Prepare For the Dividend Rush With These 41 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 often 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. In order, they’re listed by Dividend Grader rating: A (dark green), B (light green), C (yellow), D (light red) and F (dark red). As and Bs are solid buys, Cs are holds and Ds and Fs are sells.

Symbol Company Ex-Dividend Pay Date Dividend Yield
AMGN Amgen 11-Feb 8-Mar $1.00 2.65%
BA Boeing Co. 10-Feb 4-Mar $1.09 3.31%
CALM Cal-Maine Foods 25-Jan 11-Feb $0.75 6.36%
F Ford Motor Company 14-Jan 1-Mar $0.25 4.67%
GBX Greenbrier Co. 15-Jan 10-Feb $0.20 2.91%
HRL Hormel Foods 14-Jan 16-Feb $0.29 1.46%
LOW Lowe’s 15-Jan 3-Feb $0.28 1.53%
PIR Pier 1 Imports, Inc. 15-Jan 3-Feb $0.07 6.35%
TEP Tallgrass Energy Partners LP 27-Jan 12-Feb $0.64 7.02%
TJX TJX Companies 9-Feb 3-Mar $0.21 1.22%
TSN Tyson Foods 26-Feb 15-Mar $0.15 1.12%
TYC Tyco International 20-Jan 17-Feb $0.21 2.68%
WSM Williams Sonoma 22-Jan 24-Feb $0.35 2.62%
Symbol Company Ex-Dividend Pay Date Dividend Yield
ADT ADT Corp 25-Jan 17-Feb $0.22 2.99%
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 15-Jan 20-Feb $0.77 5.00%
CLB Core Labs NV 20-Jan 19-Feb $0.55 2.28%
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 19-Feb 8-Mar $0.75 3.05%
PAA Plains All American Pipeline L.P. 27-Jan 12-Feb $0.70 12.75%
PNC PNC Financial 14-Jan 5-Feb $0.51 2.29%
QCOM Qualcomm, Inc. 29-Feb 23-Mar $0.48 4.13%
SIG Signet Jewelers 28-Jan 26-Feb $0.22 0.69%
SIMO Silicon Motion Technology Corp. 12-Feb 26-Feb $0.15 1.74%
Symbol Company Ex-Dividend Pay Date Dividend Yield
ALV Autoliv Inc. 16-Feb 3-Mar $0.56 1.95%
BG Bunge Ltd. 12-Feb 2-Mar $0.38 2.33%
BMO Bank of Montreal 28-Jan 26-Feb $0.82 6.31%
DUK Duke Energy 10-Feb 16-Mar $0.83 4.63%
LLY Eli Lilly 10-Feb 10-Mar $0.51 2.54%
MET MetLife 3-Feb 14-Mar $0.38 3.57%
MSFT Microsoft 16-Feb 10-Mar $0.36 2.73%
PFE Pfizer 3-Feb 2-Mar $0.30 3.87%
Symbol Company Ex-Dividend Pay Date Dividend Yield
AYI Acuity Brands 15-Jan 1-Feb $0.13 0.25%
COG Cabot Oil & Gas 27-Jan 12-Feb $0.02 0.52%
ENB Enbridge Inc. 11-Feb 1-Mar $0.53 6.79%
MCO Moody’s Corp 17-Feb 10-Mar $0.37 1.62%
PG Procter & Gamble 20-Jan 22-Feb $0.66 3.46%
ZTS Zoetis Inc. 19-Jan 1-Mar $0.10 0.85%
Symbol Company Ex-Dividend Pay Date Dividend Yield
APA Apache Corp 20-Jan 22-Feb $0.25 2.82%
CAG ConAgra Foods 27-Jan 1-Mar $0.25 2.46%
CBT Cabot Corp 24-Feb 11-Mar $0.22 2.33%
XEC Cimarex Energy 10-Feb 1-Mar $0.16 0.80%

As you can see, there are plenty of promising dividend stocks to buy, but there are also many pitfalls here. As always, you should continue running your holdings through both Portfolio Grader and Dividend Grader to make sure that you’re only holding top-rated stocks.


Louis Navellier

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