Some companies that may boost their payouts

The Ticker

March 02, 2001|By Julius Westheimer

Do you want steadily rising income?

"Despite unfavorable conditions for investors who want rising dividends, all is not bleak," says Income Digest. The article includes these stocks under "Dividend-Increase Candidates":

Abbott Laboratories, Allstate Corp., Bank of New York Inc., Exxon Mobil Corp., Hershey Foods Corp. and Jefferson Pilot Corp.

"For years, investors shunned dividend-paying stocks such as banks and utilities," says Individual Investor.

"But lately these `workhorses' gained popularity. With markets moving erratically, stocks that offer cash payouts remain appealing."

NOTES & QUOTES: "We'll let the market talk and we'll listen. But we're confident that the long-term bull market in growth stocks is still intact. The next advance will be studded with great growth stocks. Keep your strong holdings, dump your losers." (Cabot Market Letter)

"Since short-term events are impossible to predict, the best strategy is to identify long-term needs and put aside worries caused by the `waterfall' of short-term information." (James L. Fraser, chartered financial analyst)

WALL ST. WATCH: "Market leadership will be headed by technology, financial and health care stocks." (Shortex Insight Investment Outlook, in this week's Barron's)

"We remain underweighted in technology, where valuations are still high, earnings estimates still being revamped lower and momentum is poor." (Rabbittanalytics Strategy)

"The recession will be deeper and longer than the consensus expects. Excess of confidence is the last and final excess." (The Richebacher Letter)

"It makes no sense to buy stocks, even good ones that are reasonably priced, because they'll only get cheaper." (International Speculator)

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