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10 Most Popular Dividend Stocks: Which Offer The Best Safety And Growth?

Published Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:35:00 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

Seeking Alpha10 Most Popular Dividend Stocks: Which Offer The Best Safety And Growth?Oct. 13, 2020 12:35 PM ET|| About: Bank of America Corporation (BAC), CSCO, IBM, INTC, JNJ, JPM, MSFT, T, VZ, XOM, Includes: AMD, NVDA, ORCL, SLB, WFCby: Seeking AlphaSeeking Alpha OfficialSummaryStocks are your best bet for yield, now that other income vehicles pay next to nothing.
But where can you find dividends that are safe, consistent, and growing?
We looked at the 10 most popular dividend payers on Seeking Alpha, grading them on factors like Dividend Safety, Growth, Yield, and Consistency.
What a sad state of affairs for bond investors when the 10-year U.S. Treasury yields barely 0.80%.
Park $10,000 in one of those and you’ll make just $80 a year! Enough to take your spouse out for a nice dinner, maybe. But not nearly enough to pay the bills in retirement.
No wonder so many investors are looking elsewhere for a decent yield. With stocks, they may even see those dividends grow over months and years!
But where can you find yield that’s safe, consistent and growing? Let’s start by looking at the 10 most popular stocks (yielding at least 1%) among Seeking Alpha readers.
The good news is that all 10 of these well-known companies have earned an “A” or “B” for Dividend Consistency from our NEW Dividend Grades.
However, in several cases, the Dividend Safety and Dividend Growth ratings are another story. Here are our findings:
#1: Microsoft
By any measure, Seeking Alpha readers have chosen wisely with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT). Of these 10, MSFT is the only stock beating the market, having climbed 36.85% year to date. And our dividend algorithm rates MSFT a B+ for Dividend Safety.
While other large-cap stocks have had to cut or suspend dividends this year, we’re not seeing much risk of that with Microsoft. Its software business was already second to none before COVID-19, and remote work solutions like Microsoft Teams are in higher demand... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
SCHLUMBERGER 36.90   24.6 1.50 2.00 5.34
WELLS FARGO 48.65   10.0 4.84 2.04 4.22
ORACLE 53.89   17.6 3.07 0.96 1.73
NVIDIA 184.27   41.6 4.43 0.64 0.35
ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES 30.21   177.7 0.17 0.00 0.00

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