Option implied volatility (IV) on the video game software company Electronic Arts (NYSE:ERTS
) rose slightly to 49% on Monday on the news that the company was buying a London-based social network game company called Playfish. Gosh, IV fell back to 40%. Implied volatility is widely believed to be informationally superior to historical volatility, because it is the "market's" forecast of future volatility. Higher the volatility higher is the chance of an upside or a downside on a stock and its option.
Though they are not perfect, the stocks below did recently reward their investors with higher cash dividends:
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Wynn Resorts (WYNN) is involved in the design, development, financing and construction of gaming projects in Las Vegas and Macau. November 9th the company declared a special cash dividend of $4.00/share. This dividend will be payable on December 3, 2009, to stockholders of record on November 19, 2009. The stock will begin to trade ex-dividend on November 17, 2009. The company's Board of Directors also approved the commencement of a regular cash dividend program, beginning in 2010. This regular cash dividend will be $0.20 per share of common stock for the first quarter of 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.22%.
Baxter (BAX) is a global medical products and services company. November 10th the company increased its quarterly dividend 12% to $0.29/share. The dividend is payable on January 5, 2010, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 10, 2009. The ex-dividend date is December 8. The yield based on the new payout is 2.02%.
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ADP (ADP) provides a broad range of data processing services. November 10th the company increased its quarterly dividend 3% to $0.34/share. The dividend is payable on January 1, 2010 to shareholders of record at December 11, 2009. The ex-dividend date is December 9. ADP is a Dividend Aristocrat and has increased its dividend for 34 years. The yield based on the new payout is 3.15%.
Tennant (TNC) designs, manufactures, and markets cleaning solutions. November 10th the company raised its quarterly dividend 8% to $0.14/share. The dividend is payable on December 15, 2009, to shareholders of record November 30, 2009.