Daily dividend news for investors in dividend stocks

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

Dividend Portfolio November Update: An $11,000 Annualized Income?

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in November, extending the streak to 5 consecutive months of increases after June 2010′s decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 34 of the last 36 months. My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and updated in my 2010 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CINF,KMB,MDT,OMI,PFF

3 Dividend Paying Tech Stocks That Have Been Dead Money Since 2000

During the 1990s, investing in tech stocks was fashionable and extremely profitable as the dot-com boom was in full swing. Though most tech stocks did not pay any dividends, investors bet on them for their growth prospects. That strategy worked out well until the party ended. The following graphic shows how six tech stocks produced phenomenal returns during each company’s exponential growth periods:... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AAPL,CSCO,GOOG,INTC,MSFT,BBRY

Does Higher Dividend Payout = Higher Earnings Growth?

Today I am adding to my recent articles on dividends (I like dividends! and Surprise higher dividend payout = higher earnings growth), as I finally found the research by Zhou and Ruland: called “Dividend payout and future earnings” I first read this article back in 2006 when it came out in the Financial Analyst Journal; its implications are pretty profound and counterintuitive to a lot of people/investors.... more


Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fourth Week of December

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends'. This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend. This technique generally works only in bull markets. In flat or choppy markets, you have to be extremely careful. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable Excel list of the stocks going ex dividend during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CPB,HNZ,POR

Tim Hortons' Dividends May Not Last Forever

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 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): WEN,YUM,MCD,THI

2 Dividend Stocks to Watch and 1 to Buy Right Now

What companies are tomorrow's big winners? In our ongoing series, I'm chatting with Fool analysts and advisors to discover the stocks they're watching and the catalysts that would signal it's time to buy. Today, newly minted advisor of Fool U.K.'s Dividend Edge service Todd Wenning shares two dividend-paying companies on his watchlist, and one that you should buy today. (For your convenience, you can now create your own version at MyWatchlist.com, your free customized hub to follow the performance and Fool coverage of the companies you care about.)... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): PSO,INTC,AZN

W&T Offshore (WTI) Declares Special Dividend of 66c/Share, Yielding 3.86%

W&T Offshore (NYSE: WTI) declares a special dividend of 66c/share, payable on Dec. 29 to shareholders of record on Dec. 21. The ex-dividend date is Dec. 17. The yield on the special dividend is 3.86%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): WTI

Horace Mann (HMN) Boosts Qtr. Dividend by 37.5% to 11c/Share, Yielding 2.48%

Horace Mann (NYSE: HMN) has raised its quarterly dividend by 37.5% from 8c to 11c per common share. The dividend is payable on Dec. 31 to shareholders on record as of Dec. 20. The ex-dividend date is Dec. 16. Based on today's closing price of $17.73, the dividend yield moves from 1.80% to 2.48%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): HMN