stop? Stop. You can better spend your money elsewhere.

Peacock (Free for Comcast subscribers only, for now)

Peacock launched for free for some Comcast Corp.
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cable subscribers in April, but won’t be available to the general public until July. It’s got a solid library of NBCUniversal shows, such as “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Law & Order,” but apparently the original series will be on hold until the July launch. We’ll revisit in a couple of months.

Play, pause or stop? N/A



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Need more to stream? Amazon adds some free HBO content, no Prime Video required


Amazon.com Inc. is bolstering its streaming lineup with some free HBO programming.

Starting this week, full seasons of five critically acclaimed HBO series — “Ballers,” “Barry,” “Big Little Lies,” “Silicon Valley” and “Succession” — will be available for free for a limited time to U.S. customers who log into their Amazon
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accounts — no Prime Video membership required.

Read: Amazon has the right businesses to weather coronavirus, but spending could grow even faster

Ten HBO documentaries and docuseries — including “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” about Elizabeth Holmes and the Theranos scandal, and “McMillion$,” about a mob scheme to cheat on McDonald’s Monopoly — will also be available for free, along with 20 Warner Bros. movies, including “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Lego Movie 2” and “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.”

Twenty episodes of “Sesame Street” will also become available.

HBO and Warner Bros. are both units of WarnerMedia, which is owned by AT&T Inc.
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Earlier this month, HBO made almost 500 hours of original programming available for free on its streaming apps.

Also see: Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime Video in April 2020

Additionally, for Prime Video subscribers in the U.S. who are missing sports, Amazon is adding 30 Major League Baseball games from 2019 and nearly 80 NBA Hardwood Classics.

Amazon Prime Video will also stream “One World: Together at Home,” a cross-platform global special celebrating the efforts of health-care workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. Lady Gaga will curate the virtual concert, which will feature appearances from artists such as Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Paul McCartney, and will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. Click here for a full lineup of performers.

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These stocks may be your best choice for income as interest rates keep falling


Income-seeking investors have faced the same problem for four decades — declining bond yields. But it keeps getting worse.

Richard Saperstein, chief investment officer of Treasury Partners in New York, tailors strategies across asset classes for clients. He narrowed two approaches for investors who need to find a way to squeeze more income from their portfolios.

On Tuesday, the Federal Open Market Committee lowered the federal funds rate by 50 basis points to a target range off 1% to 1.25%. Yields on short-term U.S. Treasury bills declined, as expected, but the yield on 10-year Treasury notes
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declined by 8 basis points to 1.02%. That was down from 1.92% on Dec. 31. Then on Wednesday, the 10-year yield dipped below 1.00%.

“A 1% 10-year yield reflects recession concerns and global negative debt,” Saperstein said during an interview March 4. He sees a long-term risk of a bursting of the bond-market “bubble,” pointing to about $14 trillion in bonds with negative yields issued outside the U.S., with some denominated in dollars. “At some point this dollar-denominated debt is going to have to be paid off. The risk is the dollar continues to strengthen. It could come home to roost at some point.”

Saperstein, 60, founded Treasury Partners in May 2009 as a division of High Towers Advisors, after his team left J.P. Morgan Chase, which had acquired the advisory group as part of its acquisition of the distressed Bear Stearns in May 2008. Treasury Partners manages $8 billion in client assets.

What income-seekers can do now

Investors who need income “now have a fundamental decision to make,” Saperstein said. “Do they take more risk for returns or keep this risk profile and accept massively lower returns?”

For investors who cannot take additional risk, the answer is simple: Your income will fall.

For investors who can only assume moderately higher risk, Saperstein pointed to corporate bonds with short maturities, which have had improving spreads over the yields of U.S. Treasury securities with the same maturities. He named three examples:

• Notes issued by Kraft Heinz
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that now have a yield to maturity of about 2.40% and mature in July 2022.

• Canadian Natural Resources
US:CNQ
notes that yield about 2.10% and mature in February 2025.

