High Beta Dividend Stocks

Posted by D4L | Friday, December 07, 2012 | | 0 comments »

When it comes to sleepy, low-beta dividend stocks, investors have plenty of options. Nearly all of the members of the consumer staples, telecommunications and utilities sectors can be considered "low beta" and those three sectors combine for nearly 18 percent of the S&P 500's weight. Add the fact that many constituents of the health care sector are viewed as low beta and that that sector represents over 12 percent of the S&P 500's weight and it is safe to say low-beta fare accounts for at least of third of the benchmark index's total weight.

What about stocks with higher betas that compensate investors for the added risk and volatility? The perception may be that taking on a higher beta means a significant reduction, if not all out elimination, of dividends. The reality is that there are plenty of stocks out there that simultaneously wear the titles of "dividend stock" and "high beta." Just look at the following list: Deere & Company (NYSE: DE), BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) and SeaDrill (NYSE: SDRL).

Source: NASDAQ

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