2. Meredith (MDP) is a media and marketing company with two business segments: National and Local media. Magazine publishing, brand licensing, television broadcasting, integrated marketing, interactive media, and video production are some activities Meredith engages in.
The company raised its latest quarterly dividend by 11% to 25.5 cents per share, or $1.02, on annual basis. Meredith intends to initiate a share repurchase program with 1.1 million shares currently authorized for the same. The company currently has a dividend yield of 2.66%. Announcing its 17th consecutive annual dividend increase, Meredith has improved its dividend payout by 11% every year over the past decade.
Heading into 2011, the company forecasts earnings between $2.6 and $2.8 per share. For the third quarter, earnings per share are expected to range from 60 cents to 65 cents. The company's P/E ratio and the media industry's average stand at 12.4, which is much lower than the P/E ratio of S&P 500's 23, providing further room for gains.Of the 7 analysts covering the stock, 57% recommend a buy, while the remaining rate a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 20% to $42 in value from current levels.
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