NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -03/07/12)- With the Dow Jones Industrial Average surging in the early stages of 2012 and investors taking on more risk, dividend paying stocks have lagged the market this year. The SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) is up less than 4 percent year to date -- lagging the DOW by more than 40 percent. The Paragon Report examines the outlook for high yielding dividend paying companies and provides equity research on General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE - News) & Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: AINV - News). Access to the full company reports can be found at:
General Electric operates as a technology and financial services company worldwide. The company presently pays an annual dividend of 68 cents a share for a yield of around 3.6 percent. The company recently reported that it received a contract from German project developer Energiekontor AG to build 41 wind turbines. GE will provide 2.75-103 wind turbines, which offer a large 165 foot blade for better and more efficient energy capture along with noise reduction features.
Separately, GE Capital, Corporate Finance announced this week that it is co-collateral agent on a $100 million asset-based revolving credit facility for Federal Signal Corporation - a leading designer and manufacturer of safety and security products and systems.
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Apollo Investment Corporation is business development company and operates as a closed-end management investment company. The company invests in middle market companies. Presently, AINV pays an annual dividend of 80 cents a share for a monstrous yield of around 11.3 percent.
James Zelter, Apollo Investment Corporation's Chief Executive Officer, explains the new role of Business development companies: "Since the onset of the global credit crisis, we believe the role of business development companies such as Apollo Investment Corporation has become increasingly important, filling the gap left by banks and traditional financial services companies... Today, we believe the growing void in the capital markets creates attractive opportunities for our business."
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