S&P 500 Dividend Health, Forecast Changes for April 18

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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                           April 18 April 17 April 16 April 13   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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                               ------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts----
Higher estimates                  1        2        0        1
Lower estimates                   1        1        1        0
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Stanley Black & Decker        $0.46    $0.41    $0.41    $0.41    12.2%    $0.05
Home Depot Inc                $0.52    $0.53    $0.53    $0.53    -1.9%   -$0.01
                              --------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Health------
Higher estimates                  6        3        3        2
Lower estimates                  15        8        1        1
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                           April 18 April 17 April 16 April 13   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Quest Diagnostics                37        3        3        3  1133.3%       34
Abbott Laboratories              31       25       25       25    24.0%        6
US Bancorp                       35       32       31       31     9.4%        3
PNC Financial Services           16       15       15       15     6.7%        1
Intl Business Machines           38       37       37       37     2.7%        1
Dover Corp                       61       60       60       60     1.7%        1
Borgwarner Inc                   70       71       71       71    -1.4%       -1
Halliburton Co                   66       68       68       68    -2.9%       -2
St Jude Medical Inc              23       24       24       24    -4.2%       -1
Huntington Bancshares            49       52       52       52    -5.8%       -3
WW Grainger                      65       72       74       74    -9.7%       -7
Bank Of New York Mellon          17       19       19       19   -10.5%       -2
Northern Trust Corp              19       22       17       17   -13.6%       -3
Blackrock Inc.                   26       31       31       31   -16.1%       -5
Intel Corp                       48       58       58       58   -17.2%      -10
Comerica Inc                     34       43       48       48   -20.9%       -9
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                           April 18 April 17 April 16 April 13   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Linear Technology Corp           22       30       30       30   -26.7%       -8
Amphenol Corp-Cl A               23       32       32       32   -28.1%       -9
Omnicom Group                    11       16       23       23   -31.3%       -5
Stryker Corp                     20       35       35       35   -42.9%      -15
CSX Corp                          7       15       15       15   -53.3%       -8
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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.





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