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The Stocks You Need in a Shaky Market

Like the rest of the U.S., corporate America has been stockpiling the green stuff since the 2008 financial crisis. The amount of cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities soared to $2.77 trillion -- an increase of 63% since 2008, according to Bloomberg. With cash in the bank earning almost nothing and limited growth opportunities, these companies are being called on to put that money back in shareholders' hands. Increasing payouts should help buoy shares, and that makes dividend stocks the place to be, even (or especially) in a shaky market. As I've shown elsewhere, dividend stocks tend to outperform over time but particularly in weak markets. Below I'll give you the chance to download a special free report detailing tried-and-true dividend payers that you'll want... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): PM,NGG,MCD,MO,MSFT,AAPL,GOOG

4 Dow Dividend Tech Stocks With Healthy Payout Ratios

A few days ago, I reviewed some of the stocks in the Dow Jones industrial average, focusing on the industrial sector and the consumer sector. In part three of this series, I’m taking a look at the tech stocks in the Dow. Many income investors pay close attention to the percentage of earnings that a company pays out in dividends. After all, a high yield means little if there’s any question as to whether a company can afford to maintain or raise its dividend payments. Here’s a look at four technology companies within the Dow, with charts showing both the dividend payments (with scale at right) and payout percentage (with scale at left). I used payout percentage figures from ValueLine. IBM (IBM): Current yield 1.70% IBM continues to raise its payments at a rapid pace –... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): HPQ,IBM,INTC,MSFT

6 High Dividend Yield Stocks with Bearish Short Trends

Shares shorted is a very helpful tool to gauge the sentiment surrounding a stock – if a stock sees a significant increase in shares shorted, it indicates that the market is more bearish on the company’s outlook. We ran a screen on stocks paying dividend yields above 3% and sustainable payout ratios below 50% for those seeing significant increases in shares shorted month-over-month, a bearish change in sentiment. Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CTB,EAT,FFBC,FFIC,FFIN,KRO

The Biggest Dividend Boosters In The Market

Investing in high-dividend stocks is probably the best way to make serious profits for long-term investors. In spite of the great uncertainty in the market, there are still some stocks that are boosting their dividends, offering a great opportunity to return large profits. I have written many articles regarding the high-yielding stocks. CNBC recently made a list of the highest yielders of the Dow, which I have written about here , here , here , and here . Along with that, CNBC compiled another list of the stocks that are increasing dividends the most, which is a nice indicator to determine a healthy stock. I have examined all of these stocks from a fundamental perspective, and added my opinion... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): BMY,CAG,LLY,LMT,LO,PFE,RAI

3 Stocks With Rapid Dividend Growth Being Bought By Smart Money

If you like to follow the buying trends of “smart money” investors like mutual fund and hedge fund managers, you may be interested in this list. We ran a screen on stocks seeing rapid dividend growth, comparing the current year dividend estimate to the trailing-twelve-month dividend. We screened these stocks for those seeing significant net institutional purchases over the current quarter. ‪Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.‬ ‪ We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CNS,CYN,KT

Dividend Scan: RPM, EP, KBH, UNM, RBN

Amidst the flat movement of the U.S. market, several companies declared their future dividend plans. Some notable dividend payers are discussed here. RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM), which manufactures, markets, and sells various specialty chemical products to industrial and consumer markets worldwide, today announced that its board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.215 per share, payable on October 31, 2011, to stockholders of record as of October 17, 2011. This payment represents a 2.4 percent increase over the $0.21 quarterly cash dividend paid at this time last year. Shares gained 0.64, or $0.13, to trade at $20.56. El Paso Corp. (NYSE: EP), which operates in the natural gas transmission, and exploration and production sectors of the energy... more

iStockAnalystStock symbol(s): EP,KBH,RBN,RPM,UNM

6 Dividend Stocks That Weathered the Storm

A quarter to forgetThe third quarter's terrible performance for stocks reminded investors of just how bad things were three years ago. With the S&P 500 falling 14% in the third quarter, the market's decline was worse than any since the worst part of the 2008 bear market. It's not hard to understand why. After a lengthy bull run predicated on slow but steady economic growth in the U.S. and abroad, doubts began to emerge over whether the future will actually turn out to be as rosy as everyone hopes. Weak economic data from China suggest that the long, red-hot expansion there is at best cooling and at worst heading for a hard landing that could threaten to destabilize the nation's housing market, which some see as being in a bubble. Given the importance of Chinese growth... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): BMY,DUK,GIS,KMB,MCD,MO,CLF

The World's Best Dividend Portfolio

In June, I invested my money equally in a selection of 10 high-yield dividend stocks. Those names offer triple the yield of the average S&P 500 stock. You can read all the details here. Now let's check out the results so far.
The portfolio remains in negative territory, dropping sharply from a quick break into positive territory three weeks ago. But our outperformance narrowed in the past week, as markets climbed broadly higher. We're solidly outperforming the S&P by 4.5 percentage points, and seven of our 10 picks are still beating the S&P. That performance is also a reminder of the stability of dividend payers over time -- good downside protection and continued income but also less upside volatility. And we're still pumping out those dividends, while the... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): PM,SO,VOD,NLY,BIP,FTR,NGG

7 High-Yielding Stocks Trading Below Book Value

The stock market correction has created many new bargains. It certainly looks like the economy is slowing down and consumer confidence has weakened, so a soft patch is probably coming. However, some of these stocks have fallen to levels that might have already priced that in. A recession is typically considered to be about two quarters of negative economic growth. If the economy does not decline that much in the next couple of quarters, many stocks are poised to see a significant rebound. The stocks below are particularly interesting because they pay high dividend yields. The dividends will pay you to wait for the shares to rebound in these stocks, plus they are exceptionally cheap, as the names below trade below book value: RAIT Financial Trust (RAS) shares are trading at $3.49. RAIT is... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AHT,E,OLP,PEB,RAS,STWD,VE

9 Dividend Stocks Building Superior Long-Term Returns

Ned Davis Research examined the relative performances of stocks between 1972 and 2006 and established a link between rising dividends and superior long-term returns. The study found S&P 500 stocks that consistently increased their dividends returned 10.4% total return (dividends + share price appreciation), while those that did not increase their dividends returned only 8.2%. The 2.2% advantage of the dividend raisers would equate to an additional $1,802 per $100 invested in 1972. Below are several companies looking to provide their share holders with superior long-term returns by increasing their cash dividends: RPM International Inc. (RPM) manufactures, markets, and sells various specialty chemical products to industrial and consumer markets worldwide. October 6th the company... more

iStockAnalystStock symbol(s): CLC,EPHC,FUEL,GLW,IMN,NWN,OZRK,RPM,SMF