Prepare for the Next Dividend Rush

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. Note: These ratings are based on the Dividend Grader system, which follows different criteria than the Portfolio Grader system. For more information on the Dividend Grader formula, click here.

Dividend Stocks to Buy
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
AFSI AmTrust Financial Services Inc. 4.7% 6/29/2017 $0.17
APD Air Products and Chemicals Inc. 2.4% 6/29/2017 $0.95
AXS Axis Capital Holdings Limited 2.2% 6/28/2017 $0.38
BEN Franklin Resources Inc. 1.7% 6/28/2017 $0.20
BGS B&G Foods Inc. 4.8% 6/28/2017 $0.44
BRX Brixmor Property Group Inc. 5.5% 7/03/2017 $0.26
CAH Cardinal Health Inc. 2.4% 6/29/2017 $0.46
CBL CBL & Associates Properties Inc. 12.5% 6/28/2017 $0.27
CBRL Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. 2.8% 7/12/2017 $4.73
CMCSA Comcast Corp. 1.4% 6/30/2017 $0.16
COR CoreSite Realty Corp. 2.4% 6/28/2017 $0.82
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 3.4% 7/05/2017 $0.29
DE Deere & Company 1.9% 6/28/2017 $0.60
DFT DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. 3.1% 6/29/2017 $0.50
DG Dollar General Corp. 1.4% 7/07/2017 $0.26
DGX Quest Diagnostics Incorporated 1.6% 7/06/2017 $0.45
DOX Amdocs Limited 1.2% 6/28/2017 $0.22
EIX Edison International 2.5% 6/28/2017 $0.54
FL Foot Locker Inc. 2.2% 7/12/2017 $0.31
GNTX Gentex Corp. 2.0% 7/03/2017 $0.09
GPS Gap Inc. 4.0% 6/30/2017 $0.23
GRMN Garmin Ltd. 4.0% 9/13/2017 $0.51
HAS Hasbro Inc. 1.9% 7/28/2017 $0.57
HLS HealthSouth Corp. 2.0% 6/29/2017 $0.24
HRL Hormel Foods Corp. 1.9% 7/13/2017 $0.17
HST Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. 4.5% 6/28/2017 $0.20
ICE Intercontinental Exchange Inc. 1.1% 9/13/2017 $0.20
IFF International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. 1.8% 6/22/2017 $0.62
INGR Ingredion Incorporated 1.6% 6/28/2017 $0.50
ITW Illinois Tool Works Inc. 1.7% 6/28/2017 $0.64
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. 2.3% 7/03/2017 $0.50
KW Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc. 3.3% 6/28/2017 $0.17
LECO Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. 1.4% 6/28/2017 $0.35
LHO LaSalle Hotel Properties 5.8% 6/28/2017 $0.45
LNC Lincoln National Corp. 1.6% 7/06/2017 $0.29
LOW Lowe’s Companies Inc. 1.8% 7/24/2017 $0.37
MAIN Main Street Capital Corp. 5.7% 6/28/2017 $0.55
MDLZ Mondelez International Inc. 1.6% 6/28/2017 $0.24
MMC Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. 1.7% 7/07/2017 $0.35
MON Monsanto Company 1.8% 7/05/2017 $0.37
MTN Vail Resorts Inc. 1.7% 6/26/2017 $1.05
NTAP NetApp Inc. 2.0% 7/05/2017 $0.20
OC Owens Corning 1.2% 7/13/2017 $0.13
PK Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. 1.6% 6/28/2017 $0.39
PRA ProAssurance Corp. 2.0% 6/23/2017 $0.31
RBC Regal Beloit Corp 1.2% 6/28/2017 $0.26
RJF Raymond James Financial Inc. 1.1% 6/29/2017 $0.22
RLJ RLJ Lodging Trust 6.3% 6/28/2017 $0.35
ROK Rockwell Automation Inc. 1.8% 8/10/2017 $0.75
RTN Raytheon Company 1.8% 6/30/2017 $0.76
SAIC Science Applications International Corp. 1.8% 7/12/2017 $0.31
SHO Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. 4.1% 6/28/2017 $0.05
SIG Signet Jewelers Limited 1.8% 7/26/2017 $0.31
SSD Simpson Manufacturing Co. Inc. 1.7% 7/03/2017 $0.18
STLD Steel Dynamics Inc. 1.7% 6/28/2017 $0.16
STT State Street Corp. 1.7% 6/29/2017 $0.38
TGT Target Corp. 4.6% 8/14/2017 $0.62
TJX TJX Companies Inc 1.5% 8/08/2017 $0.29
TRN Trinity Industries Inc. 1.6% 7/12/2017 $0.11
TSN Tyson Foods Inc. 1.3% 8/30/2017 $0.24
TWO Two Harbors Investment Corp. 9.2% 6/28/2017 $0.25
UFS Domtar Corp. 4.5% 6/29/2017 $0.42
UTX United Technologies Corp. 2.2% 8/16/2017 $0.69
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 4.9% 7/06/2017 $0.58

