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  • The Best Dividends For Next Week (December 24-30, 2012)

    Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks with a market capitalization over $10 billion that have their ex-dividend date on the next trading week. So if your broker settles your trade today, you will receive the next dividend. A full list of all stocks with ex-dividend date can be found here: Ex-Dividend Stocks between December 24-30, 2012. In total, 144 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 79 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 5.19%.

    The ex-dividend date is a major date related to the payment of dividends. If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or later, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller gets the dividend. If you purchase before the ex-dividend date, you get the dividend. It is important that your broker settles your trade before the ex-dividend date.

    These are the results of the best yielding, higher capitalized stocks:

    American Capital Agency (NASDAQ:AGNC) has a market capitalization of $10.64 billion and operates within the Residential REITs industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.31, Forward P/E Ratio: 7.62, P/S Ratio: 5.63, P/B Ratio: 0.94, Dividend Yield: 16.05%. The ex-dividend date is on December 24, 2012.

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) has a market capitalization of $33.59 billion and operates within the Money Center Banks industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.42, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.28, P/S Ratio: 2.74, P/B Ratio: 1.97, Dividend Yield: 4.57%. The ex-dividend date is on December 26, 2012.

    Kraft Foods Group (NASDAQ:KRFT) has a market capitalization of $26.98 billion and operates within the Major Diversified Food industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 13.84, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.09, P/S Ratio: 1.43, P/B Ratio: 3.62, Dividend Yield: 4.39%. The ex-dividend date is on December 27, 2012.

    Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) has a market capitalization of $141.91 billion and operates within the Cigarettes industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.99, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.62, P/S Ratio: 1.85, P/B Ratio: is not calculable, Dividend Yield: 4.00%. The ex-dividend date is on December 24, 2012.

    Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) has a market capitalization of $13.27 billion and operates within the Electric Utilities industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 14.63, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.32, P/S Ratio: 1.31, P/B Ratio: 1.50, Dividend Yield: 3.97%. The ex-dividend date is on December 24, 2012.

    The Bank Of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS) has a market capitalization of $69.40 billion and operates within the Money Center Banks industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.08, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.28, P/S Ratio: 3.99, P/B Ratio: 1.73, Dividend Yield: 3.94%. The ex-dividend date is on December 28, 2012.

    TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) has a market capitalization of $33.47 billion and operates within the Gas Utilities industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 24.10, Forward P/E Ratio: 19.87, P/S Ratio: 3.99, P/B Ratio: 1.95, Dividend Yield: 3.70%. The ex-dividend date is on December 27, 2012.

    BT Group (NYSE:BT) has a market capitalization of $30.52 billion and operates within the Foreign Telecom Services industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 9.21, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.79, P/S Ratio: 1.02, P/B Ratio: 33.41, Dividend Yield: 3.58%. The ex-dividend date is on December 26, 2012.

    Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) has a market capitalization of $13.82 billion and operates within the Steel & Iron industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 27.54, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.16, P/S Ratio: 0.70, P/B Ratio: 1.81, Dividend Yield: 3.38%. The ex-dividend date is on December 27, 2012.

    Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) has a market capitalization of $19.54 billion and operates within the Major Diversified Aerospace/Defense industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.16, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.95, P/S Ratio: 0.80, P/B Ratio: 2.16, Dividend Yield: 3.38%. The ex-dividend date is on December 28, 2012.

    Disclosure: I am long PM, KRFT, RTN. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

    Dec 24 3:25 AM | Link | Comment!
  • 5 Most Attractive Stocks For Famous Investment Gurus

    Investment gurus are asset or fund managers with big amounts of cash under management. They became popular by big returns and spectacular investment strategies. I talk about investors like George Soros and Warren Buffett. They all have one thing in common: The average return beats the market and if they invest, the market follows.

    I made a screen of the biggest stock buys from 49 super investors over the recent six month and ranked them in my 100 best guru buy list. They all bought 502 stocks within the past half year. The top stocks are Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). Google was bought by fourteen investment professionals and Oracle by eleven. ORCL stocks are one of the hot plays for investors because they are in average long in the stock with 0.52 percent of their full portfolio.

    The most wanted sector was the technology and financial sector. Sixty percent of the ten biggest buys were made within the technology sector and twenty within the financial sector. Below is a detailed overview of the best yielding dividend stocks that were bought by at least two stock market gurus.

    Here are the top 5 stocks:

    Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) has a market capitalization of $15.87 billion. The company employs 106,700 people, generates revenue of $62.07 billion and has a net income of $3.49 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $5.37 billion. The EBITDA margin is 8.65 percent (the operating margin is 7.14 percent and the net profit margin 5.63 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 20.78 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 103.78 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 41.86 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.69. Last fiscal year, the company paid no dividends to shareholders. Dell was bought by 10 stock market professionals.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 5.42, the P/S ratio is 0.26 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.81. The current dividend yield amounts to 3.50 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.36.

    Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) has a market capitalization of $92.00 billion. The company employs 66,639 people, generates revenue of $46.06 billion and has a net income of $8.04 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $12.67 billion. The EBITDA margin is 27.50 percent (the operating margin is 21.85 percent and the net profit margin 17.46 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 17.79 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 31.84 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 16.32 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.49. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.28 in the form of dividends to shareholders. CSCO was bought by 9 investment professionals.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.66, the P/S ratio is 2.00 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.79. The dividend yield amounts to 3.23 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.24.

