Get Ready For the Next Dividend Rush

Watching the ex-dividend dates for 31 companies

   
Get Ready For the Next Dividend Rush

Remember back to the dividend rush at the end of 2012. Fearing higher tax rates caused by the Fiscal Cliff, big blue chips made a point to get their dividends out before the end of the year. And the way things are shaping up, the dividends are going to be even bigger than they were last year.

In this low interest rate environment, dividends are still looking great. After all, the S&P 500 currently yields about 2.1%, 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 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 as I mentioned last week, 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. I’ve listed the big dividends below, as well as my current Portfolio Grader ranking for each of these stocks.

Symbol

Company

Ex-Dividend

Yield

My Take

A Agilent

28-Mar

1.12%

Sell

AAP Advance Auto

20-Mar

0.30%

Sell

ACE Ace Limited

26-Mar

2.21%

Buy

AGNC American Capital

18-Mar

15.16%

Buy

AGU Agrium

26-Mar

0.96%

Hold

AM American Greetings

25-Mar

3.75%

Hold

ATVI Activision

18-Mar

1.27%

Buy

AVGO Avago Technologies

21-Mar

2.11%

Sell

BBY Best Buy

19-Mar

3.24%

Sell

CHH Choice Hotels

28-Mar

1.89%

Strong Buy

DDS Dillard’s

26-Mar

0.25%

Buy

DE Deere

26-Mar

2.23%

Hold

DELL Dell

27-Mar

2.24%

Sell

DK Delek

22-Mar

1.02%

Strong Buy

DOW Dow

26-Mar

3.85%

Sell

HBC HSBC

20-Mar

6.64%

Hold

HNZ Heinz

21-Mar

2.84%

Strong Buy

HUM Humana

26-Mar

1.51%

Sell

KGC Kinross Gold

19-Mar

2.07%

Sell

LVS Las Vegas

19-Mar

2.63%

Sell

MW Men’s Wearhouse

15-Mar

2.48%

Sell

NTE Nam Tai Electronics

26-Mar

1.41%

Strong Buy

NVO Novo Nordisk

21-Mar

1.33%

Buy

PCG PG&E

26-Mar

4.20%

Sell

SPLS Staples

26-Mar

3.53%

Sell

TRP TransCanada

26-Mar

3.92%

Hold

TUP Tupperware

18-Mar

3.18%

Buy

TWI Titan International

26-Mar

0.09%

Sell

WDC Western Digital

26-Mar

1.98%

Buy

WIN Windstream

26-Mar

11.30%

Strong Sell

XRX Xerox

26-Mar

2.68%

Hold


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