American Electric Power Co.
12-month Performance: +12.6%
Utilities fall on the other end of the spectrum; it is the sector with smallest amount of international revenue. Unsurprisingly, a whopping 81% of its business is done here at home.
One big player in that space is American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), and the name pretty much says it all. AEP’s service area covers portions of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia — the homelands of our home.
Just as countless Americans depend on companies like AEP for electricity, investors can depend on companies like AEP when they’re looking for dividends, too. With a quarterly payout of 47 cents, shareholders get a nice 4.25% yield.
Not a bad cherry on top of double-digit 12-month gains.