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Best Choice for Dividend Safety in Large Cap Oil

There’s a clear winner for dividend safety, longevity and steady increases in the big oil sector.This company has grown its dividend at  an average rate of over 7% every year for the last 20 years and it also has been able to increase that dividend no matter what the price of oil has been.

In this article, I will be searching for the one large oil company that has the safest dividend. With oil prices continuing to fall towards the $30 level, it is important to see how much flexibility companies have when it comes to their ability to continue paying their dividend. I will be using a similar process as I used for an article I wrote last month after Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) cut its dividend to determine which major oil company has the safest dividend.

Screening Process

I used the FinViz stock screener to find my initial list of companies that are profitable and have outperformed the global energy sector ETF (NYSEARCA:IXC).

Screen Criteria

  • Industry: Major Integrated Oil & Gas, Independent Oil & Gas
  • Dividend Yield: Positive
  • PE: >1 [Profitable]
  • Market Cap: > $10 billion

Screen Results & Elimination

After running the screen, I found fourteen companies that met these criteria.

Eliminations

Now that I had my initial list of large oil companies, I looked at the dividend history of each company and eliminated those companies that have had a dividend cut after the top in oil in 2008. In addition, I also excluded EPD because it is an MLP and I already covered it in my article on MLPs. Like with my MLP article I eliminated any remaining stocks that have underperformed the global energy market over the last year, as represented by the iShares Global Energy ETF [IXC].

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Latest Aggressive Growth Stock Pick from Zacks

 

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck…

The same is true for picking stocks. When you see a stock like this that’s showing consistent positive results, it’s not a duck. It’s a winner and the thing to do now is to jump on it and grab it with both hands.

Wesco (WCC) delivered three consecutive positive earnings surprises that have shown earnings acceleration. Add in some higher estimates and you have all the components of a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).

Company Description

Wesco International, Inc. is a leading provider of electrical products and other industrial MRO supplies and services in North America. The company is also a provider of Integrated Supply services. Their Integrated Supply solutions and outsourcing services fulfill a customer’s industrial MRO procurement needs through a highly automated, proprietary electronic procurement and inventory replenishment system. It operates 400 branches and 8 distribution centers located in North America and internationally. WESCO International, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

WCC Tops Expectations Three Straight Times

WCC has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last three quarters. One of the beats, in the September 2011 quarter saw the company post earnings of $1.13, $0.09 ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.04. The stock then moved higher by 10% after that 8.6% beat.

The string of beats started in the June 2011 quarter when the company posted EPS of one dollar, but that was seven cents ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.93. The stock moved higher by nearly 7% following the report.

WCC Recently Reported Earnings

On January 26, 2012 the company reported revenue of $1.59 billion roughly $63 million more than the Zacks Consensus Estimate and up from the $1.33 billion reported in the year ago period. EPS of $1.12 was $0.15 ahead of the estimate or a 15% beat. As a result the stock moved higher by about 6.5%.

Aggressive growth investors love to see beats, but they love it even more when the company increases the acceleration of earnings momentum with stronger beats on an absolute and percentage basis. WCC has done just that in its last three beats.

Earnings Estimates Bumped Up

Following the most recent earnings report, analysts bumped up their earnings estimates for 2012. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 EPS moved from $4.34 in December 2011 to the current level of $4.70.

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This stock is rated a strong buy by Zack’s. If you would like to see more of these winners Get #1 Strong Buy Picks from Zacks

Some Simple Ideas to Make Stock Investing Profitable

Anti-bank feeling has resulted in the public looking to take more responsibility for investing their own money.

A new website has come up with a simple but novel way to help the regular Joe invest his own money and avoid the advisory services of financial institutions that are perceived to have let the public down.

Shared Sense is based on the theory of famed investor and mentor to the man on the street: Peter Lynch. The site takes his ideas of  “invest in what you know and that the best stock tip is in front of you in the mall” and goes a step further.  It allows people to share these observations on a worldwide basis and so helping people gather market research through group thinking.

It uses the wisdom of the crowd to get people’s views on what is selling or not.  Put simply, people can give an opinion on what brands are hot or not in their area. The information is gathered worldwide and the site gives back the total view on what people see as popular or not.

