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The Bedford Report

February 17, 2011 11:25 ET

Will Windstream & Vodafone Remain Wall Street's Dividend Darlings?

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Windstream & Vodafone Group

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 17, 2011) -  Dividend paying companies are attracting a lot of attention right now. Investors usually count on dividend paying stocks 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 Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ: VOD). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Presently the Windstream pays an annual dividend of $1.00 for a yield of around 7.7 percent. The company is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings tomorrow. At the end of the third quarter Windstream had $155.2 million of cash and cash equivalents compared with $290 million in the year-ago quarter.

Vodafone says that going forward it is focused on improving shareholder returns through dividend payouts. Vodafone recently issued a dividend per share growth policy of at least 7% per annum over the next three years. Presently the company pays an annual dividend of 91 cents for a yield of approximately 3.1 percent.

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Analyst consensus is that interest rates are likely to stay at the current low levels for at least the first half of 2011, which is likely to keep investors interested in dividend paying stocks. 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 January, the unemployment rate was around 9 percent.

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