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Dividend Dynamos are a Port in a Stock Market Storm

The current stock market situation boils down to people being once again worried about growth.

Itâ??s been a rough time of late — questions are being raised about growth prospects, both for the global economy and the stock market. Weâ??ve had more companies issue negative outlooks than we have had in some time, while the latest round of economic data has been weaker than expected. It boils down to people being once again worried about growth.

All of this has taken a toll on the major stock market indices, leaving the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 550 points from where it was just two weeks ago. Also down big are both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite Index. That drop has investors frustrated, worried and, in some cases, according to a new poll by CNNMoney, filled with â??extreme fear.â?ť

When I look at these earnings reports roll in and even economic forecasts like the one from the International Monetary Fund, the question I ponder is how aggressive full-year expectations had been ahead of 2014. Per data from FactSet, the Street’s average full-year earnings target sits at $120.09 per share, up 9.9% from $109.30 per share in 2013. In 2012, the consensus was $103.80 per share.

Read more about how to weather the stock market storm with dividend dynamos at Eagle Daily Investor.

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Chris Versace is a financial columnist and equity analyst with more than 18 years of experience in the investment industry. He has been ranked an All Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research and his efforts in analyzing industries, companies and equity securities have been recognized by both Institutional Investor and Thomson Reutersâ?? StarMine Monitor. Heâ??s frequently published in The Washington Times and is a frequent contributor to the daily radio show â??Americaâ??s Morning Newsâ?ť and â??Americaâ??s Radio Newsâ?ť. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Investorâ??s Business Daily, The Street, USA Today and other publications. In addition, he can be frequently seen on televisionâ??s â??Fox Businessâ?ť show.

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Dividend Dynamos are a Port in a Stock Market Storm

It’s been a rough time of late — questions are being raised about growth prospects, both for the global economy and the stock market. We’ve had more companies issue negative outlooks than we have had in some time, while the latest round of economic data has been weaker than expected. It boils down to people being once again worried about growth.

All of this has taken a toll on the major stock market indices, leaving the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 550 points from where it was just two weeks ago. Also down big are both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite Index. That drop has investors frustrated, worried and, in some cases, according to a new poll by CNNMoney, filled with “extreme fear.”

When I look at these earnings reports roll in and even economic forecasts like the one from the International Monetary Fund, the question I ponder is how aggressive full-year expectations had been ahead of 2014. Per data from FactSet, the Street’s average full-year earnings target sits at $120.09 per share, up 9.9% from $109.30 per share in 2013. In 2012, the consensus was $103.80 per share.

Read more about how to weather the stock market storm with dividend dynamos at Eagle Daily Investor.

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