As increasing or decreasing sales is generally the most important investment criteria, members can use the information as part of their investment decisions.

The site editors take this information and add their experience to it. They analyze the other important factors including financials, margins and outlook and give full stock tips to members.

The site is not another stock price prediction site but focuses on identifying brand popularity to give regular investors an edge. The themes of the site are honesty and humor – the idea being to strip stock picking of all the overly fancy jargon and replace it with raw honesty. The top predictors are invited to join to the site as full authors.

Ned Goodwin, Shared Sense founder says: “Why can’t stock picking and investment be based on a co-operative system where people help each other by sharing information on buying trends? This is a practical way of occupying Wall Street — taking the power of investment decision back to the people. People helping themselves to get an investment edge.  As Peter Lynch said, if you’re buying the product it might be worthwhile buying the stock. We’re saying if you know we’re all buying the product it’s definitely worthwhile buying the stock.”

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CONTACT: Eddie Goodwin, +1-617-331-6999, Eddie@sharedsense.com

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Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States, announced today the declaration of a quarterly dividend on its common stock in the amount of $1.30 per share, payable on September 12, 2011 to stockholders of record as of September 1, 2011.

The Company’s Board of Directors also approved a new share repurchase program, authorizing the Company to repurchase in the aggregate up to $750 million of its outstanding common stock. On August 9, 2011, the Company completed repurchases under its $1.4 billion share repurchase program, which was announced on August 20, 2010 and amended on May 19, 2011. Purchases by the Company under the new program may be made from time to time at prevailing market prices in open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, block purchase techniques or otherwise, as determined by the Company’s management. The purchases will be funded from existing cash balances.

“Last week’s successful $750 million debt financing represented another significant step toward our objective of more effectively utilizing our balance sheet, a process that began more than two years ago,” stated David H. Taylor, Executive Vice President, Finance and Planning, and Chief Financial Officer. “Today’s announcement that the Board has authorized a new share repurchase program, combined with the declaration of the Company’s regular quarterly dividend, reinforces the Company’s intent to return cash to shareholders.”

This program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of its common stock. The timing, frequency and amount of repurchase activity will depend on a variety of factors such as levels of cash generation from operations, cash requirements for investment in the Company’s business, current stock price, market conditions and other factors. The share repurchase program may be suspended, modified or discontinued at any time and has no set expiration date.

About Lorillard, Inc.

Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), through its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. Founded in 1760, Lorillard is the oldest continuously operating tobacco company in the U.S. Newport, Lorillard’s flagship menthol-flavored premium cigarette brand, is the top selling menthol and second largest selling cigarette in the U.S. In addition to Newport, the Lorillard product line has four additional brand families marketed under the Kent, True, Maverick, and Old Gold brand names. These five brands include 43 different product offerings which vary in price, taste, flavor, length and packaging. Lorillard maintains its headquarters and manufactures all of its products in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, or the Reform Act. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may project, indicate or imply future results, events, performance or achievements, and may contain the words “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “may,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result” and similar expressions. In addition, any statement that may be provided by management concerning future financial performance (including future revenues, earnings or growth rates), ongoing business strategies or prospects and possible actions by Lorillard, Inc. are also forward-looking statements as defined by the Reform Act.

Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or projected. Information describing factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements is available in Lorillard, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These filings are available from the SEC over the Internet or in hard copy, and are available on our website at www.lorillard.com. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the time they are made, and we expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update these statements to reflect any change in expectations or beliefs or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based.

http://www.lorillard.com

American Standard Energy Corp. (OTCBB: ASEN) (“American Standard” or the “Company”) today announced that it has closed a private placement with certain accredited investors, pursuant to which such investors have agreed to purchase 2,260,870 units from the Company at a price of $5.75 per unit for gross proceeds of approximately $13.0 million. Each unit will consist of one share of common stock, one-half of a Series A warrant to purchase one share of common stock, and a Series B warrant exercisable for additional shares of common stock upon the occurrence of certain dilutive events or in the event the market price of the common stock falls below the offering price prior to the shares being registered for resale or eligible to be sold pursuant to Rule 144 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Series A warrants, which represent the right to acquire up to an aggregate of 1,130,435 common shares, will be exercisable within the 5-year anniversary of the closing date of the private placement.  The warrant exercise price of $9.00 per share is 113% of the average closing price of the Company’s common shares on the OTCBB for the five days ended July 11, 2011.  Canaccord Genuity Inc. acted as the lead placement agent for the offering.  Northland Capital Markets acted as co-placement agent for the offering.

