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U.S. Sectors: 10-Year Best and Worst Period Returns, Yield, Volatility and Mean Returns


This table shows the best and worst three-month, one-year and three-year total return, the trailing yield, and the standard deviation, mean return and Sharpe Ratio for three years, five years and 10 years for ETFs that are proxies for the S&P 500 and nine sectors. Note: The classification system used by S&P actually has ten sectors, but the SPDR sector funds are only nine in number. XLK includes both technology and telecom. The ten ETFs analyzed are: SPY (S&P 500 index) XLB (materials) XLE (energy) XLF (financials) XLI (industrials) XLK (technology/telecom) XLP (consumer staples) XLU (utilities) XLV (healthcare) XLY (consumer cyclicals) Click image to enlarge For each attribute, ETFs with a better number than SPY are shaded green. These data may be useful to some... more


SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): SPY,XLB,XLE,XLF,XLI,XLK,XLP,XLU,XLV,XLY

6 Dividend Champions With Strong Sources of Profitability

If you are considering stocks for their dividends, be sure to also consider the company’s profitability – if a firm’s profitability suffers, its dividend yield may be the first to go. We ran a screen on dividend champions, stocks that have consistently raised their dividends for the past 25 years. We ran DuPont analysis of return on equity (ROE) profitability on these dividend champions. ROE can be broken up into three components such that increases in ROE can be attributed to those components. ROE = (Net Profit/Equity) = (Net profit/Sales)*(Sales/Assets)*(Assets/Equity) = (Net Profit margin)*(Asset turnover)*(Leverage ratio) Analyzing the sources of returns for a company, we can focus on companies with the following characteristics: Increasing ROE along with, • ... more


SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): DOV,FUL,NC,PH,RAVN,TNC

LCNB Corp. Declares Third Quarter Dividend

The Directors of LCNB Corp. (OTCBB: LCNB) at their meeting on July 25, 2011, declared a Third Quarter dividend of $.16 per share on the company's common stock. The dividend will be paid on September 15th to shareholders of record September 1, 2011.... more


BusinessWireStock symbol(s): LCNB

First Potomac Realty Trust Declares Dividends on Common and Preferred Shares

First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE: FPO), a leading owner of office and industrial properties in the greater Washington, D.C. region, today announced that its Board of Trustees has declared a dividend of $0.20 per common share for the Company's second quarter ended June 30, 2011. The dividend, which equates to an annualized rate of $0.80 per share, is payable on August 12, 2011, to common shareholders of record on August 5, 2011.... more


BusinessWireStock symbol(s): FPO

Crane Co. Declares Third Quarter Dividend and Announces 13% Dividend Increase

Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products, is pleased to announce its Board of Directors today declared a 13% increase in its quarterly dividend, to $0.26 per share from $0.23 per share. The dividend is payable on September 9, 2011 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 31, 2011. The indicated annual dividend rate will now be $1.04 per share.... more


BusinessWireStock symbol(s): CR

CF Industries' 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 1 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 free cash flow per... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): CF,TNH,SQM,POT

The Most Promising Dividends in Title Insurance

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 S&P 500."... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): AGO,FNF,MTG,ORI,PMI,RDN,STC

U.K. Dividends Hit a 3-Year High

In the second quarter of this year, the cash dividends paid to shareholders by U.K.-listed companies hit their highest level since the collapse of U.S. investment bankLehman Brothers in September 2008. Hence, in my view, it's time investors stuffed a few more dividend giants into their portfolios. A cataract of cashThanks to improving trading conditions and strengthened balance sheets, British businesses hiked their dividends by more than a quarter (27%) on the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest Capita Registrars Dividend Monitor Report. This growth takes dividends to a three-year high, which is great news for investors.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): BP,GSK,HBC,LYG,RBS

British American Tobacco'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 free cash... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): PM,MO,LO

9 Big-Dividend REITs Near 52-Week Lows

Here, I'll try to do the initial legwork for you. To prevent us from being inundated with scores of disparate companies, I'll conduct my search by industry. This will allow us to make some initial comparisons among semi-related companies. Today, let's look at mortgage REITs. Below, are the nine high-yielding mortgage REITs that are within 20% of their 52-week lows and above $1 billion in market cap.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): AGNC,CIM,CYS,IVR,MFA,NLY,RWT,STWD