2016 is looking like it will be another tough year for Standard Chartered (LSE: STAN). Shares in the emerging market focused bank have fallen by 14% since the start of the year, and this fall comes on top of the 41% decline made in 2015.
Shares in education and media company Pearson (LSE: PSON) sank by as much as 15% yesterday morning, after it lowered its full-year profit guidance in a third quarter update, while it's down a further 9% today at the time of writing.
Thanks to rising pressure across both its upstream and downstream operations, I - like most of the City - am convinced that Centrica (LSE: CNA) will be forced to introduce fresh cuts to the full-year dividend.
What: Shares of publishing giant Pearson PLC (ADR) (NYSE:PSO) are up nearly 17% just before market close on January 21, following a pre-market announcement that the company was taking steps to reorganize and cut costs.
Good quality companies that have a long history of outperforming their peers can sometimes falter. Usually, this only happens when a big change, either cyclical or structural, takes place in the market.
Pearson (LSE: PSON) and BHP Billiton (LSE: BLT) look to be two of the FTSE 100's most attractive dividend stocks. Both support dividend yields of more than 7% and based on historic figures, these payouts are covered at least once by earnings per share.