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Discouraging comments of Ben Bernanke on oil price rise pushed the US market to the negative zone, after having a positive start in the morning. Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.35 percent or 42.35 points to 12,183.99, and Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.68 percent or 18.89 points to 2,763.67. The Standard and Poor's 500 fell 0.48 percent or 6.41 points to 1,320.81. Amid market's negative movement, several companies declared their annual and quarterly dividends. Some notable dividend payers are discussed here.   St. Jude Medical Inc (NYSE: SJT) added 0.69 percent or $0.33 to $48.21 as it declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 21 cents per share, payable on April 29, 2011 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2011. Luxottica Group SpA (NYSE: LUX) has raised its cash... more


Highest-Yielding Utilities (You Might Actually Want to Buy)

The power of dividend investing is pretty well-known these days. Higher-yielding stocks tend to offer higher returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks, according to research from Jeremy Siegel and others. In fact, the 20 best-performing survivor stocks from the original S&P 500 in 1957 are all dividend payers. 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.... more

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The 25 Highest-Yielding MLPs

Dividend investing is popular again. Investors have taken to heart Jeremy Siegel's studies, which show that higher-yielding stocks tend to offer greater returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks. One particular area has garnered interest over the years are Master Limited Partnerships. Investors are drawn to MLPs for their high yields and tax deferment. MLPs don't pay taxes at the corporate level, so the tax burden then gets passed to the investor. Without getting into too much detail, because of structure of the partnerships and the distributions, investors are entitled to a serious tax deferral. Investors should fully understand what they are in for before buying MLPs, but for those willing to do the research it can be very profitable.... more


Top 100 Dividend Stocks

The image on the right gives a fairly accurate image of how quickly this year has been flying by. Events all around the world continue to have profound consequences on investors around the world. We have been doing our best trying to stay focused, trying to build passive income through a dividend portfolio. The same stock is back on top of the rankings, although there are some challengers and I would expect things to change in the near future. That being said, I think many other criteria need to be considered when picking dividend stocks and that is why I will be narrowing down the list later this week. What to look for Over the past few months, we have looked at quite a few criteria that have helped us find the best dividend stocks including current yield, dividend growth and also... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AA,AEG,BBT,DB,HBC,NLY,NU

7 High-Yield Preferred Stocks to Consider

You can smooth out the bumps and wild swings in the market through consistent dividend and interest payments, so we've screened for preferred stocks with consistent dividend payments.These debt instruments do not ebb and flow like common shares because of their nature. These companies’ preferred stocks have shown solid performance by paying out consistent dividends alongside positive price movements. To avoid credit rating downgrades, these firms aim to make the dividend payments.Aegon (AEG) (7.25% Perpetual Capital Securities) has made all dividend payments since its inception in September 2007. Investors of record at March 1 will receive the next dividend payment of $0.4531. The current yield is 7.4%. This security is rated BBB by S&P. The company focuses on life... more

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Dividend Champions for March 2011

The Dividend Champions spreadsheet and PDF have been updated through 2/28/11 and are available here . N ote that all references to Champions mean companies that have paid higher dividends for at least 25 straight years; Contenders have streaks of 10-24 years; Challengers have streaks of 5-9 years. During the past month, I have focused on updating the listings for dividend increases and other announcements. Following is a discussion of my latest efforts. What's New During February, the Dividend Challengers were joined by several new companies that have reached the five-year level of dividend increases, including Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) , Flowserve (FLS) , Southwest Gas (SWX) , and ... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): DNB,FLS,NHI,NPK,NVS,RAVN,SWX,TGH,TRI

Will NutriSystem Shares Soon See a Dividend Cut?

NutriSystem, Inc. (NTRI) reported earnings and guidance last week (see conference call transcript here) which resulted in a major drop in the stock price. The shares traded for about $20 on February 24, and have since fallen to about $13. Fourth quarter revenues fell to $87.9 million compared to $105.5 million in the same period last year. For the full year (2010), revenues were $509.5 million, down from $524.6 million in 2009. Earnings per share totaled $1.12 for 2010 vs. 92 cents per diluted share in 2009. Going forward, the company said it was seeing heavy competition and price discounts taking effect on financials results.... more

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Molson Coors: Increasing Market Share and Dividends

Last week The New York Times announced that the NHL has signed a 7 year deal with Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP) worth $400 million. This will put increased pressure on Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) who previously held the deal for less than half the price, but retains the rights to the NFL and MLB. However, an executive from Molson Coors insists they have data that shows that hockey fans drink more beer than any other professional sports league. Now I’m not sure if I believe their statistics regarding hockey fan beer consumption, but as a die-hard fan speaking from observation I would think that its generally correct. Beer tends to be very inelastic in terms of price, in that demand remains relatively constant as prices rise. Evidence of this can be found by standing in the long... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): TAP

Emerging Market Dividend ETFs May Lower Portfolio Risk

State Street didn’t invent the concept of dividend-oriented exposure to emerging markets. The Matthews Fund family has been ultra successful with its Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (MAPIX) for many years. What’s more, WisdomTree’s Emerging Market Equity Income ETF (DEM) tracks an emerging market dividend index and has been a mainstay since July 2007. With that said, MAPIX focuses exclusively on Asia, carries an annual expense ratio north of 1%, and is less “liquid” with end-of-the-day pricing. WisdomTree’s DEM is far more diversified across emerging markets, yet nearly one-third of the fund is concentrated in its top 10 holdings and the Current P/E may be regarded by some as a bit rich (12.3). The question, then, is whether or not SPDR S&P... more

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5 Technology Titans Offering Growing Dividend, Capital Appreciation Potential (Part I)

To think that only 50 years ago there was no Intel (INTC) or Microsoft (MSFT) is mind-boggling. Certainly a lot has happened over the past five decades. But as it applies to investing in common stocks, something perhaps even more remarkable is now occurring. Our once, hyper growth technology stocks have morphed into stodgy old growth and income investments. Just like the technology industry itself, the pace at which this has occurred is mind numbing. Five Technology Titans for Growth and Growth of Income Fifty years ago investors looking for income would never have considered the leading technology stocks that brought us the information age. However, fast forward to present time, and these once fast growing growth stocks have morphed into dividend paying blue-chip, growth and income... more

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