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Attention Yield Seekers: Now Is Your Chance

July 24, 2013

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 Ex-Dividend Yield My Take
AAPL Apple Inc. 8-Aug 2.77% Strong Sell
BA Boeing Co. 7-Aug 1.80% Buy
CAG ConAgra Foods 29-Jul 2.71% Strong Buy
CLF Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. 13-Aug 3.28% Strong Sell
COST Costco 9-Aug 1.05% Buy
DFS Discover Financial 6-Aug 1.60% Buy
DUK Duke Energy 14-Aug 4.43% Hold
EXC Exelon Corp 13-Aug 3.98% Strong Sell
F Ford Motor Co. 31-Jul 2.36% Buy
FNV Franco-Nevada Corporation ADR 13-Aug 1.66% Sell
HAS Hasbro Inc. 30-Jul 3.35% Buy
HBI Hanesbrands, Inc. 9-Aug 1.39% Strong Buy
HCI Homeowners Choice, Inc. 14-Aug 2.70% Buy
GSK GlaxoSmithKline 7-Aug 4.88% Hold
KR Kroger 13-Aug 1.54% Strong Buy
LLY Eli Lilly 13-Aug 3.73% Hold
MCO Moody's Corp 16-Aug 1.55% Buy
MSFT Microsoft 13-Aug 2.88% Sell
PETS PetSmart 31-Jul 0.92% Buy
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31-Jul 3.26% Buy
SHW Sherwin Williams 14-Aug 1.16% Buy
SJM The J.M. Smucker Company 14-Aug 2.12% Strong Buy
SON Sonoco Products 14-Aug 3.25% Hold
TGT Target 19-Aug 2.35% Hold
TXN Texas Instruments 29-Jul 2.88% Buy
V Visa 16-Aug 0.71% Buy

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

Louis Navellier

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