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Pfizer'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): PFE,AZN,MRK,TEVA

4 Stocks Growing Their Dividends

Dividend sustainability is paramount for the high-yield investor. Having a stock cut its dividend could potentially crush their income. A high-yield investor is less concerned about dividend growth than maintaining the current high-yield. Most traditional dividend growth stocks pay a moderate to low yield, thus sustainability is not enough - the dividend growth investor also expects substantial and consistent growth.Below are several companies not only sustaining their dividends, but growing them: National Fuel Gas Company (NFG) operates as a diversified energy company primarily in the United States. June 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.9% to $0.355 per share. This action marks the 109th year of uninterrupted dividend payments and the 41st consecutive year that National... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CAT,NFG,ROK,TGT

4 Oversold Dividend Stocks With Low Debt

If you’re considering dividend stocks, you should also consider the amount of debt those companies are holding. Because debtholders are always paid before dividends to shareholders, large amounts of company debt can threaten a dividend’s stability. We ran a screen on today’s technically oversold stocks (with RSI(14) < 40) for those that pay handsome dividend yields (above 2% based on the most recent quarter). These companies also have low long-term debt under 10% of market cap. We also controlled for sustainable payout ratios less than 35%.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. ... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AMAT,BBY,BOH,MSFT

52-Week Lows: 9 High Yield Stocks With Good Coverage Ratios

Are you a contrarian looking to boost your portfolio’s income? Then this may be an interesting list for you to begin your own research. To construct this list we looked for stocks with the following characteristics: Dividend yield greater than 2%, payout ratio below 40% Reaching 52-week low Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) operating cash flow per share > annual dividend per share TTM levered free cash flow per share > annual dividend per share Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six 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... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CSC,GPS,MDP,MSFT,NWL,PFCB,PHG,TX,WHR

28 Companies Expected to Increase Their Dividends in the Next 10 Weeks

In compiling the Dividend Champions list (found here) I get to see which companies are nearing the anniversaries of their previous dividend increases. Since most of these firms raise their payout about the same time every year, I can say with some confidence that they are likely to do so again. Format Refined With this article in the new twice-monthly format, I'm again extending the forward look to a period of about 10 weeks. The previous article appeared on May 26th and can be found here.and that article extended the forward look from 60 days to more than nine weeks. But there were still some companies that seem to... more


How Good Are the Fool's 4 Special Dividend Plays?

We continue to examine stock portfolio recommendations from luminary publications to see whether we can mix ETFs and equities to create a portfolio with good risk/return properties that is easy to live with for the long term investor. Recently both Forbes and The Street have made recommendations for growth stocks for value investors. We recently covered the Forbes offering which was: Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT) AmTrust Financial Services, Inc (AFSI) Calavo Growers, Inc. (CVGW) Coca-Cola Company (KO) Tata Motors Ltd Tata Motors (TTM) AmerisourceBergen Corporation (ABC) Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (CALM) Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI) Tim Hortons Inc. (THI) We then covered the Street's offering which was: Apple Inc. (AAPL) Polo Ralph... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): NLY,SSW,UAN,VOD

10 Dividend Stocks for the Next Decade

However, what could be shocking to many investors is that many dividend darlings paying juicy yields north of 5% have been consistently paying high yields for over a decade. Take dividend darling Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY) . The company currently yields an astonishing 13.4%. That can't be sustainable, right? Well, past results on its yield might surprise investors. At this date in each of the past 10 years, Annaly's dividend has exceeded 3.4%, a total nearly double where the S&P 500's overall 1.8% yield sits at today. Take a gander at the continued outsized dividends Annaly has paid out on this day over the past 10 years!... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): SO,TNH,VGR,NLY,BPT,FGP,MO

12 Dividend Stocks You Must Own Regardless of Age

It is well known that asset allocation is the most fundamental aspect of financial planning. The investments of say, a sophomore in high school, a college graduate, a middle-aged couple with two children, or a retired couple with no dependents but is looking to leave behind a small fortune, should look very, very different from each other. By asset allocation I am referring to how your portfolio is divided into cash, bonds, stocks, possibly commodities, and eventually homes; each carrying a varying level of significance depending on your age and needs. Americans under 30 prefer to keep a lot in cash as the mainstream media has drilled the phrase disposable income into our heads as something that needs to be spent, since it's good for the economy. If this group's childhood was... more


5 High-Yielding Stocks With Low Beta and Improving ROE

Are you searching for stocks that will increase your portfolio’s income while reducing your exposure to systemic risk? If so, this may be an interesting starting point for your own analysis. To construct this list we looked for stocks with the following characteristics: Dividend yield above 2%. Beta between 0 to 0.5. Rising return on equity (ROE) for the recent quarter, on a year-over-year basis. In order to focus on quality improvements of the ROE, we performed a DuPont analysis on these names and focused on those candidates that experienced: Improving profit margin, i.e. higher Net Income/ Revenues. Improving asset turnover, i.e. higher Sales/Assets. Decreasing leverage ratio, i.e. lower Assets/Equity. Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ENIA,MGEE,MMP,NHC,WEC

The Highest-Yielding Utilities Worth Your Time

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 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

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