Current Dividend Yield: 3.5%
Performance So Far in 2012: +9%
Next on this list of Dow dividend stocks, based on yield, is E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE:DD), a.k.a. DuPont.
DuPont investors know that while this chemicals stock isn’t grabbing as many headlines as Silicon Valley tech shops, this sleepy giant is turning around and doing right by shareholders. DD stock lagged the market in 2011 with an 8% decline but has topped the market three times over in 2012.
Revenue is up year-over-year for 10 straight consecutive quarters after strong earnings in April, and DuPont’s EPS have gone from $1.92 for fiscal 2009 to an impressive $3.68 in fiscal 2011 — almost double — and are forecast to jump another 15% in fiscal 2012.
Dividend investors in it for the long term know the staying power of DuPont. The company has paid dividends for more than 100 years and is a stable industrial giant that isn’t going anywhere. At the end of April after DuPont’s earnings, it added another 2 cents to its quarterly payday, too, proving this industrial company is not just preserving dividends — but improving them.