As the markets whipsawed up and down last week, investors panicked about what to do with their investments. Should they sell before things get worse or take advantage of opportunities that might be out there? It's a tough call to make sometimes. The best advice I can give is to stay the course of your investing strategy, whatever that may be.
However, if you have some cash to invest, now is a great time to pick up some really awesome dividend stocks at dirt cheap prices. Companies that pay dividends have illustrated that over time, they have outperformed their nonpaying brethren. In addition, these same companies tend to be more conservative and more focused on rewarding their shareholders by consistently shelling out those lucrative dividend payments. So if you can take advantage of a time like right now, when the market is already down 10% over the last three months, you might be able to find that hidden gem you've been looking for.
To help you on your quest, I ran a screen for industrial companies paying dividends above 2%, with P/E ratio's less than 17, that are trading at least 20% below their 12-month high, and that have garnered the respect of our CAPS investing community with at least a four- or five-star rating. I've ranked and ordered the results below by the top seven highest dividend payers.
% Below 12-Month High
CAPS Rating (out of 5)
Xinyuan Real Estate (NYS: XIN)
Veolia Environnement (NYS: VE)
Waste Management (NYS: WM)
Lockheed Martin (NYS: LMT)
Raytheon (NYS: RTN)
Northrop Grumman (NYS: NOC)
General Electric (NYS: GE)
Source: CAPS data as of Aug. 15.
Granted, there are probably some good reasons why some of these stocks are trading so cheaply and have fallen from grace. Many of the defense companies have taken a beating as belt-tightening in Washington has forced investors to realize that some lucrative defense contracts may not be as prevalent moving forward as they once have been. However, some of these companies are actually Fool favorites. Read here about why I chose to buy Veolia for my Rising Star portfolio, and here to read about why my Foolish colleague Alyce Lomax recently bought shares of Waste Management for her portfolio.
Nonetheless, these stocks are paying absolutely phenomenal dividends, and they are trading extremely cheap, so if you're interested in them, it would pay to do your own due diligence and look into them further.
Seeking out other dividend stocks that could help boost your portfolio? Check out my colleague's brand new free article, "The Downgrade Be Damned: Here's What I'm Buying Now."
At the time thisarticle was published Jordan DiPietro owns shares of General Electric.The Motley Fool owns shares of Veolia Environnement, Lockheed Martin, Waste Management, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Waste Management. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
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