SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

February 25, 2011 11:25 ET

Investors Turn to Conglomerates for Returns

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Textron & United Technologies

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 25, 2011) - With the markets showing signs of volatility this week, investors are once again looking for safe havens. Investors usually count on dividend paying stocks during hectic times in the market believing in the company's security and real earnings power. Additionally, when interest rates get as low as they currently are, the return on dividends can far exceed that of bonds. Conglomerates have traditionally paid steady dividends, however during the financial meltdown most had substantially reduced, or altogether cut, their dividend payments. While some companies have started boosting dividend payments, others do not appear ready to increase shareholder return. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Conglomerates Industry and provides research reports on Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-02-TXT

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-02-UTX

United Technologies has paid cash dividends on its stock for 75 years, and earlier this month declared a dividend of 42.5 cents -- for a yield of around two percent -- per common share payable March 10.

Last month, United Technologies said it earned $1.25 billion, or $1.31 a share in the most recent quarter, compared with $1.17 billion, or $1.15 a share, in the year-earlier period. For 2011, United Technologies sees $5.05 to 5.35 EPS versus $5.33 consensus estimates and it sees 2011 revenues of $56 to 57 billion versus $56.93 estimates.

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For the most recent quarter, Textron posted adjusted earnings of 33 cents a share, up substantially from a loss of $63 million, or 23 cents, a year earlier. For 2011, Textron expects to generate earnings from continuing operations of $1 to $1.15 a share on revenue of around $11.7 billion.

Presently Textron pays an annual dividend of 8 cents for a yield of about 0.32 percent. 

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