Dividends4Life: Dividend Stocks With All-Time High Yields for 2016

Heading into the uncertainty of 2016, income investors will still likely be able to find compelling dividend stocks as companies continue to grow their dividend payouts over last year. Of the total $2.2 trillion S&P 500 companies are expected to spend in 2016, 46%, or $1 trillion, is expected to be returned to shareholders in the form of buybacks and dividends, according to a research note by Chief U.S. Equity Strategist at Goldman Sachs David Kostin. The numbers reflect a year-over-year increase in S&P 500 dividends per share of 7%, slightly lower than the 9% grown in 2015 relative to 2014.

A new GuruFocus tool can search out stocks currently paying the highest dividend payouts in their history. Setting the screen for stocks with dividend yield of at least 3.1%, with a payout ratio less than 0.5%, that have been increasing their dividends for a minimum of 10 years and are paying at least 10% below their historical high dividend yield generates five stocks. By nearness to their historical high dividend yield, they are: IBM Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:OXY), Murphy Oil Corp. (NYSE:MUR) and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT).

Source: GuruFocus

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