Top 100 Dividend Stocks For 2013 – The 7-7-7 Dividend Selection Rule
Dividend investing is a huge part of my investment strategy. As I’ve mentioned in my now monthly passive income updates, receiving dividend income from my both my Ultimate Sustainable Dividend portfolio and my ETF portfolio is a primary driver of how my retirement will be like a few decades from now:) Today, I am back with our list of the top [...]

Dividend investing is a huge part of my investment strategy. As I’ve mentioned in my now monthly passive income updates, receiving dividend income from my both my Ultimate Sustainable Dividend portfolio and my ETF portfolio is a primary driver of how my retirement will be like a few decades from now:)

Today, I am back with our list of the top 100 dividend stocks from the S&P500 and we have a familiar name still on top.

Pitney Bowes (PBI)

Pitney Bowes is dominating the list but if you look at its stock chart just below, you will see that the rising dividend is caused not by raising payouts but because the stock price keeps declining. That is NOT a good sign. The fact is that numbers don’t look great when you look at the year over year comparisons and I’d be very reluctant to buy PBI, especially in a long term portfolio such as the USDP.

Sick Companies Getting To The Top

I’ve said over and over how using the top dividend yield as a point of reference could be dangerous and I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to see Best Buy (BBY) climb up there… as investors continue to jump off of the Best Buy ship (rightfully so!!), the dividend remains the same (for now) and thus the yield increases. Of course, no one expects that dividend to remain the same so the yield is not actually useful in such a case right?

The 7-7-7 Dividend Section Rule

One of my favorite ways to screen through dividend stocks is to use the 7-7-7 rule. Basically, I look for stocks that have average a 7% growth (or better) over 5 years for the:

-dividend growth
-earnings per share growth
-sales growth

Companies that fit here generally have strong profitable businesses and are dedicated to increasing dividends..! I actually did that screening for the 100 stocks that you can see here and got 2 results!!

TickerNameIndustryPriceDividend YieldPayout RatioEx-Dvd Date
CLFCliffs Natural Resources IncMetal-Iron38.816.447.262/13/2013
NUNortheast UtilitiesElectric-Integrated39.823.4549.562/28/2013

Surprised to see so few? Those are the types of stocks that I look to add to the USDP. If you are interested in finding out more, I will do further analysis for the free mailing list, you can subscribe here, it’s free!:)

