#7: Ensco (ESV)
Ensco (ESV), a U.K.-based oil and gas exploration company, cracks the top 10 dividend stocks this month with an abundant 5.4% yield. Although Ensco is somewhat of an unknown among the S&P 500′s top dividend stocks, it’s a very established name in the industry.
With a market cap of $13 billion and about 9,000 employees, Ensco has rigs working in pretty much every corner of the globe. Indeed, Ensco boasts the second-largest fleet of drilling rigs in the world.
ESV stock is off nearly 10% over the last 52 weeks, with lots of volatility along the way. Yes, the yield is generous, but investors have paid for it in underperformance and frayed nerves.