On Monday, Bespoke Investment Group slapped its “Trade of the Day” label on the stock, saying:
INTC is one of the top rated stocks in our Bespoke Stock Scores Database, and although the stock briefly dropped below its 50-day moving average for two days… The stock remains in an uptrend, and with a dividend yield over 3.5%, INTC is attractive in this highly volatile market.
The following day, in a research piece for Barrons.com, Lazard Capital Markets highlighted Intel as a top choice in the large-cap semiconductor space, noting:
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Intel has one of the highest dividends and is likely to further increase it… Trading at about 10 times fiscal 2011 estimated earnings per share, Intel could be an attractive option for cash-seeking investors as we expect the company to increase its dividend to $0.23 to $0.24 in 2012.
You’ll recall, famed value investor, Warren Buffett’s, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) recently revealed a $220 million stake in the stock, too.
So let’s add it all up and see what we have here…
- A cheap stock. Shares trade for less than 10 times futures earnings.
- A respectable (and rising) dividend. At current prices, Intel yields 3.7%, almost two percentage points more than 10-Year U.S. Treasuries.
- Increasing institutional support.
- And momentum. Intel’s up a solid 15.85% year-to-date, compared to a 3.1% loss for the S&P 500 index.
Yup. There’s no doubt Intel deserves a spot on our short-list of the best dividend stocks to buy in this volatile market.
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