At the end of the week, our watch list contains 25 companies. Here is the watch list which ranks Dividend Achievers that are within 20% of the 52-week low for March 19, 2010.
|Symbol||Name||Price||% Yr Low||P/E||EPS||Div/Shr||Yield||Payout Ratio|
|XOM||Exxon Mobil Corp||67.04||5.48%||16.84||3.98||1.68||2.51%||42%|
|FPL-OLD||FPL Group, Inc.||48.16||6.34%||12.13||3.97||2.00||4.15%||50%|
|BRO||Brown & Brown, Inc.||17.98||10.17%||16.13||1.12||0.31||1.72%||28%|
|CWT||California Water Service||37.07||10.69%||19.01||1.95||1.19||3.21%||61%|
|TMP||Tompkins Financial Corp.||38.37||10.75%||14.26||2.69||1.36||3.54%||51%|
|AWR||American States Water||34.17||10.87%||21.09||1.62||1.04||3.04%||64%|
|UMBF||UMB Financial Corp.||41.18||13.32%||18.72||2.20||0.74||1.80%||34%|
|WEYS||Weyco Group, Inc.||23.62||13.45%||21.28||1.11||0.60||2.54%||54%|
|LKFN||Lakeland Financial Corp.||18.62||13.88%||14.78||1.26||0.62||3.33%||49%|
|WTR||Aqua America, Inc.||17.53||13.91%||22.86||0.77||0.58||3.31%||76%|
|LLY||Eli Lilly and Company||36.17||17.02%||9.18||3.94||1.96||5.42%||50%|
|OTTR||Otter Tail Corp.||21.92||17.66%||30.87||0.71||1.19||5.43%||168%|
|SFNC||Simmons First National Corp.||27.04||17.82%||15.54||1.74||0.76||2.81%||44%|
|SYBT||S.Y. Bancorp, Inc.||23.34||17.88%||16.79||1.39||0.68||2.91%||49%|
|THFF||First Financial Corp.||29.87||17.92%||17.27||1.73||0.90||3.01%||52%|
|NWN||Northwest Natural Gas||46.79||18.22%||16.19||2.89||1.66||3.55%||57%|
|MLM||Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.||87.41||18.49%||45.76||1.91||1.60||1.83%||84%|
|NTRS||Northern Trust Corp.||55.45||18.69%||17.55||3.16||1.12||2.02%||35%|
|PGN||Progress Energy Inc.||39.84||18.93%||14.49||2.75||2.48||6.22%||90%|
|PBI||Pitney Bowes Inc.||24.52||20.31%||12.01||2.04||1.46||5.95%||71%|
|MGEE||MGE Energy Inc.||35.40||20.33%||16.02||2.21||1.47||4.15%||67%|
|WGL||WGL Holdings Inc.||34.44||20.46%||15.31||2.25||1.51||4.38%||67%|
Watch List Summary
The best performing stock from last week's list, once again, is 1st Source Corp. (SRCE) which rose 8.4% this week and 20% in three weeks. The stock is now 30% above the 52-week low and off our list. The worst performing stock is Weyco Group (NASDAQ:WEYS) which fell 1.4%. Overall, the Dividend Achiever watch list gained +2.7% versus the Dow's +1.11% and the S&P 500's +0.98%.
Several new companies are appearing on our list for the first time due to the dramatic increase in the share price from the March 9, 2009 low. Names such as Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY), Otter Tail (NASDAQ:OTTR), and Simmons First National (NASDAQ:SFNC) have joined the list of companies that are within 20% of the 52-week low.
Exxon (NYSE:XOM) remains a great bargain in our view. Exxon has been within the 10% range for 9 consecutive weeks. Monsanto's (NYSE:MON) technical pattern remains intact for another week. The upside down head-and-shoulder is holding the stock above the $71 level.
Disclosure: Author long XOM, CWT, WEYS and MON