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6 Dividend Darlings to Keep Your Portfolio Going Amid Choppy Market Action

Published 2024/06/04, 13:02
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  • Investors need to look beyond the headline number before investing for dividends.
  • While the announced percentage increase can be misleading, investors should focus on the actual dividend yield before investing.
  • We will look at stocks that not only offer one of the best dividend yields in the S&P 500 index but also have upside potential.
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Dividend announcements can be exciting, but a high headline number doesn't tell the whole story. Take Nvidia's (NASDAQ:NVDA) recent 150% dividend hike – it might seem impressive, but it's mostly symbolic.

When it comes to investing for dividend income, the key metric to consider is the actual dividend yield.

This tells you what percentage of your investment you'll earn annually through dividends, calculated by dividing the annual dividend per share by the current share price.

Higher dividend yield translates to a greater portion of your investment recovered through regular payouts.

But wait, there's more - Just because a stock offers a high yield doesn't mean it can't also grow in value. In this article, we'll use InvestingPro to explore some of these high-yield stocks that also have some decent upside potential.

1. Altria

Altria Group (NYSE:MO) is one of the largest tobacco companies in the world and on July 10 it will distribute a dividend of $0.98 per share.

Altria Price Chart

It is the S&P 500 company with the highest dividend yield forecast at 8.48% and is expected to maintain a yield above 10% over the next three years thanks to its cash generation capacity.

Altria Dividend Data

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We will learn its quarterly results on July 31, with EPS expected to rise 3%.

Altria Revenue and EPS Forecast

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Its fundamental fair value would be 16.4% above the week's closing price, at $53.82.

Altria Targets

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2. Verizon Communications

Verizon's (NYSE:VZ) dividend yield is 6.46%.

Verizon Communications Price Chart

Verizon Communications Dividend Data

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It presents results on July 22. Last year it generated revenues of $134 billion.

Verizon Communications Upcoming Earnings

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It is a defensive company with solid cash generation and an attractive dividend, in fact in the last 7 years it is among the best dividend stocks.

Market consensus gives it an average potential at $45.66.

Verizon Communications Targets

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3. Ford Motor

Ford's (NYSE:F) dividend yield is 6.43%.

Ford Motor Price Chart

Ford Motor Dividend Data

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It will release its income statement on July 24, with EPS expected to increase by 38%.

Ford Motor Upcoming Earnings

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The company aims to quadruple hybrid sales in the next few years and has withdrawn some of its investments in electric vehicles.

The market assigns it an average target of around $14.13.

Ford Motor Targets

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4. Realty Income

Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O) will pay a dividend of $0.2625 per share on June 14. The company has a dividend yield of 5.94%.

Realty Income Price Chart

It is characterized by paying dividends monthly and not quarterly as is more common. This is the 125th dividend increase since Realty Income's debut on the New York Stock Exchange in 1994.

Realty Income Dividend Data

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On July 31, it releases its numbers and is expecting EPS growth of 14.7% and revenue of 21.6% by 2024.

Realty Income Revenue and EPS Forecasts

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It presents 17 ratings, of which 7 are buy, 10 are hold and none are sell.

Business and investment opportunities are expected to increase in the second half of the year, with a particular focus on Europe.

The average price target given by the market is almost $60.

Realty Income Targets

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5. Vici Properties (VICI)

VICI's (NYSE:VICI) dividend yield is 5.78%. The company will distribute the highest profit in its history to the tune of $1.7.

Vici Properties Price Chart

Vici Properties Dividend Data

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On July 24, it publishes its accounts and by 2024 it expects EPS to increase by 8% and revenue by 6%.

Vici Properties Revenue and EPS Forecasts


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Its asset occupancy has been at 100% for three years and will remain so for another three years, according to FactSet.

The company's revenue growth is interesting at 18.03% in the previous quarter, a testament to its strong operating performance.

It has 23 ratings, of which 20 are buy, three are hold and none are sell.

Its fundamental fair value would be at $34.99, while the average price target given by the market would be at $35.21.

6. Pfizer

Pfizer's (NYSE:PFE) dividend yield is 5.86%. It maintains its commitment to maintain a payout of between 40% and 50% of adjusted earnings per share.

Pfizer Price Chart

Pfizer Dividend Data

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We'll have its earnings statements on July 30, with EPS expected to rise 27.3% for the year.

Pfizer Revenue and EPS Forecasts

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Its fundamental fair value would be at $33.56, or 16.9% above the closing price for the week. Meanwhile, the average market price target is at $31.92.

Pfizer Fair Value

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