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S&P 500 Dividend Health, Forecast Changes for May 16

May 16, 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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                             May 16   May 15   May 14   May 11   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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                               ------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts----
Higher estimates                  2        3        2        2
Lower estimates                   1        0        0        1
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NiSource                      $0.24    $0.23    $0.23    $0.23     4.3%    $0.01
Northrop Grumman              $0.55    $0.54    $0.54    $0.54     1.9%    $0.01
First Horizon National        $0.01    $0.03    $0.03    $0.03   -66.7%   -$0.02
                              --------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Health------
Higher estimates                  5        3        5        6
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                             May 16   May 15   May 14   May 11   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Lower estimates                   7        0       11        7
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TJX Companies                    53       28       28       28    89.3%       25
Hartford Financial Svcs          -9      -14      -14      -14    35.7%        5
Home Depot Inc                   55       45       44       44    22.2%       10
Avon Products Inc               -24      -26      -26      -26     7.7%        2
Danaher Corp                     48       47       47       47     2.1%        1
Cardinal Health Inc              30       31       31       31    -3.2%       -1
Wells Fargo & Co                 26       27       26       26    -3.7%       -1
Deere & Co                       29       31       31       31    -6.5%       -2
Staples Inc                      30       37       37       37   -18.9%       -7
Chesapeake Energy               -16      -13      -13      -13   -23.1%       -3
Target Corp                      10       16       16       16   -37.5%       -6
Abercrombie & Fitch               8       22       22       22   -63.6%      -14
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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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