by Robert Hauver
With all of the recent market turmoil, we thought we’d take a look at which dividend stocks performed the best this past week. While these aren’t high dividend stocks, we screened for stocks with a dividend yield above 3%, and a moderate dividend payout ratio.
Not surprisingly, these top 5 dividend stocks are from 2 well-known defensive sectors – Utilities and Consumer Staples, which are also the 2 best performing sectors of the past month.
Performance: These stocks have all outperformed the market this week, and over the past trading month, vs. a -1.36% weekly decline and a -2.07% monthly decline for the S&P 500. One of the big reasons for their strong support by the market right now is that they all have low beta’s, which signifies a low correlation to market volatility.
Looking for defensive dividend paying stocks? It makes sense – May is turning out to be one of the worst months in quite some time, with the S&P 500 down over 6%, the DOW down nearly 6%, and the NASDAQ and RUSSELL 2000 Small Caps both down over 7%.
Here are two dividend stocks from our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables that have outperformed the market since the start of the spring pullback in April. United-Guardian, (UG), is a NY-based microcap, and Wisconsin Energy, (WEC), is a large cap electric utility:
Performance: Both UG and WEC have beaten the market quite handily in these time periods…
But things get really interesting, when you look at their performance during rallies and pullbacks over the past 11 months.