The media company reported first-quarter earnings on May 2 of $583 million, or 59 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $653 million, or 59 cents a share."Deteriorating publishing advertising is contributing to a lower near-term outlook, although content cycle helps maintain confidence in full-year outlook," Wedbush analysts wrote in a May 10 report. "We take with a grain of salt management's commentary on the strength of the scatter market as a harbinger of a good upfront selling season, as, historically, we do not find a strong relationship between the two. On the other hand, we do see the potential for greater monetization of the company's TV content, which in part contributes to raising our full-year Networks (HBO) and film EBIT estimates." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3%
Barrick Gold The gold and copper producer reported on May 2 first-quarter earnings of $1.03 billion, or $1.03 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $1 billion, or $1 a share. "ABX remains committed to its growth target of 9Mozspa of gold production by 2016 with Pascua Lama and Pueblo Viejo the key to meeting the target, supplemented by mine and/or mill expansions within its existing asset base," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in an May 16 report. "As the largest producer in the sector with low costs, ABX is well positioned to weather the current weakness in the gold price. With the recent 33% dividend increase to $0.20/quarter, the stock also provides a dividend yield over 2%." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.2%
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