Sunday, September 7, 2008

Dividend Investment Possibilities

The September issue of Argus Research's Argus Update newsletter provides a list of stocks the firm titles as Dialing for Dividends. The screen is based on the following criteria:

  • A market value of at least $1 billion
  • A dividend yield of at least 3%, but less than 6%
  • A dividend payout ratio of less than 50%
  • Dividend growth of at least 8% per year over five years
  • A forward P/E of less than 15
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argus dividend screen September 2008
As is always the case, the list is only a starting point for investors. If any of the stocks on the list are being considered for inclusion in ones portfolio, additional research should be performed.


Dialing for Dividends: Stocks for Income & Safety ($)
Argus Update
September 2008

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  1. how can the dividend payout ration be 0 or less than zero?

  2. Anon,

    The payout from that chart above is based off a quarterly earnings number from what I can tell. Quarterly EPS could range more than annual eps. If the EPS ends up at or below zero then the payout will either be zero or below zero. If you look at 10 year trends this does happen.


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