Quest Diagnostics Incorporated announced a regular quarterly dividend of $0.38 per share, a 15 percent increase from the prior rate of $0.33 per share. The dividend will be paid at the new higher rate on April 22, 2015 to shareholders of record at close of business on April 8, 2015. Quest Diagnostics Inc. is a member of the Top 100 dividend growth candidates.
Analysis of Valuation of Quest Diagnostics Inc. (Symbol DGX).
Quest Diagnostics is trading below its average price/sale (P/S) range. Quest Diagnostics is trading at the top of its average dividend yield range.
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Quest Diagnostics Inc. Dividend Yield Chart (Click to enlarge)
Explanation: Dividend growth stocks may be valued upon historical relative price/sales and current yield analysis. Dividend stocks trading at a low historical price/sales (P/S) ratio should be viewed more highly to investors due to their depressed valuation versus other higher P/S ratio stocks. Max P/S price target is based upon company reaching its highest historical P/S ratio. Dividend stocks should also be viewed favorably when the current yield is above historical readings for the past 10 years.
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