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Highest-Yielding Health Care Stocks (You Might Actually Want to Buy)

The power of dividend investing is pretty well-known these days. Higher-yielding stocks tend to offer higher returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks, according to research from Jeremy Siegel and others. In fact, the 20 best-performing survivor stocks from the original S&P 500 in 1957 are all dividend payers. 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 rising in value turn into a "return accelerator" when prices rise.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): ABT,BAX,BDX,LLY,MDT,PPDI,SYK

Increased Dividend Payout a 'Top Priority' at State Street - And Other Banks Too?

Many financial companies will significantly increase their common stock dividends this year. In an article here last January 3rd, we identified seven firms that are most likely to announce higher dividends in the next few weeks. Among those was State Street Corporation (STT), which yesterday held an investor day. State Street is one of the world’s largest asset managers and financial services providers. It was profitable throughout the economic downturn, financial panic of 2008, its aftermath, and subsequent economic recovery. In 4Q2008, it cut its quarterly dividend from $0.24 to $0.01, a current dividend yield of 0.08% based on yesterday’s closing price of $47.78. Consensus earnings estimates are $3.69 and $4.28 in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Following its December securities... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): BK,COF,JPM,PNC,STT,USB,WFC

How Long Can Mosaic's Dividends Last?

Whether you're a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can you give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth. At The Motley Fool, we're avid fans of dividends -- and not just because we like that steady stream of cash. Studies have shown that from 1972 to 2006, stocks in the S&P 500 that don't pay dividends have earned an average annual return of 4.1%; dividend stocks, however, have averaged a whopping 10.1% per year. That is an incredible difference -- one that you'd be crazy to not take... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): AGU,MON,MOS,POT

20 CEOs Showing Confidence With Increased Dividends

A person’s character is determined by how they behave when no one else is looking and during difficult times. In much the same way, we can learn a lot about a company’s management when they face adversity. One metric I look at closely during a downturn is cash generation relative to earnings. The ability of a company to grow its dividend throughout the economic cycle is highly dependent on the management’s ability to generate cash in a downturn.... more


Abbott Laboratories: Dividend Stock Analysis

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of health care products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Pharmaceutical Products, Diagnostic Products, Nutritional Products, and Vascular Products. The company is a Dividend Aristocrat which has increased distributions for 38 years in a row.Over the past decade this dividend stock has delivered an annualized total return of 3.10% to its loyal shareholders.The company has managed to deliver an average increase in EPS of 8.40% per year since 2000. Analysts expect Abbott Laboratories to earn $4.17 per share in 2010 and $4.66 per share in 2011. This would be a nice increase from the $3.69/share the company earned in 2009. The growth would come from increase in sales in rheumatoid arthritis and... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ABT

Rio's Profit Triples and Dividend Doubles

This article has been adapted from our sister site across the pond, Fool UK. Shareholders ofRio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) must be feeling a warm glow today, after the mining firm released itsfull-year resultsfor 2010.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): RIO

11 Highest Dividend Stocks

You'll find that the stocks below are sporting some pretty nice dividends, but don't just dive into one of the stocks listed below without doing first the necessary due diligence required. With the recent market rally, a lot of dividends have been diluted due to price appreciation, so the best strategy going forward is to watch these stocks and wait for a pullback in the ones that you are targeting specifically before putting any capital to work. On a side note, I would say this particular stock screen elicits a lot of controversy about the quality of the dividends, and whether they are dependable. I realize that not all of these companies are going to be able to keep the high dividend that they are paying out - I'm just trying to give you some ideas for you to generate fixed incomes... more

iStockAnalystStock symbol(s): AGNC,ANH,ARR,CIM,CYS,IVR,NLY,RSO,TWORWX

The Most Promising Dividends in Chemicals

Dividend payers deserve a berth in any long-term stock portfolio. But seemingly attractive dividend yields are not always as fetching as they may appear. Let's see which companies in the chemicals industry offer the most promising dividends. 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.... more


Dividend Report Card: Yum! Brands

In this series, we analyze financial metrics to begin answering the following questions about a company's dividend: Over time, has this company steadily increased its payouts? How sustainable is the dividend? Does the company have room to further increase the dividend? The Dividend Report Card wasn't designed as a buy or sell signal but rather as a tool to gauge the health of a company's dividend. For a full explanation of each category, click here for a tutorial.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): WEN,YUM,MCD,SBUX

12 Emerging Market Dividend Giants Worthy of a Closer Look

Too often income investors search for dividend yields only within U.S. borders and many times focus on just the domestic telecom and utilities sectors. So we decided to shine some light on a few income opportunities outside the U.S. in emerging markets. We ran a screen for emerging market names that yield over 3.5% and we came up with a list of 12 names that span the globe from Argentina to China to Panama and the Philippines.... more