Dividend Stocks to Hold
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
ADC Agree Realty Corp. 4.1% 6/28/2017 $0.51
ALV Autoliv Inc. 2.1% 8/21/2017 $0.59
ARI Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance Inc. 9.7% 6/28/2017 $0.46
AXP American Express Company 1.5% 7/05/2017 $0.32
BANF BancFirst Corp. 1.5% 6/28/2017 $0.38
BG Bunge Limited 2.2% 8/18/2017 $0.42
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 2.8% 7/05/2017 $0.39
BXMT Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc. 7.7% 6/28/2017 $0.62
CB Chubb Limited 1.9% 6/28/2017 $0.72
CIM Chimera Investment Corp. 10.1% 6/28/2017 $0.50
CLX Clorox Company 2.3% 7/17/2017 $0.82
CPT Camden Property Trust 3.4% 6/28/2017 $0.76
CUBE CubeSmart 3.9% 6/29/2017 $0.27
DOW Dow Chemical Company 2.9% 6/28/2017 $0.48
ELS Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. 2.0% 6/28/2017 $0.49
ERIE Erie Indemnity Company 2.4% 7/03/2017 $0.78
ESS Essex Property Trust Inc. 2.5% 6/28/2017 $1.75
FR First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. 2.6% 6/28/2017 $0.21
GD General Dynamics Corp. 1.5% 7/05/2017 $0.84
GGG Graco Inc. 1.2% 7/13/2017 $0.35
GGP GGP Inc. 3.4% 7/11/2017 $0.22
INDB Independent Bank Corp. 1.8% 6/22/2017 $0.32
IVR Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc. 9.4% 6/23/2017 $0.40
MORE Monogram Residential Trust Inc 3.0% 6/28/2017 $0.08
MSFT Microsoft Corp. 2.2% 8/15/2017 $0.38
NHI National Health Investors Inc. 4.7% 6/28/2017 $0.95
NLY Annaly Capital Management Inc. 9.4% 6/28/2017 $0.30
NUE Nucor Corp. 2.7% 6/28/2017 $0.38
PCG PG&E Corp. 2.8% 6/28/2017 $0.51
PDCO Patterson Companies Inc. 2.1% 7/12/2017 $0.26
PEGI Pattern Energy Group Inc. 6.8% 6/28/2017 $0.42
PNR Pentair plc 2.1% 7/19/2017 $0.35
POR Portland General Electric Company 2.7% 6/22/2017 $0.34
RSG Republic Services Inc. 1.9% 6/29/2017 $0.31
SWX Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. 2.4% 8/11/2017 $0.50
SYK Stryker Corp. 1.1% 6/28/2017 $0.42
WGL WGL Holdings Inc. 2.3% 7/06/2017 $0.51
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 2.7% 8/09/2017 $0.52

