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December 2010

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Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF) Dividend Stock Analysis

December 31, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: ALL , CB , CINF

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

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Dividend Stocks vs. a Safe Distribution Rate

December 30, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MCD , PEP , PG

One of the most interesting questions that often comes up is “How much can you safely withdraw each year from your retirement portfolio?” In 1995, Peter Lynch wrote that a 7% annual withdrawal rate would be prudent for an all-stock portfolio. He later retracted his analysis when financial columnist Scott Burns proved that a 7% withdrawal rate could put you back into the work force just to make ends meet.  [more]

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Best Stocks for 2011

December 28, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: CVX , DOW , KO

It is a great time of year! The Christmas music, decorations, family gatherings, holiday plays and stock picks. Stock picks? Yes, ’tis the season for stock predictions! Virtually every financial writer will pen an article selecting his or her top picks for the upcoming year. I enjoy reading them and the logic behind the picks. As a long-term buy and hold investor, generally most aren’t useful for me; nevertheless, I find them entertaining and sometimes there is a gem to be found. Here are some picks for 2011…

Jon Birger at Fortune notes that there’s still a real buying opportunity in growth stocks, with this years selections slanted toward commodities. Here are the 10 picks for 2010:  [more]

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6 Stocks Giving The Gift of Dividend Growth

December 27, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: D , LNT , T

Christmas is a time of giving. Families and loved-ones give gifts to each other. People give money to the needy and charities, while others give their time to help those that are not quite as fortunate. It seems that everyone is involved in giving this time of year, even corporations. Dividend growth stocks give a gift that keeps on giving – ever increasing dividends!

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McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) Dividend Stock Analysis

December 24, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: MCD , WEN , YUM

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of McDonald’s Corporation (MCD). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: McDonald’s Corporation is the largest fast-food restaurant company in the world, with about 32,500 restaurants in 117 countries.

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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The 2011 Dividend Aristocrats

December 21, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KO , MCD , MMM

The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats is the most prestigious list of dividend stocks. The Dividend Aristocrats index is designed to measure the performance of S&P 500 constituents that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. This index is a member of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats index series.

Dividend Aristocrats constituents exhibit the following characteristics:

- Underlying Indices – S&P 500
- Weighting – Equally weighted; Constituents re-weighted quarterly
- Reconstitution – Reviewed annually in December  [more]

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22 Dividend Stocks Building Long-Term Returns

December 20, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: GE , HON , OXY

Investing in Dividend Stocks is a long-term strategy. Frequent buying and selling of dividend stocks can significantly increase your expenses and taxes, thus lowering your returns. A growing dividend is a strong indication of a company’s increasing intrinsic value. Great companies that increase dividends tend to have rising share prices over time. Holding only first-rate businesses protects your dividend streams and helps ensure you’ll also get steady price appreciation.

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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Dividend Stock Analysis

December 17, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: ABT , JNJ , LLY

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

Company Description: Johnson & Johnson is a leader in the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products industries.

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 Dividend Stocks With A Good Yield/Growth Mix

December 14, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: INTC , PG , KO

As dividend growth investors we understand the danger of focusing on high yield alone. Many, if not most, high yields are simply not sustainable over the long term. However, we often turn our heads to what can be an equally dangerous metric – high dividend growth rates. Like high yields, high dividend growth rates often are not sustainable. As a company grows and matures, incremental sales and earnings are harder to come by. So what is a good mix of yield and growth?

Consider the following table:  [more]

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15 Stocks Growing Their Cash Dividends

December 13, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ERIE , NUE , SYK

Throughout history there have always been great companies that stand head-and-shoulders above their peers and the competition. They are loved by their shareholders, hated by the competition and known by all. Just as all great companies have have something in common, great dividend companies also have something in common – they consistently raise their dividends each year.

Below are several companies stepping it up with higher cash dividends:  [more]

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Owens & Minor, Inc. (OMI) Dividend Stock Analysis

December 09, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CAH , MCK , OMI

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Owens & Minor, Inc. (OMI). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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11 Higher-Quality, High-Yield Dividend Stocks

December 07, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KMP , T , VZ

A successful dividend growth investor must start young enough to allow time for dividend growth to occur. What happens when a person waits too late in life to start investing and they need immediate income? Many times the person will invest in high-yield, high-risk stocks and lose their savings. If income is needed immediately and you want to mitigate the risk (to a degree), there are some things that can be done, such as… Start With a High-Quality List of Stocks

If you are looking for a higher-quality dividend growth stock, you have to go where they can be found. For me this is my Stock Ideas page. It consists of:  [more]

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16 Stocks Growing Their Cash Dividends

December 06, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DIS , DE , ENB

When people learn that I am an income investor, the reaction is often a desire to discuss high-yield investments. Many people commonly confuse income investing with high-yield investing. The two are not the same. High-yield investing often carries a greater degree of risk than I am willing to accept. For me, I will continue to focus on high-quality dividend stocks at lower, but growing, yields.

Below are several dividend stocks that recently grew their yields by paying higher cash dividends:  [more]

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Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) Dividend Stock Analysis

December 03, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DPS , KO , PEP

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Pepsico, Inc. (PEP). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: PepsiCo, Inc. is a major international producer of branded beverage and snack food 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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