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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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Campbell Soup Shares Plunge after Cutting 2011 Forecast (CPB)

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Packaged foods maker Campbell Soup Company ( CPB ) on Friday posted fiscal second quarter earnings that met analyst expectations, but cut its full-year outlook, sending its shares plummeting in premarket trading. The Camden, NJ-based company reported fiscal second quarter net income of $239 million, or 71 cents per share, compared with $259 million, or 74 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue fell 1% from last year to $2.13 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a matching profit of 71 cents per share, albeit on slightly higher revenue of $2.15 billion. Looking ahead, the company cut its full-year 2011 outlook, citing weaker-than-expected soup sales. It now expects full-year revenue to range from a 1% decline to a 1% rise, and forecast profits to fall 1% to 3%. Campbell Soup shares plunged $1.45, or -4.2%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We recently removed shares of Campbell Soup ( CPB ) from our recommended list. The company has a 3.32% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $34.94. The stock has technical support in the $30 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $36 price level. Campbell Soup Company ( CPB ) 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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Ingersoll-Rand Shares Plummet as Q4 Profit Misses View (IR)

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Climate control systems maker Ingersoll-Rand plc ( IR ) on Wednesday said its fourth quarter profit jumped 52% from last year, but results still missed analyst expectations and the company offered a tepid 2011 forecast. The Dublin, Ireland-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $212.1 million, or 62 cents per share, compared with $139.4 million, or 42 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 12% from last year to $3.7 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a higher profit of 65 cents per share, albeit on lower revenue of $3.58 billion. Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 adjusted earnings to range from $2.90 to $3.10 per share, which could miss analysts’ view for $3.07 per share. Ingersoll-Rand shares fell $2.53, or -5.2%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Ingersoll-Rand ( IR ) have a .57% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $49.03. The stock has technical support in the $42-$43 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $54-$55 price levels. Ingersoll-Rand plc ( IR ) 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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Coca-Cola’s Q4 Profit Rises, Beating View (KO)

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Beverage giant The Coca-Cola Company ( KO ) on Wednesday said its fourth quarter profit surged significantly higher from last year, beating analyst estimates. The Atlanta-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $5.77 billion, or $2.46 per share, compared with $1.54 billion, or 66 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 72 cents per share. Revenue rose nearly 40% from last year to $10.49 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 72 cents per share, on lower revenue of $10.16 billion. Coca-Cola shares rose 94 cents, or +1.5%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Coca-Cola ( KO ) since July 30, 2009, when the stock was trading at $49.28. The company has a 2.80% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $62.87. The Coca-Cola Company ( KO ) 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.8 (MCD, CL, AET, CLX, AVP, more)

The second interest rate hike in China in less than a month is being digested by Wall Street right now with a ho-hum reaction this morning. At some point the market will begin paying a bit more attention. With numerous M&A deals still being announced, and IPOs lining up on the runway, we’re not sure when the buying streak will begin to ease up, but we are carefully examining possible scenarios. Gold prices seem to be perking up today, as the last four months have been nothing but sideways action. At some point soon, we will see either a coiled spring effect and higher prices, or impatient investors heading for the exits. Elsewhere in the markets, shares of McDonald’s ( MCD ) got a nice boost from solid January sales. Colgate-Palmolive ( CL ) was also rallying on some takeover rumblings. Aetna ( AET ) and Clorox ( CLX ) had some decent buying following positive analyst comments. Avon Products ( AVP ) went in the opposite direction following lackluster earnings results. I was reading numerous accounts of AOL’s acquisition of the popular news site The Huffington Post yesterday. I tend to pay attention to what is happening in the web media space closely, as our firm is often grouped into that space, since “.com” is part of our brand. You have to question the uncanny love that is expressed for the deal, with the word “innovation” being tossed around in seemingly every other compliment. Sorry, but what is innovative about having 6000 contributors writing free content for your website, as Ms. Huffington managed to achieve? The company does only have 200 employees and can be described as lean and mean, but innovative? I’ve also seen a lot of insults leveled toward “old media” (newspapers, magazines) regarding their new goals of putting up so-called “pay walls” (which just means you charge users to access your content). If I were running the New York Times or any other major paper, I would’ve put some sort of pay wall up years ago. Why charge for a print version and give it away online for free! The lack of vision has costs thousands and thousands of jobs in the newspaper and magazine industries. Some people may say “who cares, it’s free now, I can get the same information anywhere on the web.” I don’t know about you, but reading articles created by content farms that pay writers $3 a post (if that) isn’t exactly very appealing. Unfortunately, that’s the direction that many online media plays are heading. I am not going to knock Arianna Huffington and her major payday, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t so much about innovation, as it …

