SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

January 14, 2011 11:25 ET

Telecom Sector Remains a Dividend Hotbed

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

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 14, 2011) - 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. Additionally, when interest rates get as low as they currently are, the return on dividends can far exceed that of bonds. One of the more popular dividend plays is via companies in the telecom sector. Even during the recession, while many companies cut their dividend payments, most telecoms did not. Several telecom companies offer dividend yields exceeding 6%, and most can maintain these hefty dividends due to their stable revenues. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Telecom sector and provides research reports on Windstream Corporation (NYSE: WIN) and AT&T, Inc. (NYSE: T). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-01-WIN

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-01-T

Analyst consensus is that interest rates are likely to stay at the current low levels for at least the first half of 2011. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says that he is prepared to keep rates in the range of 0 - 0.25 percent for an extended period if the unemployment numbers don't drop significantly. At the end of 2010 the unemployment rate was around 9.7 percent. These low interest rates will keep investor interest on dividend paying stocks.

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Windstream had $155.2 million of cash and cash equivalents at the end of the third quarter 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%.

AT&T pays an annual dividend of 1.72. The dividend yield is about 6.0%, comparable to that of close competitor Verizon. AT&T has an 8.5% free cash flow yield. Early this week, AT&T lost its iPhone exclusivity after Verizon announced that it will begin selling the popular iPhone from February 10, 2011 and pre-orders for existing customers will be cleared online from February.

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