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The Best Stocks With Dividend Growth From Last Week

I love dividends and dividend growth stocks. That’s the main reason why I make a regular screen of the latest stocks with dividend growth on my blog “long-term-investments.blogspot.com.” I believe that those companies could have a well running business and could have a better performance in the long-run. Below is a current list of companies that have announced a dividend increase within the recent week. In total, 56 stocks and funds raised dividends of which 37 have a dividend growth of more than 10 percent. The average dividend growth amounts to 129.26 percent.

Twenty-two of the dividend growth stocks/funds from last week are currently recommended to buy. Last week’s dividend hikes are also affected by the fiscal cliff. Companies try to hedge against automated tax increases on dividends and pay extraordinary dividends before 2013.

Here are my favorite dividend growth stocks:

Amgen (AMGN) has a market capitalization of $68.45 billion. The company employs 17,500 people, generates revenue of $15.582 billion and has a net income of $3.683 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6.612 billion. The EBITDA margin is 42.43 percent (the operating margin is 27.67 percent and the net profit margin 23.64 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 43.85 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 112.61 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 17.14 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.59. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.56 in the form of dividends to shareholders. AMGN announced to raise dividends by 30.6 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.95, the P/S ratio is 4.39 and the P/B ratio is 3.73. The dividend yield amounts to 2.11 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.41.

CVS Caremark (CVS) has a market capitalization of $61.39 billion. The company employs 202,000 people, generates revenue of $107.100 billion and has a net income of $3.488 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $7.898 billion. The EBITDA margin is 7.37 percent (the operating margin is 5.91 percent and the net profit margin is 3.26 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 15.52 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 26.32 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 9.22 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.98. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.50 in the form of dividends to shareholders. CVS announced to raise dividends by 38.5 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.53, the P/S ratio is 0.57 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.68. The dividend yield amounts to 1.83 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.74.

Roper Industries (ROP) has a market capitalization of $10.82 billion. The company employs 8,570 people, generates revenue of $2.797 billion and has a net income of $427.25 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $795.22 million. The EBITDA margin is 28.43 percent (the operating margin is 23.62 percent and the net profit margin is 15.27 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 20.40 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 33.96 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 14.37 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.65. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.47 in the form of dividends to shareholders. ROP announced to raise dividends by 20.0 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 23.67, the P/S ratio is 3.87 and the P/B ratio is 3.33. The dividend yield amounts to 0.60 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.81.

Take a closer look at the full table of stocks with recent dividend hikes. The average dividend growth amounts to 129.26 percent and the average dividend yield amounts to 2.81 percent. Stocks from the sheet are valuated with a P/E ratio of 17.21. The average P/S ratio is 7.61 and P/B 2.84.

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