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135 Dividend Stocks to Put on Your Radar

May 2, 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
AFL Aflac Inc. 2.2% 5/22/2017 $0.43
AMP Ameriprise Financial Inc. 2.4% 5/04/2017 $0.83
AMGN Amgen Inc. 2.5% 5/15/2017 $0.58
ANTM Anthem Inc. 1.5% 6/07/2017 $0.66
BG Bunge Limited 2.1% 5/17/2017 $0.45
CCL Carnival Corp. 2.3% 5/24/2017 $0.38
CHS Chico's FAS Inc. 2.3% 6/08/2017 $0.08
COLM Columbia Sportswear Company 1.2% 5/16/2017 $0.18
CMA Comerica Inc. 1.3% 6/13/2017 $0.24
GLW Corning Inc 1.9% 5/26/2017 $0.16
DHI D.R. Horton Inc. 1.1% 5/03/2017 $0.10
DLPH Delphi Automotive PLC 1.4% 5/08/2017 $0.30
DFS Discover Financial Services 1.9% 5/09/2017 $0.30
DPZ Domino's Pizza Inc. 0.9% 6/13/2017 $0.46
ETN Eaton Corp. Plc 3.1% 5/03/2017 $0.61
GM General Motors Company 4.4% 6/07/2017 $0.38
HBI Hanesbrands Inc. 2.2% 5/12/2017 $0.14
HON Honeywell International Inc. 1.9% 5/17/2017 $0.65
HBAN Huntington Bancshares Inc. 2.3% 6/15/2017 $0.08
IR Ingersoll-Rand Plc 1.6% 6/07/2017 $0.40
INTC Intel Corp. 2.9% 5/03/2017 $0.27
ICE Intercontinental Exchange Inc. 1.2% 6/14/2017 $0.20
IBM International Business Machines Corp. 3.5% 5/08/2017 $1.46
IVZ Invesco Ltd. 3.4% 5/10/2017 $0.29
JBHT J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 1.0% 5/03/2017 $0.22
KR Kroger Co. 1.6% 5/11/2017 $0.12
LMT Lockheed Martin Corp. 2.6% 5/30/2017 $1.82
MPC Marathon Petroleum Corp. 2.8% 5/15/2017 $0.36
OSK Oshkosh Corp 1.2% 5/10/2017 $0.21
PZZA Papa John's International Inc. 1.0% 5/04/2017 $0.20
PH Parker-Hannifin Corp. 1.6% 5/08/2017 $0.66
PAYX Paychex Inc. 3.0% 5/08/2017 $0.45
PPG PPG Industries Inc. 1.5% 5/08/2017 $0.42
PX Praxair Inc. 2.4% 6/05/2017 $0.55
QCOM QUALCOMM Inc. 3.9% 5/26/2017 $0.56
RF Regions Financial Corp. 1.9% 6/07/2017 $0.07
ROK Rockwell Automation Inc. 1.9% 5/11/2017 $0.75
SPGI S&P Global Inc. 1.1% 5/24/2017 $0.41
STX Seagate Technology PLC 6.0% 6/19/2017 $0.63
SHW Sherwin-Williams Company 1.0% 5/17/2017 $0.83
SPG Simon Property Group Inc. 4.0% 5/15/2017 $1.75
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc. 1.1% 5/12/2017 $0.27
SWK Stanley Black & Decker Inc. 1.7% 6/05/2017 $0.58
SBUX Starbucks Corp. 1.5% 5/09/2017 $0.25
STI SunTrust Banks Inc. 1.8% 5/26/2017 $0.26
TROW T. Rowe Price Group 3.1% 6/13/2017 $0.57
TGT Target Corp. 4.2% 5/15/2017 $0.60
TJX TJX Companies Inc 1.3% 5/09/2017 $0.29
TRV Travelers Companies Inc. 2.2% 6/07/2017 $0.72
TSN Tyson Foods Inc. 1.2% 5/30/2017 $0.27
UTX United Technologies Corp. 2.2% 5/17/2017 $0.69
VFC V.F. Corp. 2.9% 6/07/2017 $0.42
V Visa Inc. 0.7% 5/17/2017 $0.17
GWW W.W. Grainger Inc. 2.5% 5/04/2017 $1.27
ZION Zions BanCorp. 0.8% 5/16/2017 $0.08

