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S&P 500 Dividend Health, Forecast Changes for April 25

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 25 April 24 April 23 April 20   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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                               ------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts----
Higher estimates                  3        3        1        3
Lower estimates                   0        2        0        1
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Borgwarner Inc                $0.04    $0.00    $0.00    $0.00      n/a    $0.04
Norfolk Southern              $0.50    $0.47    $0.47    $0.47     6.4%    $0.03
Du Pont (E.I.) De Nemours     $0.43    $0.41    $0.41    $0.41     4.9%    $0.02
                              --------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Health------
Higher estimates                 15        9        2       12
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                           April 25 April 24 April 23 April 20   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Lower estimates                  33       15        8       16
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Hess Corp                        -3        1        1        1      n/a       -4
Hudson City Bancorp              -7       21       21       21      n/a      -28
QEP Resources                     5       -3       -3       -3      n/a        8
Reynolds American               -17        4        4        4      n/a      -21
Ryder System Inc                 -5       10        9        9      n/a      -15
Wyndham Worldwide               -17        6        6        6      n/a      -23
Aflac Inc                        33       17       17       17    94.1%       16
ACE Ltd                          16       10       10       10    60.0%        6
Host Hotels & Resorts           -23      -32      -32      -32    28.1%        9
United States Steel             -38      -48      -48      -48    20.8%       10
Baker Hughes Inc                 47       40       40       40    17.5%        7
Torchmark Corp                   24       21       21       21    14.3%        3
Thermo Fisher Scientific         60       53       53       53    13.2%        7
Hershey Co/The                   41       38       39       39     7.9%        3
Boeing Co                        28       26       26       26     7.7%        2
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                           April 25 April 24 April 23 April 20   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Intl Business Machines           40       38       38       38     5.3%        2
Stryker Corp                     21       20       20       20     5.0%        1
Eaton Corp                       49       47       58       58     4.3%        2
National Semiconductor           56       54       54       54     3.7%        2
Oracle Corp                      65       63       63       63     3.2%        2
Rockwell Automation              62       63       63       63    -1.6%       -1
Ford Motor Co                    39       40       40       40    -2.5%       -1
Sigma-Aldrich                    61       63       65       65    -3.2%       -2
General Dynamics Corp            27       28       28       28    -3.6%       -1
DeVry Inc.                       25       26       26       26    -3.8%       -1
Eli Lilly & Co                   24       25       25       25    -4.0%       -1
Western Union Co                 48       51       47       47    -5.9%       -3
Air Products & Chemicals         24       26       33       33    -7.7%       -2
Caterpillar Inc                  35       38       38       38    -7.9%       -3
Norfolk Southern                 34       37       37       37    -8.1%       -3
3M Co                            47       53       55       55   -11.3%       -6
Molex Inc                        52       59       59       59   -11.9%       -7
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                           April 25 April 24 April 23 April 20   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Parker Hannifin Corp             52       59       62       62   -11.9%       -7
United Technologies              32       37       57       57   -13.5%       -5
McGraw-Hill Companies            28       33       32       32   -15.2%       -5
Corning Inc                       9       11       11       11   -18.2%       -2
C.H. Robinson Worldwide          39       48       48       48   -18.8%       -9
Total System Services            38       47       47       47   -19.1%       -9
Dr Pepper Snapple Group          22       28       28       28   -21.4%       -6
Illinois Tool Works              39       50       60       60   -22.0%      -11
Praxair Inc                      38       52       52       52   -26.9%      -14
Wellpoint Inc                     8       12       12       12   -33.3%       -4
Amgen Inc                         7       11       11       11   -36.4%       -4
Northrop Grumman                 22       36       36       36   -38.9%      -14
PACCAR Inc.                      30       50       50       50   -40.0%      -20
Intl Game Technology             27       47       47       47   -42.6%      -20
T Rowe Price Group               21       42       52       52   -50.0%      -21
Murphy Oil Corp                  12       39       39       39   -69.2%      -27
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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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