American Standard intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to acquire additional oil and natural gas acreage and for general working capital purposes.

The securities to be sold in this private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or applicable state securities laws, and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and such applicable state securities laws. American Standard has agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission registering the resale of the shares of common stock to be issued in this private placement as well as the common stock underlying the warrants issued in this private placement.

This release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities, nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state. Any offering of the securities under the resale registration statement will only be by means of a prospectus.

SAFE HARBOR

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and our future results. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this report, such as statements regarding the closing of the private placement and American Standard’s expectations regarding the use of proceeds from the private placement are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions about future events and involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Important factors (many of which are beyond our control) could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements, including those described in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date hereof. American Standard undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or changes in American Standard’s expectations.

CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:
Andrew Wall, General Counsel
(480) 371-1929

The Best Way To Buy Hot Penny Stocks

Penny stocks means trading in shares which range all the way from a small part of a penny to $5. Penny Stock got their name because they’re worth pennies on the buck. The share costs can infrequently appears quite silly. For instance, a stock dealing for $.0001 might appear peculiar to you. The majority of the folks haven’t any idea that stocks can be traded at that cost. Nonetheless the largest advantage of these stocks is that you should purchase a billion shares of a stock at those costs. If your stock shows an increase of ten percent, then you may have lots of cash. Many of them grow swiftly in comparison to regular stocks.

Making an investment in penny stock can offer you amazing reward potential. Nonetheless they can also prove more risky than other investments. The real reason why they’re seen to be dangerous is perhaps because many of those have risen from just twenty-five cents to twenty bucks while there are only a few others which have become meaningless. They’re also apparently a dangerous venture since the corporations didn’t provide detailed info on the penny stocks and also info about the firms itself.

Still, purchasing and trading penny stock can bring glorious returns on investment. If you do careful research you can significantly cut back the amount of risk concerned. A penny stock is often referred to as a micro-cap stock and they’re traded as over the counter stocks and usually you may pay broker’s charge on the proportion of the total sale instead of a straight exchange charge.

It is far better purchase a selection of penny stocks which should give you a space for expansion as well as risk. Take for instance, if you purchase 10 different stocks and have 9 that either fail or stay stagnant. Still, you can make tons of cash regardless of if one of those 10 penny stocks goes thru the roof. This is the target and dream about each individual who buys penny stocks. Penny stock investment should be your side spare time interest and it can harvest benefits relying on the company and their rate of growth.

Hot penny stocks are those which are positioned to make gigantic gains. These are the tiny cap penny stocks which may be on the edge of a big breakout. There are few sites which offer you update on hot penny stocks. You can always subscribe to their services for a free newsletter.

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Recent Stock Recomendations-Seven Summits

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Seven Summits Research issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for GM, OXY, KGC, DRC, and MICC.

To see what our analysts have discovered about these stocks read the Seven Summits Strategic Investments’ PriceWatch Alerts at http://www.iotogo.com/s/053111B (Note: You may have to copy this link into your browser then press the [ENTER] key.)

Today’s PriceWatch Alerts cover the following stocks: General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY), Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE: KGC), Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE: DRC), and Millicom International Cellular SA (Nasdaq: MICC).

In today’s unsure markets these brief PriceWatch Alerts contain concise detailed strategies for each covered stock and include position protection tactics designed to potentially defend investors from unexpected market shifts. While other market reports only provide stock news and opinion, we offer strategies that position investments against uncertainty and increase chances of making a profit, even if a stock goes down.

“Our PriceWatch Alerts go beyond other market reports. Along with a brief concise overview, each PriceWatch Alert provides useful strategies, which ensure potential investments are protected with basic hedging techniques,” says Reid Stratton, Seven Summits Senior Analyst. “These brief company reports contain information that can benefit expert and novice investors who want to stay ahead of the market.”

