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Stocks with 30% Dividend Increases in Last Quarter

As the market uncertainty continues throughout 2012, investors are still seeking safety from income investments.  While a significant amount of money has moved into bonds, dividend stocks are still a great place to find income streams.  The boards of many companies are realizing this and responding by increasing their dividends.  You have many dividend growth companies that continue to increase their dividends at a high pace each year.  The following list includes companies that increased their dividend payments by 30% in the previous quarter.

Southwest Airlines (LUV) engages in the operation of a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States.  LUV increased its dividend from $0.045 to $0.10 for an increase of 122%.  LUV has a 5-year average dividend growth rate of 17.32%.  LUV has a dividend yield of 0.43% with a 5% payout ratio.  LUV is trading at $9.18 with a market cap of $7.12 billion.  LUV has an equity summary score of 7.1 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

KeyCorp (KEY) operates as a holding company for KeyBank National Association that provides various banking services in the United States.  KEY increased its dividend from $0.03 to $0.05 for an increase of 66%.  KEY is rebuilding its dividend since being cut in the financial crisis of 2008.  KEY has a dividend yield of 2.60% with a 13% payout ratio.  KEY is trading at $7.66 with a market cap of $7.34 billion.  KEY has an equity summary score of 4.4 out of 10 for a Neutral outlook.

Coach, Inc. (COH) designs and markets accessories and gifts for women and men in the United States and internationally.  It primarily offers handbags, women’s and men’s bag, accessories, business cases, footwear, wearables, jewelry, sunwear, travel bags, watches, and fragrance products.  COH increased its dividend from $0.225 to $0.30 for an increase of 33%.  COH has increased its dividend each year since initiating in 2009 for a total increase of 329%.  COH has a dividend yield of 2.08% with a 26% payout ratio.  COH is trading at $57.49 with a market cap of $16.5 billion.  COH has an equity summary score of 8.7 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX) engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. The company has a portfolio of 26 operating mines, and exploration and development projects located in North America, South America, the Australia Pacific region, and Africa.  ABX is down 20% in the past year as the price of gold has declined.  ABX increased its dividend from $0.15 to $0.20 for an increase of 33%.  ABX has a 5-year average dividend growth rate of 21.7%.  ABX has a dividend yield of 2.17% with a 12% payout ratio.  ABX is trading at $36.36 with a market cap of $36.8 billion.  ABX has an equity summary score of 4.4 out of 10 for a Neutral outlook.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) provides investment banking, securities, and investment management services, as well as a range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals worldwide.  GS increased its dividend from $0.35 to $0.46 for an increase of 31.4%.  GS has a 5-year average dividend growth rate of 5.6%.  GS has a dividend yield of 1.93% with a 20% payout ratio.  GS is trading at $94.05 with a market cap of $46.96 billion.  GS has an equity summary score of 0.9 out of 10 for a VERY Bearish outlook.

Marriott International, Inc. (MAR) operates, franchises, and licenses hotels and corporate housing properties worldwide.  MAR increased its dividend from $0.10 to $0.13 for an increase of 30%.  MAR has a 5-year average dividend growth rate of 12%.  MAR has a dividend yield of 1.32% with a 68% payout ratio.  MAR is trading at $39.12 with a market cap of $13.0 billion.  MAR has an equity summary score of 8.5 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States.  UNH increased its dividend from $0.1625 to $0.2125 for an increase of 30.8%.  UNH has a 5-year average dividend growth rate of 95%.  UNH has a dividend yield of 1.52% with a 13% payout ratio.  UNH is trading at $55.70 with a market cap of $57.9 billion.  UNH has an equity summary score of 9.5 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.

Bullish Stocks Increasing Dividends

A diverse group of companies have increased dividend payments in recent months, often to bolster investors’ confidence in their overall business prospects.  Here are companies increasing dividends with a bullish or better outlook indicating a buy rating.

Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH) operates as a healthcare services company that provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical.  CAH announced that its board of directors has approved a 10.5 percent increase in the company’s quarterly dividend to$0.2375 per share, or $0.95 per share on an annualized basis.  The regular dividend is payable on July 15 to shareholders of record on July 1. CAH has paid a $0.215 per share quarterly dividend since July 15, 2011. This is the 111th consecutive regular quarterly dividend.  The new dividend yield is 2.22%.  CAH has a 5-year average annual dividend growth of 21%.  CAH has an equity summary score of 9.3 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish Outlook.

Domtar Corporation (UFS) engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of fiber-based products in North America. The company operates in three segments: Pulp and Paper, Distribution, and Personal Care.  UFS announced that its Board of Directors has approved a 29% increase to its quarterly dividend (from $0.35 to $0.45per share) on its common stock.  The Board of Directors declared the dividend payable on July 16, 2012 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 15, 2012.   The new dividend yield is 2.13%.  UFS has increased its dividend 80% since 2010.  UFS has an equity summary score of 8.6 out of 10 for a Bullish Outlook.

AMETEK, Inc. (AME) manufactures and sells electronic instruments and electromechanical devices in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. The company operates in two segments, Electronic Instruments Group and Electromechanical Group.

