Prepare For the Dividend Rush With These 33 Stocks

In this low interest rate environment, dividends are still looking great. After all, the S&P 500 currently yields about 2%, and that is a heck of a lot better than you can get through most savings accounts. On top of this, dividends do two important things:

  1. First, a generous dividend payment lowers a stock’s volatility. I’d much rather own a stock that’s stable rather than one that scatters all over the place.
  2. They also tell me how much money a company really has. If the company is willing to part with cash in the form of a dividend payment, then I know they really earned it.

But you still have to do your homework and screen dividend stocks for fundamental health. Stock selection remains critical with dividend stocks, because if you choose them correctly, you can make a fortune both as your invested capital appreciates over the years—and as the quarterly dividend grows.

And now is the perfect time to do so because we’re coming up on a bunch of ex-dividend dates over the next few weeks. I’ve listed the big dividends below, as well as my current Portfolio Grader ranking for each of these stocks.

Symbol Company Name Ex-Dividend Pay Date Dividend Yield My Ratings
AAPL Apple Inc. 5-Feb 13-Feb $0.47 1.58% Strong Buy
BAH Booz Allen Hamilton 6-Feb 27-Feb $0.13 1.80% Strong Buy
COST Costco 5-Feb 27-Feb $5.00 0.97% Strong Buy
DUK Duke Energy 11-Feb 16-Mar $0.80 3.66% Strong Buy
HBI Hanesbrands Inc. 5-Feb 3-Mar $0.40 1.08% Strong Buy
HCP HCP Inc. 5-Feb 24-Feb $0.57 4.79% Strong Buy
KR Kroger 11-Feb 1-Mar $0.19 0.95% Strong Buy
SIMO Silicon Motion Technology 10-Feb 20-Feb $0.15 1.76% Strong Buy
SONC Sonic Corp. 9-Feb 20-Feb $0.09 1.21% Strong Buy
Symbol Company Name Ex-Dividend Pay Date Dividend Yield My Ratings
AAL American Airlines Group 5-Feb 23-Feb $0.10 0.21% Buy
BA Boeing Co. 11-Feb 6-Mar $0.91 2.49% Buy
BX Blackstone Group 5-Feb 17-Feb $0.78 8.37% Buy
DD DuPont 11-Feb 13-Mar $0.47 2.63% Buy
MMM 3M 11-Feb 12-Mar $1.03 2.49% Buy
PZZA Papa John’s International 5-Feb 20-Feb $0.14 0.80% Buy
RKT Rock-Tenn Corp. 6-Feb 23-Feb $0.19 1.15% Buy
TGT Target 13-Feb 10-Mar $0.52 2.80% Buy
TJX TJX Companies 10-Feb 5-Mar $0.18 1.06% Buy
V Visa 11-Feb 3-Mar $0.48 0.75% Buy
Symbol Company Name Ex-Dividend Pay Date Dividend Yield My Ratings
AMP Ameriprise Financial 5-Feb 27-Feb $0.58 1.80% Hold
GG Goldcorp. 10-Feb 20-Feb $0.05 2.45% Hold
GWW W.W. Grainger 5-Feb 1-Mar $1.08 1.80% Hold
SCHW Charles Schwab Corp. 5-Feb 20-Feb $0.06 0.90% Hold
SJM The J.M. Smucker Co. 11-Feb 2-Mar $0.14 2.15% Hold
STX Seagate Technology 6-Feb 24-Feb $0.54 3.74% Hold
VLO Valero Energy Corp. 9-Feb 3-Mar $0.40 2.94% Hold
XEC Cimarex 11-Feb 2-Mar $0.16 0.60% Hold
Symbol Company Name Ex-Dividend Pay Date Dividend Yield My Ratings
COF Capitol one Financial 5-Feb 23-Feb $0.30 1.61% Sell
CVX Chevron Corp. 12-Feb 10-Mar $1.07 4.04% Sell
HP Helmerich Payne 11-Feb 2-Mar $0.69 4.32% Sell
IBM IBM Corp. 6-Feb 10-Mar $1.10 2.84% Sell
NBL Noble Energy 5-Feb 23-Feb $0.18 1.45% Sell
XOM Exxon Mobil 6-Feb 10-Mar $0.69 3.08% Sell

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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