Daily dividend news for investors in dividend stocks

RPC Inc. (RES) Swings to Q4 Profit; Increases Quarterly Dividend 47% to $0.07; Yields 1.6%

RPC Inc. (NYSE: RES) reported Q4 EPS of $0.38, $0.03 better than the analyst estimate of $0.35. Revenue for the quarter came in at $328.14 million versus the consensus estimate of $325.97 million. The company also declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per share, $0.28 annualized. The dividend is a 47.4% increase from the current rate of $0.0475. The dividend is payable March 10, 2011 to common stockholders of record at the close of business on February 10, 2011. The ex-dividend date is February 8, 2011. Yield on the dividend is 1.6%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): RES

Praxair (PX) Increases Quarterly Dividend 11% to $0.50; Yields 2.2%

Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.50 per common share, $2.00 annualized. The dividend is an 11% increase from the current rate of $0.45. The dividend is payable on March 15, 2011 to shareholders of record on March 7, 2011. The ex-dividend date is March 3, 2011. Yield on the dividend is 2.2%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): PX

Seven Sin Stocks With Heavenly Dividend Yields

Many companies in arguably unattractive industries offer high dividend yields on top of solid and predictable cash flows. Investors will have a variety of opinions concerning what they will allow into their portfolio, and so here's a glance at some solid dividend payers in the tobacco and alcoholic beverage industries.Phillip Morris International... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): BTI,DEO,LO,MO,PM,RAI,TAP

3 High Growth Stocks With a Track Record of Raising Dividends

The following is a list of high growth stocks, as defined by past sales growth and projected EPS growth. All of the companies have market caps north of $300M, reporting sales growth of more than 20% over the past five years. In addition, these companies have projected EPS growth rates above 20% for the next five years.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): HMC,KYO,SNP

Are Analysts Right About Berkshire's Valuation and the Possibility of a Dividend?

Speculation as to whether Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B, BRK-A) will begin dividend payments to shareholders has risen again, but this time with fresh, convincing arguments in favor of it. Barron's issued a report on Berkshire here suggesting that the company may pay a dividend as early as this year.Analysts at Stifel Nikolaus & Co. reiterated their “sell” rating in response, noting reserve requirements in Berkshire's insurance business were favorable through the September period. While Stifel analysts continue to miss the “big picture” on Berkshire's undervaluation, namely its earnings power and ultimately profitable short puts positions we wrote about here, the insurance business is the key reason why Buffett will refrain from issuing a dividend.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AXP,BNI,BRK-A,BRK-B,SPY,USG,WSC

10 High Yield Dividend Stocks That Also Offer Growth and Sustainability

It’s human nature for new income investors to focus on yield. Many eventually learn that above average yields often carry an above average risk of a dividend cut, loss of invested capital or both. People involved in extreme sports/hobbies, such as base jumping, hang gliding and shark diving, do things to minimize risk and protect themselves. In much the same way those investing in high yield dividend stocks, can do certain things to increase their chance of success.Evaluate High Yield Stocks CarefullyWhen a stock carries a high yield, there is an underlying reason. Here are some questions to consider to help you understand the stock:... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): BPL,CTL,IRET,MCY,NNN,O,ORI,T,UHT,VVC

Top 14 Dividend Champions: Sweet Spot for Total Return (Part 1)

Considering today's low-interest environment, dividend paying common stocks are rapidly becoming a more and more popular option for investors seeking income. Identifying dividend paying companies that have a long history of growing their dividends provides icing on the cake. The old investing adage that says you should strive to make your money work as hard for you as you worked for it, proves sage advice. Therefore, in this vein, the hardest working portfolio you could possess is one that gets you a raise in pay each year. You deserve it, and the right dividend paying common stocks are capable of giving you a raise each year. Common sense would dictate that the best place to find dividend paying companies that can give you a raise in pay each year is from lists of companies that have... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ABT,AFL,CL,JNJ,MCD,MDT,PEP,PG,SYY,VFC,XOM

20 High Yield, Highly Profitable Stocks

The following is a list of high yield dividend stocks. All of the companies mentioned below have been more profitable than their competitors over the last five years, when comparing gross and net profit margins. This list might offer an interesting starting point to a dividend investor.... more


World Wrestling Entertainment's Disappointing Earnings Guidance Is Bad News for Its Dividend

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) dropped 7% Monday due to earnings guidance well below expectations (see earnings projections here). It said earnings will be between $.08 and $.10 a share on Feb. 10, much less than analysts' expectations of $.16 a share. Originally, the stock had dropped over 14%, but then quickly recovered half its losses.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): WWE

Expect Another Special Dividend From Limited Brands

I've been looking for companies that reward their shareholders. Limited Brands (LTD) handed out two special dividends to shareholders in 2010, totaling $4 a share. That caught my eye. Up until 2010, LTD had sent the same 15 cents to investors for each of the last 24 quarters; they hadn't dropped a special dividend since 2004. Is this the start of a more "special" relationship with investors or merely a one-time largesse? For those unfamiliar with LTD, the company is composed of Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, and La Scenza (currently a smaller portion of the business that sells overseas). LTD has the prerequisites needed to be mega shareholder friendly: a big insider position and bountiful cash generation. LTD has a whopping 17% insider holdings. I find companies with large... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): LTD