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S&P 500 Dividend Health, Forecast Changes for March 23

March 23, 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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                           March 23 March 22 March 21 March 20   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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                               ------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts----
Higher estimates                  3        1        1        2
Lower estimates                   3        0        4        1
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Darden Restaurants Inc        $0.50    $0.43    $0.43    $0.43    16.3%    $0.07
Accenture PLC                 $0.75    $0.68    $0.68    $0.68    10.3%    $0.07
Intel Corp                    $0.23    $0.21    $0.21    $0.21     9.5%    $0.02
Campbell Soup Co              $0.29    $0.30    $0.30    $0.30    -3.3%   -$0.01
Discover Financial Service    $0.10    $0.12    $0.12    $0.12   -16.7%   -$0.02
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                           March 23 March 22 March 21 March 20   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Capital One Financial         $0.05    $0.14    $0.14    $0.14   -64.3%   -$0.09
                              --------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Health------
Higher estimates                  4        3        0        1
Lower estimates                   1        1        3        1
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Accenture PLC                    70       43       43       43    62.8%       27
FedEx Corp.                      56       40       37       37    40.0%       16
ConAgra Foods                    38       33       26       26    15.2%        5
GameStop                         41       38       38       38     7.9%        3
NIKE Inc.                        42       43       43       43    -2.3%       -1
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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: Stephen Rose in Washington at srose31@bloomberg.net

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


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