Dividend Stocks to Hold
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
AWK American Water Works Company Inc. 1.9% 5/03/2017 $0.39
AMAT Applied Materials Inc. 1.0% 5/23/2017 $0.10
AJG Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. 2.7% 5/31/2017 $0.39
ALV Autoliv Inc. 2.3% 5/15/2017 $0.59
ADP Automatic Data Processing Inc. 2.1% 6/07/2017 $0.56
BBT BB&T Corp. 2.7% 5/10/2017 $0.30
CNP CenterPoint Energy Inc. 3.7% 5/12/2017 $0.27
SCHW Charles Schwab Corp. 0.8% 5/10/2017 $0.08
CMS CMS Energy Corp. 2.8% 5/03/2017 $0.33
ED Consolidated Edison Inc. 3.4% 5/15/2017 $0.69
COST Costco Wholesale Corp. 1.0% 5/08/2017 $0.45
XOM Exxon Mobil Corp. 3.7% 5/10/2017 $0.78
GRMN Garmin Ltd. 4.0% 6/15/2017 $0.51
GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 1.2% 5/30/2017 $0.73
SJM J. M. Smucker Company 2.3% 5/10/2017 $0.73
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 2.6% 5/25/2017 $0.83
K Kellogg Company 2.9% 5/30/2017 $0.53
KMB Kimberly-Clark Corp. 2.9% 6/07/2017 $0.97
LVS Las Vegas Sands Corp. 4.9% 6/20/2017 $0.73
MXIM Maxim Integrated Products Inc. 2.9% 5/30/2017 $0.29
MSFT Microsoft Corp. 2.2% 5/16/2017 $0.39
MPLX MPLX LP 5.8% 5/04/2017 $0.56
NDAQ Nasdaq Inc. 1.9% 6/14/2017 $0.36
NLSN Nielsen Holdings Plc 3.0% 5/31/2017 $0.34
NSC Norfolk Southern Corp. 2.0% 5/03/2017 $0.61
OAK Oaktree Capital Group, LLC 5.1% 5/04/2017 $1.11
RSG Republic Services Inc. 2.0% 6/29/2017 $0.31
RMD ResMed Inc. 1.9% 5/09/2017 $0.35
COL Rockwell Collins Inc. 1.3% 5/11/2017 $0.33
SO Southern Company 4.5% 5/11/2017 $0.56
SWX Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. 2.2% 5/11/2017 $0.47
WBA Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc 1.7% 5/16/2017 $0.37
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 2.7% 5/10/2017 $0.52
WEC WEC Energy Group Inc 3.3% 5/10/2017 $0.35
WFC Wells Fargo & Company 2.8% 5/03/2017 $0.39
XLNX Xilinx Inc. 2.1% 5/12/2017 $0.35

Dividend Stocks to Sell
Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Ex-Dividend Payment
AEE Ameren Corp. 3.2% 6/12/2017 $0.44
AAL American Airlines Group Inc. 0.9% 5/12/2017 $0.11
AEP American Electric Power Company Inc. 3.4% 5/08/2017 $0.58
BHI Baker Hughes Inc. 1.2% 5/04/2017 $0.17
BLL Ball Corp. 0.7% 5/30/2017 $0.33
BWA BorgWarner Inc. 1.3% 5/30/2017 $0.12
CVX Chevron Corp. 4.0% 5/17/2017 $1.08
CHH Choice Hotels International Inc. 1.3% 6/29/2017 $0.22
XEC Cimarex Energy Co. 0.3% 5/11/2017 $0.08
KO Coca-Cola Company 3.3% 6/13/2017 $0.37
CSX CSX Corp. 1.4% 5/26/2017 $0.20
CVI CVR Energy Inc. 9.1% 5/04/2017 $0.50
DVN Devon Energy Corp. 0.6% 6/13/2017 $0.06
DRE Duke Realty Corp. 2.7% 5/12/2017 $0.19
DD E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company 1.9% 5/11/2017 $0.39
ETR Entergy Corp. 4.5% 5/09/2017 $0.88
EOG EOG Resources Inc. 0.7% 7/13/2017 $0.11
EQT EQT Corp. 0.2% 5/10/2017 $0.03
EXC Exelon Corp. 3.7% 5/11/2017 $0.32
STAY Extended Stay America Inc 4.4% 5/09/2017 $0.21
FIS Fidelity National Information Services Inc. 1.3% 6/14/2017 $0.28
FE FirstEnergy Corp. 4.8% 5/03/2017 $0.36
FMC FMC Corp. 0.9% 6/28/2017 $0.24
HCP HCP Inc. 6.0% 5/04/2017 $0.37
HP Helmerich & Payne Inc. 4.6% 5/17/2017 $0.70
HUM Humana Inc. 0.6% 6/28/2017 $0.40
MAC Macerich Company 4.5% 5/03/2017 $0.71
MRO Marathon Oil Corp. 1.3% 5/15/2017 $0.05
MAT Mattel Inc. 6.8% 5/17/2017 $0.38
MET MetLife Inc. 3.1% 5/04/2017 $0.40
MCO Moody's Corp. 1.3% 5/18/2017 $0.38
NBR Nabors Industries Ltd. 2.3% 6/12/2017 $0.06
NEM Newmont Mining Corp. 0.4% 6/06/2017 $0.03
NBL Noble Energy Inc. 1.2% 5/04/2017 $0.10
NTRS Northern Trust Corp. 1.7% 5/31/2017 $0.38
PFE Pfizer Inc. 3.6% 5/10/2017 $0.32
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group Inc 3.8% 6/07/2017 $0.43
SLB Schlumberger NV 2.8% 5/30/2017 $0.50
SUN Sunoco LP 10.8% 5/05/2017 $0.83
X United States Steel Corp. 0.9% 5/08/2017 $0.05
VNO Vornado Realty Trust 2.7% 5/04/2017 $0.70
HCN Welltower Inc. 4.8% 5/05/2017 $0.88
WPZ Williams Partners, L.P. 8.3% 5/03/2017 $0.60
WYNN Wynn Resorts, Limited 1.6% 5/09/2017 $0.56

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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