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8 Top Stocks With Recent Dividend Growth Or Stock Buyback Announcements

Below are the latest dividend growers and stocks with a fresh buyback announcement. I hope you have some fun by reading and discovering new stock ideas.

18 companies have raised their dividend payments during the past week. The biggest stocks are Merck, Aetna and Becton, Dickinson and Company. You can discover more results at the end of this post.

In addition, 13 companies announced a new or refreshed share buyback program. The biggest stocks are ACE Limited, Westlake Chemical and The Vasper Corporation as well. The full list of buyback companies is also attached.

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These are some of the biggest results from the past week:

#1 Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) has a market capitalization of $171.71 billion. The company employs 76,000 people, generates revenue of $44.033 billion and has a net income of $4.517 billion.

Merck & Co.’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $23.222 billion. The EBITDA margin is 52.74 percent (the operating margin is 13.53 percent and the net profit margin 10.26 percent).

Financials: The total debt represents 23.72 percent of Merck & Co.’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 50.36 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 8.57 percent was realized by Merck & Co..

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.82. Last fiscal year, Merck & Co. paid $1.72 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 33.17, the P/S ratio is 3.91 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.55. The dividend yield amounts to 2.98 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.33.

Long-Term Stock Price Chart Of Merck & Co. (MRK)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Merck & Co. (MRK)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Merck & Co. (MRK)

ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE) has a market capitalization of $37.92 billion. The company employs 20,000 people, generates revenue of $19,283.00 million and has a net income of $3,758.00 million.

ACE Limited’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $7,205.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 37.36 percent (the operating margin is 22.97 percent and the net profit margin 19.49 percent).

Financials: The total debt represents 6.37 percent of ACE Limited’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 20.87 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.34 percent was realized by ACE Limited.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $9.65. Last fiscal year, ACE Limited paid $2.00 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.90, the P/S ratio is 1.97 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.35. The dividend yield amounts to 2.27 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.85.

Long-Term Stock Price Chart Of ACE Limited (ACE)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of ACE Limited (ACE)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of ACE Limited (ACE)

McCormick & Companies (NYSE:MKC) has a market capitalization of $9.61 billion. The company employs 10,000 people, generates revenue of $4,123.40 million and has a net income of $365.80 million.

McCormick & Companies’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $701.10 million. The EBITDA margin is 17.00 percent (the operating margin is 13.35 percent and the net profit margin 8.87 percent).

Financials: The total debt represents 27.71 percent of McCormick & Companies’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 63.81 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 21.52 percent was realized by McCormick & Companies.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.18. Last fiscal year, McCormick & Companies paid $1.36 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 23.21, the P/S ratio is 2.33 and the P/B ratio is finally 5.04. The dividend yield amounts to 2.15 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.53.

Long-Term Stock Price Chart Of McCormick & Companies (MKC)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of McCormick & Companies (MKC)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of McCormick & Companies (MKC)

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) has a market capitalization of $13.95 billion. The company employs 20,200 people, generates revenue of $9,316.26 million and has a net income of $606.03 million.

Hormel Foods Corporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,044.08 million. The EBITDA margin is 11.21 percent (the operating margin is 10.00 percent and the net profit margin 6.51 percent).

Financials: The total debt represents 4.58 percent of Hormel Foods Corporation’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 6.92 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 17.41 percent was realized by Hormel Foods Corporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.23. Last fiscal year, Hormel Foods Corporation paid $0.80 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 23.69, the P/S ratio is 1.50 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.88. The dividend yield amounts to 1.88 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.56.

Long-Term Stock Price Chart Of Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL)

The Valspar Corporation (NYSE:VAL) has a market capitalization of $6.94 billion. The company employs 10,700 people, generates revenue of $4,522.42 million and has a net income of $345.40 million.

The Valspar Corporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $701.96 million. The EBITDA margin is 15.52 percent (the operating margin is 12.38 percent and the net profit margin 7.64 percent).

Financials: The total debt represents 38.58 percent of The Valspar Corporation’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 153.93 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 32.38 percent was realized by The Valspar Corporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.03. Last fiscal year, The Valspar Corporation paid $1.01 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 20.30, the P/S ratio is 1.54 and the P/B ratio is finally 6.89. The dividend yield amounts to 1.43 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.91.

