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Edited by Abby Tabuga

George Soros is the Hungarian-American business magnate known for being "the man who broke the Bank of England" in a single trade in 1992. Soros' Quantum Fund is famous for its annual returns of 30% that spanned 3 decades up to 2000. Soros is a macro manager with a truly global portfolio. From 1973 to 2010, the Soros Fund Management was reported to have made $32 billion in profits. As of 2011, Soros is reported to have net worth of $14.5 billion. The billionaire is also known for his being a philanthropist and an activist. The legendary investor recently said that the fate of the euro rests upon Germany.

Here are the top dividend stocks of the Soros Fund Management LLC, the company founded by George Soros in early 1960s. These are Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), GE, Pepsi (NYSE:PEP), Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX) and Lowe's Companies (NYSE:LOW). These are the stocks that have the highest yield among the many holdings of Soros and have exhibited growth in terms of dividend amounts. Except GE, all of these companies have consistently raised the value of dividend every year between 2001 and 2011.

STOCK

Shares Held

% of Portfolio

Yield

Payout

Historical payout

EPS Growth this year

EPS Growth next year

Wal-Mart Stores

4,831,800

4.87%

2.15%

31.86%

28.91%

8.47%

8.94%

General Electric

8,577,000

2.58%

3.15%

53.01%

55.59%

7.36%

12.34%

PepsiCo

892,500

0.91%

3.00%

54.14%

47.00%

3.03%

8.62%

The Clorox Company

675,692

0.71%

3.55%

58.54%

52.46%

98.87%

7.93%

Lowe's

947,000

0.39%

2.24%

38.75%

26.69%

0.87%

23.64%

Sources: Finviz.com, Nasdaq.com; as of September 12, 2012

Historical Annual Dividend Table

Dividend Amount (Annual)

Year

WMT

GE

PEP

CLX

LOW

2001

0.28

0.66

0.575

0.84

0.0375

2002

0.3

0.73

0.595

0.85

0.04

2003

0.36

0.77

0.63

0.98

0.0525

2004

0.52

0.82

0.62

1.08

0.07

2005

0.6

0.91

0.98

1.12

0.1

2006

0.672

1.03

1.12

1.16

0.16

2007

0.88

1.15

1.35

1.42

0.26

2008

0.952

1.24

1.6

1.72

0.33

2009

1.092

0.82

1.75

1.92

0.35

2010

1.212

0.42

1.86

2.10

0.4

2011

1.46

0.58

1.99

2.30

0.5

Source: Dividendhistory.org; as of September 12 , 2012

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)

Wal-Mart Stores, one of Soros Fund Management's big buys in the second quarter is also one of its top dividend stocks. WMT operates retail stores in the U.S. and worldwide. The Arkansas-based retail giant is divided into 3 segments - Wal-Mart U.S., Wal-Mart International, and the Sam's Club. It serves its customers via retail outlets, online and mobile devices. With a 2.2 million workforce, Wal-Mart operates over 10,000 retail units in 27 countries. As of fiscal-year 2012, sales have reached approximately $444 billion. Just recently, Wal-Mart announced its new search engine named Polaris to power walmart.com and enhance customers' web shopping experience.

It should be noted that the last big purchase of Soros of WMT holdings happened during the fourth quarter of 2010. At that time, Soros owned over $50 million worth of shares, which he later sold out in the first quarter last year. Currently, WMT comprises nearly 5% of Soros holdings.

The annual dividend of Wal-Mart has been on a consistent upward movement. From a mere $0.28 in 2001, the annual dividend has increased 5-fold, at $1.46, in 2011. The average rate of annual growth is an impressive 16.5 percent. With an annual dividend yield of 2.15%, WMT is currently one of Soros' top dividend stocks. WMT's earnings are rising as its EPS growth this year is at 8.47% and it is projected at 8.94% next year.

General Electric Company

GE is a technology and financial services company that operates worldwide. Founded in 1892, GE's tradition of innovation has been tried and tested for over a century. Today, its business is segmented into six lines. These are energy infrastructure, aviation, healthcare, transportation, home and business solutions and capital segments. Last July, the Fairfield-based industrial cum financing company announced its operating earnings of $4 billion for the second quarter of 2012, up by 7% from the same period last year.

Soros has increased its position in GE by 7.3 million shares this second quarter, bringing its total shares to 8.577 million amounting to roughly $179 million. The hedge fund manager's current GE holdings now form 2.58% of his total portfolio; all of which were bought in the current year. This is by far the largest position that Soros has made on GE in the last two years. The last activity of Soros with the company was that of its sale of a small number of stocks in the second quarter of 2010.

