Yield (dividend / price) results from here verified by Yahoo Finance for monthly dividend paying small, mid, & large cap (MoPaySML) stocks as of market closing prices August 15 were augmented by analyst 1-yr target projections to reveal six actionable conclusions discussed below. Small cap firms were valued at $200M(illion) to $2B(illion); mid cap firms were worth $2B to $10B; large caps were valued above $10B.
Wall Street Wizard Weightings
One-year mean target price set by brokerage analysts multiplied by the number of shares in a $1k investment revealed ten stocks showing the highest upside price potential into 2015 out of 20 selected by yield. One stock showed a loss by the same metric. The number of analysts providing price estimates was noted after the name for each stock. Three to nine analysts have demonstrated the most accurate mean target price estimates.
Actionable Conclusion (1) Ten MoPaySML Dividend Dogs Cast 6.9% to 27.3% Upsides; One Revealed A 15% Downside
Forty-Six For the Money
This article revealed bargain stocks to buy and hold for at least one year. Stocks reported were termed dogs because they were all selected based on Michael B. O'Higgins book "Beating The Dow" (HarperCollins, 1991), which showed how high yielding stocks whose prices increased (and whose dividend yields therefore decreased) could be sold off once a year to sweep gains to be reinvested in higher yielding stocks in the same index. Now named Dogs of the Dow, O'Higgins system works to find bargains in any collection of dividend paying stocks. Utilizing analyst price upside estimates expanded the stock universe to include popular growth equities, as desired.
Dog Metrics Extracted Bargains
Forty-six small, mid, and large cap monthly dividend paying stocks were culled from over seven hundred equities of all sizes for this article. Funds, and preferred shares were excluded but Real Estate Investment Trusts and Business Development Companies made to the list along with other common shares.
Ten monthly pay SML Cap dividend equities showing top yields, represented the usual trio of basic materials, financials, & utilities from the nine Yahoo market sectors. Top dog Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE:ROYT) again led four basic materials concerns as it attempted to recover from a huge price drop in July. The other three basic materials concerns placed third, fifth, and tenth: Hugoton Royalty Trust (NYSE:HGT); Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ARP); QR Energy LP (NYSE:QRE).
Second dog, Armour Residential REIT (NYSE:ARR) was one of five financial sector firms listed. Other financials were Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:PSEC) in fourth place; Fifth Street Finance (NYSE:FSC), sixth; FS Investment Corporation (NYSE:FSIC), seventh; and Stellus Capital Investment Corporation (NYSE:SCM), ninth.
Finally, one utility, Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE:AT), placed eighth to complete the August 15 MoPaySML top dog list.
Actionable Conclusion (2): MoPaySML Dogs Swooned Into Mid-August as Dow Dogs Were Barely Bullish
MoPaySML top ten dogs after early August dropped 0.6% in dividend from $10k invested as $1K in each, while total single share price of those ten fell 12% for the period to signal a double down swoon.
Meanwhile, Dow dogs inched higher barely bullishly showing 0.6% lower annual dividend from $10k invested as $1K in each of the top ten Dow dogs since mid-August, while aggregate single share price inclined about 0.5%. As a result, the Dow dogs overbought condition (in which aggregate single share price of the ten exceeded projected annual dividend from $10k invested as $1k each in those ten) expanded. Historically, an overhang of $75 or 19% on April 8 widened to $173 or 47% May 1; widened to $193 or 53% June 6; spread to $222 or 62% July 3; shrank to $185 or 49% August 8; then widened to $190 or 51% as of August 15. Much of the recent move was attributable to price gains by seven of the top ten Dow dogs, most notably by PG.
Actionable Conclusion (3): Wall Street Wizards Willed A 15.1% 1-yr. Net Gain from Top 20 MoPaySML Dogs By August 15, 2015
Top 20 dogs on the MoPay stock list were graphed below to show relative strengths by dividend and price as of August 15, 2014 and those projected by analyst mean price target estimates to the same date in 2015.
