Our Top 100 Dividend Stocks

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The Top 100 is the Dividend Manager’s custom list of dividend-bearing stock for income investors – the type of stocks that can allow you to reap high relative income and earn consistent returns without constantly worrying about market performance. 

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Top 100 as of 5.2.18

Ranking Stock Name Ticker Sector Dividend Yield
1 GlaxoSmithKline PLC GSK Healthcare 5.13%
2 Ventas Inc VTR Real Estate 5.60%
3 Pfizer Inc PFE Healthcare 3.91%
4 CVS Health Corp CVS Healthcare 3.05%
5 Exxon Mobil Corp XOM Energy 3.96%
6 Public Storage PSA Real Estate 4.37%
7 Dominion Resources Inc D Utilities 4.88%
8 The Kroger Co KR Consumer Staples 2.81%
9 GGP Inc GGP Real Estate 4.23%
10 Invesco Ltd IVZ Financial 3.53%
11 L Brands Inc LB Consumer Discretionary 6.53%
12 Duke Energy Corp DUK Utilities 3.99%
13 Target Corp TGT Consumer Staples 3.88%
14 Verizon Communications Inc VZ Telecommunications 4.78%
15 Schlumberger Ltd SLB Energy 3.17%
16 Cardinal Health Inc CAH Healthcare 3.77%
17 Amgen Inc AMGN Healthcare 2.92%
18 PepsiCo Inc PEP Consumer Staples 3.60%
19 Simon Property Group Inc SPG Real Estate 4.54%
20 National Grid PLC ADR NGG Utilities 4.61%
21 Total SA TOT Energy 5.01%
22 Toyota Motor Corporation TM Consumer Discretionary 3.31%
23 Occidental Petroleum Corp OXY Energy 4.23%
24 Gap Inc GPS Consumer Discretionary 4.01%
25 United Parcel Service Inc UPS Industrials 2.85%
26 Novartis AG NVS Healthcare 3.25%
27 Intel Corp INTC Technology 2.47%
28 Southern Co SO Utilities 4.95%
29 Hershey HSY Consumer Staples 2.87%
30 Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc WBA Consumer Staples 2.68%
31 Principal Financial Group Inc PFG Financial 2.78%
32 Hess Corporation HES Energy 2.09%
33 Qualcomm Inc QCOM Technology 4.39%
34 Kohl’s Corp KSS Consumer Discretionary 4.09%
35 Merck & Co Inc MRK Healthcare 3.30%
36 Procter & Gamble Co PG Consumer Staples 2.93%
37 AT&T Inc T Telecommunications 5.13%
38 Boston Properties Inc BXP Real Estate 3.42%
39 Bank of Nova Scotia BNS Financial 3.73%
40 General Mills Inc GIS Consumer Staples 4.16%
41 Wells Fargo and Company WFC Financial 2.93%
42 Coach Inc COH Consumer Discretionary 3.29%
43 Infosys Ltd INFY Technology 2.77%
44 Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV BUD Consumer Staples 4.13%
45 Cisco Systems Inc CSCO Technology 2.82%
46 IBM IBM Technology 4.28%
47 Bristol Myers BMY Healthcare 2.69%
48 Nestle SA NSRGY Consumer Staples 2.69%
49 Consolidated Edison Inc ED Utilities 3.86%
50 Emerson Electric EMR Industrials 3.26%
51 Mitsubishi UFJ Fin’l Grp Inc ADR MTU Financial 2.60%
52 AmerisourceBergen Corp ABC Healthcare 1.84%
53 Eastman Chemical Co EMN Basic Materials 2.37%
54 Spectra Energy Partners LP SEP Basic Materials 6.45%
55 Hormel Foods Corp HRL Consumer Staples 1.91%
56 The Travelers Companies Inc TRV Financial 2.14%
57 Dow Chemical Co DOW Basic Materials 2.84%
58 Dr Pepper Snapple Group DPS Consumer Discretionary 2.41%
59 BCE Inc BCE Technology 4.56%
60 MetLife Inc MET Financial 3.39%
61 Discover Financial Services DFS Financial 2.10%
62 Magna International Inc MGA Consumer Discretionary 2.22%
63 Marathon Petroleum Corp MPC Energy 2.90%
64 Novo Nordisk A/S NVO Healthcare 2.68%
65 The Mosaic Co MOS Basic Materials 4.89%
66 Société Générale ADR SCGLY Financial 4.38%
67 Starbucks Corp SBUX Consumer Discretionary 1.84%
68 Comcast Corp CMCSA Telecommunications 1.43%
69 Darden Restaurants Inc DRI Consumer Discretionary 2.51%
70 Apache Oil APA Energy 2.01%
71 Unilever UN Consumer Staples 2.53%
72 Capital One Financial COF Financial 1.96%
73 Phillips 66 PSX Energy 3.23%
74 Wal-Mart Stores Inc WMT Consumer Staples 2.54%
75 Realty Income Corp O Real Estate 4.23%
76 Coca-Cola Co KO Consumer Staples 3.34%
77 Cummins Inc CMI Industrials 2.71%
78 T. Rowe Price Group Inc TROW Financial 2.16%
79 Eaton Corp PLC ETN Industrials 3.30%
80 Siemens AG SIEGY Industrials 2.90%
81 Agrium Inc AGU Basic Materials 3.63%
82 BB and T Corporation BBT Financial 2.67%
83 Microsoft Corp MSFT Technology 2.13%
84 Medtronic PLC MDT Healthcare 2.14%
85 State Street Corporation STT Financial 1.62%
86 Philip Morris International PM Consumer Staples 3.58%
87 Oracle Corp ORCL Technology 1.38%
88 Chubb Ltd. CB Financial 2.41%
89 Viacom Inc VIAB Consumer Discretionary 2.81%
90 Valero Energy Corp VLO Energy 4.12%
91 JP Morgan Chase and Co JPM Financial 2.14%
92 Diageo Plc DEO Consumer Staples 2.43%
93 United Technologies Corp UTX Industrials 2.32%
94 Accenture PLC ACN Technology 1.87%
95 CMS Energy Corp CMS Utilities 2.71%
96 Prudential Financial Inc PRU Financial 2.89%
97 Progressive Corporation PGR Financial 1.39%
98 McDonald’s Corp MCD Consumer Discretionary 2.32%
99 Fluor FLR Industrials 2.23%
100 Quest Diagnostics Inc DGX Healthcare 1.64%

The Dividend Manager’s Strategy For Selecting The Top 100 Dividend Paying Stocks 

  • Choose firms with a solid history of dividend payments plus above-average dividend growth (generally a minimum of 5 percent in dividend growth rate for prospective investments).
  • Select firms with moderate dividend payout ratios. Firms with moderate or even low-payout ratios will have the financial capacity to continue paying and raising dividends at an above-market rate.
  • Choose firms with an above average dividend yield based on their price and dividend history. Firms that trade at low dividend/payout ratios offer investors an opportunity for added appreciation through share price and dividend reinvestment.

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To learn more about the Top 100 and Dividend Paying Stocks, read The Snowball Effect. This income investing book shows how to achieve retirement goals by investing in blue-chip dividend paying stocks, high-yield bonds, and writing covered calls. It is the fourth book by well known investment author Timothy McIntosh.