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Stock Investing Trading Strategies – 25 Highest Yield Dividend Stocks in the S&P 500


Stock investing is difficult in this volatile stock market, and low risk trading strategies seem to be key. Finding the best stocks to buy is only half the battle, and limiting your losses is just as important as maximizing your profits. That means the best investment strategy involves investing money in stock picks that pay you no matter what antics the market sends our ways.

Trading strategies like this aren’t just make believe – stock investing can come with a consistent payday when you buy stocks with high dividend yields.

To help you find the best stocks to buy that pay high dividends and invest your money wisely in the top stock picks, here’s a list of the top 25 dividend stocks in the S&P 500 stock market index.

Symbol Company Name Dividend Yield Market Cap
CTL CenturyTel Inc 8.6% $10 Bil
RAI Reynolds American Inc 7.0% $15 Bil
VZ Verizon Communications Inc 6.9% $78 Bil
T AT&T Inc 6.9% $144 Bil
MO Altria Group Inc 6.7% $43 Bil
HCN Health Care REIT Inc 6.6% $5 Bil
PGN Progress Energy Inc 6.5% $11 Bil
AEE Ameren Corp 6.4% $6 Bil
FE FirstEnergy Corp 6.4% $11 Bil
Q Qwest Communications 6.3% $9 Bil
HCP HCP Inc 6.1% $9 Bil
DUK Duke Energy Corp 6.0% $21 Bil
LLY Eli Lilly and Co 5.9% $38 Bil
CNP CenterPoint Energy Inc 5.9% $5 Bil
PPL PPL Corp 5.7% $9 Bil
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Co 5.6% $40 Bil
ED Consolidated Edison Inc 5.6% $12 Bil
SO Southern Company 5.5% $27 Bil
LO Lorillard Inc 5.4% $11 Bil
EXC Exelon Corp 5.4% $26 Bil
AEP American Electric Power Co Inc 5.4% $15 Bil
PLD ProLogis 5.4% $5 Bil
PM Philip Morris International Inc 5.2% $82 Bil
SE Spectra Energy Corp 5.2% $13 Bil
XEL Xcel Energy Inc 4.9% $9 Bil

One word of caution: Remember when you buy stock that investing is different for everyone. Do your own research on these stock picks before you consider any one of these investments a stock to buy for your personal portfolio. A high dividend yield is just one thing to look for in a low-risk investment. It’s also worth noting that these dividend yields are annualized based on previous payouts, and there are no guarantees that any of these picks will not cut or altogether eliminate dividends going forward.

Related Article: Top 10 High Yield Dow Dividend Stocks

But disclaimers aside, if you find a good stock pick that can hold steady in a volatile market, the hefty dividend payouts you receive can add up in a hurry. Every investor should consider dividend stock picks as a low-risk addition to their portfolio right now.

As of this writing, Jeff Reeves did not own a position in any of the stocks named here.

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