Dividends4Life: Dividend Stocks to Sell Going into 2014

Dividend Stocks to Sell Going into 2014

Posted by D4L | Tuesday, January 07, 2014 | | 0 comments »

For the first time in over a half century, the stock market yields more than the bank. Thanks to the Fed’s monetary stimulus, interest rates and bond yields have fallen to paltry levels, making dividend yields all the more attractive. But while I’m a fan of juicy dividend yields myself, a word to the wise: You should never pick stocks based on just their dividend. While high dividend yields can be attractive, that shouldn’t be the only thing you’re looking for when picking stocks. With some companies, a high dividend yield isn’t always a good thing: Sometimes a high yield is actually caused by a drop in stock price.

Moving beyond the yield and current dividend payment, you want to look at the company as a whole and its history of dividend payments. Consistent and steadily increasing payments are a prime sign of a strong company that makes dividends work for you. I’ve run the top dividend stocks in the S&P 500 through Portfolio Grader and have come up with no fewer than 10 stocks that need to be sold right away: ConAgra (CAG), Cisco (CSCO), Chevron (CVX), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), Darden Restaurants (DRI), FirstEnergy (FE), Kraft Goods (KRFT), McDonald’s (MCD), Altria (MO) and Philip Morris (PM).

Source: InvestorPlace

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