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Prepare for the Next Dividend Rush

February 16, 2017

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
ADP Automatic Data Processing Inc. 2.2% 3/08/2017 $0.56
APD Air Products and Chemicals Inc. 2.5% 3/30/2017 $0.87
BAC Bank of America Corp. 1.1% 3/01/2017 $0.08
BF.B Brown-Forman Corp. 1.5% 3/02/2017 $0.18
CAH Cardinal Health Inc. 2.2% 3/30/2017 $0.45
CBS CBS Corp. 1.0% 3/08/2017 $0.18
CCL Carnival Corp. 2.4% 2/22/2017 $0.35
CHRW C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. 2.3% 3/01/2017 $0.45
CMCSA Comcast Corp. 1.5% 4/03/2017 $0.31
DPS Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. 2.3% 3/10/2017 $0.53
DTE DTE Energy Company 3.1% 3/16/2017 $0.80
EL Estee Lauder Companies Inc. 1.5% 2/24/2017 $0.33
ES Eversource Energy 3.2% 2/28/2017 $0.45
FDS FactSet Research Systems Inc. 1.1% 2/24/2017 $0.48
FNF Fidelity National Financial Inc. - FNF Group 2.4% 3/15/2017 $0.25
GGP GGP Inc. 3.1% 4/11/2017 $0.28
GLW Corning Inc 2.0% 2/24/2017 $0.15
GM General Motors Company 4.3% 3/08/2017 $0.38
GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 1.1% 2/28/2017 $0.67
HAS Hasbro Inc. 2.1% 4/27/2017 $0.56
HON Honeywell International Inc. 2.0% 2/22/2017 $0.66
ICE Intercontinental Exchange Inc. 1.2% 3/14/2017 $0.19
IPG Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. 2.5% 2/27/2017 $0.18
IR Ingersoll-Rand Plc 1.7% 3/08/2017 $0.40
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 2.7% 2/24/2017 $0.81
LMT Lockheed Martin Corp. 2.6% 2/27/2017 $1.78
LRCX Lam Research Corp. 1.2% 3/06/2017 $0.40
LVS Las Vegas Sands Corp. 5.5% 3/21/2017 $0.73
MON Monsanto Company 2.0% 4/05/2017 $0.50
MXIM Maxim Integrated Products Inc. 2.8% 2/28/2017 $0.28
OMC Omnicom Group Inc 2.5% 3/07/2017 $0.57
PEP PepsiCo Inc. 2.8% 3/01/2017 $0.75
PFG Principal Financial Group Inc. 2.7% 3/02/2017 $0.45
PHM PulteGroup Inc. 1.7% 3/08/2017 $0.09
PRU Prudential Financial Inc. 2.6% 2/17/2017 $0.75
PX Praxair Inc. 2.6% 3/03/2017 $0.60
QCOM QUALCOMM Inc. 3.8% 2/27/2017 $0.53
RAI Reynolds American Inc. 2.9% 3/08/2017 $0.51
RCL Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. 1.8% 3/03/2017 $0.48
RF Regions Financial Corp. 1.7% 3/08/2017 $0.07
RHI Robert Half International Inc. 1.9% 2/22/2017 $0.23
SNA Snap-on Inc. 1.5% 2/22/2017 $0.73
SON Sonoco Products Company 2.8% 2/17/2017 $0.37
SPGI S&P Global Inc. 1.1% 2/22/2017 $0.41
STX Seagate Technology PLC 5.4% 3/20/2017 $0.63
TRV Travelers Companies Inc. 2.2% 3/08/2017 $0.69
TSN Tyson Foods Inc. 1.0% 2/27/2017 $0.25
TSO Tesoro Corp. 2.4% 2/24/2017 $0.55
TWX Time Warner Inc. 1.7% 2/24/2017 $0.42
UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc. 1.5% 3/08/2017 $0.62
UNP Union Pacific Corp. 2.1% 2/24/2017 $0.59

Dividend Stocks to Hold
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
AEE Ameren Corp. 3.2% 3/10/2017 $0.44
AVB AvalonBay Communities Inc. 3.0% 3/29/2017 $1.41
BDX Becton, Dickinson and Company 1.5% 3/08/2017 $0.75
BLK BlackRock Inc. 2.4% 3/02/2017 $2.49
CMA Comerica Inc. 1.3% 3/13/2017 $0.23
CME CME Group Inc. 2.0% 3/08/2017 $2.24
CSX CSX Corp. 1.5% 2/24/2017 $0.19
D Dominion Resources Inc. 3.8% 3/01/2017 $0.76
DOW Dow Chemical Company 3.0% 3/29/2017 $0.51
GLPI Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. 7.3% 3/09/2017 $0.62
GRMN Garmin Ltd. 4.1% 3/13/2017 $0.51
HBAN Huntington Bancshares Inc. 2.1% 3/16/2017 $0.08
HPQ HP Inc. 3.2% 3/06/2017 $0.16
HSY Hershey Company 2.2% 2/22/2017 $0.66
JNPR Juniper Networks Inc. 1.5% 2/27/2017 $0.11
KEY KeyCorp 1.8% 2/24/2017 $0.09
LLTC Linear Technology Corp. 2.0% 2/22/2017 $0.34
NTRS Northern Trust Corp. 1.7% 3/01/2017 $0.38
OC Owens Corning 1.3% 3/08/2017 $0.25
PPL PPL Corp. 4.3% 3/08/2017 $0.39
SIX Six Flags Entertainment Corp. 3.9% 2/27/2017 $0.60
SYK Stryker Corp. 1.3% 3/29/2017 $0.42
WU Western Union Company 3.2% 3/15/2017 $0.18

Dividend Stocks to Sell
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
AJG Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. 2.8% 3/01/2017 $0.39
BWA BorgWarner Inc. 1.3% 2/27/2017 $0.12
CINF Cincinnati Financial Corp. 2.7% 3/20/2017 $0.50
FIS Fidelity National Information Services Inc. 1.3% 3/15/2017 $0.28
GE General Electric Company 3.1% 2/23/2017 $0.24
HAL Halliburton Company 1.3% 2/27/2017 $0.18
KIM Kimco Realty Corp. 4.1% 4/03/2017 $0.27
KMB Kimberly-Clark Corp. 3.0% 3/08/2017 $0.96
KSU Kansas City Southern 1.5% 3/09/2017 $0.35
MCD McDonald's Corp. 2.9% 2/27/2017 $0.94
MDLZ Mondelez International Inc. 1.6% 3/29/2017 $0.18
MOS Mosaic Company 3.4% 2/28/2017 $0.28
NWL Newell Brands Inc 1.6% 2/24/2017 $0.20
NWSA News Corp. 1.5% 3/13/2017 $0.06
VIAB Viacom Inc. 2.8% 3/13/2017 $0.20
VTR Ventas Inc. 4.8% 3/03/2017 $0.78
WDC Western Digital Corp. 2.6% 3/29/2017 $0.52
WLTW Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company 1.5% 3/29/2017 $0.52
WY Weyerhaeuser Company 3.7% 3/01/2017 $0.31

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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