NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -02/23/12)- After lagging the market in the early stages of 2012, dividend paying stocks are beginning to gain momentum. The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index, comprised of companies that have raised dividends over the past 25 years or more, is up roughly four percent year-to-date. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for high yielding dividend paying companies and provides equity research on McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD - News) and Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: AINV - News). Access to the full company reports can be found at:
According to Gina Martin Adams, strategist at Wells Fargo Securities, dividends equal 27 percent of S&P 500 earnings -- the lowest levels in over 100 years. Looking ahead, dividends will be in greater demand as financial deleveraging is accompanied by slower earnings growth. "Companies may be only just beginning to catch on to the fact that investors are keenly interested in dividend-paying stocks," Martin Adams said in a report.
Dividend payouts are rising and the total dollar amount by S&P 500 companies could reach a record high this year, CNBC reports. Standard and Poor's analysts expect the dividend payout for the S&P 500 to surpass the record $247.9 billion paid out in 2008.
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Apollo Investment Corporation presently pays an annual dividend of 80 cents a share for a yield of around 11.1 percent. Earlier this month the company announced that its net investment income was $0.20 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 and net asset value ("NAV") was $8.16 per share as of December 31, 2011. According to a press release issued by Apollo, the company believes "having a dividend that is more closely aligned with net investment income per share is prudent and appropriate."
McDonald's Corporation presently pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share for a yield of around 2.8 percent. McDonald's Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a foodservice retailer worldwide
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