The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) fell 39.2 points yesterday, the fifth consecutive day of falls, due to ongoing economic uncertainty in Europe. These three stocks managed to rise by more than 1.6%, in a falling market.
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited (ASX: TEL) (NYSE: NZT) rose 6 cents, or 3% to close at $2.06, the chunky dividend yield of 11.5% the likely attraction. Many investors appear to be worried about making capital gains, and are instead focusing on dividends as a means to make an income, while the markets recover. The Motley Fool has put together a special report on 3 high yielding ASX stocks – see the link towards the bottom of this page.
Singapore Telecommunications Limited (ASX: SGT) also rose 6 cents, or 2.4% to close at $2.53, as the company reported a S$4 billion net profit for the year to March 2012, on revenues of S$18.8 billion. SingTel, which owns Optus in Australia, also reported that it expects to grow earnings in the next 12 months, although at a low single digit level.
Duet Group (ASX: DUE) rose 3 cents, or 1.6%, to close at $1.86. Another stock offering a high dividend yield, Duet is an investment company focusing on energy utility assets, such as gas pipelines and gas and electricity distribution. The company confirmed in February 2012, that it would pay a 16 cent dividend for the 2012 financial year and is targeting 3% growth in dividends over the medium term. At the current price of $1.86, a 16 cent dividend equates to a dividend yield of 8.6% (although it is un-franked). With fairly stable and predictable earnings, and a high dividend yield, no wonder the stock rose yesterday.
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