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At the end of last year, had written an analysis on Why Ford is stuck in Neutral. Year-to-date, Ford (F ) has stayed flat with the stock price down -3.2%. However, last week, Ford went up more than 3.5% as investors switched gears and bought this global automotive giant. Ford moved past Walmart (WMT ), Kimberly-Clark (KMB ) and McDonald’s (MCD ) to grab the 26th position in the power rankings.

Top 3 reasons why investors may have added Ford to their portfolios last week:

  • Ford is going ex-dividend on July 20 with a quarterly dividend of $0.15.
  • With the stock price remaining flat this year, a 5% yield looks very attractive for investors who want to generate income while trying to keep their capital as steady as possible.
  • Ford’s stock price has been on a downward trend since 2013, but the stock is a dividend-capture goldmine as the stock either goes up or maintains its share price post the ex-dividend date at least for a couple of days before going down, giving traders/investors time to exit their investment after collecting the dividend payout.

Big moves were also seen in Kinder Morgan (KMI ) and Clorox (CLX ), which fell two spots and one spot, respectively. Mattel (MAT ) continued its downward slide following its dividend cut announcement, while Clorox’s dividend increase announcement failed to impress investors, falling one spot on the Most Watched Stocks List.

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The list has been designed to help income investors navigate the top dividend stocks being tracked by one of the world’s most advanced investing communities. The stocks are generated by our Premium members’ watchlists, giving you a real-time snapshot of buying interest in the market.

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