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Dividend Income Progress Update - September 2011

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in September, extending the streak to 15 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 44 of the last 46 months. My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and last updated in my 2011 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post. Description Dividend Income Annualized Yield on Cost 2027 Goal 110,000 10.00% ... more

iStockAnalystStock symbol(s): AFL,CINF,COP,GPC,HGIC,INTC,ITW,NNN,NZT

Stocks Trading Ex-Dividend 10/1: (GPS) (STEI)

The following is a list of companies trading ex-dividend October 10th:
Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), paying 11.25 cents with a current yield of 2.6%;
Stewart Enterprises Inc. (Nasdaq: STEI), paying 3.5 cents with a current yield of 2.3%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): GPS,STEI

A Good Dividend Stock Just Got Better

When I heard that United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) purchased Goodrich, I felt a wave of nostalgia for my own personal good old days, as well as a wave of excitement for the growth potential I think this purchase will bring to an already reliable dividend stock. Love at first flightUnited Technologies is an industrial powerhouse whose product reach is far and wide. Its stable of brands on the civilian side include well-known companies Otis Elevator and Carrier, with industry stalwarts Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky on the defense and aerospace side.Keen on increasing its exposure to the commercial aerospace sector, United Technologies had been shopping around for an acquisition for more than a year, flirting with Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) and even some European companies. But it's... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): ATK,BA,COL,GR,LMT,SPR,UTX

Will These Dividend Stocks Give You a Jolt or a Crash?

Java Joes and Jills According to the National Coffee Association, whose meetings no doubt have the best pastries ever, 40% of 18- to 24-year-olds, and 54% of 25- to 39-year-olds, drink coffee daily. That's an increase of approximately 10% for each age group. Nearly a third of the 18-to-39 group said they feel better about their financial situation than this time last year. And that bodes well for the gourmet-coffee industry, whose lattes have often been cited as the poster child for financial decadence. The saucy siren from SeattleRemember the days when people thought no one in his right mind would pay $4 for a cup of coffee? Those days have come and gone, Fools. Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) announced an 8% increase in global same-store sales, with 6% coming from additional traffic;... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): SBUX,SJM,THI,MCD,CBOU,GMCR,MDLZ

4 Solid Dividend Stocks On Sale Now

Investors continue to seek growth stocks that also offer competitive dividend yields. There are many companies in a secular growth phase that return a large portion of their earnings to their shareholders. The latest bearish market sentiment has created opportunities for discount hunters. I have identified stocks that have long dividend payment histories and trade at a discount from their previous levels. Honeywell International Inc. (HON): Honeywell, a leader in residential, commercial and industrial controls, is now growing fast in high risk regions like Africa and the Middle East. As per comments by the company at the Oppenheimer Annual Industrial Conference held in September, the company has strong orders and is posting 18% year to date sales growth. In the recent... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AFL,AVY,BEAM,BF-A,BWA,DD,DEO,HON,JCI,MMM

5 Low-Beta Dividend Stocks To Consider Now

With U.S. Treasury yields at a low and the Fed’s promise to keep them there for a few years, dividend investing is slowly becoming popular again. Below are five dividend stocks that may help your portfolio. These names were specifically chosen because of their low betas (under 1) and dividend payout ratios below 100%. Here is my analysis: Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) – LLY’s stock price as stayed relatively stable over the past month. This can be attributed to its low beta of 0.74, indicating that it is less volatile than the market as a whole. LLY currently offers a fair dividend yield of 5.3%, which translates to an annual dividend of $1.96 annually. With a price-to-earnings ratio of only 7.75, the stock can be seen as undervalued. This is compared directly to its competitors... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): GE,LLY,MDT,PEP,T

5 Highest-Yielding Dividend Aristocrat Plays

The Dividend Aristocrats are a great starting point for building a robust portfolio of dividend-paying stocks. After the recent market sell-off, a lot of the yields on these stocks have reaching compelling levels. The top 5 highest-yielding Dividend Aristocrats are shown below. We take a look at which ones to buy and which to avoid: CenturyLink (CTL) has been generating a lot of interest lately as the highest-yielding Dividend Aristocrat. The key question then, for true dividend investors, is whether or not its 8% yield is sustainable. While I’m a firm believer that dividend growth investing always works over time, simply chasing the highest-yielding stock out there (even if it’s a Dividend Aristocrat) will, at some point, blow up in your face. With regard to CTL, there has... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CINF,CTL,ED,LEG,PBI

Buy Low, Sell High: 5 Cheap Dividend Stocks To Consider

Dividend stocks are gaining traction in today’s market because of the appallingly low yields available in traditional investment vehicles like Certificates of Deposit, Treasury Bills, etc. I am in no way implying that the safety of an investment in dividend stock is on a par with Certificates of Deposit or Treasury Bills. Any investor would agree that the degree of risk is greater with stock. What I am suggesting, is a thorough analysis of a company’s historical performance, financial health and growth prospects, can result in a reasonably safe investment with the potential to offer you a greater yield. With risk, comes reward (we hope)! I’ve selected these 5 stocks because the companies are well known, have a long history and are viewed as very successful in... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AA,ACH,DD,DIA,DOW,GE,MRK,PFE,SI

10 High Yield Stocks For Trying Times

Stocks go up and down. After 2 outstanding years, stocks are pulling back in 2011. Dividends have a more dependable quality. From quarter to quarter, dividends are generally maintained or increased. On occasion they are reduced or even suspended. Especially during the recession in late 2008 and 2009, even some high profile Dividend Aristocrats (with streaks of increased annual dividends over a minimum of the last 25 years) cut dividends, ending very long streaks. The remaining Dividend Aristocrats endured and were able to extend their streaks. That says a lot about management and how they relate to the stockholders. Now the stock market is in another difficult economic period. Stock appreciation has been accounting for 60% of stock gains (dividends supplied the remainder). A chart for Dow... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ABT,CLX,GPC,JNJ,KMB,LEG,PBI,PG,RPM,SYY

5 Dividend Stocks to Weather Any Storm

There's no telling how things will play out, and my fingers are crossed we'll avoid Greek default. But with so much uncertainty in the air, it's prudent to evaluate our portfolios and arm them with solid companies that do well in any type of market. Today, I'm looking to our Rising Stars to guide us to safety. Specifically, I'm looking for dividend-paying, consumer staple companies our analysts like.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): PM,SVU,PEP,CLX,KO,MO,CCE