For essential information on stocks poised to move go to: http://www.iotogo.com/s/053111B for Seven Summits Strategic Investments’ PriceWatch Alerts.

Seven Summits Investment Research is an independent investment research group, which focuses on the U.S. equities and options markets. Our analytical tools, screening techniques, rigorous research methods and committed staff provide solid information to help our clients make the best possible investment decisions. For more information go to www.SevenSummitsInvestmentResearch.com . CRD# 137114

All stocks and options shown are examples only– not recommendations to buy or sell. Our picks do not represent a positive or negative outlook on any security.  Potential returns do not take into account your trade size, brokerage commissions or taxes–expenses that will affect actual investment returns. Stocks and options involve risk, thus they are not suitable for all investors. Prior to buying or selling options, a person should request a copy of Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options available from Catherine at 800-698-9101 or at http://www.cboe.com/Resources/Intro.aspx . Privacy policy available upon request.

http://www.sevensummitsstrategicinvestments.com

Vista Gold Corp. (TSX & NYSE Amex Equities:  VGZ) (“Vista” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced offering of 9,000,000 common shares of Vista (“Common Shares“) at a price of C$3.30 per Common Share (the “Issue Price“) for aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of C$29,700,000 (the “Offering“).  The Offering was completed on a bought deal basis with GMP Securities L.P. and Wellington West Capital Markets Inc. as underwriters (the “Underwriters“).  The Common Shares were sold in Canada by way of a prospectus supplement to Vista’s existing base shelf prospectus dated April 27, 2009 and filed with the securities commissions in all of the provinces and territories of Canada (other than the Province of Quebec) and were sold in the United States by way of a prospectus supplement to the Company’s base shelf prospectus included in the Company’s shelf registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC“) on April 27, 2009.

As part of the Offering, Vista granted the Underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 1,350,000 Common Shares at the Issue Price.  The over-allotment option remains exercisable at any time up to May 20, 2011.

As compensation to the Underwriters in connection with the Offering, Vista paid to the Underwriters a cash commission of C$1,485,000 and granted the Underwriters 450,000 compensation options (the “Compensation Options“).  Each Compensation Option is exercisable until April 20, 2013 to purchase one Common Share at the Issue Price.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering as follows: (i) advancement of the Mt. Todd Project; (ii) exploration at the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold-silver project; (iii) permitting process at the Concordia gold project; and (iv) general corporate administration purposes of the Company.

Vista has filed a prospectus supplement to its base shelf prospectus with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Quebec, and a prospectus supplement to its base prospectus in its shelf registration statement with the SEC.  You may obtain a copy of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying base shelf prospectus filed in Canada from GMP Securities L.P. (fax (416) 943-6134 or request a copy by telephone at (416) 943-6130). You may obtain a copy of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus filed in the United States from Griffiths McBurney Corp. c/o GMP Securities L.P. Attn: Equity Capital Markets, 145 King St. W., Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 1J8, Canada, email your request to ecm@gmponline.com or fax your request to (416) 943-6134.

About Vista Gold Corp.

Vista is focused on the development of the Mt. Todd gold project in Northern Territory, Australia, and the Concordia gold project in Baja California Sur, Mexico, to achieve its goal of becoming a gold producer. Vista’s other holdings include the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold-silver project in Mexico, the Awak Mas gold project in Indonesia, and the Long Valley gold project in California.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Vista expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including such things as, the intended use of the net proceeds of the Offering and other such matters are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information.  When used in this press release, the words “optimistic,” “potential,” “indicate,” “expect,” “intend,” “hopes,” “believe,” “may,” “will,”, “could”, “if,” “anticipate,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and forward-looking information.  These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Vista to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements.  Such factors include, among others, uncertainty of resource estimates, estimates of results based on such resource estimates; risks relating to cost increases for capital and operating costs; risks relating to delays in the completion of the drilling program, risks related to the adequacy of the design of the drilling program, risks related to the ability to obtain the necessary permits, risks of shortages and fluctuating costs of equipment or supplies; risks relating to fluctuations in the price of gold; the inherently hazardous nature of mining-related activities; potential effects on Vista’s operations of environmental regulations in the countries in which it operates; risks due to legal proceedings; risks relating to political and economic instability in certain countries in which it operates; as well as those factors discussed under the headings “Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Vista’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed on March 14, 2011, and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities.  Although Vista has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements and forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  Except as required by law, Vista assumes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information; whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information, please contact Connie Martinez at (720) 981-1185.

