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Top 100 Dividend Stocks – April 2012

I’ve written a few times about how looking at dividend yield could be misleading. One part of the reason is that some companies end up paying more than they can afford to. FTR is one obvious example and I will discuss it a bit later but there are many more. Can you believe that only one of the top 10 companies actually has a payout ratio under 75%!! To me that is shocking. Dividend investing is about much more than finding a big yield, it is about finding longer term stocks that will be able to increase their dividend yields over time.WIN,PBI,

I wrote about why dividend investing is not just a trend and I think that finding the right stocks to include is a critical part.

Today, we are back with our list of the top 100 dividend stocks from the S&P500 and there is no surprise in who is on top. I would caution greatly against investing based only off of a dividend yield though.

Frontier Communications Corp (FTR)

No big surprise again this month as Frontier Communications Corp (FTR) remains at the very top of our top dividend stocks in the S&P500 with a dividend yield close to 10%. The yield has come down from its high of 17% a few months ago but remains high for 2 reasons:

-The stock’s price keeps diminishing

-No one expects the company’s dividend to actually remain so high (yes, FTR’s dividend WILL diminish)

The dark side of course remains that the company is paying out much more than it is actually able to make, making that dividend everything but sustainable. Every month, I do more in-depth research to find dividend names and FTR has never come out on top of that research..!!

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FTR’s Dividend Payout History



FTR’s days at the top of this chart are nearing its end in my opinion (of course, it’s not the first time I’ve said this). Not only is FTR going to likely announce a dividend cut later this quarter but if things keep up, it will not be able to remain in the S&P500… should be interesting! Next week, we will do further research on the 100 stocks listed here to determine which ones are more likely to do well in the long term both based on sustainability and the 20 things that we look for in dividend stocks.

In the meantime, here is the list!

