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6 Dividend Champions With Consistent Dividend Increases of 10% or More

What’s a fast-growing dividend? 4% per year? 7%? 10%? Obviously reasonable minds can differ. Someone with a stock that’s already yielding 7% may say that 5% per year growth in that dividend is fine with her. On the other hand, someone with a 3% yielder may be looking for a minimum growth rate of 10% per year, looking to get as fast as possible to an 8% to 10% yield on its original cost. Some investors might say that they just want to keep up with inflation, or inflation + 2%. Someone with a preferred stock paying 10% may say that no growth at all is needed, because the 10% yield is great already, without needing to wait years for a rising-dividend stock to get its yield on cost up to that level. The U.S. Dividend Champions List —produced by David Fish for the DRiP Investing Resource... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CL,CLX,ITW,MCD,PG,WBA

10 Dividend Stocks Closing in on Undervalued Levels

At the end of the week, our watch list contracted to 30 companies. Below is the top ten companies from our list which ranks current and former Dividend Achievers that are within 10% of their respective 52-week low for August 6, 2010. Because the list contains 30 companies you can find the full list here.We filtered out companies that has no earning and payout ratio in excess of 100%. Stocks that appear on our watch lists are not recommendations to buy. Instead, they are the starting point for doing your research and determining the best company to buy. Ideally, a stock that is purchased from this list is done after a considerable decline in the price and extensive due diligence.... more


10 Hedge Fund Favorites for Earnings, Dividend Yield

If you like buying earning power at a discount, earnings yield is a good place to start. It is one of the most useful metrics available to compare the relative valuation of stocks to one of the more predictive measures of future stock returns: EPS. Instead of buying US Treasuries that yield less than 3% per year, consider the following stocks - all of which produce earnings larger than 4% of their purchase price and pay a dividend. The top ten list represents stocks with the highest earning yield from the top hedge fund holdings sorted by dividend yield.1. Phillip Morris International (PM)PM has a market cap of $97B with an earnings yield of 6.6% and dividend yield 4.4%. Phillip Morris revenues were $15.6B in the latest quarter [see call transcript]. The company is growing top line... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): INTC,JNJ,MCD,MRK,MSFT,PFE,PM,QCOM,WMT,XOM

Corporate Executive Board (EXBD) Declares $0.11 Quarterly Dividend; 1.4% Yield

The Corporate Executive Board Company (EXBD) today announces that its Board of Directors has approved a cash dividend on its common stock for the third quarter of 2010 of $0.11 per share, $0.44 annualized.
The dividend is payable on September 30, 2010, to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 15, 2010. The ex-dividend date is September 13, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.4%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): EXBD

Carlisle Co.' (CSL) Increases Quarterly Dividend 6.3% to $0.17; Yields 2.1%

Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL) has declared a 6.3% increase in the Company’s regular quarterly dividend, to $0.17 per share from $0.16 per share. Annualized, the dividend rate is $0.68. The dividend is payable on September 1, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 17, 2010. The ex-dividend date is August 15, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 2.1%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): CSL

Four Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Third Week of August

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): CVX,ED,MRO,PVG

5 Stocks for Retirees to Get Rich

Bill Gross is a bond fanatic. He co-founded Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) and is the chief investment officer of PIMCO Total Return, the largest mutual fund in the world. With $234 billion of assets under management and a history of totally outperforming his peers, it is safe to say that, yes, Bill Gross is a true bond junky.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): AYR,BMY,KMP,MO,NRF,T

Chesapeake's Oily Empire Takes Shape

Back in February, Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) started shifting its strategy. The natural gas heavyweight would focus more heavily on liquids-rich resources -- plays like the Eagle Ford and Niobrara, which yield high amounts of oil or natural gas liquids. In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Chesapeake spent around $2.9 billion on land acquisitions in the first half of the year, in an attempt to lock up key leaseholds in emerging "oily" plays. It’s said that to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Well, CEO Aubrey McClendon started his career as a landman, so what can you expect?... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): CHK,ECA,EOG,STO,TOT

Automatic Data Processing: Dividend Stock Analysis

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) provides technology-based outsourcing solutions to employers, and vehicle retailers and manufacturers. It operates in three segments: Employer Services, Professional Employer Organization Services, and Dealer Services. This Dividend Aristocrat has raised dividends for 35 consecutive years. Back in November 2009 Automatic Data Processing announced a 3% dividend increase.Over the past decade this dividend stock has delivered an average total return of 1.20% annually. In 2007 ADP spun off its Brokerage Services business, distributing one share of Broadridge Financial (BR) common stock for every four shares of ADP common stock held by shareholders. The total returns calculation for ADP over the past decade includes this transaction.The company has managed... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ADP

Dividend Payouts: Which Sectors Are Best?

ETF investors looking for income are not finding it in Treasury bonds. That’s part of the reason dividend ETFs are so appealing right now. But not every sector is handing them out in equal measure. Nilus Mattive for Money and Markets has found a few dividend trends in the midst of the second-quarter earnings season:... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): DTN,PEY,SDY,VIG