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Dividend Stock Upgrades from May 2, 2012

Upgrades and downgrades are positive (negative) changes in the rating of a security. An upgrade is usually triggered by a steady improvement in the fundamentals and financials of the equity. Downgrade ratings are vice versa. Changes in the analyst rating could affect the company’s stock price significantly. Watch out the current upgrade rating decisions and their market ratios. Below is a detailed overview of the best yielding dividend stocks with current upgrade rating:

Upgraded Dividend Stocks:[/b]

[b]Regal Entertainment Group (RGC)
has a market capitalization of $2.23 billion. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm “Stifel Nicolaus” from “Hold” to ”Buy ($17).” The stock price closed at $14.39 and has changed by 5.04% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 55.35, Price/Sales 0.83 and Price/Book is not calculable. The earnings per share is expected to grow by 6.76% for next year and 7.05% for the upcoming five years.

Williams Partners LP (WPZ) has a market capitalization of $18.00 billion. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm “Stifel Nicolaus” from “Hold” to ”Buy ($62).” The stock price closed at $56.77 and has changed by -2.52% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.26, Price/Sales 2.63 and Price/Book 3.15. The earnings per share is expected to grow by 1.76% for next year and 6.38% for the upcoming five years.

Herbalife (HLF) has a market capitalization of $6.17 billion. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm “Auriga” from “Hold” to ”Buy ($68).” The stock price closed at $52.70 and has changed by -6.39% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.92, Price/Sales 1.79 and Price/Book 10.91. The earnings per share is expected to grow by 13.46% for next year and 15.10% for the upcoming five years.

Spartan Motors (SPAR) has a market capitalization of $162.91 million. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm “Dougherty & Company” from “Neutral” to ”Buy ($6.5).” The stock price closed at $4.81 and has changed by -2.24% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 240.50, Price/Sales 0.38 and Price/Book 0.88. The earnings per share is expected to grow by 81.82% for next year and 14.00% for the upcoming five years.

Masco (MAS) has a market capitalization of $5.20 billion. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm “RBC Capital Mkts” from “Underperform” to ”Sector Perform ($16).” The stock price closed at $14.54 and has changed by 4.38% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales 0.70 and Price/Book 9.63. The earnings per share is expected to grow by 195.24% for next year and 10.00% for the upcoming five years.

Dynamic Materials (BOOM) has a market capitalization of $258.68 million. The company was upgraded by the brokerage firm “Auriga” from “Hold” to ”Buy ($26).” The stock price closed at $19.19 and has changed by 4.86% compared to the previous day.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 20.41, Price/Sales 1.24 and Price/Book 1.76. The earnings per share is expected to grow by 24.79% for next year and 13.00% for the upcoming five years.

Take a closer look at the full table of stocks with recent upgrades by brokerage firms. In total, 13 stocks have received a new upgrade rating of which six pay dividends. The average P/E ratio amounts to 22.99, P/S ratio is 1.99 and P/B ratio 5.48. The average dividend yield is to 3.1 percent.

Related Stock Ticker:

AEIS, ATRO, BOOM, FBHS, HLF, MAS, PZZA, RGC, SPAR, TRIP, TRLG, VAR, WPZ

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