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Tiziano Frateschi
Tiziano Frateschi
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5 Dividend Stocks Near 52-Week Highs

General Mills tops the list

According to the GuruFocus All-In-One Screener, a Premium feature, the following stocks were trading near their 52-week highs while also having low price-earnings ratios as of March 12. These companies also have a good dividend yield.

General Mills

General Mills Inc. (NYSE:GIS) was trading with a price-earnings ratio of 15.19, which is higher than 59% of companies in the consumer packaged goods industry. The stock has declined 16.88% over the past 12 months and is now trading 6.26% below its 52-week high.

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The global packaged foods company has a market cap of $32 billion. Its earnings per share have increased 1.5% over the past three years, while the industry’s average growth rate was 5.9%.

The company has a dividend yield of 3.71% with an annualized rate of 3.03% over the past decade. The dividend payout ratio is 0.56.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 0.77% of outstanding shares, followed by Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.41% and Mairs and Power (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.36%.

Verizon Communications

Verizons Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) was trading with a price-earnings ratio of 11.79, which is lower than 69% of companies in the telecommunication services industry. The stock declined 0.55% over the past 12 months and is now trading 11.88% below its 52-week high.

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The company, which provides wireless prepaid phone services, has market cap of $226 billion. Its earnings per share have grown 13.10% over the past three years, while the industry’s average growth rate was 6.8%.

The company has a dividend yield of 4.45% with an annualized rate of 4.59% over the past decade. The dividend payout ratio is 0.52.

With 0.39% of outstanding shares, Pioneer Investments is the largest guru shareholder, followed by the T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.14% and Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.06%.

United Community Financial

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) was trading with a price-earnings ratio of 13.33, which is lower than 73% of companies in the banks industry. The stock has risen 16.98% over the past 12 months and is now trading 14.68% below its 52-week high.

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The financial services company has market cap of $525 million. Its earnings per share have grown 29.6% over the past three years, while the industry’s average growth rate was 25.41%.

The company has a dividend yield of 2.74% with an annualized rate of 1.45% over the past decade. The dividend payout ratio is 0.37.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Simons’ firm with 4.30% of outstanding shares, followed by Pioneer Investments with 0.97% and Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.37%.

Taubman Centers

Taubman Centers Inc. (NYSE:TCO) was trading with a price-earnings ratio of 14.99, which is higher than 51% of companies in the REITs industry. The stock was flat over the past 12 months and is now trading 9.49% below the 52-week high.

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The real estate investment trust, which owns and operates shopping centers, has market cap of $3 billion. Its earnings per share have climbed 23% over the past three years, while the industry’s average growth rate was 3.1%.

The company has a dividend yield of 5.47% with an annualized rate of 3.28% over the past decade. The dividend payout ratio is 0.81.

With 0.16% of outstanding shares, Simons' firm is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Pioneer Investments with 0.04%.

NetEase

NetEase Inc. (NASDAQ:NTES) was trading with a price-earnings ratio of 13.94, which is higher than 74% of companies in the interactive media industry. The stock has gained just 43% over the past 12 months and is now trading 10.2% below its 52-week high.

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The Chinese internet technology company has a market cap of $41.48 billion. Its earnings per share have gained 4.7% over the past three years, while the industry’s average growth rate was 11.8%.

The company has a dividend yield of 1.96% and an annualized 10-year rate of 1.16%. The dividend payout ratio is 0.44.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Simons’ firm with 0.88% of outstanding shares, followed by Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.58% and Pioneer Investments with 0.33%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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Tiziano Frateschi
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