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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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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.18 (JWN, CF, DLR, SWK, EOG, WTW, more)

We’re saw a gradual rise for the DOW as other indices remained fairly flat, finishing what has been a generally solid week for the averages. We added a new yield-focused name to our recommended list today, while also removing three growth names from our list as well. Be sure to check out Dividend.com Premium for those stories if you did not read the e-mail alerts we sent out earlier today. Elsewhere, earnings results are lifting shares of Digital Realty Trust ( DLR ), a recent addition to our recommended list. Nordstrom ( JWN ) bounced off of earlier levels and closed higher following the company’s earnings report, as well as news the company was buying a private sales e-commerce company. Wall Street upgrades pushed several stocks higher, including Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK ), EOG Resources ( EOG ), and Raytheon ( RTN ). On the downside, fertilizer play CF Industries ( CF ) sold off after reporting better-than-expected results. Weight Watchers ( WTW ) also gave back just a smidgen of yesterday’s huge gains. The speculation in the venture capital space continues to rage on as we continue to hear about huge rounds of money being raised at ever-climbing market valuations. Mark Cuban just came out with some comments that echoed what I have been saying about the “game” that is going on, where eventually regular investors get burned with the usual late invitations to participate (post-IPO after the insiders have already cashed…

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EOG Resources’ Target, Estimates Boosted at Goldman Sachs (EOG)

Natural gas producer EOG Resources, Inc. ( EOG ) on Friday saw its price target and earnings estimates raised by analysts at Goldman Sachs. The firm maintained its “Buy” rating on EOG and boosted its price target from $117 to $121. That new target implies a 16% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $104.22. Goldman also raised its earnings estimates for the company through 2013, following its better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings results. The analyst commented, “EOG remains a leader in developing horizontal resource plays, and the combination of superior liquids growth (28% expected CAGR 2011-14), superior cash-on-cash returns (13.7% 2011-14 avg) and exploration upside as reasons why EOG should not trade at a discounted EV/EBITDA multiple vs. peers.” EOG Resources shares rose $1.04, or +1%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of EOG Resources ( EOG ) have a .59% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $104.22. The stock has technical support in the $95-$100 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $110-$114 price levels. EOG Resources, Inc. ( EOG ) 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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Wynn Resorts Swings to Q4 Profit, Beating View (WYNN)

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Casino operator Wynn Resorts, Limited ( WYNN ) on Friday said it swung to a fourth quarter profit, beating analyst estimates, aided chiefly by a huge jump in its Macau unit. The Las Vegas-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $114.2 million, or 91 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $5.2 million, or -4 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue surged 33% from last year to $1.24 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a much smaller profit of 71 cents per share, on lower revenue of $1.134 billion. On a sour note, however, the company said that although its Macau business remained robust, that the Las Vegas casino market would likely continue to struggle in 2011. Wynn Resorts shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Wynn Resorts ( WYNN ) have a .83% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $120.15. The stock has technical support in the $112-$116 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $126-$127 price levels. Wynn Resorts, Limited ( WYNN ) 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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Kraft Foods Q4 Profit Falls on Acquisition Costs; Forecast Cut (KFT)

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Packaged foods giant Kraft Foods Inc. ( KFT ) late Thursday said its fourth quarter profit plunged 24% from last year due to Cadbury acquisition costs, and lowered its full-year outlook on cost concerns. The Northfield, IL-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $540 million, or 31 cents per share, compared with $710 million, or 48 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 46 cents per share. Revenue surged 30% from last year, due mostly to the addition of Cadbury revenue, to $13.77 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a matching profit of 46 cents per share, on lower revenue of $13.48 billion. Looking ahead, the company warned that weak consumer confidence and rising ingredient costs would affect its bottom line. Kraft said it now expects 11% to 13% earnings growth for the year, compared with a prior forecast for growth in the “mid-teens.” Kraft shares fell 81 cents, or -2.6%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Kraft Foods ( KFT ) since May 5, 2009, when the stock was trading at $24.26. The company has a 3.73% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $24.26. Kraft Foods Inc. ( KFT ) 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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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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Market Wrap-Up for Feb.9 (RL, DIS, AGU, IR, CSC, NYX, NOK, AAPL, more)

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was on the hot seat today as he gave his annual Washington presentations. With the markets being significantly higher than they were this time last year, he was certainly feeling better about some of the recent data. Some of his statements pointed to increased evidence that a self-sustaining recovery in consumer and business spending may be taking hold. Also, real consumer spending rose at an annual rate of more than 4 percent in the fourth quarter. There is no question that we have been seeing economic stabilization, and the markets have certainly been pricing stocks as if the lift can be sustained. We actually made some ratings changes this morning, removing four names from our recommended list. We continue to see opportunities in the market, but we are also aware that some names may just not have the risk/reward profile we are searching for, so we need to make changes when we see fit. You can check out the post if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out to Dividend.com Premium members earlier. The markets were moving sideways early on, but some sellers did show up in certain areas, especially the commodity names. Earnings were in play today with buyers jumping at positive news from Polo Ralph Lauren ( RL ), Walt Disney ( DIS ), Syngenta ( SYT ) and Agrium ( AGU ). On the flip side, it wasn’t a great day for shares of Computer Sciences ( CSC ) or Ingersoll-Rand ( IR ) following both companies’ less-than-stellar results. Also, shares of NYSE Euronext ( NYX ) were halted for some time, but then popped higher when the stock was released for trading on reports the exchange was involved in merger talks with the Deutsche Börse. Interesting story making the rounds this morning about Nokia’s ( NOK ) CEO sending out a reality check memo overnight to everyone in the company. The memo details how the company has lost its way, with rivals Apple ( AAPL ) and Google ( GOOG ) eating their lunch. It’s a real admission that change needs to happen quickly or the company’s future could quickly dim further. I couldn’t help but think of how this relates to the many people that still today have not taken the financial steps to safeguard their later years (whether you are 5,10,20,or 30 …

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New Stock Added to Database (SBGI)

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We are adding shares of Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI ) to our database of nearly 1600 dividend-paying stocks. Sinclair Broadcast Group ( SBGI ) – this company owns or provides certain programming, operating, or sales services to television stations in the United States. The company broadcasts free over-the-air programming comprising network provided programs; news produced locally; local sporting events; and syndicated entertainment programs. As of December 31, 2009, it owned or provided programming and operating services pursuant to local marketing agreements, or provided sales services pursuant to outsourcing agreements to 58 television stations in 35 markets. The company was founded in 1952 and is based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. 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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Polo Ralph Lauren Q3 Profit Rises, Beating View; Forecast Raised; Dividend Doubled (RL)

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Apparel maker Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation ( RL ) on Wednesday reported better-than-expected fiscal third quarter earnings, raised its forecast, and doubled its quarterly dividend payout. The New York-based company reported third quarter net income of $168.4 million, or $1.72 per share, compared with $111.1 million, or $1.10 per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 25% from last year to $1.55 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a much smaller profit of $1.29 per share, on lower revenue of $1.46 billion. Looking ahead, the company boosted its full-year earnings outlook, citing better operating performance. In a separate announcement, the company said its board of directors authorized a 100% raise in its quarterly dividend payout, from 10 cents per share to 20 cents. Polo Ralph Lauren shares rose $4.13, or +3.6%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Polo Ralph Lauren ( RL ) will now have a .69% dividend yield, based on the new higher dividend payout and last night’s closing stock price of $115.77. The stock has technical support in the $105-$110 price area. The shares are trading at all-time highs and have little overhead resistance. Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation ( RL ) 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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