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Five Star Equities

January 20, 2012 08:20 ET

Telecom Industry a Top Destination for Dividend Investors

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on AT&T and CenturyLink

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. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Domestic Telecom Services industry and provides research reports on AT&T, Inc. (NYSE: T) and CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.fivestarequities.com/T

www.fivestarequities.com/CTL

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.

Five Star Equities releases regular market updates on the Domestic Telecom Services industry so investors can stay ahead of the crowd and make the best investment decisions to maximize their returns. Take a few minutes to register with us free at www.fivestarequities.com 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 have dividend yields exceeding 5 percent. CenturyLink currently pays an annual dividend of $2.90 per share for a hefty yield of around 7.9 percent. AT&T pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share for a yield of around 5.9 percent.

Earlier this week AT&T announced that it is raising prices by as much as 33% for the data plans sold with its smartphones and tablet computers. Only new customers will be affected, with AT&T claiming that existing customers will never be required to switch to the new rates, even if they upgrade their phones.

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