SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

December 14, 2010 11:25 ET

Low Interest Rates Make These High Yielding Telecom Plays Irresistible

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Windstream and AT&T

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) -  Dividend paying companies are attracting a lot of attention right now. Investors usually count on dividend paying stocks during hectic times in the market believing in the company's security and real earnings power. Following last month's $600 billion "QE2" announcement -- and rumblings of a possible QE3 next year -- consensus is that interest rates will remain at exceptionally low levels for the foreseeable future. When interest rates are low investors tend to put their money into dividend paying stocks. Conversely, when interest rates rise, an investor would be more likely to place their cash into money market funds, for example. One of the more popular dividend plays is via companies in the telecom sector. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Telecom sector and provides research reports On Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ: WIN) and AT&T, Inc. (NYSE: T). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-12-WIN

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-12-T

Several telecom companies offer dividend yields exceeding 6%, and most can maintain these hefty dividends due to their steady cash flow.

In AT&T's most recent earnings report it posted an impressive 2.8% year-on-year growth in revenues while net income in the quarter jumped 286.6% year over year to $12.3 billion. Presently AT&T pays an annual dividend of 1.68 for a yield of around 5.8%. For the first three quarter of 2010 AT&T generated free cash flow of $11.6 billion and paid out $7.4 billion in dividends.

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Windstream reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 20 cents. Windstream had $155.2 million of cash and cash equivalents compared with $290 million in the year-ago quarter. Presently the company pays an annual dividend of $1.00 for a yield of around 7.1%.

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