SOURCE: Five Star Equities

Five Star Equities

February 23, 2012 08:20 ET

Dividends in Higher Demand - General Electric and Prospect Capital Corporation Poised to Benefit

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on General Electric & Prospect Capital Corporation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 23, 2012) - 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 General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) & Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEC). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.fivestarequities.com/GE

www.fivestarequities.com/PSEC

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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General Electric presently pays an annual dividend of 68 cents for a yield of around 3.5 percent. General Electric Company (GE) operates as a technology, service, and finance company worldwide. Earlier this week Bloomberg reported that General Electric Capital Corp. is selling three-year senior unsecured bonds in euros.

Prospect Capital Corporation is a private equity firm specializing in late venture, middle market, mature, mezzanine finance, buyouts, recapitalizations, growth capital, development, and bridge transactions. Earlier this month the company posted fourth quarter net investment income (NII) of $36.5 million, or 33 cents a share, compared with $19.1 million, or 23 cents per share. Prospect Capital currently pays an annual dividend of $1.22 per share for a hefty yield of around 10.9 percent.

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