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July 2010

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AT&T Inc. (T) Dividend Stock Analysis

July 30, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: T

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of AT&T Inc. (T). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: AT&T Inc. (formerly SBC Communications) provides telephone and broadband service, and the company holds full ownership of AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular Wireless). AT&T Corp. was acquired in late 2005 and BellSouth in late 2006.

Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:  [more]

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15 Dividend Stocks Defending Shareholder Returns

July 27, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AIT , ARG , ATR

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. Better yet, great dividend companies not only sustain their dividends in a downturn – they actually raise them.

Below are several stocks displaying confidence in the future by increasing their cash dividends:  [more]

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Where To Find Great Dividend Stocks

July 26, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CL , KO , PG

In my dividend database, I track nearly 190 stocks in 19 different sectors. Generally, the characteristics of certain sectors tend to match those that dividend growth investors are looking for, thus their constituents are often make better dividend investments. In the case of the stocks I track, nearly half of them are in these three sectors: I. Consumer Goods (13%)

Consumer goods are items purchased for personal or household use. These would include items such as soap, detergent, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, toothpaste, candies, sodas, etc. These tend to be non-cyclical and many of the products are low cost. Since the demand for these products are less affected by the economic cycle and the industries are mature, the companies tend to generate relatively stable and predictable cash flows. These characteristics are exactly what you look for in a great dividend company. Below are some examples of companies in the consumer goods sector:  [more]

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Piedmont Natural Gas (PNY) Dividend Stock Analysis

July 22, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PNY

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Piedmont Natural Gas (PNY). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Piedmont Natural Gas is a energy services company that distributes natural gas to 1,016,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:  [more]

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13 Stocks Growing Their Cash Dividends

July 20, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NNN , PPG , WAG

Dividend growth investing in its classic form focuses on identifying solid companies with a long record of growing their dividends each year; and an expectation that they will continue to do so into the future. The focus is not solely on yield but a combination of yield and dividend growth. Often it is the lower yield, higher growth, security that will provide the best return over time.  [more]

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8 Dividend Stocks With Above Market Performance

July 19, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KO , MCD , PG

My goal as a dividend growth investor is to build a steadily increasing income and not necessarily to outperform the market via capital gains. However, as numerous research projects have shown, a conservative dividend-based investment strategy has consistently outperformed the market over time. Now that we are passed mid-year, let’s take a look at some of the above average dividend performers for the first six months.  [more]

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Harleysville Group Inc. (HGIC) Dividend Stock Analysis

July 16, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: HGIC.DL

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Harleysville Group Inc. (HGIC). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Harleysville Group Inc. is a regional holding company for property and casualty insurance companies that operates in 32 states, primarily in the eastern half of the U.S.

Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:  [more]

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Stocks Trying To Entice Investors With Their Dividends

July 13, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CL , EV , RPM

The goals of an income portfolio are much different than those of a capital appreciation portfolio. The good news is an income portfolio consisting of quality dividend growth stocks can not only succeed, but excel during a market downturn. Dividend investors are focused on building a stream of steadily rising income from solid companies. While many panic when their portfolios decline, income investors see a downturn as an incredible buying opportunity as they are look for sustainable growing dividends.  [more]

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7 Dividend Stocks For The Ultimate In Deferred Gratification

July 12, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: ABT , CL , JNJ

Deferred gratification is a principle where one or more people choose to postpone near-term benefits in order to enhance their chances of greater benefits in the future. In our microwave society marked by the ‘I want it now’ attitude, it is unusual to find someone willing to wait. However, deferred gratification is essential for anyone wanting to build wealth and is a key ingredient in a successful dividend investing strategy.  Consider these choices: Entertainment or Equities

The first difficult decision we need to make is to stop buying the “stuff” we want, like wide screen TVs, computers, fancy cars, nice vacations, etc., and instead divert a portion of the money into some form of savings. The inability to exercise this remedial level of self control has put many families on the road to insolvency.  [more]

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Nucor Corporation (NUE) Dividend Stock Analysis

July 09, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NUE

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Nucor Corporation (NUE). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Nucor Corporation is engaged in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products. As the largest minimill steelmaker in the U.S., Nucor has one of the most diverse product lines of any steelmaker in the Americas.

Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:  [more]

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4 Dividend Stocks Increasing Shareholder Wealth With Higher Dividends

July 08, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FCX , GIS , GOV

Dividend growth investing is a long-term strategy. A growing dividend is a sign that the company is becoming more valuable. Companies that consistently increase dividends tend to have steadily rising share prices and the best way to benefit from this is to buy and hold the stocks. Diversification and a focus on blue-chip stocks provides insurance for the few companies that don’t pan out.

Below are some companies that are increasing shareholder wealth by raising their cash dividends:  [more]

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Finding Low Risk Dividend Stocks

July 06, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ , KMB , PEP

A stock with a high yield doesn’t mean much if the dividend is cut or eliminated, and the stock price declines significantly. Sometimes it is desirable to accept higher risk for a higher yield. Other times we may be accepting higher risk and are not being adequately compensated for the additional risk. What can we do to help gauge the risk of an individual stock?

In my dividend database I track over 180 stocks, with each having a minimum of 10 years of historical information. This data is gathered from various sources deemed reliable. Most data is generic and can be pulled from various internet sites. I then combine this information into metrics that I consider relevant in determining the stocks ability to sustain and grow its dividend.  [more]

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Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF) Dividend Stock Analysis

July 02, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CINF

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Cincinnati Financial Corp. markets primarily property and casualty coverage; it also conducts life insurance and asset management operations.

Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:  [more]

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