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January 2009

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Big Names and Dividend Cuts Make The News

January 30, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PFE , GE , DNB

Dividend cuts, such as Pfizer’s (PFE) 50% slash earlier this week, along with big name companies such as General Electric (GE) and Dow Chemical (DOW) trying to convince their shareholders they won’t cut their dividends still dominate the business news. What is being overlooked is the steady stream of companies stepping up to the plate and raising their dividends, as good companies do - even during recessions.  [more]

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Dividend Stocks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

January 28, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: PG , WMT , MCD

Like virtually everything else in this world Dividend Stocks can be placed into a few categories based on their historic performance and expectations for the future. Here are three broad categories and some representative selections from each:  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Legg Mason, Inc. (LM)

January 26, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: LM , JNJ , BBT

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Legg Mason, Inc. (LM). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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Big Banks, Little Dividends: More Bad News For Large Banks

January 23, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , C , WFC

Big banks continue to struggle and rely on TARP funds to prop them up. Last week Bank of America (BAC) reported a net loss of $0.48 per share for the fourth quarter, well below the consensus of an $0.08 profit. Merrill Lynch’s preliminary results indicate a fourth quarter loss of $15 billion due to the turmoil in the capital markets. The U.S. government agreed to provide BAC an additional $20 billion to assist in the Merrill acquisition. In addition, the government has agreed to provide BAC protection against certain losses on $118 billion in selected capital markets.  [more]

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TARP Investment ROI Significantly Down

January 22, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: USB , BAC , WFC

When the government wants to spend pork, but not call it pork they rebrand it as an “investment” in our future. Such is the case with the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). So, as taxpayers and “investors” how have we fared with our “investment” and how does TARP fit into our dividend portfolios?  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (CFR)

January 20, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CFR , PG , PEP

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (CFR). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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Bank of America Headed Back to the TARP ATM

January 16, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , C , MON

Someone once said that there is no such thing as bad publicity. I think Bank of America (BAC) would take exception to that statement. BAC has been in the news all week and it has not been flattering or reassuring to it shareholders. This once proud dividend aristocrat continues to struggle even after slashing its dividend.  [more]

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Dividend Stocks Role In The Future Recovery

January 14, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: CVX , PEP , JNJ

Dividend stocks are sometimes referred to as defensive stocks since many investors flee to them in an economic downturn. Their dividends, if sustainable, provide a minimum level of positive return. This cushions the downward pressure from the market. But what happens when the market turns up?  [more]

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Stock Analysis: Procter & Gamble Co. (PG)

January 13, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PG

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) (alt.1, alt.2). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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GE: Keep Your Dividend or AAA Debt Rating, But Not Both

January 09, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GE , JNJ , XOM

s General Electric (GE) the next major company to cut its dividend after holding it flat for a period of time? Last year, in a public statement GE CEO Jeff Immelt said that GE would hold its dividend flat through 2009. Recently, there has been mounting pressure on the company that may make that promise difficult to keep.  [more]

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2008: It Wasn't All Bad

January 07, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ , WMT , MCD

For most people, 2008 will not be looked upon with fond admiration. The average investor likely suffered their largest portfolio loss in 2008, if not in dollar terms, certainly in percentage. However, if we stop and reflect, we just might find some good in 2008. With that in mind, let's consider the following:  [more]

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Double-Digit Dividend Securities In the News

January 02, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: LINE , DOW , CFD.DL.DL2

Mango trees will settle into a cropping pattern by the third year after planting and reach peak production in six to eight years. The tree is long-lived with some specimens known to be over 300 years old and still producing fruit. Dividend investing is similar to planting a mango tree. Things start very slowly at first. It appears as if all your efforts are in vain, but ever so surely the process begins to produce fruit (dividends). Just as picking fruit from a mango tree does not harm it, living off dividends does not damage the investment's ability to produce future results.  [more]

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