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5 Trending Dividend Payers

A fair amount of growth is priced in with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 14.5. The earnings multiple is based on the mean fiscal year estimate of $1.01 per share.

Short interest is a nonfactor at a rate of 0.4% of the float.

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Kraft Foods (KFT)

Background: Kraft is the largest branded food and beverage company headquartered in the U.S. and the second largest in the world. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Northfield, Ill. Kraft trades an average of 9.5 million shares per day with a market cap of $73.7 billion.

52-Week Range: $31.88 - $42.00

Yield: 2.79%

Kraft pays $1.16 in dividends per share a year. Examining the dividend history of a company is a great way to help understand what we may expect in the future. Of course, the past doesn't guarantee future dividends, but it does paint a useful picture. The three-year average amount they have distributed to shareholders per year is $1.16. Over the last five years, the dividend has grown by an average of 3.9% per year.

Most analysts rate KFT a buy or strong buy and none currently have a sell rating.

A fast-moving average above a given slower moving average is considered bullish. The 60-day moving average (some use a 50-day) is above the 200-day moving average and the share price are moving steadily at a medium pace higher.

Buying on dips usually works great in a classic bull trend. Trend followers love this pattern and will hold a position until a technical break results in a signal to exit.

The mean fiscal year estimate price-to-earnings ratio is 16.7, based on earnings of $2.49 per share this year. Earnings are well below the dividend rate, and after a long string of unchanged dividends, I would not be surprised to see an increase in 2013.

Kraft's $1.16 annualized dividends adds a mouthful of dividend flavor. Short interest is so low that there are little to no worries that big money betting against the company; 1% of the float is short based on the last reported numbers.
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