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JPMorgan’s Dividend Stocks for 2016, Part 3

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Analysts at JP Morgan recently came out with a list of top 30 dividend stocks for 2016. In our previous posts (read the first part and second part) we covered 10 stocks from that list and also analyzed the hedge funds sentiment towards those stocks. In this article we are going to do the same for another five stocks from that list, namely General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD), Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GG), Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON), and Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE:IPG).

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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)

– Number of Hedge Fund Holders (as of September 30): 88

– Total Value of Holdings (as of September 30): $5.11 billion

– Hedge Fund Holdings as Percent of Float (as of September 30): 10.80%

Though improvements in the U.S. auto industry hasn’t translated well for automotive stocks this year, analysts at JP Morgan remain bullish on General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) citing the low valuation that it trades at currently compared to its historical average. The over 4.20% annual dividend yield that General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)’s stock provides is very attractive for income investors considering that it is a large-cap stock, while the $2.1 billion that the company still has on its balance sheet for share buybacks till the end of 2016 reduces the possibility of a sharp downturn for the stock. During the third quarter, when the stock lost 8.8%, the ownership of the company among funds covered by us declined by 16. However, JP Morgan’s analysts are heavily bullish on the stock with an ‘Overweight’ rating and $47 price target. Legendary investor Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway increased its stake in the company by 22% to 50 million shares during the July-September period.

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Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD)

– Number of Hedge Fund Holders (as of September 30): 90

– Total Value of Holdings (as of September 30): $4.76 billion

– Hedge Fund Holdings as Percent of Float (as of September 30): 3.30%

Although shares of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) have come down significantly from the highs they made at the end of first-half of this year, the popularity of the company among hedge funds is on a rise. Amid a nearly 16% drop in the stock during the third quarter, 6 more funds became bullish on the company. JP Morgan’s analysts believe that although HCV drugs have become a huge cash cow for Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) generating free cash flow of $15.5 billion in the first three quarters of 2015, investors are concerned about future business drivers of the company.  However, with $11 billion remaining for stock buybacks and an annual dividend yield of 1.67% they foresee the company to be able to return cash to shareholders in the near future. Interestingly, they have a price target of $133 on the stock, which is 7.2% above its lifetime high of $123.37. Having increased its stake by 41% to 6.15 million shares during the third quarter, billionaire David E. Shaw‘s firm, D. E. Shaw, remained the largest shareholder of the company among funds tracked by us at the end of September.

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