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2 Automotive Dividends to Buy and 1 to Avoid


It's been nearly five years since Ford (NYSE: F) last paid out a quarterly dividend, while General Motors (NYSE: GM) hasn't paid out a dividend since early 2008, which is well before its bankruptcy and subsequent reorganization. The once-dominant names in American automotive engineering have been reduced to white noise for dividend-seeking investors, begging the question: What's a dividend seeking investor to do? For starters, rather than driving yourself crazy searching for dividend income from a small scope of well-known names, widen your search and you could be surprised by some previously unknown companies. Considering all aspects of automotive production, not just the final product (the car), two names stand out with a strong history of uninterrupted dividend growth. On... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): FSS,JCI,PII,F,GM,MGA,XIDE

2011's Top Dividend Aristocrats

When searching for great dividend stocks, it makes a lot of sense to start with companies that have been playing the dividend game the longest. Standard & Poor's culls the dividend winners from the also-rans in a list it calls the "Dividend Aristocrats." These companies have paid and increased their dividend for at least 25 years. Standard & Poor's announced its annual adjustment to the Dividend Aristocrats in December, so this is the latest version of the popular list. Below are the 25 highest-yielding constituents, and you can click on any of the green plus signs next to the ticker symbols to add those stocks to your watchlist and get all of our Foolish analysis on the stock.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): KMB,LEG,PBI,ED,ABT,CINF,CTL,PEP,PG,MCD,MHP,TGT,WMT,PPG,SWK,...

The Extraordinary Power of Dividends: 3M Edition

"Dividends?" he asked. "I'm trying to make my clients wealthy. You don't do that waiting for tiny checks in the mailbox every quarter." Even then, I had enough horse sense to know he was wrong. Paying attention to dividends is exactly how you become wealthy over time.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): MMM,GE,ETN

Highest-Yielding Industrial Stocks (You Might Actually Want to Buy)

What's more, reinvesting dividends acts as a "bear-market protector and return accelerator," according to Siegel. The extra shares purchased and accumulated at higher dividend yields during down periods act as a protector in falling markets, and these extra shares rising in value turn into a "return accelerator" when prices rise. As the recent economic crisis illustrated all too well, however, you can't buy just any high-yielding stock. Dividends that get cut or suspended entirely can wreak havoc on a stock price -- and thus, your portfolio.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): EMR,ETN,GD,LMT,RSG,RTN,UPS

The Extraordinary Power of Dividends: Procter & Gamble Edition

"Dividends?" he asked. "I'm trying to make my clients wealthy. You don't do that waiting for tiny checks in the mailbox every quarter." Even then, I had enough horse sense to know he was wrong. Paying attention to dividends is exactly how you become wealthy over time.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): PG,CLX,KMB

Monsanto's Dividend Is Safe

Here, we'll highlight a given company and its closest competitors to see just how safe their dividends are, with a little help from three crucial tools: The interest coverage ratio, or earnings before interest and taxes, divided by interest expense. The interest coverage ratio measures a company's ability to pay the interest on its debt. An interest coverage ratio less than 1.5 is questionable; a number less than one means that the company is not bringing in enough money to cover its interest expenses. The EPS payout ratio, or dividends per share divided by earnings per share. The EPS payout ratio measures the percentage of earnings that go toward paying the dividend. A ratio greater than 80% is worrisome. The FCF payout ratio, or dividends per share divided by... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): MON,DOW,DD,APD

The Most Promising Dividends in Management Services

Dividend payers deserve a berth in any long-term stock portfolio. But seemingly attractive dividend yields are not always as fetching as they may appear. Let's see which companies in management services offer the most promising dividends.
Yields and growth rates and payout ratios, oh my! Before we get to those companies, though, you should understand just why you'd want to own dividend payers. These stocks can contribute a huge chunk of growth to your portfolio in good times, and bolster it during market downturns.
As my colleague Matt Koppenheffer has noted: "Between 2000 and 2009, the average dividend-adjusted return on stocks with market caps above $5 billion and a trailing yield of 2.5% or better was a whopping 114%. Compare that to a 19% drop for the... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): HSII,RECN,TW,ACN,AH,BAH

High Yield Large Cap Energy Utilities: Recent Performance and Dividend Growth, Part 2

Utilities are purveyors of necessities and usually at a government-regulated price and with restricted competition. Due to the government control of energy production and distribution and the growing need for power, energy utilities are generally considered reliable and predicable businesses. The regulated pricing for energy tends to make utility dividends reasonably secure and somewhat predictable, though this security means that the dividends are unlikely to grow at a rapid pace. Utilities are also generally far less volatile than the market and the demand for utilities only increases over time as technology advances into new realms and the population continues to grow. I previously identified the six largest energy utilities within in the S&P 500 that have a yield of over 4%. This... more


SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ED,ETR,PCG,PEG,PGN,PPL,XEL

New Jersey Resources Board of Directors Declares Dividend

The board of directors of New Jersey Resources (NJR) has unanimously declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $.36 per share. The dividend will be payable on October 3, 2011, to shareowners of record on September 15, 2011.... more


BusinessWireStock symbol(s): NJR

Lenox Wealth Management, Inc. Declares Dividend

Lenox Wealth Management, Inc. (Pink Sheets: LNXW) announces its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of 23 cents per share at its Board of Directors Meeting held on July 15, 2011. The dividend is being paid to shareholders of record on July 29, 2011 and is payable on August 15, 2011.... more


BusinessWireStock symbol(s): LNXW