A Buyer's Guide To Dividend Stocks In This Market

Now’s a great time for dividend investing.

Tomorrow alone, dozens of Wall Street’s biggest names go ex-dividend, including Bank of America (BAC), Coach Inc. (COH), Halliburton Co. (HAL), Kimberly-Clark (KMB), PepsiCo (PEP) and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT). While the ship has passed to get in on these dividend payments, there is plenty more from where that came from. The final few weeks of 2013 are chock full of ex-dividend dates.

But a word of caution to yield seekers: Dividend stocks have become more volatile of late. So if you want to pad your portfolio with extra income—without adding risk—you’ll need to carefully screen each dividend stock you’re thinking of buying. The good news is that I’ve done much of the work already.

So without further ado, here’s a listing of the big ex-dividend dates that are coming up, as well as my analysis on whether each stock is a buy at current prices.

Dividend Dates To Keep On Your Radar

Ticker Company Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Dividend Payment My Take
BBY Best Buy Co. 1.66% 12/6/2013 $0.17 Strong Buy
HPQ Hewlett-Packard  2.12% 12/9/2013 $0.15 Strong Buy
LUV Southwest Airlines 0.86% 12/10/2013 $0.04 Strong Buy
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific  0.60% 12/12/2013 $0.15 Strong Buy
WLP WellPoint 1.60% 12/5/2013 $0.38 Strong Buy
ADP Automatic Data Processing 2.41% 12/11/2013 $0.48 Buy
KSS Kohl’s Corp. 2.54% 12/9/2013 $0.35 Buy
M Macy’s Inc. 1.91% 12/11/2013 $0.25 Buy
NKE NIKE Inc. 1.21% 12/12/2013 $0.24 Buy
VFC V.F. Corporation 1.78% 12/6/2013 $1.05 Buy
CBS CBS Corp. 0.82% 12/9/2013 $0.12 Hold
FDX FedEx Corp. 0.43% 12/10/2013 $0.15 Hold
MRK Merck & Co. 3.51% 12/12/2013 $0.44 Hold
ROST Ross Stores 0.91% 12/9/2013 $0.17 Hold
TIF Tiffany & Co. 1.54% 12/12/2013 $0.34 Hold
A Agilent Technologies 0.90% 12/27/2013 $0.13 Sell
APC Anadarko Petroleum  0.81% 12/9/2013 $0.18 Sell


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