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In the meantime, here is the list!
TickerNamePriceDividend YieldPayout RatioEx-Dividend Date
PBIPitney Bowes Inc1079.00%13.9185.092/13/2013
WINWindstream Corp880.00%11.383083/29/2013
FTRFrontier Communications Corp438.00%9.15498.8803/08/2013
CTLCenturyLink Inc4018.00%7.22269.6403/08/2013
EXCExelon Corp2982.00%7.0369.902/08/2013
CLFCliffs Natural Resources Inc3881.00%6.447.262/13/2013
BBYBest Buy Co Inc11.815.76N/A4/19/2013
RAIReynolds American Inc42.885.589.5403/08/2013
MOAltria Group Inc32.545.4196.713/15/2013
EQREquity Residential57.015.391633.4403/07/2013
POMPepco Holdings Inc20.255.3393.8503/08/2013
FEFirstEnergy Corp41.985.24104.1802/05/2013
TETECO Energy Inc16.975.1967.22/13/2013
PBCTPeople's United Financial Inc12.445.14111.121/30/2013
LOLorillard Inc120.735.1464.962/25/2013
TAT&T Inc355.14259.7401/08/2013
ETREntergy Corp64.755.1343.7402/08/2013
AEEAmeren Corp31.325.1172.2503/11/2013
TEGIntegrys Energy Group Inc53.595.0892.982/28/2013
DODiamond Offshore Drilling Inc69.785.0250.552/14/2013
HCNHealth Care REIT Inc61.135.01516.2102/01/2013
PPLPPL Corp29.094.9551.6103/08/2013
LMTLockheed Martin Corp93.274.9340.932/28/2013
STXSeagate Technology PLC31.954.7612.805/02/2013
DUKDuke Energy Corp65.014.7177.342/13/2013
VZVerizon Communications Inc44.274.65232.7401/08/2013
PEGPublic Service Enterprise Group Inc30.934.5949.2603/08/2013
ABBVAbbVie Inc35.124.54004/10/2013
GASAGL Resources Inc40.694.5286.052/13/2013
SOSouthern Co/The43.784.4872.671/31/2013
COPConocoPhillips59.214.4629.212/21/2013
PCGPG&E Corp40.864.4683.413/29/2013
DRIDarden Restaurants Inc45.44.4146.9601/08/2013
CACA Inc22.744.420.472/14/2013
HCPHCP Inc45.544.39149.9702/07/2013
KRFTKraft Foods Group Inc45.764.37N/A3/29/2013
SESpectra Energy Corp28.064.3559.8802/06/2013
GCIGannett Co Inc18.494.3312.4703/06/2013
AEPAmerican Electric Power Co Inc43.654.3156.8902/08/2013
KIMKimco Realty Corp19.534.3305.6604/01/2013
WMWaste Management Inc33.974.366.2903/08/2013
EDConsolidated Edison Inc56.594.2866.8902/11/2013
BMYBristol-Myers Squibb Co32.714.2860.9601/02/2013
GRMNGarmin Ltd42.154.2759.623/13/2013
DDominion Resources Inc/VA52.924.2581.392/27/2013
SCGSCANA Corp46.814.2364.603/06/2013
INTCIntel Corp21.384.2131.8902/06/2013
HRBH&R Block Inc19.064.260.3503/08/2013
SAISAIC Inc11.464.19N/A01/11/2013
LEGLeggett & Platt Inc27.754.18101.243/13/2013
MCHPMicrochip Technology Inc33.754.1779.052/19/2013
MRKMerck & Co Inc41.344.1676.823/15/2013
PNWPinnacle West Capital Corp52.44.1669.771/30/2013
PAYXPaychex Inc31.854.1484.0308/01/2013
CNPCenterPoint Energy Inc19.624.1343.712/15/2013
CINFCincinnati Financial Corp39.874.09157.233/18/2013
DTEDTE Energy Co61.484.0355.133/21/2013
HASHasbro Inc35.824.0241.0705/01/2013
LLYEli Lilly & Co49.513.9650.222/13/2013
KMIKinder Morgan Inc/Delaware36.533.94131.21/31/2013
CVCCablevision Systems Corp15.213.9468.4703/07/2013
XELXcel Energy Inc27.383.9460.333/19/2013
PMPhilip Morris International Inc86.743.9257.823/26/2013
GMEGameStop Corp25.663.902/28/2013
CMSCMS Energy Corp24.813.8737.2902/06/2013
DOWDow Chemical Co/The33.053.8743.053/29/2013
HCBKHudson City Bancorp Inc8.353.83N/A02/06/2013
SPLSStaples Inc11.483.8328.233/27/2013
WMBWilliams Cos Inc/The34.033.8257.6303/06/2013
SWYSafeway Inc18.353.8236.313/19/2013
VTRVentas Inc65.163.81143.6103/08/2013
NINiSource Inc25.253.884.9902/06/2013
NYXNYSE Euronext31.873.7750.573/14/2013
DDEI du Pont de Nemours & Co45.873.7544.522/13/2013
PFEPfizer Inc25.913.7174.881/30/2013
PCLPlum Creek Timber Co Inc45.43.7140.932/13/2013
WUWestern Union Co/The13.763.6316.663/14/2013
WECWisconsin Energy Corp37.663.6147.1902/12/2013
GEGeneral Electric Co21.343.5657.492/21/2013
FCXFreeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc35.173.5531.1501/11/2013
HPQHewlett-Packard Co15.023.5211.9303/11/2013
CMECME Group Inc/IL51.343.5120.6103/08/2013
SYYSysco Corp31.93.5155.9901/02/2013
HNZHJ Heinz Co58.893.566.73/22/2013
CLXClorox Co/The74.093.4658.81/18/2013
NUNortheast Utilities39.823.4549.562/28/2013
JNJJohnson & Johnson70.843.4463.652/22/2013
KMBKimberly-Clark Corp86.383.4369.5803/06/2013
MCDMcDonald's Corp90.123.4247.422/25/2013
VNOVornado Realty Trust80.923.41111.502/06/2013
RTNRaytheon Co58.623.4132.404/04/2013
NEENextEra Energy Inc70.523.447.842/27/2013
MATMattel Inc36.83.3741.262/19/2013
IRMIron Mountain Inc32.083.3775.343/20/2013
SRESempra Energy72.183.3333.973/26/2013
MSFTMicrosoft Corp27.663.3339.582/19/2013
CAGConAgra Foods Inc30.093.3283.751/29/2013
NUENucor Corp44.783.2859.173/29/2013
CVXChevron Corp110.393.2622.832/15/2013
PGProcter & Gamble Co/The69.393.2466.061/16/2013
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