SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

January 23, 2012 08:20 ET

General Electric and McDonald's -- Strong Dividend Growth Plays

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on General Electric and McDonald's

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 23, 2012) - Dow Jones Industrial Average component companies are becoming a popular destination for dividend investors. Presently, nine of the 10 largest dividend distributions in the U.S. market -- by total estimated payout -- are DJIA component companies. According to a recent survey conducted by Dow Jones Indexes, the 30 companies making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average are expected to increase their annual dividend payouts by more than 12 percent in 2012. The Paragon Report examines the outlook for blue chip dividend paying companies and provides equity research on General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) & McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.paragonreport.com/GE

www.paragonreport.com/MCD

Last week General Electric announced that it earned $3.73 billion, or 35 cents per share, compared with $4.54 billion, or 42 cents per share a year earlier, as revenue declined after it sold its stake in the NBC network. Excluding discontinued businesses and certain pension costs, earnings were 39 cents a share -- topping analysts' forecast of 38 cents, based on a FactSet survey.

While shares fell after the company's earnings announcement, GE's management is optimistic in fiscal 2012. "We are confident in our 2012 framework to realize double-digit earnings growth in our Industrial and Capital segments, increase margins and provide dividend growth to our shareholders in line with earnings," said GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. In December, GE raised its quarterly dividend 13 percent -- the company's fourth dividend increase in less than two years. The dividend, which rose to 17 cents a share from 15 cents, is payable Jan. 25.

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McDonald's currently pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share for a yield of around 2.8 percent. Since the end of the third quarter McDonald's has boosted its dividend by 14.75 percent. McDonald's Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner said the company's most recent dividend increase brings the company's 2011 expected total cash return to shareholders to about $6 billion through dividends and share repurchases.

Earlier this month the company announced its renewal as a TOP (The Olympic Partner Program) Sponsor through the 2020 Olympic Games and pledged its commitment to champion generations of happy, active kids.

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