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S&P 500 Dividend Health, Forecast Changes for Feb. 22

February 28, 2012

The following table details daily changes in dividend forecasts and dividend health scores for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. For more information on the methodology, see the note at the bottom of the table.

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                            Feb. 28  Feb. 27  Feb. 24  Feb. 23   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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                               ------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts----
Higher estimates                  3        2        7       10
Lower estimates                   0        0        1        1
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Harris Corp                   $0.33    $0.28    $0.28    $0.28    17.9%    $0.05
Applied Materials Inc         $0.09    $0.08    $0.08    $0.08    12.5%    $0.01
Noble Corp.                   $0.15    $0.14    $0.14    $0.14     7.1%    $0.01
                              --------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Health------
Higher estimates                 13       17       13       14
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                            Feb. 28  Feb. 27  Feb. 24  Feb. 23   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Lower estimates                   7       13       15        8
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Vornado Realty Trust            -24        9        9        9      n/a      -33
Xcel Energy Inc                  14        8        8        8    75.0%        6
Lowe’s Cos                        5        3        4        4    66.7%        2
Southern Co                      18       13       13       13    38.5%        5
General Electric Co              34       26       26       26    30.8%        8
Invesco Ltd                      51       39       39       39    30.8%       12
Kraft Foods Inc                  34       27       27       27    25.9%        7
State Street Corp                24       20       20       20    20.0%        4
Molson Coors Brewing             13       11       11       11    18.2%        2
Moody’s Corp                     40       37       37       37     8.1%        3
Prudential Financial             29       27       27       27     7.4%        2
DTE Energy                       16       15       15       15     6.7%        1
Chubb Corp                       25       24       24       24     4.2%        1
United Parcel Service            44       43       43       43     2.3%        1
Suntrust Banks Inc               40       42       42       42    -4.8%       -2
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                            Feb. 28  Feb. 27  Feb. 24  Feb. 23   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Exxon Mobil Corp                 72       85       85       85   -15.3%      -13
KeyCorp                          36       45       45       45   -20.0%       -9
Zimmer Holdings Inc              32       58       58       58   -44.8%      -26
Leucadia National Corp           21       39       39       39   -46.2%      -18
MeadWestvaco                     17       32       32       32   -46.9%      -15
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NOTE: Bloomberg analysts use seven factors in determining each
dividend forecast:
1) Company guidance; 2) Dividend Health Score; 3) Industry analysis;
4) Historical trend analysis; 5) Market analyst consensus estimates;
6) Options market implied dividends; 7) Historical regression
analysis of fundamentals compared to dividends.

The dividend Health Score is on a scale of -100 to 100. A score
between -100 and -50 indicates a potential inability to maintain
the current dividend level, whereas 50 to 100 indicates a potential
ability to raise its current dividend rate. A score between -50 to
50 indicates that fundamental data is inconclusive on the direction
 of the dividend.





SOURCE: Bloomberg

To contact the reporter on this story: Mike Sebany in Washington at msebany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alex Tanzi at atanzi@bloomberg.net


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