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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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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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Dr Pepper Snapple Q4 Profit Falls, but Still Beats View; Shares Rise (DPS)

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Beverage giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. ( DPS ) on Thursday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings, sending its shares soaring in premarket trading. The Plano, TX-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $112 million, or 49 cents per share, compared with $114 million, or 44 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 67 cents per share. Net sales rose 4% from last year to $1.41 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller adjusted profit of 63 cents per share. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 earnings to range from $2.70 to $2.78 per share, while analysts expect $2.72 per share for the year. Dr Pepper Snapple shares rose $1.50, or +4.4%, in premarket trading Thursday. The Bottom Line We recently added shares of Dr.Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS ) to our recommended list. The company has a 2.92% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $34.25. Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. ( DPS ) 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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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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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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Strong Demand Propels Agrium’s Q4 Earnings Beat (AGU)

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Fertilizer maker Agrium Inc. ( AGU ) on Wednesday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings results, as higher crop prices fueled demand for its products. The Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $158 million, or $1 per share, compared with just $30 million, or 19 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Exlcuding one-time items, adjusted profit was $1.38 per share. Revenue surged 63% from last year to $2.35 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of $1.15 per share, on much lower revenue of $1.86 billion. Agrium shares rose $1.37, or +1.5%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Agrium ( AGU ) have a .12% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $93.43. The stock has technical support in the $85-$88 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $100 price level. Agrium Inc. ( AGU ) 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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Disney Shares Pop on Solid Q1 Earnings (DIS)

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Entertainment giant The Walt Disney Company ( DIS ) on Wednesday said its fiscal first quarter profit jumped 54% from last year, beating analyst estimates and sending its shares higher in premarket trading. The Burbank, CA-based company reported fiscal first quarter net income of $1.3 billion, or 68 cents per share, compared with $844 million, or 44 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 10% from last year to $10.7 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a much smaller profit of 56 cents per share, on lower revenue of $10.5 billion. Disney shares rose $1.47, or +3.6%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Walt Disney ( DIS ) have a .97% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $41.18. The stock has technical support in the $38 price area. The shares are trading at all-time highs and have a little overhead resistance. The Walt Disney Company ( DIS ) 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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Darden Restaurants’ Target, Estimates Boosted at Susquehanna (DRI)

Full-service restaurant operator Darden Restaurants, Inc. ( DRI ) on Friday saw its price target and earnings estimates raised by analysts at Susquehanna. The firm said it lifted its price target on DRI from $56 to $57, which implies a 16% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $49.30. Susquehanna also maintained its “Positive” rating on DRI, and boosted its earnings estimates. The analyst said that “expectations for 7-8% commodity inflation over the next 18 months will be a headwind to margin expansion; however, we view DRI as best able to defend margins with price increases, supply chain efficiencies, and real estate ownership.” Darden Restaurants shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Darden Restaurants ( DRI ) have a 2.60% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $49.30. The stock has technical support in the $44-$46 price area. The shares are trading near all-time highs and have little overhead resistance. Darden Restaurants, Inc. ( DRI ) 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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Simon Property Group Q4 FFO Beats View (SPG)

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Mall-based REIT Simon Property Group, Inc ( SPG ) on Friday said its fourth quarter FFO rose more than 11% from last year, beating analyst estimates. The Indianapolis-based company reported fourth quarter FFO of $638.7 million, or $1.80 per share, compared with $573.4 million, or $1.66 per share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, adjusted FFO was $1.78 per share. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller FFO of $1.74 per share. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 funds from operations to range from $6.45 to $6.60 per share. Simon Property Group shares rose $2.10, or +2%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Simon Property Group ( SPG ) have a 3.06% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $104.70. The stock has technical support in the $95 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $106-$112 price levels. Simon Property Group, Inc ( SPG ) 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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Fortune Brands Q4 Profit, Sales Beat View; Shares Rise (FO)

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Consumer products conglomerate Fortune Brands, Inc. ( FO ) on Friday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings results, sending its shares sharply higher in premarket trading. The Deerfield, IL-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $85.4 million, or 55 cents per share, compared with $11.5 million, or 8 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 63 cents per share. Net sales rose more than 5% from last year to $1.90 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 58 cents per share, on lower revenue of $1.8 billion. Fortune noted that it’s on track to complete the spin-offs of its home goods and golf units. That process should be completed by mid-2011. Looking ahead, the company said it expects 2011 full-year earnings to rise in the high single-digits to the high-teens range, excluding effects from the planned spin-offs. Fortune Brands shares rose $2.51, or +4.1%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Fortune Brands ( FO ) have a 1.23% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $61.55. The stock has technical support in the $55-$56 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $65 price level. Fortune Brands, Inc. ( FO ) 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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Aetna Shares Surge as Q4 Results Beat View, Dividend Boosted (AET)

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Health insurance provider Aetna Inc. ( AET ) on Friday said its fourth quarter profit jumped 30% from last year, and the company significantly raised its dividend payout, sending its shares soaring in premarket trading. The Hartford, CT-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $215.6 million, or 53 cents per share, compared with $165.9 million, or 38 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted operating profit was 63 cents per share. Revenue fell 2% from last year to $8.54 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a slightly smaller profit of 62 cents per share, on lower revenue of $8.32 billion. The company also announced a new 15 cent per-share quarterly dividend payout, up significantly from its prior payout of just 4 cents annually. The new dividend will be paid on Apr. 28 to shareholders of record as of Apr. 14. Aetna shares rose $4.86, or +15%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Aetna ( AET ) will now have a 1.80% dividend yield, based on the new higher dividend payout and last night’s closing stock price of $33.27. The stock has technical support in the $30 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $36-$38 price levels. Aetna Inc. ( AET ) 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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