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Weyerhaeuser Swings to Q4 Profit as Adjusted Net Beats View (WY)

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Forest products maker Weyerhaeuser Company ( WY ) on Friday said it reversed a year-ago loss in the fourth quarter, as adjusted results beat analyst expectations, and the company continued to sell off some of its timberlands. The Federal Way, WA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $171 million, or 32 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $175 million, or 83 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time gains from timberland sales, adjusted profit was 10 cents per share. Revenue rose 14% from last year to $1.66 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 5 cents per share, on lower sales of $1.55 billion. The company also announced that it sold some 82,000 acres of timberlands in southwestern Washington state to the Hancock Timber Resource Group, for an asking price of approximately $200 million. Weyerhaeuser shares rose 43 cents, or +1.8%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Weyerhaeuser ( WY ) since Jan.21, 2011, when the stock was trading at $21.60. The company has a .85% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $23.60. Weyerhaeuser Company ( WY ) 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.2 (BRCM, TWX, MAT, HSY, CHRW, WHR, more)

The market is coming off a big first day of the month, which continues a recent pattern of big jumps at the start of each new month. We are still looking at quite a few candidates as possible additions to our Best Dividend Stocks List , and there were a couple of names that are a bit more aggressive (low yield, more stock price growth) which reported numbers last night. Lubrizol ( LZ ) and Jones Lang-LaSalle ( JLL ) saw investors embrace their results early on, but did close off intraday highs. Elsewhere, Time Warner ( TWX ) reported good earnings and raised its dividend, to boot. Dividend increases were a big theme today, with Mattel ( MAT ), Broadcom ( BRCM ), and Hershey ( HSY ) also joining the dividend increase parade. On the downside, we were seeing sellers pushing the eject button on C.H. Robinson Worldwide ( CHRW ) and Whirlpool ( WHR ) following those earning results. Lastly, a negative note on FedEx ( FDX ) from a Wall Street analyst pulled those shares lower. In some parts of the market (namely the Tech/Online space), we are seeing company valuations getting a bit out of hand. The resulting fallout from earnings results can be quite painful when companies with super-high valuations report — even if they meet analyst expectations. If you are…

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Hershey’s Q4 Profit Rises, Matching View; Dividend Raised (HSY)

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Candy maker The Hershey Company ( HSY ) on Wednesday said its fourth quarter profit rose 7% on higher sales, matching analyst expectations, and raised its quarterly dividend by 2.5%. The Hershey, PA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $135.5 million, or 59 cents per share, compared with $126.8 million, or 55 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 61 cents per share. Revenue rose 5.4% from last year to $1.48 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a matching profit of 61 cents per share on matching revenue of $1.48 billion. Hershey also said its board of directors authorized a 2.5% hike in its quarterly dividend payout. The new dividend of 34.5 cents per share will be payable on Mar. 15. Hershey shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Hershey ( HSY ) will now have a 2.93% dividend yield, based on the higher dividend payout and last night’s closing stock price of $47.14. The stock has technical support in the $44 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $50-$52 price levels. The Hershey Company ( HSY ) 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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Time Warner Boosts Dividend as Q4 Results Beat Expectations (TWX)

