Dividends4Life: 3 Top Dividend Stocks Selling for a Discount This Winter

Dividend stocks are often the driving force of a well-rounded retirement portfolio. They offer three key advantages that can be quite attractive to long-term investors. First, they are a sign of a company's proven long-term track record. A business wouldn't consider sharing its profits if the management team didn't believe those profits were sustainable. Second, dividend stocks can help to hedge against inevitable downturns in the stock market. Since 1950, the S&P 500 has had 35 separate stock market corrections of at least 10% when rounding to the nearest integer. While a dividend is unlikely to erase the paper losses created by a stock market downturn, it can help reduce investors' anxiety and mitigate some of their losses. Last, dividend payments can be reinvested into more shares of stock.

These top dividend stocks appear to be discounted. Despite the S&P 500's 9.5% yearly gain in 2016, quite a few top-notch dividend-paying stocks ended the year lower. In fact, a quick screen of stocks yielding at least 3% with a minimum market cap of $2 billion and a loss in value in 2016 of 5% or higher produced just over five dozen companies. Among them are three that stand out as top dividend stocks selling at discounts this winter: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (NYSE:TEVA), Xerox (NYSE:XRX) and Ford (NYSE:F).

Source: Motley Fool

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