When high-flying growth stocks made all of the headlines last year, dividend stocks often got ignored. But now, the Nasdaq is in correction territory, and many of those former hot stocks are getting heavily sold off.
In volatile times like these, a steady and increasing stream of dividends can help risk-averse investors sleep better at night.
Healthy dividend stocks have the potential to:
Offer a plump income stream in both good times and bad times.
Provide much-needed diversification to growth-oriented portfolios.
Outperform the S&P 500 over the long haul.
Here’s a look at three stocks with oversized dividends. Remember, you don’t have to start big.
JPMorgan Chase (JPM)
Let’s start with a bank stock.
With inflation running hot, people are concerned about the continuous interest rate hikes from the Fed. But as it turns out, banks typically do well in a rising interest rate environment.
Banks lend money at higher rates than they borrow, pocketing the difference. When interest rates increase, the spread for how much a bank earns widens.
JPMorgan Chase is the largest U.S. bank, with a whopping $4.0 trillion in assets. The stock had a strong rally in 2021 but later gave up some of the gains. Year to date, it’s down around 21%.
The latest financials didn’t cheer up investors. In Q1, JPMorgan produced $2.63 per share in earnings, down from the $4.50 per share earned in the year-ago period.
Dividend checks, on the other hand, remain plentiful. Last summer, the bank announced an 11% increase to its quarterly dividend rate to $1 per share.
It currently yields 3.1%, which is higher than what’s offered at Goldman Sachs (2.5%), Bank of America (2.3%) and Wells Fargo (2.2%), but below Morgan Stanley (3.3%).
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)
Despite being one of the essential service providers, Walgreens hasn’t been a market darling. The company’s…
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