3/19/2012

8 Dividend Aristocrats At New 52-Week Highs

Dividend Aristocrats At New One-Year Highs Researched By Dividend Yield - Stock, Capital, Investment. Dividend Aristocrats are stocks with a history of rising dividends of more than 25 consecutive years and a member of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index. The index measures the performance of large cap, blue chip companies within the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. 51 stocks belong to the index and the current year to date performance amounts to 7.49 percent. Dividend Aristocrats are perfect stocks but only eight of them recently crossed new 52-Week highs. 29 stocks from the index are five percent below new highs. That’s a great quality measure of the index. 

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Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has a market capitalization of $39.09 billion. The company employs 355,000 people, generates revenues of $69,865.00 million and has a net income of $2,929.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $7,453.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 10.67 percent (operating margin 6.38 percent and the net profit margin finally 4.19 percent).


Financial Analysis:
The total debt representing 37.49 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 110.50 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 18.71 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.29. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.15 in form of dividends to shareholders.


Market Valuation:
Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.62, P/S ratio 0.56 and P/B ratio 2.47. Dividend Yield: 2.05 percent. The beta ratio is 0.90.


Long-Term Stock History Chart Of Target Corporation (Click to enlarge)


Long-Term Dividends History of Target Corporation (TGT) (Click to enlarge)


Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) (Click to enlarge)


V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC) has a market capitalization of $16.34 billion. The company employs 58,000 people, generates revenues of $9,459.23 million and has a net income of $890.39 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,413.70 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 14.95 percent (operating margin 13.16 percent and the net profit margin finally 9.41 percent).


Financial Analysis:
The total debt representing 22.72 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 46.76 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 21.18 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $7.97. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.61 in form of dividends to shareholders.


Market Valuation:
Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.54, P/S ratio 1.74 and P/B ratio 3.63. Dividend Yield: 1.94 percent. The beta ratio is 0.94.


Long-Term Stock History Chart Of V.F. Corporation (Click to enlarge)


Long-Term Dividends History of V.F. Corporation (VFC) (Click to enlarge)


Long-Term Dividend Yield History of V.F. Corporation (NYSE: VFC) (Click to enlarge)


McCormick & Company (NYSE:MKC) has a market capitalization of $6.88 billion. The company employs 9,000 people, generates revenues of $3,697.60 million and has a net income of $348.80 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $626.10 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 16.93 percent (operating margin 14.61 percent and the net profit margin finally 9.43 percent).


Financial Analysis:
The total debt representing 30.63 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 78.17 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 24.49 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.78. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.12 in form of dividends to shareholders.


Market Valuation:
Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.58, P/S ratio 1.69 and P/B ratio 4.30. Dividend Yield: 2.39 percent. The beta ratio is 0.41.


Long-Term Stock History Chart Of McCormick & Company, Inc. (Click to enlarge)


Long-Term Dividends History of McCormick & Company, Inc. (MKC) (Click to enlarge)


Long-Term Dividend Yield History of McCormick & Company, Inc. (NYSE: MKC) (Click to enlarge)

Take a closer look at the full table. The average price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 19.21 and forward P/E ratio is 13.72. The dividend yield has a value of 2.10 percent. Price to book ratio is 4.33 and price to sales ratio 1.57. The operating margin amounts to 12.50 percent. Finally, the return on equity has a fantastic ratio of 22.92 percent and the return on investment follows with a value of 12.03 percent. The average stock is 0.73 percent below new 52-Week highs.

Here is the full table with some fundamentals (TTM):

8 Dividend Aristocrats At New 52-Week Highs (Click to enlarge)

Related stock ticker symbols:
ABT, MKC, MHP, TGT, SWK, VFC, SHW, CTAS

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I am long MKC. I receive no compensation to write about these specific stocks, sector or theme. I don't plan to increase or decrease positions or obligations within the next 72 hours.

For the other stocks: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I receive no compensation to write about any specific stock, sector or theme.

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