SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

January 20, 2012 08:20 ET

Investors Flock to High Yielding Dividend Plays -- Frontier and Verizon Poised to Benefit

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on Frontier Communications & Verizon Communications

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 Frontier Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FTR) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ). 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 provides 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 Frontier Communications pays an annual dividend of 75 cents a share for a hefty yield of around 14.7 percent. Verizon Communications pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share for a yield of 5.1 percent.

Verizon kicked off 2012 by turning on 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) in five new markets and expanding the network in three others earlier this week.

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