A hypothetical $1000 investment in each equity was divided by the current share price to find the number of shares purchased. The number of shares were then multiplied by projected annual dividend amounts to find the dividend return. Thereafter the analyst mean target price was used to gauge the stock upsides to 2015.
Historic prices and actual dividends paid from $1000 invested in each of the ten highest yielding stocks and the aggregate single share prices of those twenty stocks divided by 2 created the data points for 2014. 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 2015 data points green for price and blue for dividends.
Yahoo analyst numbers projected 6.5% lower dividend from $10K invested as $1k in the average ten of this group of while aggregate single share price of those ten was projected to increase by over 7.7% 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 projection estimate. Estimates provided by one analyst were not applied (n/a).
A beta (risk) ranking for each 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 stock price movement opposite of market direction.
Actionable Conclusion (4): Wall St. Analysts Augured 10 MoPaySML DiviDog Net Gains of 15.4% to 49% by August 15, 2015
Six of the ten top dividend yielding MoPaySML dogs were verified as being among the top ten gainers out of 20 for the coming year based on analyst 1-year target prices. So this week the dog methodology for this collection as graded by Wall St. wizards was 60% accurate.
Ten probable profit generating trades were revealed by Thomson/First Call in Yahoo Finance into 2015:
Pacific Coast Oil Trust was projected to net $489.92 based on dividends plus a mean target price estimate from three analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 45% opposite the market as a whole.
Home Loan Servicing Solutions Ltd. (NASDAQ:HLSS) was projected to net $339.41 based on a mean target price estimate from eight analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 25% less than the market as a whole.
Atlas Resource Partners was projected to net $248.55 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from nine analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 51% less than the market as a whole.
LinnCo., LLC (LNCO) was projected to net $211.20 based on dividend plus mean target price estimates from six analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 88% less than the market as a whole.
ARMOUR Residential REIT was projected to net $201.43 based on dividends plus mean target price estimate from eight analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 61% less than the market as a whole.
FS Investment Corporation was projected to net $179.41, based on dividend plus mean target price estimates from three analysts less broker fees. No Beta number was available for FSIC.
Prospect Capital Corp was projected to net $172.92 based on estimates from eight analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 17% less than the market as a whole.
Linn Energy LLC (LINE) was projected to net $170.71 based on a mean target price estimate from twelve analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 34% less than the market as a whole.
Fifth Street Finance was projected to net $155.26 based on estimates from thirteen analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 32% less than the market as a whole.
Vanguard Natural Resources (NYSE:VNR) was projected to net $153.88 based on a mean target price estimate from eleven analysts combined with projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 14% less than the market as a whole.
The average net gain in dividend and price was 23.22% on $10k invested as $1k in each of these ten MoPay dogs. This gain estimate was subject to volatility 67% less than the market as a whole.
Actionable Conclusion (5): (Bear Alert) Analysts Forecast AT Mo Pay DiviDog to Post Net Loss of 12.6% By August 15, 2015
The probable losing trade revealed by analysts reported by Thomson/First Call in Yahoo Finance for 2015 was:
Atlantic Power Corp was projected to lose $126.25 based on dividend and a mean target price estimate from four analysts including $20 of broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 58% less than the market as a whole.
Actionable Conclusion (6): Analysts See Net Gains of 24.5% for ARCP by August 15, 2015
A note about American Realty Capital Properties Inc (ARCP):
July's second place upside leader dropped out of the top twenty by yield as its share price ramped up into August. However, analysts are still convinced that ARCP has significant upside potential to net $244.86 based on a mean target price of $15.38 from six analysts (with a Beta number showing this estimate subject to volatility 14% opposite the market as a whole.) So, despite a paltry dividend yield of 7.72%, ARCP would still sit in third place on the upside table and in fourth place by net gain this week, despite not qualifying for the field based on yield.
The stocks listed above were suggested only as decent starting points for a MoPay dog dividend stock purchase/sale research process in early August, 2014. These were not recommendations.
Gains/declines as reported do not factor in any tax problems resulting from dividend, profit, or return of capital distributions. Consult your tax advisor regarding the source and consequences of "dividends" from any investment.
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