5 Dividend Stocks That Could Beat the Market in 2012
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Considering the importance of dividend stocks, due to low interest rate environment, I have identified and analyzed 5 dividend payers that I believe will outperform in 2012. They have high payout ratios along with sufficient free cash flow to continue paying dividends in the coming quarters.
Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) is a bank holding company for Capital One Bank. Shares of the company are currently trading at $46 per share. Over the last 52 weeks, its shares have traded between $35.94 and $56.26 per share. The company reported a dividend yield of 0.4%. Capital One has generated a profit margin of 24.8% and a return-on-equity of 12.8%.
The Bank of America (BAC) is a competitor of Capital One. When a comparison was drawn, in terms of operating margin, Capital One reported a value of 37%, which was higher than Bank of America’s value of 4.5%. Moreover, Capital One’s price-to-equity ratio of 6 times was lower than the industry average of 10.7. Capital One is currently considering buying HSBC’s U.S. credit card portfolio. This move will not only contribute $2.4 billion to the company, but is also expected to improve investor confidence, amidst its most recent performance.
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) engages in the provision of banking services mostly in the United States. Shares of the company are currently trading at $30.5 per share. Over the last 52 weeks, its shares have traded between $22.58 and $34.25 per share. Wells Fargo has a dividend yield of 1.6% and it has generated a profit margin of around 22%.
Wells Fargo reported an operating margin of 36.7% while Citigroup Inc. (C), a competitor, reported an operating margin of 22.4%. Wells Fargo is offering a dividend yield of 1.6%, in contrast to Citigroup’s yield of 0.1%. Also, Wells Fargo has a higher return-on-equity of 12%, versus 6.5% offered by Citigroup. These valuations of Wells Fargo, as well as others, are indicators of the company’s superb performance and its subsequent buy rating.
Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) is a developer and marketer of medical specialties. Shares of the company are currently trading at $6 per share. Over the last 52 weeks, its shares have traded between a narrow range of $5.3 and $7.96 per share. The company has a beta of 0.9, indicating that its shares are not highly volatile. Also, it has generated a profit margin of 7.3%.
Boston Scientific’s price-to-sales ratio of 1.1 times is lower than 2.2 times of St. Jude Medical, Inc. (STJ). Also, its operating margin of 14% is significantly higher than the industry average of 0.5%, indicating that the company is doing well. With the company contemplating cutting its costs and selling near its 52-week lows; I believe that the stock is a great purchase which will reward investors in the long term.
Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) is an energy company that deals with petroleum, chemicals and power generation. Shares of the company are currently trading near its yearly highs, at $106.7 per share and have traded between $86.68 and $110.99 per share. The company’s beta of 0.94 shows its relatively insignificant stock volatility. Chevron has a dividend yield of 3% and it has generated a return-on-equity of 24%.
Chevron’s gross margin of 32% and operating margin of 16% are greater than British Petroleum, plc (BP)’s 15% and 8%, respectively. Chevron also has higher earnings per share of $13.5 versus $7.2, reported by British Petroleum. Conservative investors should wait for a further drop in Chevron’s shares, before buying them. Currently, the company has filed an appeal with the National Court of Justice in Ecuador and is hoping for a ruling in its favor. Chevron has also announced the discovery of natural gas near Australia. This news has the potential to increase its share price north of its 52-week highs.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD) is a science and technology company that has diversified its operations in seven different segments. Shares of the company are currently trading at $49.4 per share. Over the last 52 weeks, its shares have traded between $37.1 and $57 per share. The company’s beta of 1.62, is an indicator of the volatile nature of its shares. Also, DuPont reported a dividend yield of 3.3% and a return-on-equity of 32.4%.
DuPont is doing better than its competitor DOW Chemicals (DOW). DuPont reported a gross margin of 28.7% and an operating margin of 12.9%, while DOW Chemicals reported values of 15.7% and 7.5% respectively. With a cheap valuation that includes consistent earnings, low debt and a high return-on-equity, DuPont can be considered as a worthy investment.
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