    Oracle has a market capitalization of $150.40 billion. The company employs 115,899 people, generates revenue of $37.12 billion and has a net income of $9.98 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $16.62 billion. The EBITDA margin is 44.78 percent (the operating margin is 36.92 percent and the net profit margin 26.89 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 21.03 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 37.71 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 23.92 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.02. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.24 in the form of dividends to shareholders. ORCL was bought by 11 market professionals.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.47, the P/S ratio is 4.05 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.50. The dividend yield amounts to 0.77 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.09.

    Google has a market capitalization of $226.05 billion. The company employs 53,546 people, generates revenue of $37.91 billion and has a net income of $9.74 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $13.47 billion. The EBITDA margin is 35.53 percent (the operating margin is 30.69 percent and the net profit margin 25.69 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 5.79 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 7.23 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 18.66 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $31.92. Last fiscal year, the company paid no dividends to shareholders. GOOG was bouhgt by 14 market professionals and is the best company with the most guru buys.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.55, the P/S ratio is 5.96 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.84. The beta ratio has a value of 1.08.

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) has a market capitalization of $216.21 billion. The company employs 271,000 people, generates revenue of $143.69 billion and has a net income of $10.75 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $23.47 billion. The EBITDA margin is 16.33 percent (the operating margin is 10.66 percent and the net profit margin 7.48 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 15.38 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 36.63 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 6.37 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $8,066.44. Last fiscal year, the company paid no dividends to shareholders.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.18, the P/S ratio is 1.50 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.31. The beta ratio has a value of 0.51.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

    Dec 23 3:59 AM | Link | Comment!
  • 5 Of The Best Healthcare Growth Picks Of The Next Five Years

    I like healthcare companies because the sector is a long-term growth area due to the ongoing aging population. The sector is a 46.1 trillion bet on stronger than expected health diseases with a current dividend yield of 3.20 percent. We know that the sector is very political driven because heath is a question of cost and money. 80 percent of the world's population cannot finance a solid medical-aid, medical-care ore even an old-care. The best dividend stocks within the sector still come from the major drug manufacturing industry as well as from the medical practitioners industry.

    I made a little screen of the best large capitalized stocks with the highest expected earnings per share growth for the next five years. The industry with the biggest earnings forecast is definitely the biotechnology industry, followed by medical appliances and equipment stocks. But those companies pay no dividends. I focused on stocks with a positive yield and a double-digit earnings growth. Finally, fourteen companies remained of which all are currently recommended to buy. The mostly represented companies are from the healthcare plans industry.

    Here are my favorite stocks:

    WellPoint (WLP) has a market capitalization of $20.07 billion. The company employs 37,700 people, generates revenue of $60.71 billion and has a net income of $2.65 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4.72 billion. The EBITDA margin is 7.78 percent (the operating margin is 6.52 percent and the net profit margin 4.36 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 18.83 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 42.06 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 11.24 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $7.32. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.00 in the form of dividends to shareholders. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 10.10 percent yearly over the next five years.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 8.43, the P/S ratio is 0.33 and the P/B ratio is finally 0.90. The dividend yield amounts to 1.86 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.95.

    Novo Nordisk (NYSE:NVO) has a market capitalization of $102.86 billion. The company employs 33,501 people, generates revenue of $11.51 billion and has a net income of $2.97 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4.31 billion. The EBITDA margin is 37.48 percent (the operating margin is 33.72 percent and the net profit margin 25.77 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 1.32 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 2.28 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 45.95 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.38. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.43 in the form of dividends to shareholders. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 16.45 percent yearly over the next five years. The company has the biggest eps growth forecast of all healthcare dividend stocks.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 24.81, the P/S ratio is 6.21 and the P/B ratio is finally 13.52. The dividend yield amounts to 1.59 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.55.

    UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) has a market capitalization of $58.17 billion. The company employs 99,000 people, generates revenue of $101.86 billion and has a net income of $5.14 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $9.59 billion. The EBITDA margin is 9.41 percent (the operating margin is 8.31 percent and the net profit margin 5.05 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 17.14 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 41.14 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 19.00 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.25. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.61 in the form of dividends to shareholders. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 11.20 percent yearly over the next five years.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.84, the P/S ratio is 0.57 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.09. The dividend yield amounts to 1.49 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.93.

    Zimmer Holdings (NYSE:ZMH) has a market capitalization of $11.45 billion. The company employs 8,500 people, generates revenue of $4.45 billion and has a net income of $760.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1.38 billion. The EBITDA margin is 31.09 percent (the operating margin is 23.00 percent and the net profit margin 17.07 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 20.19 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 31.22 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.49 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.28. Last fiscal year, the company paid no dividends to shareholders. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 10.40 percent yearly over the next five years.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.32, the P/S ratio is 2.57 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.12. The dividend yield amounts to 1.10 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.01.

    Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO) has a market capitalization of $22.82 billion. The company employs 39,000 people, generates revenue of $11.73 billion and has a net income of $1.02 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2.11 billion. The EBITDA margin is 17.98 percent (the operating margin is 10.62 percent and the net profit margin 8.70 percent).

    Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 26.19 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 46.73 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 6.71 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.13. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.13 in the form of dividends to shareholders. The earnings per share are expected to grow by 11.36 percent yearly over the next five years.

    Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 19.92, the P/S ratio is 1.95 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.54. The dividend yield amounts to 0.83 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.78.

    The average P/E ratio amounts to 16.51 and forward P/E ratio is 11.91. The dividend yield has a value of 1.36 percent. Price to book ratio is 3.78 and price to sales ratio 2.32. The operating margin amounts to 18.28 percent. The average stock is low leveraged and has a debt to equity ratio of 0.50.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

    Nov 02 3:11 PM | Link | Comment!
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