This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
$1 buys you full access to ALL of TheStreet's Subscription Services! Learn More

5 Dividend Stocks Ready to Give You a Raise

Stocks in this article: MATAMGNAETFMKC

Aetna

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Aetna (AET) is a managed health care firm that provides benefits to more than 22 million Medicare, Medicaid, and private health care patients across the country. That 22 million number is important -- size matters in the health care industry. Because Aetna has such a big patient rolls, it's able to negotiate harder with care providers to bring down the rates that it ultimately pays out.

>>5 Big Stocks to Trade for Gains

The firm has taken some of the risks off of its own balance sheet by pushing its services as a health care plan administrator. On the commercial side, it means that Aetna provides its network and resources to employees at a firm, but it's the employer who bears the risks of underwriting a health policy. That, coupled with Medicare and Medicaid give Aetna a lucrative market that's less burdened by regulation and less filled with the risks of poor underwriting.

While health care reform legislation has been a big concern for all insurers in recent years, Aetna has actually used new bills to its advantage as a bargaining chip, squeezing out concessions from its contracted healthcare providers. That's a fact that's showing through in AET's margins in 2012.

With plenty free cash generation on tap, AET looks likely to make a boost to its 17.5-cent quarterly dividend payout in the near-term. Aetna yields 1.6% right now.

4 of 6

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 17,828.24 +0.49 0.00%
S&P 500 2,067.56 -5.27 -0.25%
NASDAQ 4,791.63 +4.3130 0.09%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs