High Dividend Stocks By Yield

Highest Dividend YieldDividend yield is one of the main factors to consider when investing in dividend-paying stocks. Watch out for "dividend traps," however -- stocks having a dividend yield of 10% and above are usually very risky investments.

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Stock
Symbol
Company
Name
DARS™
Rating [?]
Dividend
Yield**
Current
Price*
Annual
Dividend
Ex-Div
Date
Pay
Date
WHZ Whiting USA Trust II Login/Signup for Ratings 39.60% 6.49 2.57 11/17 12/1
PER Sandridge Permian Trust Login/Signup for Ratings 37.48% 6.99 2.62 11/12 11/28
CHKR Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust Login/Signup for Ratings 36.31% 5.59 2.03 11/17 12/1
SDR SandRidge Mississippian Trust II Login/Signup for Ratings 35.78% 4.50 1.61 11/12 11/28
NTLS NTELOS Holdings Corp Login/Signup for Ratings 33.80% 4.97 1.68 6/11 7/11
SDRL Seadrill Limited Login/Signup for Ratings 31.75% 12.60 4.00 9/4 9/18
MCEP Mid-Con Energy Partners LP MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 31.64% 6.51 2.06 10/30 11/14
SDT SandRidge Mississippian Trust Login/Signup for Ratings 27.05% 3.66 0.99 11/12 11/28
BBEP Breitburn Energy Partners L.P. MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 26.60% 7.82 2.08 12/4 12/12
LRE LRR Energy L.P. MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 26.57% 7.49 1.99 10/29 11/14
PWE Penn West Petroleum Ltd Login/Signup for Ratings 24.03% 2.33 0.56 12/29 1/15
LINE Linn Energy LLC. MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 23.69% 12.24 2.90 12/9 12/16
MSB Mesabi Trust Login/Signup for Ratings 20.71% 17.00 3.52 10/28 11/20
ARP Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 20.29% 11.58 2.35 12/3 12/15
VOC VOC Energy Trust Login/Signup for Ratings 20.14% 7.35 1.48 10/28 11/14
LGCY Legacy Reserves L.P. MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 18.37% 13.28 2.44 10/29 11/14
WMC Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp REIT Login/Signup for Ratings 18.03% 15.53 2.80 12/24 1/27
NTI Northern Tier Energy LP MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 17.57% 22.76 4.00 11/12 11/25
TICC TICC Capital Corp Login/Signup for Ratings 15.43% 7.52 1.16 12/15 12/31
MEMP Memorial Production Partners LP MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 15.27% 14.41 2.20 11/3 11/12
ROYT Pacific Coast Oil Trust Login/Signup for Ratings 15.17% 5.80 0.88 12/2 12/12
SID Companhia Sider ADR Login/Signup for Ratings 15.17% 2.11 0.32 3/11 N/A
SBS Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo-SABESP ADR (Sponsored) ADR Login/Signup for Ratings 15.11% 6.42 0.97 4/8 N/A
RSO Resource Capital REIT Login/Signup for Ratings 15.01% 5.33 0.80 12/29 1/28
NMM Navios Maritime Partners L.P. MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 15.00% 11.80 1.77 11/5 11/10
PGH Pengrowth Energy Corp Login/Signup for Ratings 13.99% 3.43 0.48 12/18 1/15
NRP National Resource Partners L.P. MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 13.94% 10.04 1.40 11/3 11/14
CYS CYS Investments, Inc. REIT Login/Signup for Ratings 13.67% 8.78 1.20 12/18 12/29
VNR Vanguard Natural Resouces, LLC. MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 13.61% 18.29 2.49 12/30 1/14
QRE QR Energy LP MLP Login/Signup for Ratings 13.59% 14.35 1.95 11/5 11/14

* Stock Price shown is previous day's closing price.
** Dividend yield is calculated from Dividend Payout and previous day's closing price.

The Case for High Yield Dividend Stocks

One of the most compelling cases for dividend investing, is that it provides a significant source of income for investors, while at the same time features attractive long-term returns. Typically, stocks that pay dividends are larger, more established companies. And while these firms have the ability to either continue or increase payouts, they do not always feature the highest dividend yield.

Since much of the focus of this strategy is centered around yield, investors sometimes put too much weight towards this one metric. Sometimes, the highest yielding stocks are “too good to be true”. While sifting through this High Yield Dividend Stocks list, be sure to avoid this dividend value trap.

Screening High Yield StocksYield

When using this page, be sure to base your screen on multiple metrics before making any investment decisions. In addition to yield, we encourage investors to use both objective and subjective factors as their investment criteria. Some of these factors include:

  • Market Capitalization: Small and micro cap companies tend to exhibit significantly higher volatility than their large cap counterparts. A simple screen by market cap can help avoid some of the smaller, more risky high yield options.
  • Earnings Reports: Each quarter, companies post their latest results. These financial reports are key, since they highlight how the company has been performing.
  • Guidance: Earnings guidance is given by companies to let investors know what their expectations are about future earnings, revenues, and the overall health of the business. Even if a company reports better than expected past results, the guidance given during that quarter may indicate a big change for future quarters.
  • P/E Ratio: While this may be an obvious choice for investors, we can’t stress enough how important this indicator can be. A stock with a sky high P/E ratio, or one that is significantly higher than its peers, should certainly be scrutinized.
  • Payout Ratio: Dividend payout ratios should never be above 100%, which indicates a company is paying out more than it earns and will likely not be able to sustain its dividend policy.
  • Dividend Trends and Growth: Another obvious indicator, dividend trends are crucial for investors to follow. If a company suddenly announces a decrease in dividends, this should certainly raise a red flag. Conversely, if a company has been steadily increasing dividends for some time, this is obviously a good sign.
  • Industry Trends: This is a bit of a tough one to follow, but nonetheless it’s important for investors to stay on top of not only their investments’ business, but also those of their competition and the overall industry. Last week, we highlighted an example of a major shift in industrial trends in the supermarket landscape.

While using these screens, investors will likely find that certain sectors feature companies that do, in fact, offer both high and sustainable yields. Be sure to look out the 4 Dividend Friendly Industries, to learn more. As always, we encourage investors to take the extra step and dive deep under the hood of these high yielding companies.

Best Dividend Stocks

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