Dow Dividend Checkup: Disney

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Disney has been very strong of late. It's up an impressive 18% in 2012, making it one of the top performers in the Dow as a whole. And late last year, it actually increased its dividend by 50%, which was the biggest increase in 20 years. Disney's dividend yield is relatively low, however. It's just 1.40% or so, compared to the Dow's average of 3.10%. Competitor News Corp. pays under 1%, while Time Warner pays around 3%. Ultimately, most investors probably like to see a higher yield from Disney. And that recent 50% increase may signal a new focus on returning value to shareholders. John likes this company and owns it in his personal portfolio. Obviously, the theme parks are doing well, but there is significant growth in ESPN too, which accounts for a very significant part of the company's revenues. With an increasing dividend, this one gets even more attractive.

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