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How To Profit From The Next Wave Of Dividends

53 stocks going ex-dividend provide income opportunities


In this low interest rate environment, dividends are still looking great. After all, the S&P 500 currently yields about 2%, 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 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
AA Alcoa 9-May 1.39% Strong Sell
AAPL Apple 9-May 2.66% Strong Sell
ABC AmerisourceBergen 16-May 1.53% Strong Buy
AMGN Amgen 14-May 1.80% Strong Buy
AVP Avon 10-May 1.03% Hold
BCO Brinks 15-May 1.48% Sell
CF CF Industries 15-May 0.85% Sell
CLF Cliffs Natural Resources 15-May 2.81% Strong Sell
COF Capital One 9-May 2.03% Sell
COG Cabot Oil & Gas 14-May 0.12% Strong Buy
COLM Columbia Sportwear 14-May 1.47% Buy
COST Costco 15-May 1.13% Strong Buy
CVX Chevron 15-May 3.25% Hold
DBD Diebold 15-May 3.80% Strong Sell
DD DuPont 13-May 3.29% Sell
DFS Discover Financial 15-May 6.29% Buy
DUK Duke Energy 15-May 4.15% Buy
EGN Energen 13-May 1.17% Sell
ENB Enbridge 13-May 2.66% Hold
EXC Exelon 13-May 3.49% Sell
FNV Franco-Nevada Corporation ADR 14-May 1.68% Sell
GG Goldcorp 14-May 2.11% Sell
GIL Gildan Activewear 14-May 0.86% Strong Buy
GORO Gold Resource 9-May 3.64% Strong Sell
GWW W.W.Grainger 9-May 1.47% Buy
HBI Hanesbrands 16-May 1.57% Strong Buy
HCI Homeowners Choice 15-May 2.70% Strong Buy
HLF Herbalife L 10-May 2.79% Hold
HON Honeywell 16-May 2.13% Buy
JNY Jones Apparel Group 15-May 1.45% Hold
KR Kroger 13-May 1.71% Strong Buy
LLY Eli Lilly 14-May 3.62% Strong Buy
MCO Moody’s 16-May 1.25% Buy
MPC Marathon Petroleum 14-May 1.72% Strong Buy
MRO Marathon Oil 14-May 1.92% Hold
MSFT Microsoft 14-May 2.76% Hold
NTRI Nutrisystem 9-May 8.09% Strong Sell
OMX OfficeMax 13-May 0.69% Strong Buy
PETS PetMed Express 13-May 4.57% Hold
SHW Sherwin Williams 15-May 1.06% Buy
SJM J.M. Smucker 15-May 2.00% Strong Buy
SON Sonoco Products 15-May 3.50% Hold
SPG Simon Property Group REIT 15-May 2.57% Hold
STX Seagate 13-May 3.59% Hold
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd ADR 16-May 2.84% Sell
TGH Textainer Group Holdings 15-May 4.77% Hold
TGT Target 13-May 2.04% Buy
TJX TJX 14-May 1.16% Buy
UPS United Parcel Service 9-May 2.80% Hold
V Visa 15-May 0.73% Strong Buy
WBK Westpac Banking ADR 14-May 5.92% Strong Buy
WHR Whirlpool 15-May 2.04% Strong Buy
XOM Exxon Mobil 9-May 2.76% Sell

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