#1: Windstream Holdings (WIN)
WIN Dividend Yield: 11.75%
The yield on Windstream Holdings (WIN) is so high it clobbers even the lowest quality junk bond. Like CTL stock and FTR stock, WIN stock is a telecom that has posted some ugly longer-term returns. Lately, though, shares have stabilized, posting a gain of 9% so far this year.
At some point, you figure the good times of amazingly high yields on WIN stock have to come to an end. After all, Windstream is highly leveraged and pays out more in dividends than it makes in earnings. In case you couldn’t tell from the high yield, this is one risky stock.
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As of this writing, Dan Burrows did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.