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8 Best Stocks For Retirement Investors

We went hunting for dividend stocks that meet two conditions important to many retirees: first, low risk that the dividend could be cut, and second, reasonable expectations for long-term dividend growth as well as share price gains.

We found eight names worth considering, depending on your goals and risk tolerance. Some offer relatively high yields but slow dividend-growth prospects; some offer lower yields but strong growth prospects; and others are in the middle ground, with decent yields and good growth prospects.

Here are the results...

Verizon Communications -- Yield: 4.25%

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) employs 177,700 people, generates revenue of $131,620.00 million and has a net income of $18,375.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $215.02 billion.

Verizon Communications’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $46,567.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 35.38% (the operating margin is 25.12% and the net profit margin 13.96%).

Financials: The total debt represents 45.04% of Verizon Communications assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 670.77%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 124.48% was realized by Verizon Communications.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.37. Last fiscal year, Verizon Communications paid $2.23 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.12, the P/S ratio is 1.65 and the P/B ratio is finally 13.19. The dividend yield amounts to 4.25%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Verizon Communications (VZ)



Exxon Mobil -- Yield: 3.47%

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) employs 73,500 people, generates revenue of $259,488.00 million and has a net income of $16,551.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $350.04 billion.

Exxon Mobil’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $30,931.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 11.92% (the operating margin is 4.96% and the net profit margin 6.38%).

Financials: The total debt represents 11.49% of Exxon Mobil assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 22.65%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 9.36% was realized by Exxon Mobil.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.85. Last fiscal year, Exxon Mobil paid $2.88 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.78, the P/S ratio is 1.35 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.05. The dividend yield amounts to 3.47%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Exxon Mobil (XOM)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Exxon Mobil (XOM)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Exxon Mobil (XOM)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Exxon Mobil (XOM)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Exxon Mobil (XOM)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Exxon Mobil (XOM)



Wal-Mart Stores -- Yield: 2.95%

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) employs 2,200,000 people, generates revenue of $482,130.00 million and has a net income of $15,080.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $215.71 billion.

Wal-Mart Stores’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $33,559.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 6.96% (the operating margin is 5.00% and the net profit margin 3.13%).

Financials: The total debt represents 25.07% of Wal-Mart Stores assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 62.12%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 18.15% was realized by Wal-Mart Stores.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.56. Last fiscal year, Wal-Mart Stores paid $1.96 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.78, the P/S ratio is 0.45 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.70. The dividend yield amounts to 2.95%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)



Johnson & Johnson -- Yield: 2.79%

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) employs 127,100 people, generates revenue of $70,074.00 million and has a net income of $15,409.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $299.61 billion.

Johnson & Johnson’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $24,922.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 35.57% (the operating margin is 27.39% and the net profit margin 21.99%).

Financials: The total debt represents 14.89% of Johnson & Johnson assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 27.91%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 21.87% was realized by Johnson & Johnson.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.48. Last fiscal year, Johnson & Johnson paid $2.95 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 19.81, the P/S ratio is 4.23 and the P/B ratio is finally 4.16. The dividend yield amounts to 2.79%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)



3M Company -- Yield: 2.69%

3M Company (NYSE:MMM) employs 89,446 people, generates revenue of $30,274.00 million and has a net income of $4,841.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $99.43 billion.

3M Company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $8,383.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 27.69% (the operating margin is 22.94% and the net profit margin 15.99%).

Financials: The total debt represents 33.14% of 3M Company assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 92.61%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 38.95% was realized by 3M Company.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $7.59. Last fiscal year, 3M Company paid $4.10 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.66, the P/S ratio is 3.30 and the P/B ratio is finally 8.58. The dividend yield amounts to 2.69%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of 3M Company (MMM)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of 3M Company (MMM)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of 3M Company (MMM)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of 3M Company (MMM)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of 3M Company (MMM)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of 3M Company (MMM)



Honeywell International -- Yield: 2.11%

Honeywell International (NYSE:HON) employs 129,000 people, generates revenue of $38,581.00 million and has a net income of $4,847.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $85.64 billion.

Honeywell International’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $8,245.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 21.37% (the operating margin is 17.07% and the net profit margin 12.56%).

Financials: The total debt represents 24.47% of Honeywell International assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 66.01%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 26.53% was realized by Honeywell International.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.04. Last fiscal year, Honeywell International paid $2.15 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.57, the P/S ratio is 2.23 and the P/B ratio is finally 4.76. The dividend yield amounts to 2.11%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Honeywell International (HON)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Honeywell International (HON)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Honeywell International (HON)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Honeywell International (HON)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Honeywell International (HON)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Honeywell International (HON)



Apple -- Yield: 1.95%

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) employs 110,000 people, generates revenue of $233,715.00 million and has a net income of $53,394.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $592.95 billion.

Apple’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $81,730.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 34.97% (the operating margin is 30.48% and the net profit margin 22.85%).

Financials: The total debt represents 22.19% of Apple assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 54.01%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 46.25% was realized by Apple.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $9.41. Last fiscal year, Apple paid $1.98 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.27, the P/S ratio is 2.53 and the P/B ratio is finally 4.99. The dividend yield amounts to 1.95%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Apple (AAPL)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Apple (AAPL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Apple (AAPL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Apple (AAPL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Apple (AAPL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Apple (AAPL)



CVS Health -- Yield: 1.67%

CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) employs 155,000 people, generates revenue of $153,290.00 million and has a net income of $5,230.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $110.88 billion.

CVS Health’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $11,565.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 7.54% (the operating margin is 6.17% and the net profit margin 3.41%).

Financials: The total debt represents 29.32% of CVS Health assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 73.84%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.91% was realized by CVS Health.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.65. Last fiscal year, CVS Health paid $1.40 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.68, the P/S ratio is 0.73 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.02. The dividend yield amounts to 1.67%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of CVS Health (CVS)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of CVS Health (CVS)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of CVS Health (CVS)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of CVS Health (CVS)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of CVS Health (CVS)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of CVS Health (CVS)

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