Long-Term Stock Price Chart Of The Valspar Corporation (VAL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of The Valspar Corporation (VAL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of The Valspar Corporation (VAL)

Aetna (NYSE:AET) has a market capitalization of $30.58 billion. The company employs 48,600 people, generates revenue of $47,294.60 million and has a net income of $1,911.90 million.

Aetna’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $3,757.30 million. The EBITDA margin is 7.94 percent (the operating margin is 6.74 percent and the net profit margin 4.04 percent).

Financials: The total debt represents 16.55 percent of Aetna’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 58.84 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 15.67 percent was realized by Aetna.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.01. Last fiscal year, Aetna paid $0.80 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.57, the P/S ratio is 0.65 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.25. The dividend yield amounts to 1.15 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.01.

Long-Term Stock Price Chart Of Aetna (AET)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Aetna (AET)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Aetna (AET)

Westlake Chemical (NYSE:WLK) has a market capitalization of $8.48 billion. The company employs 2,200 people, generates revenue of $3,759.48 million and has a net income of $610.42 million.

Westlake Chemical’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,116.31 million. The EBITDA margin is 29.69 percent (the operating margin is 25.36 percent and the net profit margin 16.24 percent).

Financials: The total debt represents 18.81 percent of Westlake Chemical’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 31.58 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 28.33 percent was realized by Westlake Chemical.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.97. Last fiscal year, Westlake Chemical paid $0.41 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.66, the P/S ratio is 2.25 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.51. The dividend yield amounts to 1.04 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 2.34.

Long-Term Stock Price Chart Of Westlake Chemical (WLK)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Westlake Chemical (WLK)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Westlake Chemical (WLK)

Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) has a market capitalization of $23.05 billion. The company employs 6,600 people, generates revenue of $4,707.68 million and has a net income of $597.41 million.

Keurig Green Mountain’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,193.20 million. The EBITDA margin is 25.35 percent (the operating margin is 20.12 percent and the net profit margin 12.69 percent).

Financials: The total debt represents 5.80 percent of Keurig Green Mountain’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 8.05 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 19.58 percent was realized by Keurig Green Mountain.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.74. Last fiscal year, Keurig Green Mountain paid $1.00 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 37.16, the P/S ratio is 4.89 and the P/B ratio is finally 6.67. The dividend yield amounts to 0.81 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.41.

Long-Term Stock Price Chart Of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR)

Stocks with fresh share buyback programs (click to enlarge),
Source: long-term-investments.blogspot.com

Stocks with fresh share buyback programs (click to enlarge),
Source: long-term-investments.blogspot.com

Dividend Grower


Company
Yield in %

 Dividend Growth
York Water Co
2.96

4.47%
Becton Dickinson
1.7

10.09%
Capital City Bank Group
0.81

50.00%
Glacier Bancorp
2.57

5.88%
Hormel Foods
1.9

25.00%
McCormick&Co
2.2

8.11%
McCormick&Co Vtg
2.19

8.11%
Merck
3.01

2.27%
RGC Resources
3.53

4.05%
Valspar Corp
1.45

15.38%
MutualFirst Fincl
1.86

25.00%
United Bancorp
4.42

12.50%
Aetna
1.15

11.11%
Cathay General Bancorp
1.54

42.86%
Flowers Foods
2.71

10.42%
Keurig Green Mountain
0.83

15.00%
Peoples Bancorp of NC
1.33

50.00%
Raymond James
1.28

12.50%
Utd Security Bancshrs
0.91

100.00%


Share Buybacks


Company
Stock Buyback Volume or No. Of Shares


STEALTHGAS INC
$10 Mln
Pacific Health Care Organization Inc.
$500 K
The Valspar Corp
$1.5 Bln
Movado Group
$100 Mln
TANGOE INC
$30 Mln
TRINET GROUP INC
$30 Mln
AudioCodes Ltd
$15 Mln
Entravision Communications Corp
$10 Mln
NorthEast Community Bancorp Inc.
255 K
Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.
2.50 Mln
ACE Limited
$1.5 Bln
Westlake Chemical Corp
$250 Mln
PEGASYSTEMS INC
$15 Mln
G. Willi-Food International Ltd.
$5 Mln

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