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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

Why Big Dividends Are Bad News

Amid the generally gloomy mood in the financial markets, many dividend investors have never been happier. With many companies boosting their dividend payouts in recent months, shareholders have reason to celebrate. But higher dividend payments could actually be a bad sign for the overall economy. New dividend payers Most investors see dividend stocks as conservative, slow-growth stalwarts, and with good reason. Southern Company (NYSE: SO), for instance, pays investors handsomely, but its future profit potential is largely limited by regulators. Regulation can also cover major capital investments, so utilities don’t necessarily have the freedom to plow profits back into its business, even if they thought doing so would improve profits.... more

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Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-A) Shareholders Approve the Scrip Dividend Scheme

At the 2010 Annual General Meeting of Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE: RDS-A)(NYSE: RDS-B), shareholders approved a resolution authorizing the Directors to offer ordinary shareholders (excluding any shareholder holding shares as treasury shares) the right to choose to receive extra ordinary shares instead of some or all of the cash dividend or dividends which may be declared or paid at any time after the date of that meeting and prior to May 18, 2015. Shareholders are hereby advised that the Scrip Dividend Scheme will not be implemented for any dividend declared and paid by the Company in respect of the second quarter 2010 financial results. The Company will advise separately of any future implementation of the Scrip Dividend Scheme.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): RDS-A,RDS-B

Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) Declares $0.15 Quarterly Dividend; 1.7% Yield

Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (Nasdaq: OZRK) announced its Board of Directors has approved its regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share, or $0.60 annualized. The dividend is payable July 23, 2010 to shareholders of record as of July 16, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 14, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.7%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): OZRK

Banner Corp. (BANR) Declares $0.01 Quarterly Dividend; 2% Yield

Banner Corporation (Nasdaq: BANR) today announced its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.01 per share, or $0.04 annualized. The dividend is payable July 19, 2010, to common shareholders of record on July 12, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 8, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 2%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): BANR

Government Properties Income Trust (GOV) Increases Quarterly Dividend 2.5% to $0.41; Yields 6.3%

Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE: GOV) has raised its quarterly common share distribution to $0.41 per share ($1.64 per share per year). GOV completed its initial public offering, or IPO, in June 2009 and it has paid dividends at the rate of $0.40 per share per quarter ($1.60 per share per year) since its IPO. This distribution of $0.41 per share will be paid to GOV's common shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 16, 2010 and distributed on or about August 16, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 14, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 6.3%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): GOV

McDonald's Corporation: A Must Own Dividend Stock

McDonald's Corporation (MCD), together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the food service industry worldwide. The company's share of the US fast food market is several times larger than its closest competitors, Burger King (BKC) and Wendy's (WEN). McDonald's is a major component of the S&P 500 and Dow Industrials indexes. The company is also a dividend aristocrat, which has been consistently increasing its dividends for 33 consecutive years. McDonald's is one of the world's most recognizable brands. Because of this and because it has performed very well to stockholders over the years, it is one of the most widely held income stocks by dividend investors.Over the past decade this dividend stock has delivered an annual average total return of 8.70% to... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): MCD