NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I love collecting dividends. I don't receive physical checks, but the satisfaction from email alerts is just as satisfying.I also love when the stocks I bought before go up in price. Combining high yields with rising capital appreciation sounds as good a combo as what Reese (HSY) made with peanut butter and chocolate.
Background: International Paper is a global paper and forest products company complemented by an extensive distribution system. The company produces printing and writing papers, pulp, tissue, paperboard and packaging, and wood products. The company was founded in 1898 and is based in Memphis, Tenn. International Paper trades an average of 4.6 million shares per day with a marketcap of $15 billion. 52-Week Range: $21.55 - $36.50 Yield: 3.1% Investors are receiving $1.05 a share in dividend. Examining the dividend history of a company is a great way to help understand what we may expect in the future. While past payments don't guarantee future dividends, reviewing the past is the best way I know to predict the most likely future outcome. The three-year average amount International Paper has distributed to shareholders per year is 57 cents. The payout rate (percentage of profit paid in dividends) is a manageable 42%, with increasing profits estimated for next year. The shares are lower this week in reaction to downgrades by more than one analyst. It doesn't appear they lost the