Unloved Dividend Stocks To Watch In 2013

Posted by D4L | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | | 0 comments »

Three financially sound companies — but where’s the crowd? McDonald’s Corp., Intel Corp and Microsoft Corp. (US:MSFT) offer a steady dividend and have the cash to increase shareholder payouts, but investors lately have given these blue-chip stocks the cold shoulder. This year through Dec. 12, Intel (US:INTC) shares were down 15%, ranking it as the No. 2 percentage decliner on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (US:DJIA) . McDonald’s (US:MCD) had dropped 11%, making it the No. 3 Dow decliner. Only the stock of troubled Hewlett-Packard (US:HPQ) has fared worse.

For bargain-hunters who would rather earn income from stocks than bonds, MarketWatch searched for reliable dividend-paying companies whose shares are bruised and whose balance sheets aren’t too debt-laden (total debt is less than 60% of total capital on the books). Using FactSet’s database, we identified companies that have hiked their stock dividend each year since 2007, and whose shares sport a dividend yield of 3% or more, carry a stable S&P credit rating of B+ or higher, and trade at least 10% below their 52-week high.

Source: MarketWatch

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