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S&P 500: Dividend Payers Are Outperforming Non-Payers

For the month of June and the first six months of 2010, the dividend payers in the S&P 500 Index are outperforming the non-paying stocks. For the month, the payers' return of -5.91% was better than the non-payers' return of -7.30%. Additionally, this year the payers have declined 2.90% versus the non-payers decline of 4.41%. Source: Standard & Poor's. On a year over year basis as of June, dividend payments were up 5.7%, for the quarter up 2.6% and down 3.2% on a year to date basis. In a further sign that companies view future prospects as improving, ten companies initiated dividends versus 65 that either decreased or suspended payments in the first six months of 2009.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): SPX,SPY,TSO,VLO

Stocks Going Ex-Dividend, Second Week of July 2010

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, your 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): DRI,JCP,MMC,NST

Dividend Champions Smackdown Part II: Kimberly Clark Wins

Dividend Champions Smackdown II Last month, I screened the Dividend Champions list of companies that have paid higher dividends for at least 25 straight years (which can be found here) in an attempt to focus on those with the most consistent percentage dividend increases and sustainable yields. That effort came up with some great companies, but some investors expressed a desire for somewhat higher yields. The result may have included more of those if the screen hadn't started with a very high hurdle. Our screen included only companies whose most recent increase was for more than 10%. (For a great analysis of the highest yields, see David Van Knapp's article here.) So this month, I screened as follows:... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): APD,AWR,CLX,KMB,KO,LEG,MHP,NWN,PEP,PG,XOM

Thinking of Buying a Dividend Stock? Read This First

I doubt you've ever heard of Howard Silverblatt. Mr. Silverblatt is a senior analyst at Standard and Poor's. He covers a lot of topics when it comes to his work at S&P, but what's made him a hot commodity for reporters (and why I like to keep tabs on him) is his knowledge of dividends of S&P 500 components.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): BDJ

Market Correction Provides Attractive Dividend Yields

The recent stock market correction has made stock yields much more attractive. Dividend yields have returned to higher levels and the Dow now yields more than 10 year Treasury bonds. From Reuters (The Dow yields more than 10-year Treasuries):... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AMJ,DEM,DTD,DWM,EFV,PSP,RWX,VNQ,VYM

7 Cheap Stocks Paying Cold, Hard Cash

With the broad market down about 13% over the past three months, and concerns over Europe’s debt crisis, China’s slowing economy, and the BP spill still in the forefront of news, investors have every right to be concerned. But the silver lining is that many quality stocks are being dragged down with the market, and this could mean great opportunities for savvy investors.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): NLY,RIG,TEF,MRK,DO,EXC,LLY

5 Defensive Utility Dividend Stocks

With the S&P down 12% and the Dow off nearly 10% in the 2nd quarter, you might well be thinking about defensive stocks. Comparing the various Industry Sectors over the 2nd quarter, the Utility sector has held up the best, dropping approx. 5.2%, vs. Basic Materials’ 17.2% loss. We screened the Utility section of our High Dividend Stocks by Sector tables for dividend paying stocks with above-average ROE, ROI, ROA figures, and below-average Debt/Equity and P/E’s.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AGL,CPL,DPL,EGAS,EXC

Face-Off on Stocks: Dividend Plays for a Tough Market

There's a lot to be said for reliable dividend paying stocks in any market and if they can offer a smidgen of safety in uncertain equity waters, well, so much the better. But when a stock looks like it can return a steady or rising stream of cash back to shareholders, while also looking like a bargain, that's an investment that should theoretically outperform. Starbucks, Intel and Del Monte look capable of making good on the dividend side of that combination. Whether shares are buys at current levels, as always, is a matter of debate. Check out the bull and bear cases for Starbucks (SBUX), Intel (INTC) and Del Monte Foods (DLM) in the video below:... more

DailyFinanceStock symbol(s): INTC,DLM,SBUX

The 14 Highest Yielding Dividend Champions

The U. S. Dividend Champions List—produced by the DRiP Investing Resource Center—is the best compilation I know of domestic stocks that have raised their dividends for the past 25 years. I think it is superior to the more famous Dividend Aristocrats List from S&P. Its methodology seems more thorough, it is not restricted to stocks on the S&P 500 index, and its rules are well explained and observed religiously. It is a model of a well-documented, fact-based research tool. The Dividend Champions list is produced by David Fish, who I am happy to see contributes occasional articles and comments to Seeking Alpha. His insights benefit all dividend investors. There is a lot of talk among dividend investors about the merits of high-yielding stocks vs. lower-yielding stocks. It is often said... more


Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH) Declares $0.36 Quarterly Dividend; 7.1% Yield

Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH) today declared its regular quarterly common share dividend of $0.36 per common share, or $1.44 annualized. This regular quarterly dividend will be paid to common shareholders of record as of the close of share trading on July 15, 2010 and distributed on or about August 13, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 13, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 7.1%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): SNH