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6 Best Dividend Stocks To Consider Now

Income investors need to remain disciplined in their strategy, however, and not fall for the latest fads. The best dividend stocks to buy now aren’t swing trades or picks that could explode on one earnings report or buyout rumor.

After all, dividend yields are calculated based on one year of distributions, so if you’re not buying these picks for the long term then you might as well not even look at that metric!

The good news is that if you can stick to your guns and keep a cool head, the best dividend stocks to buy now can pay off not just in 2016 and 2017, but for many years down the road thanks to consistent performance and reliable dividend payments.

So if you’re the kind of investor who finds a sleepy master limited partnership with a 4% yield and a 5% annual return more attractive than a gut-wrenching momentum play, this list is for you.

Here are the 6 best dividend stocks to consider now....

Spectra Energy Partners -- Yield: 5.63%

Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP) employs 2,400 people, generates revenue of $2,455.00 million and has a net income of $1,265.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $13.53Billion.

Spectra Energy Partners’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,577.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 64.24% (the operating margin is 51.85% and the net profit margin 51.53%).

Financials: The total debt represents 35.03% of Spectra Energy Partners assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 61.07%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 9.33% was realized by Spectra Energy Partners.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.30. Last fiscal year, Spectra Energy Partners paid $2.43 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.03, the P/S ratio is 5.52 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.26. The dividend yield amounts to 5.63%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Spectra Energy Partners (SEP)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Spectra Energy Partners (SEP)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Spectra Energy Partners (SEP)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Spectra Energy Partners (SEP)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Spectra Energy Partners (SEP)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Spectra Energy Partners (SEP)



Ventas Incorporation -- Yield: 4.02%

Ventas Incorporation (NYSE:VTR) employs 466 people, generates revenue of $3,286.40 million and has a net income of $389.54 million. The current market capitalization stands at $25.59Billion.

Ventas Incorporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,890.86 million. The EBITDA margin is 57.54% (the operating margin is 22.42% and the net profit margin 11.85%).

Financials: The total debt represents 50.34% of Ventas Incorporation assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 114.82%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 4.17% was realized by Ventas Incorporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.23. Last fiscal year, Ventas Incorporation paid $3.04 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 59.13, the P/S ratio is 7.74 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.49. The dividend yield amounts to 4.02%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Ventas Incorporation (VTR)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Ventas Incorporation (VTR)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Ventas Incorporation (VTR)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Ventas Incorporation (VTR)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Ventas Incorporation (VTR)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Ventas Incorporation (VTR)



Digital Realty Trust -- Yield: 3.19%

Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR) employs 1,295 people, generates revenue of $1,763.34 million and has a net income of $301.59 million. The current market capitalization stands at $16.36Billion.

Digital Realty Trust’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $972.44 million. The EBITDA margin is 55.15% (the operating margin is 22.78% and the net profit margin 17.10%).

Financials: The total debt represents 51.67% of Digital Realty Trust assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 131.09%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 7.19% was realized by Digital Realty Trust.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.13. Last fiscal year, Digital Realty Trust paid $3.38 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 97.85, the P/S ratio is 9.18 and the P/B ratio is finally 5.03. The dividend yield amounts to 3.19%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Digital Realty Trust (DLR)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Digital Realty Trust (DLR)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Digital Realty Trust (DLR)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Digital Realty Trust (DLR)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Digital Realty Trust (DLR)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Digital Realty Trust (DLR)



McDonald's Corporation -- Yield: 2.93%

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) employs 420,000 people, generates revenue of $25,413.00 million and has a net income of $4,529.30 million. The current market capitalization stands at $106.84Billion.

McDonald's Corporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $8,871.70 million. The EBITDA margin is 34.91% (the operating margin is 28.12% and the net profit margin 17.82%).

Financials: The total debt represents 63.58% of McDonald's Corporation assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 340.33%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 45.43% was realized by McDonald's Corporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.19. Last fiscal year, McDonald's Corporation paid $3.44 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 23.35, the P/S ratio is 4.19 and the P/B ratio is finally 15.52. The dividend yield amounts to 2.93%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of McDonald's Corporation (MCD)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of McDonald's Corporation (MCD)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of McDonald's Corporation (MCD)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of McDonald's Corporation (MCD)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of McDonald's Corporation (MCD)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of McDonald's Corporation (MCD)



Public Storage -- Yield: 2.80%

Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) employs 5,300 people, generates revenue of $2,381.70 million and has a net income of $1,317.69 million. The current market capitalization stands at $45.24Billion.

Public Storage’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,658.02 million. The EBITDA margin is 69.61% (the operating margin is 51.73% and the net profit margin 55.33%).

Financials: The total debt represents 3.26% of Public Storage assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 3.48%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 20.50% was realized by Public Storage.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.23. Last fiscal year, Public Storage paid $6.50 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 41.30, the P/S ratio is 18.73 and the P/B ratio is finally 8.70. The dividend yield amounts to 2.80%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Public Storage (PSA)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Public Storage (PSA)



American Water Works -- Yield: 1.80%

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) employs 6,700 people, generates revenue of $3,159.00 million and has a net income of $476.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $14.95Billion.

American Water Works’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,512.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 47.86% (the operating margin is 34.03% and the net profit margin 15.07%).

Financials: The total debt represents 38.03% of American Water Works assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 129.85%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 9.55% was realized by American Water Works.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.66. Last fiscal year, American Water Works paid $1.36 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 31.36, the P/S ratio is 4.69 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.94. The dividend yield amounts to 1.80%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of American Water Works (AWK)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of American Water Works (AWK)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of American Water Works (AWK)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of American Water Works (AWK)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of American Water Works (AWK)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of American Water Works (AWK)

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