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3 Dividend Stocks That Are Too Unsafe to Bet On Now [The Motley Fool]

SCHLUMBERGER (SLB)  More Company Research Source: The Motley Fool
Last schlumberger earnings: 4/20 07:05 am Check Earnings Report
US:NYSE Investor Relations: investorcenter.slb.com
PDF High payout ratios and uncertain prospects plague Schlumberger, Guess?, and Regal Entertainment, making the future of their payouts unclear. If you're a dividend investor, you want confidence that the companies whose stock you own can deliver reliable payouts quarter after quarter. When a business hits a rough patch, a dip in earnings can jeopardize its ability to keep making those dividend payments. Case in point: Schlumberger ( NYSE:SLB ) , Regal Entertainment ( NYSE:RGC ) , and Guess? ( NYSE:GES ) have all experienced difficult conditions recently that dragged their earnings below their total dividend payouts. That isn't always a serious danger in the short run, but these companies face ongoing challenges in their respective industries that could extend their shortfalls, potentially spurring them to cut dividends. Below, we'll examine their situations, and assess whether their dividend payouts are too uncertain for income investors. Company [Read more]

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