The 7 Best Dividend Stocks In 2015

by Robert Hauver
Are you wondering which dividend stocks outperformed in the first quarter of 2015? The past 6 months have been a roller coaster for many dividend stocks – thanks to the Crude Oil Crash, quite a few Energy-related stocks either trimmed or eliminated their dividends altogether.

The 7 top performers for Q1 2015 are a diverse group, ranging from publishing to business services, to apparel, to home furnishings, to Refining and Energy Services.
Interestingly, 2 of the top 3 performers in this group have a modest dividend yield of less than 2%, and a total of 4 out of 7 have low dividends:
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PERFORMANCE: Other than Courier Corp., which is being bought out, the main catalyst for the outperformance of these stocks has been good earnings. (More about ALDW’s possible buyout below).
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Dividends: We’ve been tracking the 2 highest yielding stocks within this group in the Energy section of our High Dividend Stocks By Sectors Tables– CSI Compressco, (CCLP), and Alon Partners LP, (ALDW).
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3 Top Performing High Dividend Stocks In 2015

by Robert Hauver
Looking for high dividend stocks with market support in 2015? As always, we are too, and we were surprised where we found them – in the Energy sector. It was just weeks ago that this sector took a massive beating, with some energy dividend stocks losing up to 50% of their market value, as the price of crude oil collapsed.
However, it’s a new year and a new day for many Energy stocks – the ever-fickle market has decided that oil isn’t going to $10 a barrel, and that, maybe, some of these companies will survive after all, since they have viable business models.
Our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables, has been tracking these 3 high yielding stocks since early 2014. All 3 of them are LP’s, which had relatively recent IPO’s:
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(You can find brief profiles for all 3 stocks at the bottom of this article.)
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3 High Yield Plays On Outperforming Energy High Dividend Stocks

by Robert Hauver
The Energy sector continues to lead all other sectors in 2014. As of 7/16/14, this sector, as measured by the XLE etf, was up 12.73% year to date, vs. 7.16% for the S&P500, and only 3.3% for the DOW. The XLE etf is dominated by large cap dividend stocks, such as Conoco Phillips, (COP), which is its 4th largest holding, after Exxon, Chevron, and Schlumberger.
When looking at performance, however, the majors, such as Exxon and Chevron, have greatly underperformed independent Conoco, which is up over 22% so far in 2014, vs. gains of only 5.2% for Chevron and 2.6% for Exxon.
COP also has the second highest dividend yield in the group, at 3.39%, having just raised its quarterly dividend from $.69 to $.73.
We screened for other dividend paying independent oil & gas stocks, to see if there are some other worthwhile outperformers in that sub-industry. We came up with Delek Logistics LP, (DKL), a relatively new, (NOV 2012 IPO),small cap high dividend stock, which we recently added to our High Dividend Stocks By Sectors Tables.

Dividends/Distributions: After spinning off its refining division, Phillips 66 (PSX), in 2012, COP has gone from paying $.66 to $.69, and now $.73 a quarter. DKL has raised its quarterly distribution 5 straight times since its IPO.
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Options: Although COP just went ex-dividend, you can still earn an attractive options yield on it, via selling November 2014 covered calls, which will also allow you to either capture the next quarterly dividend, in October, or get paid even more $ if your shares get assigned. DKL has a much higher option yield, but its shares are much closer to its strike price.
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