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.
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):