The 5 Best Performing High Dividend Stocks In 2014

by Robert Hauver
We thought we’d take a different approach in this article, and look at high dividend stocks within the S&P 500 that are performing well in 2014, vs. those that are oversold and/or undervalued. Not surprisingly, 3 out of 5 of these top dividend stocks are from the Utilities and Healthcare sectors, which are the 2 top sectors year to date.
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Performance through 3/17/14: A Financial stock, AIV, is the top performer of this group so far in 2014, but, interestingly, made most of its gains in January and February, and is only up around 2% in March.
Garmin, (GRMN), a tech stock, has made all of its net gains over the past month.
The more defensive Utilities stocks, PEG and AEE, show a more balanced performance, both rising in January and February, in addition to the past trading month.
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Dividends: With its 4%-plus yield, we’ve added Public Enterprise Group, (PEG), to the Utilities section our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables. You’ll also find Lilly, (LLY), in the Healthcare section of the tables.
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Options: 2 of these dividend paying stocks also have fairly high options yields – Garmin and Lilly. We’ve listed July Covered Call trades for both stocks below. Both stocks have ex-dividend dates for their next quarterly dividends, prior to the July call expiration, so you can effectively increase your overall yield substantially, via the combo of the dividend and option yields.
Garmin’s call option payout is nearly 5 times its dividend, and Lilly’s call option pays 4 times its dividend.
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You can find more details on these and over 30 other trades in our free Covered Calls Table.
Both trades have call options which are enough above the stock’s share/price, to amply replace the dividend income, via price gains, if your shares get assigned prior to the ex-dividend date.
Here are the major income scenarios for the Garmin trade:
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Cash Secured Puts: Our Cash Secured Puts Table also lists July put trades for Garmin and Lilly, (along with over 30 other trades). These put option trades both have strike prices which are below these stocks’ current price/share, thereby achieving a lower breakeven:
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Financials:
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Valuations:
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Disclosure: Author held no positions as of yet in any of the stocks mentioned in this article at the time of this writing.
Disclaimer: This article was written for informational purposes only. Author not responsible for any errors, omissions, or actions taken by third parties as a result of reading this article.

3 High Dividend Stocks Bucking The Spring Pullback

By Robert Hauver

The S&P 500 has pulled back approx. 4% since its early April highs, which begs the question, are there any dividend paying stocks that have beaten the market since then?  We took 3 dividend stocks from our High Dividend Stocks By Sector tables, and researched how they’ve done in all of the various rallies and pullbacks since last summer.

These 3 stocks have all held up better than the market in pullbacks, and have also participated in rallies.  Not surprisingly, these defensive dividend stocks hail from the Healthcare and Utilities sectors: NextEra Energy, (NEE), Xcel Energy, (XEL), and Eli Lilly Co., (LLY):

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Disclosure: Author had no positions in any of the above stocks at the time of this writing.

Disclaimer: This article is written for informational purposes only and isn’t intended as investment advice.

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Lilly & Merck – Selling Puts vs. Dividends

By Robert Hauver

In this article we’ll compare projected dividends to selling long-term Put options for 2 well-known dividend paying stocks in the Healthcare section of our High Dividend Stocks by Sector tables:  Merck, (MRK), and Eli Lilly, (LLY).

LLY is trading today at around $35.56, and pays $1.96/share in dividends, giving it a 5.51% dividend yield.  MRK is currently at $37.66, and pays $1.52/share in dividends annually, which equals a 4.04% dividend yield.

This table compares January 2011 put yields to dividend yields for MRK and LLY:

Current Price Dividend Yield Put Yield Put Strike Price Dividend/Share Put Premium Put Breakeven 52-Week Lows
Eli Lilly (LLY) $35.56 5.51% 12.57% $35.00 $1.96 $4.40 $30.60 $27.21
Merck (MRK) $37.66 4.04% 12.71% $35.00 $1.52 $4.45 $30.55 $31.25

As the table illustrates, selling the Jan. 2011 $35 MRK put option would give you nearly 3 times the yield of MRK’s current dividend payout.

Other advantages of this strategy:

  1. You receive the put option premium within 3 days after the trade, as opposed to having to wait for the next 4 quarters for the dividend payments.
  2. Your breakeven cost is lower. In the MRK example, your $30.55 breakeven is below the 52-week low of $31.25.

Disadvantages:

  1. Taxes – Put sales are taxed as a short term gain, whereas qualified dividends are taxed at 15%, so this strategy is more beneficial the lower your personal tax rate is.
  2. Term – This is a 13-month strategy.  A lot could happen during that time, so you want to be sure that you’re bullish enough on a stock that you’d be comfortable owning it at your breakeven point if it gets put to you.  As usual, it comes down to effective valuation research that will give you a valid entry point.  Investors usually calculate what the dividend rate would be at the breakeven price, as one of many research points.

Our Covered Put table has shorter term put options listed that also compare dividends to put premiums.

Disclosure: No positions

Disclaimer: This article is written for informational purposes only.