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Dividend Stock Leaders for the Week of Feb.14-18 (WTW, FDO, CF, WMB, BVN, more)

Here are some of the biggest dividend stock winners and losers from the week that just ended. Company Fri. Close Weekly % Change Dividend Yield Weight Watchers International Inc ( WTW ) $64.72 +47.22% 1.08% Family Dollar Stores Inc. ( FDO ) $52.55 +19.00% 1.37% Valmont Industries Inc. ( VMI ) $110.26 +17.10% 0.60% Williams Companies Inc. (the) ( WMB ) $30.37 +12.52% 2.63% Compania Buenaventura S.A. ( BVN ) $44.84 +11.99% 1.34% Cimarex Energy Co ( XEC ) $114.62 +8.26% 0.28% Halliburton Company ( HAL ) $48.11 +7.77% 0.75% J.M. Smucker Company ( SJM ) $67.33 +7.33% 2.61% Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc ( DPS ) $36.41 +7.21% 2.75% Mosaic Company (the) ( MOS ) $83.02 -6.00% 0.24% Masco Corporation ( MAS ) $13.30 -6.14% 2.26% CF Industries Holdings Inc. ( CF ) $137.87 -8.29% 0.29% CenturyTel Inc. ( CTL ) $41.23 -8.58% 7.03% Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Digital Realty Trust Q4 FFO Rises; Forecast Boosted (DLR)

Data center REIT Digital Realty Trust, Inc. ( DLR ) on Friday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter funds from operations and lifted its full-year 2011 forecast. The San Francisco-based company reported fourth quarter funds from operations (FFO) of $102.91 million, or 98 cents per share, compared with $69.43 million, or 79 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted FFO was 96 cents per share. Revenue surged more than 40% from last year to $239 million. On average, Wall Street analysts expected smaller FFO of 91 cents per share, albeit on higher revenue of $242 million. Looking ahead, the company boosted its full-year 2011 FFO guidance to a range of $3.80 to $3.95 per share, while analysts expect $3.85 per share for the year. Digital Realty Trust shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We recently added shares of Digital Realty Trust ( DLR ) to our recommended list. The company has a 4.86% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $56.02. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. ( DLR ) is a “Recommended” dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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CF Industries Q4 Profit Beats View on Rising Fertilizer Demand (CF)

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Fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings, Inc. ( CF ) late Thursday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings results, aided by strong demand for its products and the addition of sales from its acquisition of rival Terra Nitrogen. The Deerfield, IL-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $200.3 million, or $2.78 per share, compared with $51.4 million, or $1.04 per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was $2.65 per share. Revenue more than doubled from last year to $1.24 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of $2.56 per share, on lower revenue of $1.19 billion. CF Industries shares fell 81 cents, or -0.6%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line CF Industries ( CF ) has been an “aggressive” recommendation for us, but is not a name we think yield-focused investors should be considering. The company has a .27% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $147.81. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. ( CF ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Progress Energy Q4 Profit Slips 19%; Adjusted Net Beats View (PGN)

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Electric utility operator Progress Energy, Inc. ( PGN ) on Friday said its fourth quarter profit fell 19% from last year on flat revenue, but adjusted results narrowly beat analyst expectations. The Raleigh, NC-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $125 million, or 42 cents per share, compared with $154 million, or 55 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 45 cents per share. Revenue remained essentially flat from last year at $2.3 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a slightly smaller adjusted profit of 44 cents per share, albeit on slightly higher revenue of $2.4 billion. Looking ahead, the company predicted full-year 2011 earnings to range from $3 to $3.20 per share, while analysts expect $3.14 per share for the year. Progress also noted that its planned acquisition by rival Duke Energy ( DUK ) is still on track to close by the end of the year. Progress Energy shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Progress Energy ( PGN ) since Dec.10, 2009, when the stock was trading at $41.18. The company has a 5.40% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $45.92. Progress Energy, Inc. ( PGN ) is a “Recommended” dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Marathon Oil’s Target Boosted at Goldman Sachs (MRO)

Integrated oil and natural gas producer Marathon Oil Corporation ( MRO ) on Monday saw its price target upped by analysts at Goldman Sachs. The firm said it raised its target on MRO from $51 to $58, which implies a 27% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $46.48. Goldman also reiterated its “Buy” rating on the stock, saying that “Based on our updated E&P valuation analysis, we continue to see Marathon as an inexpensive means to gain exposure to our constructive outlook for Mid-Continent refining margins.” Marathon Oil shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Marathon Oil ( MRO ) since Jan.26, 2011, when the stock was trading at $43.55. The company has a 2.15% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $ 46.48. Marathon Oil Corporation ( MRO ) is a “Recommended” dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Dividend Stock Leaders for the Week of Feb.7-11 (CLX, RL, NYX, EXPE, ATVI, more)

Here are some of the biggest dividend stock winners and losers from the week that just ended. Company Fri. Close Weekly % Change Dividend Yield NYSE Euronext ( NYX ) $38.31 +17.34% 3.13% J.C. Penney ( JCP ) $36.30 +14.91% 2.20% Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation ( RL ) $126.87 +12.71% 0.63% Whole Foods Market Inc. ( WFMI ) $59.67 +12.58% 0.67% Wynn Resorts ( WYNN ) $129.10 +9.35% 0.77% Clorox Company (The) ( CLX ) $71.26 +8.53% 3.09% Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc ( DPS ) $33.96 -4.71% 2.94% Consol Energy ( CNX ) $47.00 -4.72% 0.85% Activision Blizzard Inc ( ATVI ) $10.78 -8.18% 1.53% Compania Buenaventura S.A. ( BVN ) $40.04 -8.81% 1.50% Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC ) $47.92 -14.06% 1.67% Expedia Inc. ( EXPE ) $21.31 -15.60% 1.31% Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Nokia, Microsoft Announce Strategic Smartphone Alliance (NOK, MSFT)