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Media giant Time Warner Inc. ( TWX ) on Wednesday reported better-than-expected fourth quarter results, forecast strong 2011 earnings, and announced an 11% hike in its quarterly dividend. The New York-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $769 million, or 68 cents per share, compared with $631 million, or 53 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding special items, adjusted profit was 67 cents per share. Revenue rose 8% from last year to $7.8 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 62 cents per share, on lower revenue of $7.5 billion. Looking ahead, the company forecast 2011 adjusted earnings to rise in the “low teens” on a percentage basis from 2010′s total of $2.41 per share. That estimate implies around $2.70 per share for 2011, which compares with analysts’ current estimates of $2.70 per share for the year. TWX also said its board of directors approved an 11% increase of its quarterly dividend payout, to 24 cents per share. Time Warner shares rose 89 cents, or +2.8%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line Shares of Time Warner ( TWX ) will now have a 2.91% dividend yield, based on the higher dividend payout and last night’s closing stock price of $32.31. The stock has technical support in the $29.50-$30 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $34-$35 price levels. Time Warner Inc. ( TWX ) 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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Mattel Raises Dividend 11% as Q4 Profit Beats View (MAT)

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Toymaker Mattel, Inc. ( MAT ) on Wednesday said its fourth quarter profit fell 1% from last year, but its results beat analyst expectations and it boosted its quarterly dividend payout. The El Segundo, CA-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $325.2 million, or 89 cents per share, compared with $328.4 million, also 89 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Net sales rose about 9% from last year to $2.12 billion. On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 86 cents per share, on lower revenue of $2.09 billion. Mattel’s board of directors also authorized an 11% hike in its quarterly dividend payout, to 23 cents per share. CEO Robert A. Eckert commented, “Our priority for 2011 is to accelerate our performance by inculcating our new vision and implementing a new organizational structure; uncovering the next layer of cost cutting opportunities; generating significant cash flow; and deploying capital in a disciplined and opportunistic manner.” Mattel shares rose 36 cents, or +1.5%, in premarket trading Wednesday. The Bottom Line We have been recommending shares of Mattel ( MAT ) since Sept.2, 2009, when the stock was trading at $17.61. The company will now have a dividend payout of 3.81%, based on the higher dividend payout, and last night’s closing stock price of $24.15. Mattel, Inc. ( MAT ) 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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NEWSFLASH: The Meltdown Didn’t Have to Happen

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NEWSFLASH: The Meltdown Didn’t Have to Happen

Watching the government do practically anything is often akin to watching molasses run down the hill in January. But like that slow running ooze, even the government eventually manages to accomplish its feat. The problem in this case is that they are telling us what we already know. So here’s the newsflash sportfans: the financial meltdown could have been stopped. Gee thanks… From the New York Times by Sewell Chan entitled: Financial Meltdow was ‘Avoidable’, Inquiry Concludes “ The 2008 financial crisis was an “avoidable” disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street, according to the conclusions of a Congressional inquiry. The government commission that investigated the financial crisis casts a wide net of blame, faulting two administrations, the Federal Reserve and other regulators for permitting a calamitous concoction: shoddy mortgage lending, the excessive packaging and sale of loans to investors, and risky bets on securities backed by the loans. “ The greatest tragedy would be to accept the refrain that no one could have seen this coming and thus nothing could have been done,” the panel wrote in the report’s conclusions. “If we accept this notion, it will happen again.” The commission’s report finds fault with two Fed chairmen: Alan Greenspan, a skeptic of regulation who led the central bank as the housing bubble expanded, and his successor, Ben S. Bernanke, who did not foresee the crisis but then played a crucial role in the response to it. It criticizes Mr. Greenspan for advocating financial deregulation and cites a “pivotal failure to stem the flow of toxic mortgages” under his leadership as “the prime example” of government negligence. It also criticizes the Bush administration’s “inconsistent response” to the crisis — allowing Lehman Brothers to go bankrupt in September 2008 after earlier bailing out another bank, Bear Stearns, with help from the…

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