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October 2010

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) Dividend Stock Analysis

October 28, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: COST , TGT , WMT

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the largest retailer in North America. The company operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates through three segments: Wal-Mart Stores, Sam’s Club, and International.

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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We Were Dividends, Before Dividends Were Cool

October 26, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: IBM , KO , PG

It seems nowadays that every investing article ends with the same conclusion – you should be buying dividend stocks. They are all quoting studies citing the performance edge that dividends have enjoyed over the long-term and the value of a semi-fixed return generated from periodic dividend payments. However, you should beware of some of the information provided. Beyond the simple concepts, some of the writers are making really bad recommendations and cross-breeding dividend investing with their preferred form of investing.

Dividend growth investing is not about exit points, momentum swings, relative strength, sector rotation; instead it is about studying fundamentals, selecting superior stocks and building a portfolio with a long-term horizon.  When we buy a dividend stock, we hope to hold it forever.  What makes a good dividend stock? Here are some of the things I look for:  [more]

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19 Dividend Stocks Heating Up Their Yields

October 25, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: EV , KMP , VFC

Dividends from a quality, well-diversified portfolio are much more predictable than capital gains and best of all, they are passive. You don’t have to do anything, they just show up in your brokerage account each quarter. Inflation? Not to worry, the good companies routinely raise their dividends well in excess of the inflation rate.

This week as the weather turns cold, the dividend increases warming up. Below are several companies heating up their yields with increased cash dividends:  [more]

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Leggett & Platt, Inc. (LEG) Dividend Stock Analysis

October 21, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ETH , LEG , LZB

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Leggett & Platt, Inc. (LEG). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Leggett & Platt Inc makes a broad line of bedding and furniture components and other home, office and commercial furnishings, as well as diversified products for non-furnishings markets.

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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12 Dividend Stocks Delivering The Secret To Success

October 19, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KO , MMM , PG

We all want to learn the secret to success. Many get-rich-now infomercials have preyed on this desire while making the sellers wealthy at the expense of the buyers. I have good news for you, there really is a secret to success, and what is even better news is that the secret is not hard to discover. It has been right there in front of you all this this time. Your parents likely taught it to you in the form of a fable. Let’s explore this secret to success a little more…

As a child most of heard (or watched) Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare. The story is about confident hare that brags about how fast he can run while poking fun at a slow-moving tortoise. The tortoise having tired of the hare’s fodder challenges him to a race. The hare jumps out to an early lead and decides to take a nap midway through the race. When he awakes, he finds that the tortoise made steady progress and beat him to the finish line.  [more]

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12 Stocks Sending A Strong Message With Higher Dividends

October 18, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DOV , EMR , MMM

One of the many reasons I like dividend stocks is because they provide continuous feedback. As time passes, dividend investors see their income grow steadily. You don’t have to wait five to ten years to determine if the strategy is working. Each dividend and dividend increase provides reassurance that the strategy is working. When companies like 3M Company (MMM), Emerson Electric (EMR) and Dover Corp. (DOV) put together a string of consecutive dividend increases in excess of 50 years, they are sending a strong message to their shareholders.

Below are a few companies with not quite the legacy of those above, but nevertheless are providing positive feedback to their investors by with higher cash dividends:  [more]

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The Clorox Company (CLX) Dividend Stock Analysis

October 14, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CL , CLX , PG

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of The Clorox Company (CLX). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: The Clorox Company is a diversified producer of household cleaning, grocery and specialty food products is also a leading producer of natural personal care products.

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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12 Dividend Stocks For A Rainy Day

October 12, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ , KO , MCD

A pessimist might say life is a series of bad things happening, then we die. I certainty wouldn’t go that far, but life often deals us unfortunate circumstances to work through at what seems to be the most inopportune time. During this most recent economic downturn, many people lost their jobs at a time when companies weren’t hiring. When things like this happen, those with an alternative income, including dividend growth stocks, are in a better position to deal with the circumstances thrust on them. Here are some things you can do today to prepare for your financial rainy day: Have A Plan

If you suddenly found yourself unemployed and were unable to immediately replace the lost income, do you know what you would do? I suspect there are few families that have given a lot of thought to this. It is like buying a cemetery plot – it is not high on the list to things to consider. The drive home after receiving a pink slip is too late to start planning; at this point you should be in a position to start executing your plan.  [more]

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9 Dividend Stocks Enriching Their Shareholders

October 11, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MFA , NWN , RPM

In one form or another, I get the this question, “What do you think of the market? Where’s it headed?” Normally, I politely respond as expected, but occasionally I will startle the person with a reply like, “I don’t know. For me it really doesn’t matter much.” My investing goals are not defined by movements in the market. Instead of looking at the market and its direction, dividend investors should focus on quality, price and ultimate value of individual stocks.

Below are several companies enriching their shareholders by raising their cash dividends:  [more]

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HCC Insurance Dividend Analysis: Strength in Its Financials

October 07, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AFG , HCC , KMPR

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. (HCC). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. is a multi-line insurer specializes in aviation, marine, medical stop-loss, offshore energy and property and casualty insurance in the U.S. and the U.K.

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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9 High-Yield Managed Distribution Policy Funds

October 05, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: ABT , JNJ , PG

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and closed-end funds (CEFs) are composed of many different individual securities. This usually results in uneven dividend distributions. Some funds have tried to address this with a managed distribution policy. In short, a managed distribution policy is management’s commitment to make a fixed periodic dividend payment. How Managed Distribution Policies Work

Since many funds distribute most of their income to shareholders in order to avoid taxation, funds with a managed distribution policy sometimes have cash left over at year-end that needs to be distributed. This is is normally done as a “special” one-time dividend.  However, if the fund generates insufficient cash to cover the dividend, the fund is forced to sell some investments to cover the cash short-fall.  In turn, this portion of the short-fall is treated as a return of capital and the fund now has lower assets to generate future income.  [more]

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5 Companies Willing and Capable To Raise Dividends

October 04, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: ACN , CLC , CSX

The main focus of dividend investing is finding and buying stocks that will continue to raise their dividends in the future. In making this determination there are many factors to consider such as dividend payout ratio, debt levels, the company’s dividend policy and track record.

This week the dividend increase parade continues with several companies sharing higher cash dividends with their shareholders:  [more]

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