S&P 500 Dividend Health, Forecast Changes for March 15

The following table details daily changes in dividend forecasts and dividend health scores for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. For more information on the methodology, see the note at the bottom of the table.

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                           March 15 March 14 March 13 March 12   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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                               ------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts----
Higher estimates                  4        5        1        0
Lower estimates                   1        2        0        0
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Marsh & McLennan              $0.25    $0.22    $0.22    $0.22    13.6%    $0.03
Target Corp                   $0.34    $0.30    $0.30    $0.30    13.3%    $0.04
Northern Trust Corp           $0.30    $0.28    $0.28    $0.28     7.1%    $0.02
State Street Corp             $0.24    $0.23    $0.23    $0.23     4.3%    $0.01
Fifth Third Bancorp           $0.08    $0.10    $0.10    $0.10   -20.0%   -$0.02
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                           March 15 March 14 March 13 March 12   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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                              --------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Health------
Higher estimates                  1        1        2        3
Lower estimates                   1        0        1        3
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Tyson Foods                       2        1        1        1   100.0%        1
McDonald’s Corp.                 46       52       52       52   -11.5%       -6
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NOTE: Bloomberg analysts use seven factors in determining each
dividend forecast:
1) Company guidance; 2) Dividend Health Score; 3) Industry analysis;
4) Historical trend analysis; 5) Market analyst consensus estimates;
6) Options market implied dividends; 7) Historical regression
analysis of fundamentals compared to dividends.

The dividend Health Score is on a scale of -100 to 100. A score
between -100 and -50 indicates a potential inability to maintain
the current dividend level, whereas 50 to 100 indicates a potential
ability to raise its current dividend rate. A score between -50 to
50 indicates that fundamental data is inconclusive on the direction
 of the dividend.





SOURCE: Bloomberg

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