Newell Brands
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notes that yield about 2.69% and mature in April 2023.

Those yields are low, but they are attractive when compared to a yield below 1% for 10-year Treasury notes or 0.71% for five-year Treasury notes
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Dividend stocks

“If [investors] are looking to generate equivalent levels of yield that they have been used to over the past 10 years, they cannot do it in the fixed-income market,” Saperstein said “If return is critical and the investor is willing to assume more risk, our discussions center around shifting your allocation away from fixed income and toward equity.”

Richard Saperstein, chief investment officer at Treasury Partners in New York.


Treasury Partners

That means stocks with attractive dividend yields well-supported by cash flow. Saperstein said he also prefers companies that are deploying some of their free cash flow by repurchasing shares. A lower share count means shareholders’ percentage ownership increases, and that per-share results are boosted.

Saperstein cautioned that this approach “changes your risk profile.”

“Your fixed-income investor now owning equities takes on a much greater volatility perspective in their portfolios,” he added. So if you have had difficulty tolerating the volatility since the S&P 500
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hit its last closing record Feb. 19, you may have to rethink your approach.

Saperstein named as examples three stocks of companies that are buying back shares and also have attractive dividend yields:

• Shares of CVS Health
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have a dividend yield of 3.20%. One way to gauge a company’s ability to support its dividend is to look at its free cash flow yield. This can be done by dividing the past 12 reported months’ free cash flow per share by the current share price. On this basis, CVS’s free cash flow yield is 12.68%, leaving massive “headroom” for dividend increases, share repurchases, business investment or other corporate purposes.

• AT&T’s
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dividend yield is 5.73%. The free cash flow yield is 10.90%, leaving headroom of 5.17%.

• Gilead Sciences
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has a dividend yield of 3.67% and a free cash flow of 8.81%, with headroom of 5.14%.

One thing to consider is these are trailing free-cash-flow yield calculations. Disruptions in supply chains and demand for products and services as the coronavirus unfolds may lower cash flow considerably over the next two quarters.

Saperstein said his “base case” is that “by April, the virus will be under control.” He expects slower, or even negative, economic growth in the U.S. for the first half of 2020, but also said: “We have tremendous factors that can lead to a second-half recovery,” including monetary policy and pent-up demand.

Screening more dividend stocks

The three companies that Saperstein named are quite large, with an $81.5 billion market capitalization for the smallest, CVS. So here is a screen of the 15 S&P 500 companies with market-caps of at least $50 billion that have had the highest free cash flow yields over the past 12 months while also having current dividend yields of at least 3.00% and stock-repurchase plans in place. The list is sorted by dividend yield:

Company

Ticker

Dividend yield

Free cash flow yield – past four quarters

‘Headroom’

Altria Group Inc.

US:MO 8.02%

9.75%

1.73%

AT&T Inc.

US:T 5.73%

10.90%

5.17%

AbbVie Inc.

US:ABBV 5.39%

9.82%

4.43%

Wells Fargo & Co.

US:WFC 5.03%

17.38%

12.35%

International Business Machines Corp.

US:IBM 5.03%

10.84%

5.81%

Broadcom Inc.

US:AVGO 4.74%

8.12%

3.38%

Verizon Communications Inc.

US:VZ 4.42%

7.72%

3.30%

PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

US:PNC 3.67%

12.38%

8.71%

Gilead Sciences Inc.

US:GILD 3.67%

8.81%

5.14%

U.S. Bancorp

US:USB 3.64%

11.34%

7.70%

Cisco Systems Inc.

US:CSCO 3.60%

8.69%

5.10%

ConocoPhillips

US:COP 3.49%

8.44%

4.95%

CVS Health Corp.

US:CVS 3.20%

12.68%

9.49%

Morgan Stanley

US:MS 3.15%

44.31%

41.15%

Source: FactSet

If you see any securities of interest here, it is important to do your own research and not only look at yields and cash flow, but also to consider a company’s business strategy and its ability to remain competitive for the next decade, at least, before considering an investment.

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