Dividends4Life: Short Sellers Target Dividend Stocks

Short Sellers Target Dividend Stocks

Posted by D4L | Sunday, September 02, 2012 | | 0 comments »

Short sellers appear to be increasing their bets against some of the key dividend stocks we track each and every day, judging by the August 15 settlement date for the short interest versus the July 31 settlement date. While some dividends are set to rise before the end of 2012, it appears that the notion of a dividend bubble seems to be forming in at least some of these and other high payout shares.

We tracked the big short interest changes in the following 10 big dividend stocks: Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO), American Electric Power Co. Inc. (NYSE: AEP), Annaly Capital Management Inc. (NYSE: NLY), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK), Kimberly Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG), Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ). What appears to be happening is that some investors seem to be betting that a dividend bubble is present in these shares.

Source: Daily Finance

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