High Dividend Equities: Winning and Losing Stocks for Dec 27th

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about today’s market action in high dividend equities:

Gainers (%price change)

Xcel Energy Inc (NYSE:XEL): The shares closed at $27.62, up $0.42, or 1.54%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 3.96, its payout ratio is 61.8 and its ex-dividend date is 2011/12/20. About the company: Xcel Energy, Inc. provides electric and natural gas services. The Company offers a variety of energy-related services, including generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity and natural gas throughout the United States. Xcel utilities serve customers in portions of Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

PG&E Corp (NYSE:PCG): The shares closed at $41.71, up $0.62, or 1.51%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 4.69, its payout ratio is 60.24 and its ex-dividend date is 2011/12/28. About the company: PG&E Corporation is a holding company that holds interests in energy based businesses. The Company’s holdings include a public utility operating in northern and central California that provides electricity and natural gas distribution; electricity generation, procurement, and transmission; and natural gas procurement, transportation, and storage. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Southern Co/The (NYSE:SO): The shares closed at $46.54, up $0.64, or 1.39%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 4.31, its payout ratio is 75.75 and its ex-dividend date is 2012/02/02. About the company: Southern Company is a public utility holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, generates, wholesales, and retails electricity in the southeastern United States. The Company also offers wireless telecommunications services, and provides businesses with two-way radio, telephone, paging, and Internet access services as well as wholesales fiber optic solutions. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Windstream Corp (NASDAQ:WIN): The shares closed at $12.17, up $0.16, or 1.33%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 8.5, its payout ratio is 150.63 and its ex-dividend date is 2011/12/28. About the company: Windstream Corporation offers telecommunications services to residential and business customers in rural communities in the United States. The Company provides local telephone, high-speed Internet, long distance, network access, and video services in multiple states. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Darden Restaurants Inc (NYSE:DRI): The shares closed at $46.3, up $0.6, or 1.31%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 3.61, its payout ratio is 36.83 and its ex-dividend date is 2012/01/04. About the company: Darden Restaurants, Inc. operates casual dining restaurants in North America. The Company owns and operates seafood and Italian restaurants. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Losers (%price change)

Computer Sciences Corp (NYSE:CSC): The shares closed at $24.1, down $2.38, or 8.99%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 3.28, its payout ratio is 15.3 and its ex-dividend date is 2011/12/20. About the company: Computer Sciences Corporation provides consulting and information technology (NYSE:IT) services to industry and government. The Company provides consulting, systems design and integration, IT and business process outsourcing, applications software, and Web and application hosting. Computer Sciences operates locations around the world. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Whirlpool Corp (NYSE:WHR): The shares closed at $46.62, down $4.57, or 8.93%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 4.08, its payout ratio is 21.17 and its ex-dividend date is 2012/02/22. About the company: Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets major home appliances. The Company’s principal products include laundry appliances, refrigeration and room air conditioning equipment, cooking appliances, dishwashers, and mixers and other small household appliances. Whirlpool’s products are sold worldwide Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Frontier Communications Corp (NYSE:FTR): The shares closed at $4.99, down $0.13, or 2.54%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 13.13, its payout ratio is 346.75 and its ex-dividend date is 2011/12/07. About the company: Frontier Communications Corporation provides communications services to rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities. The Company offers a variety of voice, data, and Internet, and television services. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM): The shares closed at $33.03, down $0.54, or 1.61%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 3.23, its payout ratio is 4.99 and its ex-dividend date is 2012/01/04. About the company: JPMorgan Chase & Co. provides global financial services and retail banking. The Company provides services such as investment banking, treasury and securities services, asset management, private banking, card member services, commercial banking, and home finance. JP Morgan Chase serves business enterprises, institutions, and individuals. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Federated Investors Inc (NYSE:FII): The shares closed at $14.76, down $0.24, or 1.6%, on the day. Its dividend yield is 6.05, its payout ratio is 127.68 and its ex-dividend date is 2012/02/08. About the company: Federated Investors, Inc. provides investment management products and related financial services. The Company sponsors, markets and provides investment-related services to various investment products, including mutual funds and Separate Accounts (which include separately managed accounts, institutional accounts, sub-advised funds and other managed products). Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>