#7: Health Care REIT (HCN)
HCN Dividend Yield: 5.6%
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a special kind of dividend stocks required to pay out most of their earnings as dividends; that’s why you find so many of them among the top-paying dividend stocks. Happily for Health Care REIT (HCN), both the dividend and price appreciation are doing well by investors this year.
HCN stock is up 5.8% for the year to date. Add in the dividend and the total return comes to 7.4%.
HCN enjoys a solid portfolio of senior housing, long-term care and medical office facilities, but an acquisition spree has greatly increased costs. Over the last 52 weeks, HCN stock is off by 9%.