S&P 500 Dividend Health, Forecast Changes for June 4

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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                             June 4   June 1   May 31   May 30   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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                               ------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts----
Higher estimates                  2        2        0        0
Lower estimates                   0        0        1        0
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Noble Corp.                   $0.16    $0.15    $0.15    $0.16     6.7%    $0.01
Cincinnati Financial Corp     $0.41    $0.40    $0.40    $0.40     2.5%    $0.01
                              --------Changes in Bloomberg Dividend Health------
Higher estimates                  2        3        0        1

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                             June 4   June 1   May 31   May 30   -Daily Change-
                               2012     2012     2012     2012 Percent    Level
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Lower estimates                   0        1        1        0
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US Bancorp                       36       35       35       35     2.9%        1
Medtronic Inc                    58       57       57       57     1.8%        1
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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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