SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

April 25, 2011 08:16 ET

Windstream and Verizon Continue to Pay Steady Dividends

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Windstream &Verizon

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 25, 2011) - With the markets showing continued signs of volatility, investors are once again looking for safe havens. Dividend paying stocks traditionally get attention during hectic times in the market as investors are more likely to believe 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 (NASDAQ: WIN) and Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VZ). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-04-WIN

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-04-VZ

Presently Verizon pays an annual dividend of $1.95 for a yield of around 5.2 percent.

Last week Verizon said that net income rose to $3.26 billion (51 cents/share) vs. $409 million (14 cents/share) in the year ago period. Revenues rose 0.3% to $26.99 billion from $26.91 billion a year ago. The company added 906,000 subscribers on the high-paying, contract-based plans in the January to March period.

The Bedford Report releases regular market updates on the telecom sector 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.bedfordreport.com and get exclusive access to our numerous analyst reports and industry newsletters.

Presently Windstream pays an annual dividend of $1.00 for a yield of around 8 percent. Recently the company said its net income fell to $72.4 million, or 15 cents per share, in its fiscal fourth quarter, down from $75.5 million, or 17 cents per share, in the year-ago period. For 2011 Windstream expects adjusted free cash flow of around $863 million to $973 million and dividend payout ratio between 52 and 59 percent.

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