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Mobile phone maker Nokia Corporation ( NOK ) and software giant Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) on Friday announced a pact to team up against rivals Apple ( AAPL ) and Google ( GOOG ), who are thus far winning the smartphone race hands-down. In pursuant to the deal, Nokia will utilize Microsoft’s Windows Phone software as the platform for its mobile phones, marking a monumental shift from the Finnish company’s prior strategy of programming the operating system for its own devices. The move comes just days after a leaked internal Nokia memo from CEO Stephen Elop, in which he warned his employees the company was simply being outdone by its mobile phone competitors. Elop didn’t say when the first Nokia device running on Windows Phone software would ship, but did note that the company would not abandon its trademark Symbian operating system, nor the new Meego platform it’s currently developing. Nokia shares plunged $1.08, or -10%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Nokia ( NOK ) have a 4.78% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $10.88. Shares of Microsoft ( MSFT ) have a 2.33% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $27.50. Nokia Corporation ( NOK ) and Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT ) are both rated “Neutral,” holding Dividend.com DARS™ Ratings of 3.1 and 3.4 out of 5 stars, respectively. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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FBR Analyst: Annaly Capital Still an “Outperform,” but Wary of Possible Dividend Cut (NLY)

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Analysts at FBR Capital on Friday passed along some interesting opinions regarding real estate-related investment manager Annaly Capital Management, Inc. ( NLY ) on Friday. Although the firm maintained its “Outperform” rating and $20 price target on NLY, it noted a dividend cut could be in the works for the company. An FBR analyst commented, “We reiterate our rating and price target on NLY shares despite last week’s weaker-than-expected 4Q10 earnings results. While the results give us pause as to the viability of the current dividend, we believe that shares remain attractive from a long-term, risk-adjusted total return perspective. With a historically steep yield curve, the FOMC estimated to be on hold for at least another year, and declining prepayment speeds, we continue to believe that the operating environment is set up for NLY to deliver mid-to-high teen ROEs, and likewise dividend yields, for the foreseeable future.” Annaly Capital shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Annaly Capital ( NLY ) have a 14.29% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $17.92. The stock has technical support in the $15-$17 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $20 price level. Annaly Capital Management, Inc. ( NLY ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Goldman Sachs Upgrades Ameriprise to “Buy” (AMP)

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Investment advisor Ameriprise Financial, Inc. ( AMP ) on Friday caught a big upgrade from analysts at Goldman Sachs. The firm said it boosted its rating on AMP from “Neutral” to “Buy” with a $73 price target. That target suggests an 18% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $61.89. Goldman also boosted its earnings estimates for the company through 2013, noting it believes the financial services provider stands to benefit from rising retail investor demand. AMP has had $21 billion in net equity inflows year-to-date. Ameriprise shares rose 61 cents, or +1%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Ameriprise ( AMP ) have a 1.16% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $61.89. The stock has technical support in the $55 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $63-$66 price levels. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. ( AMP ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Expedia Q4 Profit Plunges 30% on Charges; Adjusted Net Misses View (EXPE)

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Online travel agency Expedia, Inc. ( EXPE ) late Thursday said its fourth quarter profit fell 30% from last year on one-time items, sending its shares plunging in aftermarket trading. The Bellevue, WA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $71.3 million, or 25 cents per share, compared with $102.2 million, or 35 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 32 cents per share. On a more positive note, revenue rose 16% from last year to $808.4 million. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a higher adjusted profit of 32 cents per share, albeit on lower revenue of $801.5 million in revenue. Expedia shares fell $3.37, or -13%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Expedia ( EXPE ) have a 1.09% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $25.69. The stock has technical support in the $20 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $26-$28 price levels. Expedia, Inc. ( EXPE ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.10 (ALL, PEP, PRU, WFMI, WMT, T, more)

I was reading more of the major Harris Poll that was released a few days back and a startling revelation that just floored me was 41% of young people between ages 18 and 33 say their personal savings is mostly in bank savings accounts and CDs. This is not a smart move, period! The media did a great job of scaring many out of the markets 18-24 months ago, and the impact on the younger generation could be quite dangerous if they continue to just “break even” with low yield investments. This ultra-conservative nature is not just going to take a toll on younger investors, but older investors as well. look at the latest annuity sales, which jumped 24% in January 2011 from the previous year. What many investors don’t realize is that now is simply a terrible time to buy annuities, because their returns are severely limited in today’s low interest rate environment. Annuities are fixed income investments offered by life insurance companies. In short, you give the insurer your money, and they make monthly payments to you over a specified period of time. There’s nothing wrong with annuities per se, but the timing for buying annuities is extremely important. In general, as …

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Northrop Grumman’s Q4 Earnings Fall; Forecast Lowered (NOC)

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Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation ( NOC ) on Wednesday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter profits, but lowered its full-year forecast below analysts’ view. The Los Angeles-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $376 million, or $1.27 per share, compared with $413 million, or $1.31 per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue fell more than 3% from last year to $8.61 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a much smaller profit of $1.01 per share, albeit on higher revenue of $8.80 billion. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 earnings to range from $6.40 to $6.60 per share, excluding its shipbuilding business, which will be sold or spun off this year. Analysts currently expect a higher full-year profit of $6.98 per share. Northrop Grumman shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Northrop Grumman ( NOC ) have a 2.64% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $71.09. The stock has technical support in the $66 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $75 price level. Northrop Grumman Corporation ( NOC ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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