http://www.vistagold.com

Dreyfus Integrates Unique Mutual Fund Strategy

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Two BNY Mellon Asset Management Boutiques Collaborate in Emerging Markets Strategy Encompassing Equities, Bonds, Currencies

The Dreyfus Corporation (Dreyfus), part of BNY Mellon Asset Management, announced today that it has launched the Dreyfus Total Emerging Markets Fund, an actively managed mutual fund that seeks to create a portfolio comprised of the most attractive opportunities in emerging markets equities, bonds and currencies.

Dreyfus, the fund’s investment adviser, will use the combined investment strategy employed by Dreyfus portfolio managers who are dual employees of Standish Mellon Asset Management Company LLC (Standish) and The Boston Company Asset Management, LLC (TBCAM), both investment boutiques of BNY Mellon Asset Management.  The fund’s portfolio managers responsible for the fund’s equity investments and those responsible for fixed income investments will share asset allocation and country selection decisions.  Standish’s investment strategy will be used for purposes of making decisions related to fixed income securities and currencies.  TBCAM’s investment strategy will be used for purposes of making investment decisions related to equities.

The strategy is integrated since the fund’s portfolio managers will jointly assess investment opportunities in each emerging markets country by asset class as opposed to simply deciding on the overall asset allocation split for the entire portfolio and then managing the equity and fixed income sleeves separately.

“This strategy is unique,” said Jon Baum, Chairman and CEO of Dreyfus.  “Dreyfus Total Emerging Markets Fund offers something that you cannot get with a traditional fund-of-funds approach.  The fund’s portfolio managers employ a country-by-country analysis to assess the risk and return expectations for equities, bonds and currencies.  The fund’s assets are then allocated to the more attractive emerging market asset classes, countries and individual securities.”

“There is not a lot of overlap between the emerging markets equity and fixed income universe – only about a 50% intersection,” Baum continued.  “This integrated approach offers the potential for an expanded investment universe and, therefore, an investor has the potential to diversify its country level risk – an important factor in emerging markets investing.”

To pursue its goal, Dreyfus Total Emerging Markets Fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in the securities of emerging market issuers and other investments that are tied economically to emerging market countries.  The fund’s portfolio managers have experience with investing in emerging markets equities, local currency and U.S. dollar-denominated emerging markets bonds, and currencies.  For each asset class, security selection is based on an established investment process.

Sean P. Fitzgibbon, CFA, and Alexander Kozhemiakin, Ph.D., CFA, serve as the fund’s primary portfolio managers responsible for the fund’s equity and fixed income investments, respectively.   Fitzgibbon is a senior managing director, portfolio manager, research analyst and head of the global core equity team at TBCAM.  Kozhemiakin is the managing director of emerging market strategies and a senior portfolio manager at Standish.  Fitzgibbon and Kozhemiakin also are employees of Dreyfus and manage the fund in that capacity.

For further information on Dreyfus Total Emerging Markets Fund, contact 1-800-554-4611.

-The ability of the fund to achieve its investment goal depends, in part, on the ability of the fund’s portfolio managers to allocate effectively the fund’s assets among emerging market equities, bonds and currencies. There can be no assurance that the actual allocations will be effective in achieving the fund’s investment goal.

-Equity funds are subject generally to market, market sector, liquidity, issuer, and investment style risks, among other factors, to varying degrees.

-Bond funds are subject to interest rate, credit, liquidity, call, derivative and market risks in varying degrees. Generally, bond prices move in the opposite direction of interest rate changes.

-Investing internationally involves special risks, including changes in currency exchange rates, political, economic and social instability, a lack of comprehensive company information, differing auditing and legal standards and less market liquidity. These risks are generally greater with emerging market countries than with more economically and politically established foreign countries.

-Because the fund invests primarily in emerging markets issuers, the fund’s performance is expected to be closely tied to social, political and economic conditions within those markets and to be more volatile than the performance of more geographically diversified funds.

