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Bagging Bumper Dividends After BP

As you're no doubt aware, 2010 has been an annus horribilus for giant oil producer BP (NYSE: BP). With BP under sustained regulatory and political assault from the U.S. since the tragic accident at its Macondo deep-sea oil well on 20 April, its share price has almost halved. Since April 16, BP shares have crashed 47%. This has sliced close to £60 billion from its market cap and 200 points (4%) from the FTSE 100 index. No BP dividends this year ... BP has agreed to set up a $20 billion (£13.6 billion) escrow account to fund environmental and other claims arising from the Macondo oil spill. In order to pay for this fund, BP's directors have decided to suspend quarterly dividends, including the U.S. $0.14 which was due paid to be yesterday (June 21). In effect, BP's owners -- 39%... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): AV,BP,GSK,NGG,RDS-B,VOD

6 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Consider

In a continued effort to expand the focus of my site's screens and hypothetical portfolios, this article is a second follow-up to an article written in early April focusing on the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats. The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index measures the performance of large cap, blue chip companies within the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. The current list has 43 constituents and the entire list is available from S&P or on my site. If an investor's portfolio was large enough he or she could consider purchasing the entire list.Alternatively, an investor could invest in the [[SDY]], the SPDR Dividend ETF, which is a variation of the Aristocrats - it seeks to replicate the “High Yield” Dividend Aristocrats... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ABT,JNJ,KO,LLY,MCD,MHP,SDY

Lincare Holdings: New Dividend Is a Breath of Fresh Air

On Monday afternoon, Lincare Holdings (LNCR) announced that they will begin disbursing some of their cash to shareholders in the form of a 20 cent regular quarterly dividend. The Clearwater, FL company’s primary business is supplying oxygen therapy services and other medical equipment/supplies to mostly elderly patients. The company provides its services to over 750,000 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases such as asthma or emphysema. The company has been on an absolute tear over the last twelve months advancing nearly 130%, and a 3:2 split just took effect last week. The stock has extended that momentum rising 7.5% on heavy volume following the dividend initiation. Lincare received an upgrade from analysts at Deutsche Bank today, and certainly this will make the stock... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): LNCR

Prospect Capital Reduces Its Distribution

As we have long expected and predicted, Prospect Capital (ticker: PSEC) has reduced its dividend distribution level. Our skepticism about the company's ability to maintain its policy of ever increasing dividends was based upon the very substantial gap between Prospect's Net Investment Income Per Share and the dividend: 11 cents a share. That's after Prospect harvested many of the benefits of acquiring Patriot Capital at a discount, as well as getting the one time benefit of repricing three loans last quarter. Here's the language from the last Earnings Report which explains this item: During the three months ended March 31, 2010, we repriced our loans to Aircraft Fasteners International, LLC ("AFI"), Prince Mineral Company, Inc. ("Prince") and R-O-M Corporation ("ROM"). The revised terms... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): PSEC

Should Gilead Sciences Declare a Dividend?

Investors in Gilead Sciences (GILD) have had quite a run over the past decade. From 1996 through 2008, GILD shares posted gains every single year. During that same 13-year period, the Dow Jones index only posted gains in 8 years. The other 5 years the Dow posted some significant losses. Investors who purchased GILD shares at the beginning of 1996 have experienced a phenomenal 5,922% return. It seemed like the stock could only climb higher each year and the stock split four times from 2001-2006.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): BMY,GILD,GSK

A Dozen Dividend Aristocrats Offering Excellent Yields

Most Dividend Aristocrats (with a minimum of 25 consecutive annual dividend increases) are not in the Dow. Below are 12 of the remaining 36 companies, diverse companies which are typically expanding in foreign markets with enormous potential because of large populations. Like Dow Dividend Aristocrats, they have strong financials with excellent long term records. Most have been operating for a century or longer. When yields on short term investments are minimal, these stocks with greater yields are attractive investments.... more


BP Apologizes, Suspends Dividend

The outcome of the yesterday’s meeting between BP plc (BP) and the U.S. President is positive. An agreement was reached to create a $20 billion claims fund over the next three and a half years and the company has decided not to pay dividends to shareholders for the rest of the year, including the one scheduled for June 21 totaling about $2.6 billion. The entire group has been braving the after-effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on April 20, and has already taken several steps to protect the interest of the people who live along the Gulf Coast and depend on it for their livelihood.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): BP

7 ETFs for Investors Mourning BP's Dividend

Almost two months after an offshore explosion sparked one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, the White House has stepped in to ensure that British oil giant BP is held accountable for cleanup efforts and the economic damage done. With public outrage towards the oil industry reaching new highs, BP (BP) has had little leverage to resist the measures proposed by lawmakers. BP hastily agreed to set up a $20 billion escrow fund to pay claims and suspend at least three dividends. The company hopes to resume its dividend payments in 2011, but it remains to be seen if that will be a politically or financially viable option. The suspension of the dividend was a victory for the Obama administration and was cheered by environmentalists who feared that BP would prioritize payments... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): DTN,DVY,IDV,PFM,PID,VIG,VYM

Air Products and Chemicals: Dividend Stock Analysis

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. offers atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services worldwide. The company is member of the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P Dividend Aristocrats indexes. Air Products and Chemicals has paid uninterrupted dividends on its common stock since 1954 and increased payments to common shareholders every year for 28 years.Over the past decade this dividend stock has delivered an average total return of 11.80% to its shareholders.The company has managed to deliver a 20.20% average annual increase in its EPS over the past decade, largely due to low earnings in 2000. Analysts are expecting an increase in EPS to $4.98 for 2010 and $5.63 by 2011. This would be a nice increase from the 2009 earnings per... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): APD

6 Dividend Stocks Working When You're Not

This past week I have been vacationing more than 1,500 miles from my home. As with most vacations, I have not done much work this week. However, a quick check of my brokerage account shows that my dividend stocks have been very busy this week. It is nice to know my income portfolio never takes a day off. What’s even better is the portfolio is frequently getting a raise through higher cash dividend payments.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): BMR,CXS,JW-A,NLY,ODC,SSI