Dividend Stocks to Sell
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
ABM ABM Industries Incorporated 1.6% 7/03/2017 $0.17
ABT Abbott Laboratories 2.2% 7/12/2017 $0.28
AEO American Eagle Outfitters Inc. 4.3% 7/05/2017 $0.13
AGNC AGNC Investment Corp. 10.2% 6/28/2017 $0.54
AKR Acadia Realty Trust 3.7% 6/28/2017 $0.26
APA Apache Corp. 2.0% 7/19/2017 $0.25
ARE Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. 2.8% 6/28/2017 $0.83
AVB AvalonBay Communities Inc. 2.8% 6/28/2017 $1.42
BDN Brandywine Realty Trust 3.7% 7/05/2017 $0.16
BRC Brady Corp. 2.3% 7/06/2017 $0.21
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 2.9% 7/18/2017 $0.88
CHH Choice Hotels International Inc. 1.3% 6/29/2017 $0.22
CHSP Chesapeake Lodging Trust 6.4% 6/28/2017 $0.40
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 2.1% 7/14/2017 $0.40
CLI Mack-Cali Realty Corp. 2.1% 7/03/2017 $0.16
CNSL Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. 7.2% 7/12/2017 $0.39
CONE CyrusOne Inc. 2.7% 6/28/2017 $0.42
CTRE CareTrust REIT Inc 3.6% 6/28/2017 $0.19
CVA Covanta Holding Corp. 7.0% 6/27/2017 $0.25
CY Cypress Semiconductor Corp. 3.4% 6/27/2017 $0.00
DCT DCT Industrial Trust Inc. 2.2% 6/28/2017 $0.31
DEI Douglas Emmett, Inc 2.3% 6/28/2017 $0.23
DOC Physicians Realty Trust 4.2% 6/29/2017 $0.23
DRH DiamondRock Hospitality Company 4.3% 6/28/2017 $0.14
EPR EPR Properties 5.2% 6/28/2017 $1.02
EQR Equity Residential 2.9% 6/22/2017 $0.50
FCPT Four Corners Property Trust Inc. 3.8% 6/28/2017 $0.24
FMBI First Midwest Bancorp Inc. 1.5% 6/28/2017 $0.09
GPT Gramercy Property Trust 4.7% 6/28/2017 $0.38
GVA Granite Construction Incorporated 1.1% 6/28/2017 $0.11
HASI Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital 5.4% 7/03/2017 $0.33
HP Helmerich & Payne Inc. 5.1% 8/16/2017 $0.70
HTA Healthcare Trust of America Inc. 3.7% 6/30/2017 $0.30
JCI Johnson Controls International plc 2.3% 6/26/2017 $0.25
KIM Kimco Realty Corp. 5.7% 7/03/2017 $0.27
KRC Kilroy Realty Corp. 2.0% 6/28/2017 $0.42
KRG Kite Realty Group Trust 6.3% 7/03/2017 $0.30
KS KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. 1.9% 6/27/2017 $0.10
LPT Liberty Property Trust 4.3% 6/29/2017 $0.40
LXP Lexington Realty Trust 6.8% 6/28/2017 $0.18
MAA Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. 3.1% 7/12/2017 $0.87
MAT Mattel Inc. 7.3% 8/21/2017 $0.38
MFA MFA Financial Inc. 9.3% 6/27/2017 $0.20
MGP MGM Growth Properties LLC 4.9% 6/28/2017 $0.40
MRVL Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 1.4% 6/30/2017 $0.06
NFG National Fuel Gas Company 2.7% 6/28/2017 $0.42
NI NiSource Inc 2.6% 7/27/2017 $0.18
O Realty Income Corp. 4.3% 6/29/2017 $0.63
OFC Corporate Office Properties Trust 3.1% 6/28/2017 $0.28
PEB Pebblebrook Hotel Trust 4.5% 6/28/2017 $0.39
PGRE Paramount Group Inc. 2.3% 6/28/2017 $0.10
PSEC Prospect Capital Corp. 12.4% 6/28/2017 $0.25
RAVN Raven Industries Inc. 1.5% 7/05/2017 $0.13
REXR Rexford Industrial Realty Inc. 2.0% 6/28/2017 $0.15
RGLD Royal Gold Inc. 1.3% 7/05/2017 $0.24
RPAI Retail Properties of America Inc. 5.4% 6/22/2017 $0.17
SRC Spirit Realty Capital Inc. 9.2% 6/28/2017 $0.18
SRG Seritage Growth Properties 2.4% 6/28/2017 $0.25
STAG STAG Industrial Inc. 5.0% 6/28/2017 $0.35
STOR STORE Capital Corp. 5.4% 6/28/2017 $0.29
STWD Starwood Property Trust Inc. 8.5% 6/28/2017 $0.48
SUI Sun Communities Inc. 2.9% 6/28/2017 $0.66
SYY Sysco Corp. 2.4% 7/05/2017 $0.33
TOWN TowneBank 1.7% 6/28/2017 $0.14
TRNO Terreno Realty Corp. 2.4% 7/05/2017 $0.20
UMPQ Umpqua Holdings Corp. 3.5% 6/28/2017 $0.16
UNIT Uniti Group Inc 9.0% 6/28/2017 $0.60
VER VEREIT Inc. 6.6% 6/28/2017 $0.14
WDC Western Digital Corp. 2.3% 6/28/2017 $0.50
WFM Whole Foods Market Inc. 1.3% 6/28/2017 $0.17
WLTW Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company 1.3% 6/28/2017 $0.53
WPC W. P. Carey Inc. 5.8% 6/28/2017 $1.00
XHR Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc. 5.5% 6/28/2017 $0.28
XRX Xerox Corp. 4.1% 6/28/2017 $0.24
YUM Yum! Brands Inc. 2.2% 7/12/2017 $0.30

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.

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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