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Five Star Equities

February 08, 2012 08:20 ET

Shares of High Yielding Alaska Communications and Windstream Starting to Lag the Market

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Alaska Communications & Windstream Corporation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 8, 2012) - With the S&P 500 skyrocketing in the early stages of 2012, investors are shifting away from dividend-paying stocks. According to a recent article from The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), dividend payers often are not perceived to have the same potential for earnings and revenue growth as smaller firms. "When the rest of the market is booming, dividend payers are often lagging behind the crowd," the WSJ argues. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Domestic Telecom industry and provides research reports on Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALSK) and Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ: WIN). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

In 2012, non-dividend-paying stocks on the Standard and Poor's 500 are up more than eight percent, while dividend payers are down approximately 1.3 percent and the index as a whole is up close to five percent, data from Bespoke Investment Group finds.

While it is possible that dividend stocks could trail this year, Jack Ablin, chief investment officer of Harris Private Bank, told Reuters that "long term, dividends have accounted for nearly half of the S&P 500 investors' total return." Last year, dividends accounted for all 2 percent of the S&P 500 index's total return, according to an article from Reuters.

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Alaska Communications Systems currently pays an annual dividend of 20 cents a share for a yield of around 7 percent. Shares of the company have struggled in 2012, losing close to 5 percent. Alaska Communications will release financial results for the fourth quarter and year-end 2011 shortly after markets close Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Windstream Corporation pays an annual dividend of one dollar per share for a yield of around 8.1 percent. Last month the company said it is changing its method of recognizing actuarial gains and losses for its pension plan, effective during the fourth quarter of 2011

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