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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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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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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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PPG’s Estimates Boosted at Goldman Sachs (PPG)

Paint and coatings maker PPG Industries, Inc. ( PPG ) on Monday saw its earnings estimates raised by analysts at Goldman Sachs. The firm said it boosted its estimates for PPG through 2012, noting that recent acquisitions should bolster its earnings. Goldman also cited share buybacks as another positive catalyst for the company. The analyst maintained its “Buy” rating and $104 price target, which implies a 25% upside to PPG’s Friday closing price of $83.23. PPG Industries shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of PPG Industries ( PPG ) since Oct.21, 2010, when the stock was trading at $77.46. The company has a 2.64% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closings stock price of $83.23. PPG Industries, Inc. ( PPG ) 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 Payout Changes for Jan.26

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The following companies announced a change in their dividend payouts today. Companies Increasing Dividend Payouts Access National Corp ( ANCX ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.04 to $0.08. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $6.99, is 1.14%. ANCX is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3 out of 5 stars. Buckeye Technologies, Inc. ( BKI ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.16 to $0.20. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $25.11, is 0.80%. BKI is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Ball Corp ( BLL ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.20 to $0.28. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $71.67, is 0.39%. BLL is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Cardinal Financial Corp ( CFNL ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.08 to $0.12. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $11.74, is 1.02%. CFNL is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. DPL Inc. ( DPL ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $1.21 to $1.33. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $26.46, is 5.03%. DPL is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Energen Corp ( EGN ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.52 to $0.54. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $54.99, is 0.98%. EGN is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Praxair ( PX ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $1.80 to $2.00. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $91.49, is 2.19%. PX is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. RBC Inc. ( RES ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.19 to $0.28. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $17.08, is 1.64%. RES is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Teekay LNG Partners L.P. ( TGP ) has raised its annual dividend payout from $2.40 to $2.52. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $35.32, is 7.13%. TGP is not a “Recommended” stock at this

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Peabody Energy’s Estimates Upped at FBR Capital (BTU)

Coal producer Peabody Energy Corporation ( BTU ) on Wednesday saw its earnings estimates boosted by analysts at FBR Capital Markets. The firm also maintained its “Outperform” rating and $77 price target on BTU, which implies a 27% upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $60.50. An FBR analyst commented, “We are modestly tweaking our 2011 EPS/EBITDA estimates to $4.83/$2,466M from $4.79/$2,518M, reflecting higher than earlier estimated sales volume (approximately 6 MTs), lower western U.S. realizations (approximately $1.3/ton), and lower tax rate expectations (25% versus 27%). We are also introducing our quarterly earnings estimates for 2011, with a 1Q11 EPS/EBITDA forecast of $0.61/$394M, which is toward the higher end of company-provided guidance. Furthermore, we are raising our 2012 EPS/EBITDA estimates slightly to $5.26/$2,735M from $5.14/$2,723M.” Peabody Energy shares rose 50 cents, or +0.8%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Peabody Energy ( BTU ) have a .56% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $60.50. The stock has technical support in the $54-$56 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $62-$65 price levels. Peabody Energy Corporation ( BTU ) 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

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General Dynamics Q4 Profit Jumps 19%, Beating View; Revenue, Guidance Miss (GD)

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Defense contractor General Dynamics Corporation ( GD ) on Wednesday said its fourth quarter profit surged 19% from last year, although its revenue numbers and full-year guidance fell shy of analyst expectations. The Falls Church, VA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $729 million, or $1.91 per share, compared with $614 million, or $1.57 per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 9% from last year to $8.6 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of $1.85 per share, albeit on higher sales of $8.94 billion. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 profits to range from $7 to $7.10 per share, which would miss the average analyst estimate of $7.11. General Dynamics shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of General Dynamics ( GD ) have a 2.27% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $74.17. The stock has technical support in the $70 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $77-$79 price levels. General Dynamics Corporation ( GD ) 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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MetLife and PNC Both Upgraded at Citigroup (MET, PNC)