TickerNamePriceDividend YieldPayout RatioEx-Date
FTRFrontier Communications Corp4.179.59498.882012/06/08
WINWindstream Corp11.718.543082012/06/27
PBIPitney Bowes Inc17.588.5321.272012/05/09
RRDRR Donnelley & Sons Co12.398.39N/A2012/04/17
CTLCenturyLink Inc38.657.51269.642012/06/06
SVUSUPERVALU Inc5.716.13N/A2012/05/25
POMPepco Holdings Inc18.895.7193.852012/06/08
TAT&T Inc31.235.64259.742012/04/05
RAIReynolds American Inc41.445.489.542012/06/08
HCNHealth Care REIT Inc54.965.39516.212012/05/10
EXCExelon Corp39.215.3669.92012/05/11
MOAltria Group Inc30.875.3196.342012/06/15
VZVerizon Communications Inc38.235.24232.742012/04/05
GCIGannett Co Inc15.335.2212.472012/05/30
TEGIntegrys Energy Group Inc52.995.1392.982012/05/31
PPLPPL Corp28.265.151.612012/06/08
HCPHCP Inc39.465.07149.252012/05/03
TETECO Energy Inc17.555.0167.22012/05/10
ETREntergy Corp67.24.9443.742012/05/11
AEEAmeren Corp32.584.9172.252012/06/04
AEPAmerican Electric Power Co Inc38.584.8756.892012/05/10
LLYEli Lilly & Co40.274.8750.222012/05/09
LEGLeggett & Platt Inc23.014.87101.242012/06/13
HRBH&R Block Inc16.474.8632.932012/06/08
FEFirstEnergy Corp45.594.83104.182012/05/03
LOLorillard Inc129.484.7964.782012/06/01
PBCTPeople's United Financial Inc13.244.76111.122012/05/02
DUKDuke Energy Corp21.014.7677.342012/05/16
AVPAvon Products Inc19.364.7576.272012/05/18
PGNProgress Energy Inc53.114.67108.282012/04/11
CINFCincinnati Financial Corp34.514.67157.232012/06/18
PEGPublic Service Enterprise Group Inc30.614.6449.262012/06/08
LMTLockheed Martin Corp89.864.4540.932012/05/31
MRKMerck & Co Inc38.44.3976.822012/06/08
PNWPinnacle West Capital Corp47.94.3869.772012/05/03
HCBKHudson City Bancorp Inc7.314.38N/A2012/05/02
CMSCMS Energy Corp224.3637.292012/05/02
SCGSCANA Corp45.614.3464.62012/06/06
VTRVentas Inc57.14.34143.612012/06/06
FIIFederated Investors Inc22.414.29642012/05/04
DTEDTE Energy Co55.034.2755.132012/06/15
SOSouthern Co/The44.934.2172.672012/05/03
PCGPG&E Corp43.414.1983.412012/06/29
EDConsolidated Edison Inc58.424.1466.892012/05/14
PAYXPaychex Inc30.994.1387.092012/05/03
DDominion Resources Inc/VA51.214.1281.392012/05/23
CNPCenterPoint Energy Inc19.724.1143.712012/05/16
CVCCablevision Systems Corp14.684.0868.472012/05/10
WMWaste Management Inc34.964.0666.292012/06/01
PCLPlum Creek Timber Co Inc41.564.04140.932012/05/16
BMYBristol-Myers Squibb Co33.754.0360.962012/04/03
KMBKimberly-Clark Corp73.894.0169.582012/06/06
NYXNYSE Euronext30.01450.572012/06/15
SRESempra Energy59.96433.972012/06/22
KIMKimco Realty Corp19.263.95305.662012/04/02
NEENextEra Energy Inc61.083.9347.662012/05/30
XELXcel Energy Inc26.473.9360.12012/06/19
HASHasbro Inc36.723.9241.072012/04/27
PFEPfizer Inc22.663.8974.882012/05/09
RTNRaytheon Co52.783.7932.42012/04/02
NINiSource Inc24.353.7884.992012/04/26
MCHPMicrochip Technology Inc37.23.7559.842012/05/15
GASAGL Resources Inc39.223.6886.052012/05/09
MATMattel Inc33.663.6841.262012/05/21
CAGConAgra Foods Inc26.263.6645.882012/04/25
SAISAIC Inc13.23.64N/A2012/04/12
CACA Inc27.563.639.842012/05/18
SYYSysco Corp29.863.6252.472012/04/03
CLFCliffs Natural Resources Inc69.263.617.262012/04/25
HNZHJ Heinz Co53.553.5958.232012/06/20
AVYAvery Dennison Corp30.133.5868.982012/05/29
SESpectra Energy Corp31.553.5559.882012/05/09
CLXClorox Co/The68.753.49107.172012/04/23
PMPhilip Morris International Inc88.613.4857.822012/06/20
COPConocoPhillips76.013.4729.212012/05/24
IRMIron Mountain Inc28.83.4775.342012/06/27
JNJJohnson & Johnson65.963.4563.652012/05/24
CPBCampbell Soup Co33.853.4347.22012/04/04
WECWisconsin Energy Corp35.183.4147.192012/05/09
NUENucor Corp42.953.459.172012/06/29
GEGeneral Electric Co20.073.3857.492012/06/21
DPSDr Pepper Snapple Group Inc40.213.3843.672012/06/21
WMBWilliams Cos Inc/The30.813.3657.632012/06/06
DRIDarden Restaurants Inc51.163.3636.832012/04/05
ABTAbbott Laboratories61.293.3363.692012/04/11
FCXFreeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc38.043.2931.152012/04/11
VNOVornado Realty Trust84.23.28112.732012/05/08
NOCNorthrop Grumman Corp61.083.2726.032012/05/24
MTBM&T Bank Corp86.883.2243.042012/06/01
KKellogg Co53.633.2149.072012/06/01
PSAPublic Storage138.173.19110.392012/06/15
MWVMeadWestvaco Corp31.593.1768.992012/05/01
NUNortheast Utilities37.123.1749.562012/05/28
SLMSLM Corp15.763.1726.462012/05/30
GPCGenuine Parts Co62.753.1649.862012/06/06
PGProcter & Gamble Co/The67.213.1247.772012/04/25
CCLCarnival Corp32.083.1241.162012/05/16
PLDProLogis Inc36.023.11N/A2012/05/16
BMSBemis Co Inc32.293.156.012012/05/16
DDEI du Pont de Nemours & Co52.93.144.522012/05/09

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