SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

January 20, 2012 08:20 ET

Alaska Communications and Windstream Corp -- Strong Dividend Plays for a Challenging Market

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on Alaska Communications & Windstream Corporation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 20, 2012) - With the global financial markets in disarray, dividend stocks have become one of the top destinations for investors over the last year. Rick Helm, portfolio manager of the Cohen and Steers Dividend Value fund, recently told USA Today that some investors believe it's more likely that companies will raise dividends than that economic growth will boost stock prices. The Paragon Report examines the outlook for companies in the Domestic Telecom Services industry and provides research reports on Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALSK) and Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ: WIN). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

According to S&P Capital IQ, the 2.1% total return by the Standard & Poor's 500 in 2011 was entirely due to the 2.1 percent dividend yield. S&P Capital IQ adds that dividend paying stocks outperformed stocks that didn't pay dividends. Stocks that paid a dividend gained 1.4 percent on average in 2011, vs. a 7.6 percent average loss for S&P 500 stocks that didn't pay a dividend.

As reported in USA Today, roughly 75 percent of S&P 500 companies are expected to boost their dividends in 2012. Investors expect to see at least an 11 percent increase in dividends, and possibly much more, according to S&P Capital IQ.

The Paragon Report provide investors with an excellent first step in their due diligence by providing daily trading ideas, and consolidating the public information available on them. For more investment research on the Domestic Telecom Services industry register with us free at and get exclusive access to our numerous stock reports and industry newsletters.

The telecom industry is considered one of the premier destinations for dividend investors, with several domestic telecom operators having dividend yields exceeding 5 percent. Presently Alaska Communications Systems pays an annual dividend of 20 cents a share for a yield of around 7.3 percent. Windstream pays an annual dividend of one dollar per share for a yield of 8.3 percent.

Earlier this week, Windstream subsidiary Windstream Hosted Solutions announced that more than a dozen of its data centers nationwide have completed and passed a new, more stringent audit, "demonstrating to its customers and prospects a continuing commitment to ensuring the security of their systems and data," Windstream said.

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