Insurance provider MetLife, Inc. ( MET ) and regional banker PNC Financial Services ( PNC ) both caught some positive sentiment on Monday from analysts at Citigroup. The firm said it boosted its price target on MET to $54, which implies a 17% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $46.21. Citi also maintained its “Buy” rating on MET and raised its earnings estimates, citing high expected return on equity. Meanwhile, the analyst said it raised its earnings estimates for PNC through 2012, citing the company’s strong capital position and improving credit trends. Citi maintained its “Hold” rating on PNC and introduced a new $70 price target, which implies a 15% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $60.83. MetLife and PNC shares were both mostly flat in premarket trading Monday. The Bottom Line Shares of Metlife ( MET ) have a 1.60% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing stock price of $46.21. Shares of PNC Financial ( PNC ) have a .66% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $60.83. MetLife, Inc. ( MET ) and PNC Financial Services ( PNC ) are both currently rated “Neutral,” holding Dividend.com DARS™ Ratingsof 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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Parker-Hannifin’s Target, Estimates Boosted at Goldman Sachs (PH)

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Motion and control technologies maker Parker-Hannifin Corporation ( PH ) on Friday saw its price target and earnings estimates upped by analysts at Goldman Sachs. The firm continued to rate PH a “Buy” and boosted its price target to $107. That new target implies a 25% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $85.51. Goldman also raised its earnings estimates for the company through 2013, citing its attractive exposure to late-cycle demand. Parker-Hannifin shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Parker-Hannifin ( PH ) since Dec.7, when the stock was trading at $84.70. The company has a 1.36% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $85.51. Parker-Hannifin Corporation ( PH ) 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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Capital One Q4 Profit Up 85%, Despite Lower Revenue (COF)

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Banker and credit card issuer Capital One Financial Corp. ( COF ) late Thursday said its fourth quarter profit surged 85% from last year, beating analyst estimates. The McLean, VA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $697 million, or $1.52 per share, compared with $376 million, or 83 cents per share. Revenue fell 1.3% from last year to $4 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of $1.40 per share, on lower revenue of $3.92 billion. CEO Richard Fairbank commented, “We began to see some stabilization in loan volumes and early signs of a return to loan growth in 2011.” Capital One shares fell 44 cents, or -0.9%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line Shares of Capital One Financial ( COF ) have a .42% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $47.25. The stock has technical support in the $42-$44 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $50-$53 price levels. Capital One Financial Corp. ( COF ) 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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Freeport-McMoRan Q4 Profit Climbs 60%, but Shares Fall (FCX)

Copper producer Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. ( FCX ) on Thursday posted much better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings, but its shares still slipped significantly in premarket trading. The Phoenix-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $1.5 billion, or $3.25 per share, compared with $971 million, or $2.15 per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding a one-time charge, adjusted profit was $3.26 per share. Revenue jumped more than 21% from last year to $5.6 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a much smaller profit of $3.03 per share, on lower revenue of $5.35 billion. Despite the solid earnings beat, Freeport-McMoRan shares fell $3.07, or -2.7%, in premarket trading Thursday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Freeport McMoran ( FCX ) since Dec.13,2010, when the stock was trading at $112.87. The company has a 1.74% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $115.16. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. ( FCX ) 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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Archer Daniels Midland Upgraded to “Outperform” at Credit Suisse (ADM)

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Food products giant Archer Daniels Midland Company ( ADM ) on Wednesday caught a big upgrade from analysts at Credit Suisse. The firm said it boosted its rating on ADM from “Neutral” to “Outperform,” noting the company will likely see higher margins as a result of rising grain prices. Credit Suisse also raised its price target for ADM from $37 to $40, which implies a 19% upside to the stock’s Tuesday closing price of $33.72. ADM shares rose 46 cents, or +1.4%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Archer Daniels Midland ( ADM ) since Jan.12, when the stock was trading at $32.21. The company has a 1.78% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $33.72. Archer Daniels Midland Company ( ADM ) 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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