The dividend yield of GE is currently at 3.15%, one of Soros' highest dividend stocks. Its annual dividend in 2011 was $0.58, higher than 2010's 0.42 but lower compared to the historical amounts, those of years prior to 2010. GE's dividend payment has been declining at an average rate of -1.29 per year between 2001 and 2011. Prior to 2009, the growth of GE dividends has been consistently rising at an average annual growth rate of 9%.

GE's EPS growth this year is at 7.36% and the estimate for next year is promising at 12.34%. GE stocks currently sell at $21.75, up by 5.27% for the week.

PepsiCo

PepsiCo, Inc. is the maker of some of the world's most powerful brands. It is a manufacturer and marketer of carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, dairy products, and other food products. It operates worldwide of which the latest acquisition is a Brazil-based producer of snacks. The company faces tough competition from The Coca-Cola Company. In July, PEP reported a decline in its second-quarter net revenue of 2 percent due to its refranchising of its beverage business in China and Mexico, and the appreciation of the U.S. dollar.

Soros started purchasing PEP stocks in the third quarter of 2011 and has consistently increased its holdings since then. In the second quarter, it has bought 724,000 shares, more than four times its 2012 first-quarter position. This has brought PEP share to 0.91%, amounting to $63 million, of the investor's total portfolio. From 2010 up to the early part of 2011, Soros was seen to have been continuously cutting its share in the beverage company.

PEP's dividend yield is 3.00%. Its annual dividend amount has been growing constantly since 2004. Compared with the dividend payment of 0.575 in 2001, PEP dividend has grown more than three-folds in 2011 ($1.99). The dividend amount has been rising at an annual rate 12% during this period.

Pepsi's EPS growth this year is a decent 3.03% while the EPS growth for next year was estimated at a higher level of 8.62%. PEP shares are now priced at $70.50, down by 0.50% in the week.

The Clorox Company

The Clorox Company is a manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products. It is the maker of the power brand of bleach product - Clorox. Founded in 1913, the company now enjoys a global reach. Aside from its cleaning and disinfecting segment, it has likewise branched out into household and lifestyle segments.

In August, the Oakland-based consumer goods company announced a 5% growth in its sales and 2% growth in volume in its fiscal year 2012. The results are partly due to the company's recent business acquisitions earlier in the fiscal year. The addition of 2 companies making antimicrobial healthcare products - Aplicare and HealthLink has added to the attractiveness of Clorox as an investment.

The hedge fund manager purchased roughly $49 million worth of CLX holdings in the second quarter. This is equivalent to 0.71% of its total portfolio. Whalewisdom.com data show that this is the only activity of Soros with CLX at least within the last two years.

As of September 12, the dividend yield of CLX is 3.55%. The annual dividend amount of CLX is consistently growing at an average rate of 10% per year. Back in 2001, the amount was only $0.84. This climbed up to $2.30 in 2011. Meanwhile, the company's EPS is growing rapidly. This year it grew by a massive 98.87% and its expected growth next year, albeit lower, is fairly high at 7.93%. Shares at CLX now sell at $71.90, down by 1.21% in the week.

Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a home improvement retailer founded in 1946. Together with its subsidiaries, its products are used for the repair, maintenance, remodeling and decorating homes. As of August 2012, the company operates 1,745 stores in the US, Canada, and Mexico. LOW is based in Mooresville, North Carolina. In 2011, LOW is said to have closed down 27 underperforming stores across the U.S.

The hedge fund management company has just bought about $27 million worth of LOW shares in the second quarter. This is about 0.39% of the total company's portfolio. The activity of Soros on LOW has been fluctuating every quarter. The largest position before this recent buy was that for the last quarter of 2010 when Soros purchased 836,000 shares. During this time, LOW shares made up 0.44% of the hedge fund manager's portfolio, all of which were later sold out in the beginning of 2011. Soros made at least two more buys and two more sells prior to the second quarter of 2012.

Currently, the dividend yield of LOW is a decent 2.24%. LOW has continuously raised its dividends. The company's annual dividend in 2001 was $0.0375 and in 2011, $0.50. This shows an average growth rate in the dividend amount of 26% per year. The home improvement company's EPS has grown only by 0.87% this year but is poised to grow by 23.64% next year. LOW stocks are now priced at $28.25, up by 0.60% in the week.

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