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How to Evaluate Dividend Payers

We've said a lot about dividends here at The Motley Fool, but despite all our advice, it can still be difficult to pick the right dividend payers for your portfolio. Utility companies can be a crucial part of a dividend portfolio. Let's see which factors matter most in selecting a long-term winner from this sector. Utility playersHigh-yielding utility companies Southern Company (NYSE: SO), Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), Nstar (NYSE: NST), Exelon (NYSE: EXC), and National Grid (NYSE: NGG) can help us learn how to evaluate dividend payers. The table below displays the year-to-date, dividend-adjusted returns, as well as the current dividend yield for these stocks:... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): EXC,NGG,NST,PGN,SO

Virco Mfg. (VIRC) Declares $0.025 Quarterly Dividend; 3.7% Yield

Virco Mfg. Corporation (Nasdaq: VIRC) announced the declaration of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.025 per share, $0.10 annualized. The dividend is payable December 3, 2010, to stockholders of record on November 5, 2010. The ex-dividend date is November 3, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.7%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): VIRC

DST Systems (DST) Declares $0.30 Quarterly Dividend; 2.7% YIeld

DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.30 per common share, $1.20 annualized. The dividend will be payable November 5, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 21, 2010. The ex-dividend date is October 19, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 2.7%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): DST

Tanger Factory Outlet (SKT) Declares $0.3875 Quarterly Dividend; 3.2% Yield

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT) declared a dividend of $0.3875 per common share, $1.55 annualized. The dividend is payable November 15, 2010, to holders of record on October 29, 2010. The ex-dividend date is October 27, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.2%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): SKT

Dividend Champions Rewarding Shareholders

The Dividend Champions list of companies that have paid higher dividends for at least 25 straight years can be found here and has been updated through September 30. Yesterday, I posted the fifth in the series of Dividend Champions Smackdowns, which focused on the newly added fundamental data, beginning with the dividend payout ratio. (You can read that here.) I narrowed the field to companies whose payout ratio was below 50%. My reasoning was that these companies' dividends are relatively safe and that there is still plenty of room for increases. But at least one commenter thought that this approach unfairly eliminated some excellent companies, such as utilities, tobacco companies, and real estate investment trusts, all of which deliberately pay out more than 50% of earnings to... more


Provident Energy (PVX) Announces Conversion to a Dividend Paying Corp.; Dividend Reduced 25% to $0.045

Provident Energy Trust (NYSE: PVX) announces that they plan on a reorganization into a dividend paying corporation on or about January 1, 2011. The transition is subject to unitholder, court and regulatory approval. Pursuant to the conversion, unitholders will receive one common share of Provident Energy Ltd. for each Trust Unit. Provident's will have a new dividend level of $0.045 per share/month. This is down 25% from the current level of $0.06 per unit. Click here for more from the release.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): PVX

Constellation Energy: The Most Undervalued Utility Dividend Stock in the S&P 500

Looking for undervalued dividend paying stocks in the dividend rich Utility sector? This week we screened the S&P 500 for low Price/Earnings Growth, Low Price/Book, Low Debt dividend stocks, and came up with Constellation Energy Group, (CEG). CEG is a diversified electric utility stock with one of the lowest "unadjusted" PEG ratios we've seen in awhile (.15). CEG Profile Highlights:... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CEG

Richardson Electronics (RELL) Reports Q1 EPS of 47c; Declares 2c/Share Qtr. Dividend

Richardson Electronics Ltd. (Nasdaq: RELL) reports Q1 EPS of $0.47, vs. the $0.11 reported during the same quarter last year. Revenue for the quarter was $137.1 million, which compares to the estimate of $122.43 million. Declares a quarterly cash dividend of 2c/share.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): RELL

Apogee Enterprises (APOG) Declares $0.0815 Quarterly Dividend; 3.3% Yield

Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOG) announced it has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0815 per share, $0.326 annualized. The dividend is payable on November 10, 2010 to shareholders of record on October 26, 2010. The ex-dividend date is October 24, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.3%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): APOG

Corning Inc. (GLW) Declares $0.05 Quarterly Dividend; 1.1% Yield

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today declared a quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.05 per share, $0.20 annualized. The dividend is payable on December 17, 2010, to holders of record November 17, 2010. The ex-dividend date is November 15, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.1%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): GLW