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82 Dividend Stocks to Put on Your Radar

March 29, 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
ABBV AbbVie Inc. 3.6%  4/11/2017 $0.64
ACN Accenture Plc 1.9% 4/11/2017 $1.20
AMGN Amgen Inc. 2.5% 5/15/2017 $1.15
BG Bunge Limited 2.1% 5/17/2017 $0.45
BRX Brixmor Property Group Inc. 4.6% 4/03/2017 $0.26
CASY Casey's General Stores Inc. 0.9% 4/27/2017 $0.22
CBRL Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. 2.9% 4/11/2017 $1.15
CMCSA Comcast Corp. 1.5% 4/03/2017 $0.16
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 3.1% 4/04/2017 $0.29
CSRA CSRA Inc. 1.4% 4/03/2017 $0.10
CVS CVS Health Corp. 2.3% 4/19/2017 $0.51
DG Dollar General Corp. 1.4% 4/07/2017 $0.26
DGX Quest Diagnostics Inc. 1.7% 4/03/2017 $0.45
EXP Eagle Materials Inc. 0.4% 4/11/2017 $0.10
FL Foot Locker Inc. 1.5% 4/11/2017 $0.31
GD General Dynamics Corp. 1.6% 4/05/2017 $0.78
GGP GGP Inc. 3.5% 4/11/2017 $0.22
GIS General Mills Inc. 3.2% 4/06/2017 $0.48
GNTX Gentex Corp. 1.7% 4/05/2017 $0.10
GPS Gap Inc. 4.0% 4/03/2017 $0.23
HAS Hasbro Inc. 2.0% 4/27/2017 $0.55
HPE Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. 1.0% 6/12/2017 $0.07
ICE Intercontinental Exchange Inc. 1.1% 6/14/2017 $0.19
INTC Intel Corp. 3.0% 5/03/2017 $0.24
INTU Intuit Inc. 1.1% 4/06/2017 $0.33
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. 2.2% 4/04/2017 $0.48
KR Kroger Co. 1.6% 5/11/2017 $0.08
KWR Quaker Chemical Corp. 1.1% 4/11/2017 $0.35
LNC Lincoln National Corp. 1.6% 4/06/2017 $0.28
LOW Lowe's Companies Inc. 1.6% 4/24/2017 $0.33
MA Mastercard Inc. 0.7% 4/05/2017 $0.22
MMC Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. 1.8% 4/05/2017 $0.34
MON Monsanto Company 1.9% 4/05/2017 $0.64
NTAP NetApp Inc. 1.8% 4/05/2017 $0.19
PDCO Patterson Companies Inc. 2.2% 4/11/2017 $0.26
PLCE Children's Place Inc. 0.7% 4/06/2017 $0.35
PSMT PriceSmart Inc. 0.8% 8/11/2017 $0.35
ROP Roper Technologies Inc. 0.6% 4/05/2017 $0.33
SIG Signet Jewelers Limited 1.5% 4/26/2017 $0.30
SYY Sysco Corp. 2.4% 4/05/2017 $0.33
TGT Target Corp. 4.4% 5/15/2017 $0.60
TRN Trinity Industries Inc. 1.7% 4/11/2017 $0.11
TSN Tyson Foods Inc. 1.2% 5/30/2017 $0.25
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 4.6% 4/06/2017 $0.58
WFM Whole Foods Market Inc. 1.9% 4/05/2017 $0.12
WSM Williams-Sonoma Inc. 3.1% 4/26/2017 $0.37
ZTS Zoetis Inc. 0.7% 4/04/2017 $0.11

Dividend Stocks to Hold
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
ABT Abbott Laboratories 2.3%  4/11/2017 $0.28
AET Aetna Inc. 0.8% 4/11/2017 $0.37
ALV Autoliv Inc. 2.3% 5/15/2017 $0.58
AMAT Applied Materials Inc. 1.0% 5/23/2017 $0.10
AMT American Tower Corp. 1.8% 4/10/2017 $0.61
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 2.7% 4/05/2017 $0.39
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 2.1% 4/19/2017 $0.38
CLX Clorox Company 2.3% 4/17/2017 $0.80
CPB Campbell Soup Company 2.3% 4/10/2017 $0.36
DRI Darden Restaurants Inc. 2.8% 4/06/2017 $0.55
MSFT Microsoft Corp. 2.3% 5/16/2017 $0.39
ORCL Oracle Corp. 1.3% 4/10/2017 $0.16
PNR Pentair plc 2.2% 4/19/2017 $0.35
SWX Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. 2.2% 5/11/2017 $0.45
UDR UDR Inc. 3.2% 4/06/2017 $0.31
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 2.9% 5/10/2017 $0.52
WST West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. 0.6% 4/17/2017 $0.13

Dividend Stocks to Sell
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
AEO American Eagle Outfitters Inc. 3.6%  4/05/2017 $0.13
APA Apache Corp. 2.0% 4/19/2017 $0.25
DOC Physicians Realty Trust 4.6% 4/03/2017 $0.23
DVN Devon Energy Corp. 1.1% 6/13/2017 $0.06
EOG EOG Resources Inc. 0.7% 4/11/2017 $0.11
ERIE Erie Indemnity Company 2.5% 4/03/2017 $0.78
FE FirstEnergy Corp. 4.6% 5/03/2017 $0.36
GGG Graco Inc. 1.4% 4/12/2017 $0.35
GRMN Garmin Ltd. 4.0% 6/15/2017 $0.51
HP Helmerich & Payne Inc. 4.3% 5/17/2017 $0.70
KIM Kimco Realty Corp. 4.6% 4/03/2017 $0.27
MAA Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. 3.3% 4/11/2017 $0.86
MAS Masco Corp. 1.2% 4/12/2017 $0.11
NI NiSource Inc. 2.8% 4/26/2017 $0.18
PKI PerkinElmer Inc. 0.5% 4/11/2017 $0.07
RGLD Royal Gold Inc. 1.4% 4/05/2017 $0.24
WGL WGL Holdings Inc. 2.4% 4/06/2017 $0.51
XEC Cimarex Energy Co. 0.3% 5/11/2017 $0.08

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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