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34 Dividend Stocks to Ring In the New Year

December 28, 2016

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:

Dividend Stocks to Buy
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
ABBV AbbVie, Inc. 3.7% 1/11/2017 $0.57
AMGN Amgen Inc. 2.7% 2/13/2017 $1.00
AXP American Express Company 1.6% 1/04/2017 $0.32
BA Boeing Company 2.8% 2/08/2017 $1.09
CSCO Cisco Systems, Inc. 3.2% 1/04/2017 $0.26
CVS CVS Health Corporation 2.2% 1/20/2017 $0.43
DGX Quest Diagnostics Incorporated 1.7% 1/06/2017 $0.40
GD General Dynamics Corporation 1.7% 1/18/2017 $0.77
GIS General Mills, Inc. 3.0% 1/06/2017 $0.47
HAS Hasbro, Inc. 2.5% 1/30/2017 $0.50
HRL Hormel Foods Corporation 1.6% 1/12/2017 $0.16
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. 2.1% 1/04/2017 $0.48
LOW Lowe's Companies, Inc. 1.7% 1/23/2017 $0.33
MCO Moody's Corporation 1.6% 2/15/2017 $0.38
MON Monsanto Company 2.1% 1/04/2017 $0.50
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 2.3% 2/14/2017 $0.39
SYY Sysco Corporation 2.2% 1/04/2017 $0.32
YUM Yum! Brands, Inc. 3.0% 1/11/2017 $0.68

Dividend Stocks to Hold
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
AWK American Water Works Company, Inc. 2.0% 2/03/2017 $0.38
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 2.6% 1/04/2017 $0.29
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 3.3% 1/18/2017 $0.77
CLX Clorox Company 2.6% 1/23/2017 $0.80
CPB Campbell Soup Company 2.1% 1/09/2017 $0.36
NTAP NetApp, Inc. 2.0% 1/04/2017 $0.19
ORCL Oracle Corporation 1.6% 1/03/2017 $0.14
PFE Pfizer Inc. 3.7% 2/01/2017 $0.30
PNR Pentair plc 2.4% 1/25/2017 $0.34
STJ St. Jude Medical, Inc. 1.5% 1/11/2017 $0.31
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 4.2% 1/06/2017 $0.58

Dividend Stocks to Sell
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
ABT Abbott Laboratories 2.7% 1/11/2017 $0.26
APA Apache Corporation 1.5% 1/18/2017 $0.25
CAG Conagra Brands, Inc. 2.5% 1/26/2017 $0.21
LLY Eli Lilly and Company 2.8% 2/13/2017 $0.51
T AT&T Inc. 4.5% 1/06/2017 $0.49

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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