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CDTV.net Stock Market News and Dividend Report for Thursday Oct 1, 2009

|Includes: Diamond Foods, Inc. (DMND), IVC, MDT, RGLD, TD

Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMND) reported EPS grew 56 percent to $0.25 compared to $0.16 during the prior year’s comparable period. analysts average 0.18. DMND beats by $0.07.

 
During the fourth quarter, net sales grew 1 percent to $113.8 million as higher snack sales were offset by an increase in promotion spending on culinary nuts and a decline in non-retail walnut sales.
 
Diamond Foods, Inc., a branded food company, engages in processing, marketing, and distribution of culinary, in-shell, ingredient nuts, and snack products primarily in the United States and Europe.
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Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) announced, excluding items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.18 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to $0.53 in the prior year’s quarter. analysts average 0.17. ATU beats by $0.01.
 
Consolidated sales for the fourth quarter declined 26% to $290 million compared to $393 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. 
 
Actuant Corporation manufactures industrial products and systems worldwide. 
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The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) declared a quarterly dividend of 47.5 cents per outstanding share, an increase of 1.5 cents per share, or 3.3 percent, from the previous quarter. The quarterly dividend is payable on Nov. 2, 2009, to Verizon Communications shareowners of record at the close of business on Oct. 9, 2009.
 
This is the third consecutive year that Verizon's Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend increase in September.
 
Verizon Communications Inc. provides communication services in the United States and internationally.
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The board of directors of Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), approved a cash dividend of $0.205 per share of the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on Oct. 30, 2009, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 9, 2009.
 
Medtronic, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells device-based medical therapies worldwide. 
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The Board of Directors of Invacare Corporation (NYSE: IVC) announced that it declared a cash dividend of $.0125 per share payable October 13, 2009 to shareholders of record on October 5, 2009.
 
Invacare Corporation designs, manufactures, and distributes medical equipment for the non-acute health care markets, including the home health care, retail, and extended care markets.
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The Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) announced that a dividend in an amount of sixty-one cents (61 cents) per fully paid common share in the capital stock of the Bank has been declared, payable on and after October 31, 2009, to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 5, 2009.
 
Toronto-Dominion Bank, through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of retail and commercial banking, wealth management, and wholesale banking products and services in North America and internationally.
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ROYAL GOLD, INC. (NASDAQ: RGLD) announced that its Board of Directors has declared its fourth quarter dividend of $0.08 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on October 16, 2009 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 2, 2009. The Company has paid dividends since 2000.
 
Royal Gold is a precious metals royalty company engaged in the acquisition and management of precious metal royalty interests.
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