Top 100 Dividend Stocks – April 2011

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Date posted: 04.01.2011 (7:19 am) | Write a Comment  (3 Comments)

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It has certainly been a busy month as March flew by marked by tragedies in Japan and conflicts in the middle east. At times I used to try to pull off some great April fool pranks on here but in the light of everything happening right now, it seemed fit to start April by looking at the top dividend stocks around the world, seeing as these are all potential targets for your passive income portfolio in what could be the difference between an early & enjoyable retirement and a very late retirement where you depend on your former employer or the government to determine the level of your life. So today we resume our monthly tradition of looking at the top 100 dividend stocks in the broad based S&P500 index.

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What to look for

Over the past few months, we have looked at quite a few criteria that have helped us find the best dividend stocks including current yield, dividend growth and also companies that produce solid enough earnings to keep up the dividend payments. We summed it all up when we discussed the 20 things that we look for in dividend stocks.

FTR remains once more at the top of our list although it was a tough month for the stock as you can see in the chart below. That means the dividend yield is even higher this time around than last month but when you look at the payout ratio, it continues to look very unlikely that FTR will be able to keep up these high payments. Next week we will be looking deeper into these stocks in our newsletter but I can tell you right now that I’m intrigued by Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) which as a high dividend yield and seems capable of keeping it up or even increasing it. More on that next week though.

Hopefully this will help you when building your passive dividend porrtfolio.

We will be filtering out the top 100 list to find the ones that fit all of these criteria! In the meantime, here is the list!

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3 Comments

  1. Comment by Zach — April 3, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    HCBK is interesting. I got out of my position at a small lost. Too concerned about the dividend yield. It has been flat (I prefer increasing dividends). I will watch for a quarter or two and if they increase their dividend, I will get back in.

  2. Comment by IS — April 3, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    @Zach – Thanks for the info, I will have to spend more time looking into it but flat dividend is not ideal, no doubt.

  3. Comment by Karan Batra - Tax Expert — April 4, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    I think it is much better to invest in Growth Stocks rather than Dividend Paying Stocks and if someone is looking for Regular income, Deposits with Bank are the Best

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