Results from David Fish's **Dividend Contenders Index** constituents listed as of market closing prices September 26 were compared to analyst mean target price projections one year hence. The resulting chart from that data shown below displayed to ten stocks exhibiting 7% to 24% price upsides. PPL Corp. (NYSE:PPL) the Allentown, PA based electric firm from the utility sector with 7.23% showed the lowest upside of those ten. Natural Resource Partners (NYSE:NRP) the Houston, TX based industrial metals & minerals [Coal] industry firm from the basic materials sector exhibited a 24.48% price upside to lead the index.

The chart above used one year mean target price set by brokerage analysts multiplied by the number of shares in a $1k investment to compare four Contenders Index stocks showing the highest upside price potential into 2014 out of 20 selected by yield. The number of analysts providing price estimates was noted after the name for each stock. Three to nine analysts were considered optimal for a valid mean target price estimate.

This article reported results for the Contenders Index as one of fourteen in a series of index-specific articles devoted to dividend yield and price upside results. Prompted by Seeking Alpha reader requests, the series has supplied results for these stock indices: Dow 30; S&P 500; S&P Aristocrats; Russell 1000; NASDAQ 100; NYSE International 100; Dividend Achievers; Champions; Contenders; Challengers; Carnevale's Power 25; Carnevale's Super 29; Barron's 15 Gems; Russell 2000.

This report presumed yield (dividend / price) dividend dog methodology applied to any index and compared that index side by side with the Dow. Below, are the Arnold **Dividend Contenders Index** top dog selections for September were disclosed step by step.

**Dog Metrics Ranked Dividend Contenders Index Stocks by Yield**

David Fish's September Contenders list (from here) contained stocks distinguished by having paid increasing dividends for 10 to 24 years. Contenders stocks listed below were ranked by yields calculated as of September 26 to reveal the top ten. Price and dividend data was sourced from Yahoo.com.

Four of nine Yahoo Finance market sectors were represented in the top ten contenders dog list below. Top two dogs were two of six basic materials firms: Natural Resource Partners LP ; NuStar Energy LP (NYSE:NS). The other basic materials firms placed fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth: TC Pipelines LP (NYSE:TCP); Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP); Buckeye Partners LP (NYSE:BPL); Alliance Resource Partners LP (NASDAQ:ARLP).

The balance of the top ten contenders included the lone consumer goods stock, Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE:VGR) in third place. One technology firm, Communications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:JCS) placed ninth; two financials firms, Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE:OHI), in seventh, and Juniata Realty Income Corp. (NYSE:O) in tenth completed the top ten contenders dog show.

**Dividend vs. Price Results** **Compared to Dow Dogs**

Below is a graph of the relative strengths of the top ten Dividend Contender dogs by yield as of market close 9/26/2013 compared to those of the Dow. Historic projected annual dividend history from $1000 invested in each of the ten highest yielding stocks and the total single share prices of those ten stocks created the data points shown in green for price and blue for dividend.

**Actionable Conclusion (1): Contenders Mixed & Dow Dogs Bullish**

Contenders top September dividend payers showed a muddled course. In the past month the contenders top ten dog dividend jumped up nearly 6% while price rose just 0.7% or nearly bearish.

For the Dow dogs, meanwhile, annual dividend from $10k invested as $1K in each of the top ten dropped 1.5% since August, while aggregate single share price hopped up 6%, ending a bear track since June. Dow dogs increased their overbought condition in which aggregate single share price of the ten exceeded projected annual dividend from $1k invested in each of the ten by over $198 or 53% in June, compressed to $125 or 33% in August then expanded to $161 or 43% for September.

To quantify the top dog rankings, analyst mean price target estimates provided a "market sentiment" gauge of upside potential and so were added to the simple high yield "dog" metric used to sniff out bargains.

**Actionable Conclusion Too (2): Wall St. Wizards Wonk 11.6% Net Gain from Top 20** **Dividend Contenders Index** **Dogs In 2014**

Top twenty dogs from David Fish's Dividend Contenders index were graphed below to show relative strengths by dividend and price as of September 26, 2013 and those projected by analyst mean price target estimates to the same date in 2014.

A hypothetical $1000 investment in each equity was divided by the current share price to find the number of shares purchased. The shares number was then multiplied by projected annual per share dividend amounts to find the dividend return. Thereafter the analyst mean target price was used to gauge the stock price upsides and net gains including dividends less broker fees as of 2014.

Historic prices and actual dividends paid from $1000 invested in the ten highest yielding stocks and the aggregate single share prices of those twenty stocks divided by 2 created data points for 2013. Projections based on estimated increases in dividend amounts from $1000 invested in the twenty highest yielding stocks and aggregate one year analyst target share prices from Yahoo Finance divided by 2 created the 2014 data points green for price and blue for dividends.

Yahoo projected a 7% lower dividend from $10K invested in this group while aggregate single share price was projected to increase nearly 8.5% in the coming year. The number of analysts contributing to the mean target price estimate for each stock was noted in the next to the last column on the charts. Three to nine analysts was considered optimal for a valid estimate.

A beta (risk) ranking for each analyst rated stock was provided in the far right column on the above chart. A beta of 1 meant the stock's price would move with the market. Less than 1 showed lower than market movement. Higher than 1 showed greater than market movement. A negative beta number indicated the degree of a stocks movement opposite of market direction.

**Actionable Conclusion (3): Analysts Forecast 10** **Dividend Contender Dogs to Net 11% to 34%** **By September 2014**

Four of the ten top dividend yielding Contender dogs were verified as being among the ten gainers for the coming year based on analyst 1 year target prices. So this month the dog strategy as graded by Wall St. wizards is 40% accurate.

The ten probable profit generating trades revealed by Yahoo Finance for 2014 were:

Natural Resource Partners LP netted $338.92 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from four analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 28% more than the market as a whole.

W.P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC) netted $195.24 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from three analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 30% less than the market as a whole.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners netted $192.05 based on a mean target price estimate from thirteen analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 51% less than the market as a whole.

Urstadt Biddle Properties (NYSE:UBA) netted $184.21 based on a mean target price estimate from two analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 3% less than the market as a whole.

NuStar Energy LP netted $160.65 based on dividends plus mean target price estimate from nine analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 11% more than the market as a whole.

National Retail Properties (NYSE:NNN) netted $147.18 based on dividends plus mean target price estimate from nine analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 66% less than the market as a whole.

Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD) netted $136.49 based on dividends plus mean target price estimate from twenty analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 25% less than the market as a whole.

Southern Company (NYSE:SO) netted $133.62 based on dividends plus mean target price estimate from sixteen analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 95% less than the market as a whole.

Buckeye Partners LP netted $127.10 based on dividends plus mean target price estimate from nine analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 34% less than the market as a whole.

PPL Corp. netted $114.89 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from sixteen analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 84% less than the market as a whole.

The average net gain in dividend and price was over 17% on $1k invested in each of these nine dogs. This gain estimate was subject to average volatility 35% less than the market as a whole.

The above net gain estimates did not factor-in any tax problems resulting from distributions. Consult your tax advisor regarding the source and consequences of "dividends" from any investment.

The stocks listed above were suggested only as decent starting points for your index dog dividend stock purchase research process. These were not recommendations.

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