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  • Does AT&T Provide the Ultimate Net Payout Yield?

    By Mark Holder - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: T, CTL, VZ

    After another quarter of reporting huge stock buybacks, does AT&T (NYSE: T) provide the ultimate net payout yield (NPY)? The telecommunications, and specifically domestic wireless, giant already pays a 5% dividend yield and is now offering a huge buyback yield following a year of buying massive amounts of its own stock.

    For those not familiar, the NPY yield is the combination of the forward dividend yield and the trailing more »

  • Is Frontier The Best Dividend Stock In The Telecom Sector?

    By Ishtiaq Ahmed - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, FTR, VZ

    The telecom Industry is one of the most attractive places to invest for income investors. There are some of the best dividend payers operating in this sector. The recent trend has lead industry players to adjust their product portfolio moving towards high growth segments such as cloud computing. As a result, dividend paying capacity of these companies should be better in the future. However, strong demand brings with it tough more »

  • Investment in Windstream Appears to Be a No-Brainer

    By William Alder - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, FTR, WIN

    Note: This article has been amended to better reflect Windstream's dividend scenario.

    Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN) has paid an annual dividend of $1 per share every year starting in 2007. Most recently it announced a $0.25 quarterly dividend with its first quarter earnings report in May of this year. But there are reasons to be concerned with the company’s ability to continue to pay such a dividend going more »

  • Telecom Service Industry an Attractive Investment Opportunity

    By Hussain Asghar - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, FTR, VOD

    Telecom industry has merged as key driver for global economic recovery, unprecedented growth in the high speed internet and wireless segment has transformed the industry in most evolving and contested space. Research firm OVUM reported that worldwide revenues of the telecom firms were $2 trillion in 2012 nearly 2% growth on year over year basis and mobile services account for the 60% of the total revenue. The most attractive feature more »

  • The Message Is Not Important, Yields Are

    By Damian Illia - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, OIBR, VIP

    As distances shorten and cables grow longer, the size of the message is ever less an issue. Holding longer conversations on the phone became worldwide reality. Communications companies CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL)VimpelCom (NASDAQ: VIP), and Oi (NYSE: OIBR) found success in their domestic markets and have looked at the international arena for more.

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    Around February, 2013, CenturyLink cut dividends for the first time in 40 more »

  • Billionaire Ray Dalio’s New Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: BXP, CTL, EXPD, GE, DIS

    Bridgewater Associates, managed by billionaire Ray Dalio, is one of the largest hedge funds in the world and in recent years has delivered above-average returns despite its massive size. We track Bridgewater’s quarterly 13F filings alongside those of hundreds of other hedge funds as part of our work developing investment strategies (we have found, for example, that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds generate an average more »

  • An Insider Just Bought This High Dividend Stock

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, FTR, PBI, RRD, XRX

    Mark Wright, an executive vice president at Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI), a business mail services company, directly acquired 15,000 shares of his company's stock on June 6 at an average price of $14.43 per share. We follow insider purchases because we think that insiders should purchase stock primarily when they are more confident than usual in the company’s prospects; at other times, it is rational for more »

  • A Look at the Dividends of 3 Telecom Stocks

    By Anthony Parsons - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, FTR, WIN

    This article will take a look at three companies in the telecom sector. Recent dividend cuts by these companies will be presented. It will also analyze whether or not they can maintain and eventually grow their dividends. Furthermore, it will present a case that these companies have shown a recent history of cutting dividends and a weak ability to maintain their dividends compared to the leaders in the sector.

    The more »

  • Should You Buy Verizon?

    By Bob Ciura - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: T, CTL, VZ

    The telecommunications industry is a haven for income investors. The underlying stocks are renowned for providing ample free cash flow and returning a large portion of their cash flow through to investors via hefty dividend yields.

    You would think that telecom stocks would be ideal for more risk-averse investors who value stability and income from their stock investments. However, telecom stocks have been volatile in recent weeks. In light of more »

  • Top 3 Buys From the World’s Largest Hedge Fund

    By Madhukar Dubey - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, EXPD, GE

    In 2011, Bridgewater was ranked as the best-performing hedge fund in the world. Continuing with its growth performance in 2012, it has earned more for its clients than any other hedge fund. Based in Westport, Connecticut, and owned by the legendary mega-investor Raymond Dalio, this hedge fund is the world’s largest hedge fund with around $150 billion of assets under management.

