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November 12, 2011



Thanks for your reply Jeff.

The reason I asked is because I read a blog where the blogger listed the top 15 of the Divident Aristocrats index. CenturyLink came first and I had never heard of this company before.

Second place went to Pitney Bowes which I know something about because we have one of their machines at my workplace.

The yield forecast for this year is 7.8 % for CenturyLink and 7.6 % for Pitney Bowes (counted using prices of 37.1 USD/share and 19.5 USD/share).


John -- CTL is not a current holding nor is it on my "watch list" of stocks I am considering. This means that I have no special knowledge.

I did fly over a stadium formerly known as Qwest Field last week. I noticed that there was a new name on the roof Century Link Field!

I am interested in high-yield stocks, so I may take a closer look. One thing I look for is that the earnings growth and payout ratio support the dividend. On just this preliminary analysis, the payout ratio seems high and the growth is dependent on making the right acquisitions. It is tough to find safe yields this high.

Not a conclusion -- but something to use in your decision.

Thanks for reading, and thanks also to Pacioli for joining in with his link.



Thanks Pacioli. I will go and check what I can find ;-).


@ John -

Check out CTL's annual reports filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission:


Thanks again for a good post, Jeff.

Can you tell me anything about CenturyLink? I read that they have increased their divident every year for the past 25 years, but as I am not from the United States, I'm having trouble finding good analysis on this company.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Angel Martin

Jeff, good summary as always, and good point about Iran and oil. The closer Iran gets to deliverable bombs, the more risk there is in the world, and, i guess, the less all risk assets are worth, ceteris paribus.

I know i'm like a broken record on EFSF, but EFSF funding issues again this week delivered another item for inclusion in the "bad" (and possibly the ugly). Peter Tschir has a good summary

When the "rescue" fund can't fund itself and starts buying its own debt to avoid a failed auction... i mean, how long can this thing really last?

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