-Investments in foreign currencies are subject to the risk that those currencies will decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar, or, in the case of hedged positions, that the U.S. dollar will decline relative to the currency being hedged. Foreign currencies are also subject to risks caused by inflation, interest rates, budget deficits and low savings rates, political factors and government interaction and control.

-The use of derivative instruments, such as options, futures and options on futures, forward contracts, swaps, options on swaps, and other credit derivatives, involves risks different from, or possibly greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in the underlying assets. A small investment in derivatives could have a potentially large impact on the fund’s performance.

For more complete information on the fund, including investment risks associated with an investment in the fund, please refer to the fund’s prospectus.

Notes to Editors:

The Dreyfus Corporation, established in 1951 and headquartered in New York City, is one of the nation’s leading asset management and distribution companies, currently managing more than $400 billion in mutual funds and separately managed accounts.

Standish Mellon Asset Management Company LLC, with $79 billion of assets under management, provides investment management services across a broad spectrum of fixed income asset classes. These include corporate credit (investment-grade and high-yield), emerging markets debt (dollar-denominated and local currency), core / core plus and opportunistic (U.S. and global) strategies. Of its total assets under management, $8.5 billion constitutes emerging market debt mandates.  Standish also offers full service capabilities in Insurance and Global Workout Solutions. The firm also includes assets managed by Standish personnel acting as dual officers of The Dreyfus Corporation and The Bank of New York Mellon.

The Boston Company Asset Management, LLC, a BNY Mellon Asset Management investment boutique, manages $39 billion in assets for more than 450 clients worldwide.  Of its total assets under management, $10.5 billion constitutes emerging market mandates. The firm specializes in providing a broad range of actively managed U.S., global, emerging markets and alternative products with a fundamentally based approach to security research implemented in a consistent and disciplined fashion. It provides investment management services for corporate, public, mutual funds and Taft-Hartley retirement plans, endowments and foundations. The firm also includes assets managed by The Boston Company personnel acting as dual officers of The Dreyfus Corporation and The Bank of New York Mellon.

BNY Mellon Asset Management is the umbrella organization for BNY Mellon’s affiliated investment management firms and global distribution companies.

BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets.  BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services through a worldwide client-focused team.  It has $25.0 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.17 trillion in assets under management, services $12.0 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.6 trillion per day.  BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK).  Additional information is available at www.bnymellon.com.

All information source BNY Mellon Asset Management as of December 31, 2010. This press release is qualified for issuance in the US only and is for information purposes only. It does not constitute an offer or solicitation of securities or investment services or an endorsement thereof in any jurisdiction or in any circumstance in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful or not authorized. This press release is issued by BNY Mellon Asset Management to members of the financial press and media and the information contained herein should not be construed as investment advice.  Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

A BNY Mellon Company(SM)

CONTACT: Patrice M. Kozlowski, +1-212-922-6030, kozlowski.pm@dreyfus.com

Web Site: http://www.bnymellon.com

The Board of Directors of Peoples Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: PEBO) yesterday declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per common share, payable April 18, 2011, to common shareholders of record on April 4, 2011.

The first quarter dividend represents a payout of approximately $1.1 million based on 10.5 million common shares currently outstanding and an annualized dividend yield of 3.32% based on the closing stock price of Peoples’ common shares of $12.05 on March 24, 2011.

Peoples also announced it intends to release first quarter 2011 results of operations before the market opens on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, and host a facilitated conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time on the same date.  A simultaneous Webcast of the conference call audio will be available on Peoples’ website, www.peoplesbancorp.com, in the “Investor Relations” section.

Peoples Bancorp Inc. is a diversified financial products and services company with $1.8 billion in assets, 47 locations and 40 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.  Peoples makes available a complete line of banking, investment, insurance, and trust solutions through its financial service units – Peoples Bank, National Association; Peoples Financial Advisors (a division of Peoples Bank) and Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC, which includes the Putnam and Barengo divisions.  Peoples’ common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market® under the symbol “PEBO”, and Peoples is a member of the Russell 3000 index of US publicly traded companies.  Learn more about Peoples at www.peoplesbancorp.com.

CONTACT: Edward G. Sloane, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, +1-740-373-3155

Web Site: http://www.peoplesbancorp.com

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