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Hedge Funds Love 12 Dividend Stocks Reporting Next Week With A History Of Upside

Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 4.8M shares, which represents about 5.03% of the company's float of 95.35M shares. 

4. Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (DO): Operates as an offshore oil and gas drilling contractor worldwide. Market cap at $9.16B, most recent closing price at $65.91.

In Mar 2012: Reported EPS at 1.21 vs. estimate at 1 (surprise of 21%). In Jun 2012: Reported EPS at 1.09 vs. estimate at 0.9 (surprise of 21.1%). In Sep 2012: Reported EPS at 1.28 vs. estimate at 1.02 (surprise of 25.5%). In Dec 2012: Reported 1.41 vs. estimate at 1.1 (surprise of 28.2%. [Average earnings surprise at 23.95%].

Dividend yield at 0.77% Earnings date: 04/25/13.

Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 7.5M shares, which represents about 10.89% of the company's float of 68.90M shares. 

5. First Community Bancshares, Inc. (Bluefield) (FCBC): Operates as a financial holding company of First Community Bank, N. Market cap at $299.35M, most recent closing price at $14.93.

In Mar 2012: Reported EPS at 0.32 vs. estimate at 0.27 (surprise of 18.5%). In Jun 2012: Reported EPS at 0.32 vs. estimate at 0.29 (surprise of 10.3%). In Sep 2012: Reported EPS at 0.44 vs. estimate at 0.35 (surprise of 25.7%). In Dec 2012: Reported 0.41 vs. estimate at 0.4 (surprise of 2.5%. [Average earnings surprise at 14.25%].

Dividend yield at 3.16% Earnings date: 04/24/13.  

Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 1.0M shares, which represents about 6.% of the company's float of 16.67M shares. 

6. First Merchants Corp. (FRME): Provides financial and banking products and services. Market cap at $417.73M, most recent closing price at $14.35.

In Mar 2012: Reported EPS at 0.46 vs. estimate at 0.25 (surprise of 84%). In Jun 2012: Reported EPS at 0.28 vs. estimate at 0.23 (surprise of 21.7%). In Sep 2012: Reported EPS at 0.35 vs. estimate at 0.29 (surprise of 20.7%). In Dec 2012: Reported 0.32 vs. estimate at 0.3 (surprise of 6.7%. [Average earnings surprise at 33.28%].

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