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Get Ready For the Next Dividend Rush

March 14, 2013

Stock of the Day

Remember back to the dividend rush at the end of 2012. Fearing higher tax rates caused by the Fiscal Cliff, big blue chips made a point to get their dividends out before the end of the year. And the way things are shaping up, the dividends are going to be even bigger than they were last year.

In this low interest rate environment, dividends are still looking great. After all, the S&P 500 currently yields about 2.1%, and that is a heck of a lot better than you can get through most savings accounts. On top of this, dividends do two important things:

  1. First, a generous dividend payment lowers a stock's volatility. I'd much rather own a stock that's stable rather than one that scatters all over the place.
  2. They also tell me how much money a company really has. If the company is willing to part with cash in the form of a dividend payment, then I know they really earned it.

But as I mentioned last week, you still have to do your homework and screen dividend stocks for fundamental health. Stock selection remains critical with dividend stocks, because if you choose them correctly, you can make a fortune both as your invested capital appreciates over the years—and as the quarterly dividend grows.

And now is the perfect time to do so because we're coming up on a bunch of ex-dividend dates over the next few weeks. I've listed the big dividends below, as well as my current Portfolio Grader ranking for each of these stocks.

Symbol

Company

Ex-Dividend

Yield

My Take

A

Agilent Technologies Inc.

28-Mar

1.12%

Sell

AAP

Advance Auto Parts

20-Mar

0.30%

Sell

ACE

Ace Limited

26-Mar

2.21%

Buy

AGNC

American Capital Agency

18-Mar

15.16%

Buy

AGU

Agrium

26-Mar

0.96%

Hold

AM

American Greetings

25-Mar

3.75%

Hold

ATVI

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

18-Mar

1.27%

Buy

AVGO

Avago Technologies Ltd.

21-Mar

2.11%

Sell

BBY

Best Buy

19-Mar

3.24%

Sell

CHH

Choice Hotels

28-Mar

1.89%

Strong Buy

DDS

Dillard's

26-Mar

0.25%

Buy

DE

Deere & Co.

26-Mar

2.23%

Hold

DELL

Dell Inc.

27-Mar

2.24%

Sell

DK

Delek U.S. Holdings

22-Mar

1.02%

Strong Buy

DOW

Dow Chemical

26-Mar

3.85%

Sell

HBC

HSBC Holdings plc

20-Mar

6.64%

Hold

HNZ

HJ Heinz Co.

21-Mar

2.84%

Strong Buy

HUM

Humana Inc.

26-Mar

1.51%

Sell

KGC

Kinross Gold Corp

19-Mar

2.07%

Sell

LVS

Las Vegas Sands

19-Mar

2.63%

Sell

MW

Men's Wearhouse

15-Mar

2.48%

Sell

NTE

Nam Tai Electronics, Inc.

26-Mar

1.41%

Strong Buy

NVO

Novo Nordisk

21-Mar

1.33%

Buy

PCG

PG&E Corp

26-Mar

4.20%

Sell

SPLS

Staples

26-Mar

3.53%

Sell

TRP

TransCanada Corp

26-Mar

3.92%

Hold

TUP

Tupperware

18-Mar

3.18%

Buy

TWI

Titan International

26-Mar

0.09%

Sell

WDC

Western Digital

26-Mar

1.98%

Buy

WIN

Windstream Corp

26-Mar

11.30%

Strong Sell

XRX

Xerox

26-Mar

2.68%

Hold

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

Louis Navellier

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