AMETEK, Inc. (AME) announced its Board of Directors has declared a three-for-two stock split and approved a 50% increase in the quarterly cash dividend on its common stock.  The three-for-two split of its common stock will result in the issuance of one additional common share for every two shares owned as of the record date.  The new shares are payable on June 29, 2012, to shareholders of record on June 15, 2012.  Any fractional shares resulting from the stock split will be paid in cash based on the closing market price of AME stock on the record date. By splitting its stock, AME expects to broaden the stock’s marketability and improve its trading liquidity.

After reviewing the Company’s strong financial position and future expectations, AME’s Board of Directors also has decided to increase the quarterly common stock dividend 50%, to an indicated annual rate of $.36 per share ($.24 per share on a post-split basis).  The Board of Directors declared the second quarter dividend of $.09 per share ($.06 per share on a post-split basis), payable on June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record on June 15, 2012.  The new dividend yield is 0.72%.  AME has a 5-year average annual dividend growth of 17%.  AME has an equity summary score of 7.5 out of 10 for a Bullish Outlook.

Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX) engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. The company has a portfolio of 26 operating mines, and exploration and development projects located in North America, South America, the Australia Pacific region, and Africa.  ABX announced a 33% increase in its quarterly payout to 20 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid June 15 to shareholders of record as of May 31. The new dividend yield is 2.11%.  ABX has a 5-year average annual dividend growth of 29%.  ABX has an equity summary score of 7.7 out of 10 for a Bullish Outlook.

 

Calendar Spread Trades for July 2011

Below is a list of potential calendar call spreads for further evaluation.  There is an option to purchase shown in the buy side column.  These options are the January 2012 call options.  The sell side column shows the option to sell in the July 2011 listing for each stock.  All other metrics are based on the previous closing price and current option pricing.  These will change depending on the market prices of each stock.

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ABX – Barrick Gold Corporation is engaged in the production and sale of gold, as well as related activities, such as exploration and mine development. It also produces copper, and hold interests in oil and gas properties located in Canada through its oil and gas subsidiary, Barrick Energy. Its producing mines are concentrated in three regional business units: North America, South America and Australia Pacific. In addition, it has a Capital Projects segment, distinct from its regional business units, to focus on managing projects. As of December 31, 2010, it held a 73.9% interest in African Barrick Gold plc, which included its previously held African gold mines and exploration properties. Its main properties include Goldstrike, Cortez, Lagunas Norte, Veladero, Zaldivar and Porgera mines and its Pueblo Viejo and Pascua-Lama projects. On September 17, 2010, it acquired the assets of Dolomite Resources. On June 25, 2010, it the Puskwa property from Galleon Energy Inc.

FFIV – F5 Networks, Inc. (F5 Networks) is a provider of technology that optimizes the delivery of network-based applications and the security, performance and availability of servers, data storage devices and other network resources. Its technology is hardware and software for application delivery networking, including application security, secure remote access, policy management, wide area network (WAN) optimization and file virtualization. Its principal products are systems that integrate its software with purpose-built hardware that incorporates commodity components. In addition, it introduced a virtual (software only) version of BIG-IP called BIG-IP LTM (VE) that is designed to run on servers and work in conjunction with its systems to provide management of virtual servers and applications. Its BIG-IP product family, which represents the bulk of its sales, supports a growing number of features and functions available as software modules, standalone appliances, or both.

CHK – Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Chesapeake) is a producer of natural gas in the United States. It owns interests in approximately 44,100 producing natural gas and oil wells that are producing approximately 2.4 billion cubic feet equivalent (bcfe), per day, 93% of which is natural gas. The Company is focused on discovering, acquiring and developing conventional and unconventional natural gas reserves onshore in the United States. It also has operations in the Granite Wash Plays of western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle regions, and in the Mid-Continent, Appalachian Basin, Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, South Texas, Texas Gulf Coast and Ark-La-Tex regions of the United States.

GM – General Motors Company (GM) is a global automotive company. It develops, produces and markets cars, trucks and parts worldwide. GM also provides automotive financing services through General Motors Financial Company, Inc. (GM Financial), formerly AmeriCredit Corp. (AmeriCredit). These financing operations consist principally of financing automobile purchases and leases for retail customers. The Company operates in five segments: GM North America (GMNA), GM Europe (GME), GM International Operations (GMIO), GM South America (GMSA) and GM Financial. GM Financial is an automotive finance company. GM Financial purchases automobile finance contracts for new and used vehicles purchased by consumers primarily from franchised and select independent dealerships. On October 1, 2010, GM completed the acquisition of GM Financial. In February 2010, GM completed the sale of Saab Automobile AB (Saab). In May 2010, the Company completed the sale of Saab Automobile GB (Saab GB).

MHS – Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (Medco) is a healthcare company. It provides clinically-driven pharmacy services designed for private and public employers, health plans, labor unions and government agencies of all sizes, and for individuals served by Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. The Company operates in two segments: Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) and Specialty Pharmacy. Medco’s advanced pharmacy and clinical research are part of Medco making medicine smarter for more than 65 million members. It offers clinically-based programs that identify drug waste. Pharmacy management includes mail-order service, retail pharmacy networks, specialty pharmacy management, call center pharmacies and reimbursement services. Its Internet-based services offer sites for clients and retail pharmacists that provide interactive tools. On January 29, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of DNA Direct Inc. On September 16, 2010, Medco acquired United BioSource Corporation (UBC).
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