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Last week’s five-place jump on the most watched list was further cemented this week with another four-place jump, which pushed Eli Lilly into the top 70 for the first time.
A high DARS rating for a stock that belongs to the healthcare sector is just the kind of stock that dividend investors need to play it defensively during these times of “trade wars.” Eli is also going ex-dividend on August 14 with a payout of 56 cents per share, which is driving the stock up on the list. The stock is tantalizingly close to breaking its all-time high of $89.98, which it set back in late 2015. With J.P. Morgan also recently going bullish on Eli Lilly’s stock price, investors could find value as they can snap up the drug maker for only 16 times forward earnings.
Other stocks that moved up on the list were Home Depot, which moved up from 68 to 66, monthly income payer Realty Income Corp, which entered the top 20 for the first time, and Stag Industrial, another monthly income payer, which had its debut on the list at the 100th position.
As we predicted at the start of the year in this article series, stocks that pay monthly income have gained more traction in this list than quarterly payers because creating a portfolio of quarterly paying stocks in such a way that your portfolio would receive income every month is harder than buying stocks that have a monthly payout frequency.
Our Most Watched Stocks List is a user-generated, interest-based ranking of dividend-paying stocks, giving you a real-time snapshot of buying interest in the market. Generated by our Premium members’ watchlists, it’s aggregated and ranked by the most watched criteria.
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.