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7 High-Dividend Stocks: Are They Safe?

Published Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:43:58 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

Is it time to flee to safety? With the economic and political climates only becoming more tumultuous, I have been paying closer attention to dividend stocks recently. We all know about the blue chip dividend companies, but there are attractive companies with high yields that are going ex-dividend every week. This strategy can work in one of two ways: either you buy before the ex-date to receive the dividend, or buy after if the stock declines far below the after-tax amount of the dividend. Buying the stock to receive the dividend is intuitive, but many have contacted me requesting further details on the second strategy. Investopedia has a great example of how this works. To explain this, I will use AT&T (T) as an example. AT&T declared a $0.43 dividend to shareholders of record on October 10, 2011. On the ex-dividend date, the stock price should decline by the after-tax...

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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
AMERICAN CAPITAL AGENCY 18.49   40.2 0.46 2.16 11.62
TWO HARBORS INVESTMENT 9.11   17.5 0.52 0.92 10.32
INVESCO MORTGAGE CAPITAL 15.76   42.6 0.37 1.60 10.24
PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL 90.24   21.6 4.18 4.16 4.63
ALTRIA GROUP 66.27   24.9 2.66 2.44 3.73
PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC 42.70   20.8 2.05 1.28 3.07

AMERICAN CAPITAL AGENCY - AGNC  


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