3 boring stocks with exciting dividends
If you're looking for eye-popping payouts, look no further.
By James Brumley
In fact, sometimes the best stocks to buy are actually obscure, irrelevant and even downright boring. Boring can often be just what a portfolio needs. . . if the dividends are big enough and reliable enough.
Here are three stocks boasting some of the market's best dividends -- all with with yields much stronger than the (mostly) risk-free 10-year Treasury yield of 2.5%.
What these dividend stocks lack in pizzazz they more than make up for with punch for income seekers.
Take a look:
New York Community Bancorp
Dividend Yield: 6.4%
Based on the tepid dividends being paid by the likes of Bank of America (BAC) or Citigroup (C), it would be easy to assume none of the major banking stocks are doling out much in the way of quarterly payments.
That would be an errant assumption, however.
New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) currently boasts a yield of 6.3% -- and it's not going anywhere either. The company has paid out 25 cents per share dividends every quarter since 2004, even when it wasn't easy to do so.
Heck, even when times were tough and earnings were contracting in 2008, New York Community Bancorp could still afford to share the wealth. That's a sign of prudent cash flow management.
Suburban Propane Partners
Dividend Yield: 7.2%
As the name implies, Suburban Propane Partners (SPH) sells propane via a home-delivery service. It also supplies heating oil, kerosene and natural gas to a variety of individual, industrial and utility customers.
Yes, it's "old school" to say the least.
It's also a fairly-reliable model, however, allowing Suburban Propane Partners to pass along dividends worth 7.2% of the stock's current price.
The yield could about to ramp up, too. Last year, Suburban Propane Partners acquired a company called Inergy, which has already shown an increase in EBITDA. More synergies are likely to be on the way as the integration continues to be hammered out through the end of 2013 and into 2014.
Dividend Yield: 7.4%
Money management firm AllianceBernstein Holding (AB) currently yields 7.4%, but those dividends could -- and likely will -- grow in the foreseeable future.
The nature of the money-management business can ebb and flow considerably, sometimes with the economic cycle, and sometimes apart from it.
One thing is clear, though: AllianceBernstein is capable of putting up big revenue and earnings numbers. When it does, it ups the dividend to reflect those larger profits and wider margins.
And with a 63% increase in last quarter's earnings on top of a $60 million acquisition of another investment firm a couple of months ago, there's room for dividend growth.
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