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December 11, 2007 – Comments (1)

Not sure this is worth 2-cents, but ... 

In case you missed it, AT&T raised the dividend from .355 to .40 per share per quarter and announced a $400 million share buyback today.  On a day that saw the S&P tank by 2.5%, T was up over a buck and a half or 4% to 39.46 a share.  Even with the nice bump today, the stock is yielding over 4% at the new dividend rate.

T's trading at a forward PE at 12.5 vs. about 16 for the S&P 500.  To match the S&P’s forward PE ratio, T would need to trade up to about $50 per share.  I don't see any obvious reason why T should trade at a substantial discount to the market.  Closing even half the gap would bring it to $45, a 12+% gain from today’s close.

I consider this a buy up to about $40 per share.  The safe and relatively high dividend yield limits downside risk and there’s good potential for a 15% to 25% total return over the next 12 months. 

Disclosure – I own shares of AT&T.

Fool On! 

1 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 11, 2007 at 11:15 PM, retailsails (94.18) wrote:

Agreed - they constantly underpromise and overdeliver, and will gain from the continued adoption of wireless applications by consumers and a move to the next generation network...

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