Actionable Conclusion (1-10): Analysts Assert Top Ten Technology “Safer” Dividend WallStars To Net 29.15% to 74.88% Gains
Two of the ten top dividend Technology WallStars by yield (shaded in the chart above) were verified as being among the top ten gainers for the coming year based on analyst 1-year target prices. Thus, the dog strategy for this Technology WallStar list as graded by analyst estimates for this month proved 20% accurate.
Projections based on estimated dividend returns from $1000 invested in each of the highest-yielding stocks and their aggregate 1-year analyst median target prices, as reported by YCharts, created the data points for 2018-19. Note: 1-year target prices by lone analysts were not applied. Ten probable profit-generating trades projected to December, 2019 were:
Western Digital (WDC) netted $427.90 based on estimates from thirty analysts plus dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 15% more than the market as a whole.
Logitech International SA (LOGI) netted $361.10 based on estimates from five analysts plus dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 6% more than the market as a whole.
Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS) netted $339.63 based on mean target price estimates from twenty-eight analysts plus dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 40% less than the market as a whole.
Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP) netted $325.114 based on a median target price set by twenty-one analysts plus estimated dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 28% more than the market as a whole.
Energizer Holdings Inc. (ENR) netted $418.14 based on estimates from fifteen analysts plus dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 57% more than the market as a whole.
Harris Corp. (HRS) netted $317.11 based on a median target price set by eleven analysts plus estimated dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 27% more than the market as a whole.
NetApp Inc. (NTAP) netted $313.93 based on dividends plus a median target price estimate from twenty-eight analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 33% more than the market as a whole.
Applied Materials (AMAT) netted $302.42 based on the median of estimates from twenty-five analysts plus dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 66% more than the market as a whole.
Kulicke Soffa Industries (KLIC) netted $298.52 based on dividend plus a median target price estimate from four analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 27% more than the market as a whole.
Magic Software Enterprises (MGIC) netted $291.50 based on dividend plus a median target price estimate from three analysts, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 20% less than the market as a whole.
Average net gain in dividend and price was 32.99% on $10k invested as $1k in each of these ten Technology WallStar “safer” dividend stocks. This gain estimate was subject to average volatility 23% more than the market as a whole.
The Dividend Dogs Rule
The “dog” moniker was earned by stocks exhibiting three traits: (1) paying reliable, repeating dividends, (2) their prices fell to where (3) yield (dividend/price) grew higher than their peers. Thus, the highest-yielding stocks in any collection became known as “dogs”. More specifically, these are, in fact, best called “underdogs”.
Fifteen of Nineteen Industries Showed “Safer” Dividend WallStars
Nineteen industries constitute the Technology sector, and fifteen of those were represented by the 62 WallStar firms whose stocks showed positive annual returns and margins of cash to cover dividends by this screen as of November 30.
The industry representation broke out as follows: Data Storage (3); Software – Application (8); Information Technology Services (5); Semiconductors (13); Scientific Technical Instruments (3); Electronic Components (5); Semiconductor Equipment Materials (7); Computer Systems (2); Communication Equipment (7); Consumer Electronics (2); Software – Infrastructure (5); Health Information Services (2); Electronics Distribution (0); Internet Content Information (0); Computer Distribution (0); Contract Manufacturers (0); Electronic Gaming Multimedia (0); Semiconductor Memory (0); Solar (0).
The first seven industries listed above populated the top ten Technology “safer” dividend pack by yield.
62 of 93 Technology WallStars Signaled “Safer” Dividends
Periodic Safety Inspection
A previous article discussed the attributes of the 50 Top yield and 50 top target gainers on this master list.
You see grouped below the tinted list documenting 62 of 93 that passed the Technology dog “safer” check with positive past-year returns and cash flow yield sufficient to cover their anticipated annual dividend yield. The margin of cash excess is shown in the bold-faced “Safety Margin”column.
Financial success, however, is easily manipulated by boards of directors making company policies cancelling or varying the payout of dividends to shareholders. Concerns about cash reserves for emergencies and unintended patent infringement consequences weigh heavy on the technology leaders. This article contends that adequate cash flow is a strong justification for a company to sustain annual dividend increases to shareholders.
Four additional columns of financial data, listed after the Safety Margin figures above, reveal payout ratios (lower is better), total annual returns, dividend growth levels, and Price/Earnings ratios for each stock. This data is provided to reach beyond yield to select reliable payout stocks. Total annual returns by positive results narrowed the 86 Technology WallStars list to 69 for this article. Positive results in all five columns after the dividend ratio is remarkable as a solid financial signal.
To quantify top dog rankings, analyst mean price target estimates provide a “market sentiment” gauge of upside potential. Added to the simple high yield metric, these analyst mean price target estimates became another tool to dig out bargains.
Yield Metrics Revealed No Bargains From Lowest-Priced Top Ten “Safe” Dividend Technology Sector WallStars
Ten “safe” Technology WallStars with the biggest yields November 30 per YCharts data ranked themselves by yield as follows:
Actionable Conclusions: Analysts Predicted 5 Lowest-Priced of Ten “Safer” Dividend High Yield Technology Sector Stocks Will (13) Deliver 20.61% Vs. (14) 21.10% Net Gains from All Ten by December 2019
$5000 invested as $1k in each of the five lowest-priced stocks in the ten “safe” Technology sector pack by yield were determined by analyst 1-year targets to deliver 2.32% less gain than $5,000 invested as $.5k in all ten. The sixth-lowest priced “safer” dividend Technology WallStar, Western Digital, showed the best analyst-augured net gain of 42.79% per their targets.
The five lowest-priced “safer” Technology WallStars as of Novmber 30 were Magic Software, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:CY), Xerox Corp. (NYSE:XRX), Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE:TSM), and Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX), with prices ranging from $8.09 to $43.09.
Five higher-priced “safer” Dividend Technology dogs as of November 30 were Western Digital, Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), KLA-Tencor Corp. (NASDAQ:KLAC), Texas Instruments Inc (NYSE:TXN), and Hubbell Inc. (NYSE:HUBB), with prices ranging from $45.39 to $110.16. Big, high-priced Technology dogs ruled the December “safer” dividend WallStars.
This distinction between five low-priced dividend dogs and the general field of ten reflects the “basic method” Michael B. O’Higgins employed for beating the Dow. The added scale of projected gains based on analyst targets contributed a unique element of “market sentiment” gauging upside potential. It provided a “here and now” equivalent of waiting a year to find out what might happen in the market. It’s also the work analysts got paid big bucks to do.
Caution is advised, however, as analysts are historically 20-80% accurate on the direction of change and about 0-20% accurate on the degree of change.
The net gain estimates mentioned above did not factor in any foreign or domestic tax problems resulting from distributions. Consult your tax advisor regarding the source and consequences of “dividends” from any investment.
See my instablog for specific instructions about how to best apply the dividend dog data featured in this article, this glossary instablog to interpret my abbreviated headings, and this instablog to aid your safe investing.
The stocks listed above were suggested only as possible starting points for your safest “safer” Technology dog dividend stock research process. These were not recommendations.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed to constitute investment advice. Nothing contained herein shall constitute a solicitation, recommendation or endorsement to buy or sell any security. Prices and returns on equities in this article except as noted are listed without consideration of fees, commissions, taxes, penalties, or interest payable due to purchasing, holding, or selling same.
Graphs and charts were compiled by Rydlun Co., LLC from data derived from YCharts, Yahoo Finance, and analyst mean target price by Thomson/First Call in Yahoo Finance.
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