The Dividend Dogs Rule
The "dog" moniker was earned by stocks exhibiting three traits: (1) paying reliable, repeating dividends, (2) their prices fell to where (3) yield (dividend/price) grew higher than their peers. Thus, the highest yielding stocks in any collection became known as "dogs."
What Basic Materials Industries Appear "Safe"?
Basic Materials sector industries listing cash margins greater than their announced annual dividends include: coal; agricultural inputs; lumber & wood production; steel; industrial metals; specialty chemicals; paper & paper products; chemicals.
Top ten Basic Materials sector dogs showing the biggest dividend yields by this screen as of October 19 represented six industries: (1) coal had four stocks; (2) agricultural inputs had one; (3) lumber and wood production had one; (4) steel had two equities; (5) industrial metals had one; (6) specialty chemicals was represented by one stock.
23 Basic Materials Firms Showed Cash Margins to Cover Dividends
Periodic Safety Check
A previous article discussed the attributes of these 50 Basic Materials stocks from which those twenty-three tinted light green were sorted. You see below the list that passed the dividend "stress" test. These 23 Basic Materials dogs report sufficient annual cash flow yield to cover their anticipated annual dividend yield. The margin of excess is shown in the bold face "Safety Margin" column.
Financial guarantees however are easily over-ruled by a cranky board of directors or company policy canceling or varying the payout of dividends to shareholders. For example, Alliance Resource (NASDAQ:ARLP) on the list below has paid a variable quarterly dividend that has ranged from $.675 to $.438 over the past year. Also Ternium (NYSE:TX) skipped its annual dividend in 2009, to suit it's cash flow.
Three additional columns of industrial data listed after the Safety Margin figures reveal payout ratios (lower is better), total annual returns, and dividend growth levels for each stock. This data is provided to reach beyond yield to select reliable payout stocks.
Dog Metrics Recovered Bargains In Basic Material "Safe" Stocks
Ten "Safest" top Basic Materials firms that showed the biggest yields October 19 per YCharts data ranked themselves by yield as follows:
Actionable Conclusions: (1) Analysts Predict 5 Lowest Priced of "Safe" Ten High Yield Basic Material Sector Dogs To Deliver 5.79% VS. (2) 5.66% Net Gains from All Ten by October, 2017
$5000 invested as $1k in each of the five lowest priced stocks in the "safe" ten Basic Materials kennel by yield were determined by analyst 1 year targets to deliver 2.32% more net gain than $5,000 invested as $.5k in all ten. The very lowest priced safe Basic Materials dog, Foresight Energy (NYSE:FELP) showed the best net gain of 13.21% per analyst targets.
Lowest priced five "safe" Basic Materials dogs as of October 19 were: Foresight Energy ; Labrador Iron Ore Royalty (LIF.TO); SunCoke Energy Partners (NYSE:SXCP); Chemtrade Logistics (CHE-UN.TO); Russel Metals (RUS.TO), with prices ranging from $4.47 to $20.80.
Higher priced five Safe Basic Materials dogs as of October 19 were: Alliance Resource Partners; Enviva Partners (NYSE:EVA); Alliance Holdings (NASDAQ:AHGP); Ciner Resources (NYSE:CINR); Terra Nitrogen Co (NYSE:TNH), whose prices ranged from $23.75 to $106.91.
This distinction between five low priced dividend dogs and the general field of ten reflects the "basic method" Michael B. O'Higgins employed for beating the Dow. The added scale of projected gains based on analyst targets contributed a unique element of "market sentiment" gauging upside potential. It provided a here and now equivalent of waiting a year to find out what might happen in the market. Its also the work analysts got paid big bucks to do.
Caution is advised, however, as analysts are historically 20% to 80% accurate on the direction of change and about 0% to 20% accurate on the degree of the change.
The net gain estimates mentioned above did not factor-in any foreign or domestic tax problems resulting from distributions. Consult your tax advisor regarding the source and consequences of "dividends" from any investment.
See my instablog for specific instructions about how to best apply the dividend dog data featured in this article.--Fredrik Arnold
Stocks listed above were suggested only as possible starting points for your safest Industrial dog dividend stock research process. These were not recommendations.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed to constitute investment advice. Nothing contained herein shall constitute a solicitation, recommendation or endorsement to buy or sell any security. Prices and returns on equities in this article except as noted are listed without consideration of fees, commissions, taxes, penalties, or interest payable due to purchasing, holding, or selling same.
Graphs and charts were compiled by Rydlun & Co., LLC from data derived from ycharts. com; finance.yahoo.com; analyst mean target price by Thomson/First Call in Yahoo Finance. Dog photo from: frenchpark.com
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