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7 Dividend Stocks For 2015

Published Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:04:23 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

It's that time of year again. I'm going to suggest seven stocks for you to consider for 2015.Last year's list averaged a disappointing 6% return, far short of the S&P 500's 12% return for the year.My portfolio's returns were squashed by Meridian Bioscience's (Nasdaq: VIVO) 37% loss. The maker of medical diagnostic test kits ran into tough competition and the resulting price cuts depressed earnings. Another pick, natural gas pipeline operator Plains GP Holdings (NYSE: PAGP), got hit by the energy sector downturn and ended the year with a 1% loss. My remaining five picks were: NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), up 26%, Wells Fargo Bank (NYSE: WFC), up 23%, Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT), up 14%, Cinemark Holdings (NYSE: CNK), up 13%, and Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), up 1%.Here's this year's list. I know that it's somewhat unfashionable, but this is a "buy and hold" portfolio; that is, these stocks are intended to be held until year's end. All are dividend payers. That way, if the market tanks, you'll still be collecting dividends while you wait for an upturn.Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE: SIX)A repeat from two-years-ago, Six Flags owns and operates 16 amusement parks in the United States, one in Mexico City and one in Montreal, Canada. Six Flags has a troubled past, emerging from a 2009 bankruptcy in 2010. Shortly thereafter, the firm brought in a new CEO who has embarked on an aggressive program to grow revenue by adding... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST 26.34   23.3 1.13 2.16 8.25
H&Q LIFE SCIENCES INVESTORS 16.24   0.0 0.00 0.00 8.04
PHYSICIANS REALTY TRUST 18.17   60.6 0.30 0.92 5.21
WELLS FARGO 47.48   10.5 4.52 1.80 3.81
CINEMARK 41.50   22.7 1.83 1.36 3.33


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