    In mid-May, Bridgewater filed its 13F with the more »

  • Billionaire Ray Dalio’s Dividend Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CA, CTL, GE, INTC, LMT

    In mid May, Bridgewater Associates, a large hedge fund managed by billionaire Ray Dalio, filed its 13F with the SEC. Even though the information in 13Fs is a bit behind - this most recent filing discloses many of Bridgewater’s positions in U.S. stocks as of the end of March - we’ve found that there are still a few uses for these filings.

    For one, we have found that the more »

  • Should You Buy CenturyLink Before the Price Recovers?

    By Paul Sangrey - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: T, CTL, VZ

    CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is one of the classic dividend stocks. Bonds rates are low, especially those on U.S. Treasuries, and investors who want income from their investments have turned heavily toward stocks. The dividend yield on the S&P 500 was actually higher than the yield on Treasuries earlier this year (CNBC.com), and even now they are quite close. This has clearly benefited companies like CenturyLink, as yield-starved more »

  • This High Yielding Telecom Company Has Good Growth Prospects

    By Piyush Arora - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, VZ, WIN

    A company with consistent cash flow and stable dividend payouts usually makes it to most of the income portfolios. It earns a reputation of sustainable payouts, and the Street loves the company for it. But when the same company announces a dividend cut, the Street punishes it severely. Such has been the case with CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), which witnessed a 23% plunge in its share price shortly after management announced more »

  • Avoid these Two Giants, but Buy Wal-Mart

    By siraj sarwar - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, WMT, WIN

    With interest rates near zero, investors have been desperately seeking strong yields. Investors are moving toward high-yielding stocks as an alternative to bonds, but they need to do in-depth research before initiating any position in any stocks. The recent plunge in the economy as well as new emerging markets have forced many companies to cut or sustain similar dividends. These cuts in dividends mean that companies are not able to more »

  • How Safe are the Three Largest Dividend Yields in the S&P 500?

    By Rupert Hargreaves - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, FTR, WIN

    The benefits of dividend investing are well known.

    Companies with high dividend yields can offer both protection and support in any market environment. In a falling market solid dividends can reduce a portfolio's losses and in a rising market, such as today's, a strong yield can be used to improve performance and offset inflation while interest rates are low.

    The question is, can the largest dividend yields in more »

  • 3 High Dividend Paying Companies to Buy

    By Madhukar Dubey - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: APO, CTL, LINE

    Choosing a company with a good dividend yield is always a preference for income investors. However, this also increases the risk of choosing a company which doesn’t have a strong history of paying dividends. In this article, I am picking two companies, Linn Energy (NASDAQ: LINE) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), which have a five-year average dividend yield of 9.70% and 7.90%, respectively.

    I have also also analyzed more »

  • 5 Dividend Monsters Hedge Funds Love the Most

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, CTL, FE, LO

    Several weeks after the end of each quarter, hedge funds and other major investors are required to file 13Fs with the SEC, disclosing many of their long equity holdings as of the end of the previous quarter. While the information in these filings is a bit old, there are a few ways to make use of it. For one, we have found that the most popular small cap stocks among more »

  • Piotroski's Picks

    By Rupert Hargreaves - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: CTL, GNW, RDC

    By its very nature, value investing is dangerous. Usually, companies that are labelled a value investment are cheaper than their peers because the market is worried about their future and ability to survive. As a result, value investing is a speculative style of investing.

    The godfather of value investing, Benjamin Graham, always stated that value investing was fraught with risks, even when using his very strict criteria. Graham realized that more »

  • Is AT&T a Good Stock to Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: T, CTL, VZ

    AT&T’s (NYSE: T) investors take those hefty dividend payments seriously. For years, the main reason for owning the telecommunications giant has been its generous dividend payments. More recently, investors have received an extra dose of rewards in the form of big share price gains in addition to regular income.

    As a result, AT&T’s dividend yield has declined significantly, and the company is trading at a lofty more »

  • Don't Buy a Hedge Fund, Be a Hedge Fund

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: BXP, CTL, EXPD

    Hedge funds are performing dismally, according to Barry Ritholtz's eye-opening opinion piece for The Washington Post. After the standard 2% annual fees and 20% they take out of their clients' profits, most hedge funds' rate of return seriously underperforms even a plain-vanilla S&P index fund. Why bother with a hedge fund, when you can keep that 22% for yourself by mimicking the moves of one bright and shining more »

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