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CTI Industries (CTIB) Declares $0.05 Quarterly Dividend; 3.3% Yield

CTI Industries Corporation (Nasdaq: CTIB) has declared a dividend of $0.05 per share, $0.20 annualized. The record date for determining shareholders entitled to receive the dividend is December 20, 2010. The dividend will be paid on or about December 28, 2010. The ex-dividend date is December 24, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.3%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): CTIB

Google Owes You a Dividend

What's the point, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)? You're carrying $33.4 billion in cash and marketable securities on your balance sheet, but it's not as if you're going to use it.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): GOOG,MSFT,BIDU,F

Avoiding the Dividend Trap: Quality Reigns Supreme

Dividend-paying stocks are often seen as being higher-quality and stabler than their non-dividend-paying counterparts. Thus, they can be viewed as the next step up on the risk/return spectrum between lower-risk bonds and higher-risk stocks. But there is a point at which dividend-paying stocks actually become riskier than the average stock. Earlier this summer, shares of BP (BP) offered a trailing 12-month dividend yield of 9%. This would be a great deal if it was sustainable, after all Exxon Mobil's (XOM) yield is less than 3%. But the market was correctly forecasting that BP's dividend would be cut. Another example is New Century Financial, a subprime mortgage REIT that offered a dividend yield of around 18% at the peak of the housing bubble. That high dividend was nothing more than a... more


Skeptical of Navios Maritime's Success: Beware Dividend Longevity and MLP Status

On May 20, 2008, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) hit an all time high of 11,793. Not surprisingly, the market values of dry bulk vessels were also close to maximum. A brand new capesize could be sold for $150 mln, while a new panamax was worth about $100 mln. It is quite well known what happened afterwards. BDI crashed and never recovered, just like ship prices. By December 10, 2010, BDI was at 2,095, a new capesize could easily be bought for $63 mln. and a new panamax cost less than $45 mln.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): NM,NMM

Market Performance, Dividend Yields Enhance Appeal of Chile's Premier Banks

The top five banks of Chile based on assets held at the end of 2009 are noted below in descending order: 1. Banco Santander Chile (SAN) Current Dividend Yield: 2.91%... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ITCB,BCH,ECH,SAN

GE Raises Dividend for Second Time in 2010: Should You Care?

Last week industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE) raised distributions by 17% to 14 cents/share. Equity investors viewed this boost in a positive way, sending GE stock price higher for the day. This was the second dividend increase for GE in 2010, after the company boosted its payout by 20% earlier this year to 12 cents/share. Dividend increases are typically a bullish sign from companies, which shows their confidence that their business would be able to generate sufficient cash flow in order to pay the higher distribution amount. For GE however, this stunning 40% increase in the quarterly distribution comes after it cut dividends from 31 cent/share to 10 cents/share in 2009 during the financial crisis. Furthermore, investors who are hoping that GE might eventually restore its... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CHRW,EIX,ERIE,GE,NUE,OXY,ROP,SYK,TTC

Waddell & Reed (WDR) Declares $0.20 Quarterly Dividend; 2.3% Yield

Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE: WDR) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per common share, $0.80 annualized. The dividend is payable on February 1, 2011 to stockholders of record as of January 3, 2011. The ex-dividend date is December 30, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 2.3%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): WDR

Entergy Corporation: Inexpensive Stock for Dividend and Value Investors

Overview The market (SPY) is up 13.68% YTD. If you are looking for an inexpensive stock that didn’t follow the market, you should consider Entergy Corporation (ETR). At $70.37, ETR is trading at only 2.51% from its year low of $68.65 reached on December 9, 2010. The stock is also trading at 44.80% from its all-time high of $127.48 reached on January 8, 2008.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ETR

Freeport-McMoRan Surprises With Split, Dividend

The business of selling copper to China is even better than expected for Freeport-McMoRan (FXC), one of the world's leading miners and especially prominent as a player in the copper markets. FXC pleased investors today by announcing a special one-time $1 dividend and a two-for-one stock split as a way to return excess cash to shareholders.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): FXC

Dividend Aristocrat Johnson & Johnson's Recent Troubles Create Long Term Opportunity

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis: Company Description: Johnson & Johnson is a leader in the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products industries. Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): JNJ