19 high-quality, high-yield buys
These stocks pay out at least 3%.
One approach that we believe will never go out of style -- regardless of tax policy -- is the focus on reasonably priced quality.
Whatever the conclusion of the current fiscal cliff standoff, higher taxes on dividends will likely be included, in our opinion. Yet, that doesn't mean investors should avoid dividend-paying stocks.
First, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find stocks without a yield, as 80% of the S&P 500 now pay a dividend.
Second, the tax on dividends, at worst, will be equal to that on bonds, in our opinion. And with the yield on bonds near historical lows, and the economy likely to pick up the pace rather than slip back into recession, we believe there is greater risk in owning bonds than dividend-paying stocks.
While we still recommend stocks that pay a dividend, we recommend not "yielding" to temptation. We suggest an investor look to the past, the present and the future when selecting stocks.
Using MarketScope Advisor's stock screening tool, I identified 19 stocks that had three things in common:
- They each had an above-average consistency of increasing their earnings and dividends in each of the past 10 years, as defined by an S&P Capital IQ Quality Rank of A- or higher.
- hey each offer a dividend yield of at least 3.0%, to benefit from compounding and the lower volatility typically offered by higher-yielding issues.
- Each stock needed a favorable investment ranking (a STARS ranking of 4 or 5) by S&P Capital IQ's equity analysts, as analysts won't typically recommend a stock if they think the dividend will be cut. The stocks are listed below.
Darden Restaurants (DRI) -- yielding 3.8%
McDonald's (MCD) -- yielding 3.5%
Altria Group (MO) -- yielding 5.2%
General Mills (GIS) -- yielding 3.2%
Kellogg Co. (K) -- yielding 3.1%
Lorillard (LO) -- yielding 5.1%
PepsiCo (PEP) -- yielding 3.1%
Chevron (CVX) -- yielding 3.4%
TransCanada (TRP) -- yielding 3.8%
The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) -- yielding 4.1%
Abbott Laboratories (ABT) -- yielding 3.1%
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) -- yielding 3.5%
Norfolk Southern (NSC) -- yielding 3.5%
Waste Management (WM) -- yielding 4.4%
Automatic Data Processing (ADP) -- yielding 3.1%
Microsoft (MSFT) -- yielding 3.4%
Nextera Energy (NEE) -- yielding 3.5%
South Jersey Industries (SJI) -- yielding 3.7%
UGI Corp. (UGI) -- yielding 3.3%
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Good points.Of course, if you don`t like stocks you can lock up your money
in CD`s for years and maybe get 1%.WOW!
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