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A Dividend Champion Portfolio for August

In December 2010, I created a screen/hypothetical portfolio called the "High Yield Dividend Champion Portfolio." The screen is tracked publicly as a continuous hypothetical portfolio with a starting balance of $100,000. Like many of the screens, strategies, and portfolios I track and prefer, this strategy takes a small number of historically relevant ideas, to create a simple, yet powerful action plan for the individual investor. As I have previously detailed, Some studies have shown that the highest yielding, low payout stocks perform better over time than stocks with higher payouts and lower yields. This portfolio attempts to capture the best high yield, low payout stocks with a history of raising dividends. There are numerous ways to gauge the "best" high yield/low payout stocks. The... more


3M Board Declares Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors of 3M (NYSE: MMM) today declared a dividend on the company’s common stock of 55 cents per share for the third quarter of 2011, payable Sept. 12, 2011, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 19, 2011. 3M has paid dividends to its shareholders without interruption for 95 years.... more

BusinessWireStock symbol(s): MMM

4 Oversold Dividend Stocks Correlated to Market Volatility

The VIX index, also known as the "fear gauge," measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 index options, and it increases when market uncertainty takes over. If a stock has a high historical correlation with the VIX, it has tended to perform well during times of volatility and uncertainty. But of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results. We ran a screen on dividend stocks that are technically oversold (with RSI(14) below 40). We screened these stocks for those with high historical correlations with VIX over the past three months. 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... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): APSA,IEP,KOF,MSFT

3 Dividend Stocks Worth Substituting for Their Corporate Bonds

Now that S&P has downgraded the US Government debt to AA+ there will be many questions about the interest rates on bonds, mortgages and even CDs. A question that I have is: Which is safer, bonds with falling credit ratings or common stocks with long histories of raising the dividend? With the excessively low corporate bond yields (10-yr AAA 2.58%, 20-yr AAA 4.67%), I believe their yields will rise with US Treasury bond yields. In addition, to maintain the equity risk premium, common stocks will rise in price simultaneously. At present many of David Fish's “CCC” stocks with yields comparable to corporate bonds are at 52 week lows on the price chart. With the rising yields on bonds, the price will fall to obtain the new required market yield. A look at the change in... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): LMT,PG,WM

6 Highly Undervalued Dividend Stocks Being Snapped Up by the Smart Money

Analysts follow the buying trends of institutional investors (a.k.a. the “smart money”) because institutions spend more time analyzing companies and have more knowledge about those companies than most investors. We ran a screen on dividend stocks that appear undervalued from two price ratios: PEG below 1 and P/FCF below 10. We screened these undervalued dividend stocks for those that have seen significant net institutional buying 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.Your browser does not support iframes. We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ART,BBY,GLT,MKSI,NNI,SYA

Investors Title Company Declares Quarterly Dividend

J. Allen Fine, Chairman of the Board of Investors Title Company (Nasdaq: ITIC), announced today that the Company's Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $.07 per share to shareholders of record September 1, 2011, payable September 15, 2011.... more

BusinessWireStock symbol(s): ITIC

Managed High Yield Plus Fund Inc. Dividend Declaration and Updated Price and Yield Information

Managed High Yield Plus Fund Inc. (the "Fund") (HYF), a closed-end management investment company, today announced that the Fund’s Board of Directors has declared a dividend from net investment income of $0.0175 per share. The amount of this dividend more closely reflects the current earnings for the Fund. Previously, the Fund had been paying a monthly dividend of $0.0200 per share.... more


Time to Rotate to High-Yield Services Stocks?

Recently we argued that defensive investing with high-dividend-yielding Industrials may be a better strategy for the near future. Although defensive investing in some sectors doesn't usually bring in the best returns in bull markets, investing with a margin of safety can be highly valuable in down markets. The same strategy can be applied to other sectors, such as the Services sector. Since last year, the risky services stocks with low dividend yields performed better than the defensive services stocks with high dividend yields. However, defensive stocks are generally safer and provide better protection in down markets. We believe investors should be cautious about the upcoming inflationary environment. As we are concerned about the Fed's loose monetary policy, we think investors... more


6 Best Dividend Stocks to DRIP

As seen in this list, many companies do not charge fees to enroll in their dividend reinvestment plan. This is extremely useful because otherwise the transaction costs can greatly add up. Let’s take a look at six stocks from this list that are ripe for DRIPing. 3M Co. (MMM) - This company was trading at 52-week highs in July, but since then the stock has crashed due to Wall Street’s mass exodus. It has a yield of 2.7%. Regardless, 3M is attractive for a variety of reasons. As discussed here, 3M offers a good dividend yield without sacrificing too much of its earnings per share. Analysts currently have the stock targeted to break $100, and the company has strong profitability along with a low level of debt. These factors are clearly a recipe for success. Additionally, 3M also... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): DOW,DUK,HNZ,MMM,PG,XOM

CSC Board Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Board of Directors of CSC (NYSE: CSC) has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share on the company’s Common Stock. The dividend will be paid on October 4, 2011 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 7, 2011.... more

BusinessWireStock symbol(s): CSC