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Too Much Selling of Top Ranked Dividend Stock VIA

By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, October 3, 4:29 PM ET
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The DividendRank formula at Dividend Channel ranks a coverage universe of thousands of dividend stocks, according to a proprietary formula designed to identify those stocks that combine two important characteristics strong fundamentals and a valuation that looks inexpensive. Viacom Inc (NASDAQ:VIA) presently has an above average rank, in the top 50% of the coverage universe, which suggests it is among the top most "interesting" ideas that merit further research by investors.

But making Viacom Inc an even more interesting and timely stock to look at, is the fact that in trading on Monday, shares of VIA entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $45.93 per share. We define oversold territory using the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which is a technical analysis indicator used to measure momentum on a scale of zero to 100. A stock is considered to be oversold if the RSI reading falls below 30.

In the case of Viacom Inc, the RSI reading has hit 28.8 by comparison, the universe of dividend stocks covered by Dividend Channel currently has an average RSI of 41.9. A falling stock price all else being equal creates a better opportunity for dividend investors to capture a higher yield. Indeed, VIA's recent annualized dividend of 1.00/share (paid in quarterly installments) works out to an annual yield of 2.07% based upon the recent $48.36 share price.

A bullish investor could look at VIA's 28.8 RSI reading today as a sign that the recent heavy selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and begin to look for entry point opportunities on the buy side. Among the fundamental datapoints dividend investors should investigate to decide if they are bullish on VIA is its dividend history. In general, dividends are not always predictable; but, looking at the history chart below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue.

VIA Dividend History
Date Div*
09/13/11 0.250
06/13/11 0.250
02/24/11 0.150
11/26/10 0.150
08/27/10 0.150
11/28/05 0.070
08/29/05 0.070
06/03/05 0.070
02/24/05 0.070
11/26/04 0.070
08/27/04 0.060
05/27/04 0.060
02/25/04 0.060
12/04/03 0.060
08/13/03 0.060
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, VIA makes up 2.97% of the Guggenheim BulletShares 2016 Corporate Bond ETF (AMEX:BSCG) which is trading lower by about 0.1% on the day Monday.

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VIA operates in the Entertainment sector, among companies like DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc (NASDAQ:DWA) which is down about 6.5% today, and Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG) trading lower by about 3.6%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of VIA, versus DWA and MSG.

VIA,DWA,MSG Relative Performance Chart


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