Dr Pepper Snapple Q4 Profit Falls, but Still Beats View; Shares Rise (DPS)

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Beverage giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. ( DPS ) on Thursday posted better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings, sending its shares soaring in premarket trading.

The Plano, TX-based company reported fourth quarter net income of $112 million, or 49 cents per share, compared with $114 million, or 44 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profit was 67 cents per share.

Net sales rose 4% from last year to $1.41 billion.

On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller adjusted profit of 63 cents per share.

Looking ahead, the company forecast full-year 2011 earnings to range from $2.70 to $2.78 per share, while analysts expect $2.72 per share for the year.

Dr Pepper Snapple shares rose $1.50, or +4.4%, in premarket trading Thursday.

The Bottom Line
We recently added shares of Dr.Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS ) to our recommended list. The company has a 2.92% dividend yield, based on last night's closing stock price of $34.25.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. ( DPS ) is a "Recommended" dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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