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10 Highest Dividend Stocks on the S&P 500

The average stock on the S&P 500 index pays a dividend yield of 2.41%, but some are paying much more. Here's a chart of the 10 highest-paying dividend stocks on the S&P 500, and which ones might be the best choices to buy and hold for the long term.

Before moving on, it's important to mention that a high dividend doesn't necessarily translate into a good stock to invest in.

For example, Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR), the highest-paying company in the S&P 500, has struggled to turn a profit for several years now. In my opinion, it's at serious risk of a dividend cut in the near future.

With that in mind, there are a few stocks on this list worth buying. Here are my three favorites in no particular order.

These are the results...

Frontier Communication -- Yield: 10.10%

Frontier Communication (NASDAQ:FTR) employs 30,300 people, generates revenue of $5,576.00 million and has a net income of $-196.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $4.78 billion.

Frontier Communication’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,301.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 41.27% (the operating margin is 13.36% and the net profit margin -3.52%).

Financials: The total debt represents 58.79% of Frontier Communication assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 283.61%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of -6.88% was realized by Frontier Communication.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.48. Last fiscal year, Frontier Communication paid $0.42 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, the P/S ratio is 0.88 and the P/B ratio is finally 0.87. The dividend yield amounts to 10.10%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Frontier Communication (FTR)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Frontier Communication (FTR)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Frontier Communication (FTR)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Frontier Communication (FTR)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Frontier Communication (FTR)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Frontier Communication (FTR)


Centurylink -- Yield: 7.87%

Centurylink (NYSE:CTL) employs 43,000 people, generates revenue of $17,900.00 million and has a net income of $878.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $14.91 billion.

Centurylink’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,826.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 38.13% (the operating margin is 14.55% and the net profit margin 4.91%).

Financials: The total debt represents 42.49% of Centurylink assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 143.85%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 6.04% was realized by Centurylink.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.79. Last fiscal year, Centurylink paid $2.16 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.31, the P/S ratio is 0.84 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.06. The dividend yield amounts to 7.87%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Centurylink (CTL)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Centurylink (CTL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Centurylink (CTL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Centurylink (CTL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Centurylink (CTL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Centurylink (CTL)


Seagate Technology -- Yield: 6.54%

Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) employs 45,500 people, generates revenue of $11,160.00 million and has a net income of $248.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $11.44 billion.

Seagate Technology’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,435.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 12.86% (the operating margin is 3.99% and the net profit margin 2.22%).

Financials: The total debt represents 50.05% of Seagate Technology assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 259.26%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 10.76% was realized by Seagate Technology.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.82. Last fiscal year, Seagate Technology 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 46.78, the P/S ratio is 1.04 and the P/B ratio is finally 7.23. The dividend yield amounts to 6.54%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Seagate Technology (STX)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Seagate Technology (STX)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Seagate Technology (STX)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Seagate Technology (STX)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Seagate Technology (STX)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Seagate Technology (STX)


HCP -- Yield: 6.06%

HCP (NYSE:HCP) employs 187 people, generates revenue of $2,544.31 million and has a net income of $-557.84 million. The current market capitalization stands at $17.91 billion.

HCP’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,833.92 million. The EBITDA margin is 72.08% (the operating margin is -4.25% and the net profit margin -21.92%).

Financials: The total debt represents 51.60% of HCP assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 118.47%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of -5.58% was realized by HCP.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.15. Last fiscal year, HCP paid $2.26 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, the P/S ratio is 6.97 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.89. The dividend yield amounts to 6.06%.

Stock Charts:

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


Staples Incorporation -- Yield: 5.61%

Staples Incorporation (NASDAQ:SPLS) employs 42,554 people, generates revenue of $21,059.00 million and has a net income of $379.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $5.54 billion.

Staples Incorporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,302.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 6.18% (the operating margin is 3.04% and the net profit margin 1.80%).

Financials: The total debt represents 10.17% of Staples Incorporation assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 19.25%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 7.10% was realized by Staples Incorporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.68. Last fiscal year, Staples Incorporation paid $0.48 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, the P/S ratio is 0.26 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.03. The dividend yield amounts to 5.61%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Staples Incorporation (SPLS)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Staples Incorporation (SPLS)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Staples Incorporation (SPLS)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Staples Incorporation (SPLS)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Staples Incorporation (SPLS)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Staples Incorporation (SPLS)


Iron Mountain -- Yield: 5.17%

Iron Mountain (NYSE:IRM) employs 20,000 people, generates revenue of $3,007.98 million and has a net income of $124.35 million. The current market capitalization stands at $9.88 billion.

Iron Mountain’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $905.64 million. The EBITDA margin is 30.11% (the operating margin is 16.53% and the net profit margin 4.13%).

Financials: The total debt represents 76.30% of Iron Mountain assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 952.30%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 18.05% was realized by Iron Mountain.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.37. Last fiscal year, Iron Mountain paid $1.91 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 101.91, the P/S ratio is 3.28 and the P/B ratio is finally 15.59. The dividend yield amounts to 5.17%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Iron Mountain (IRM)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Iron Mountain (IRM)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Iron Mountain (IRM)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Iron Mountain (IRM)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Iron Mountain (IRM)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Iron Mountain (IRM)


Host Hotels and Resorts -- Yield: 5.14%

Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE:HST) employs 240 people, generates revenue of $5,387.00 million and has a net income of $571.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $11.52 billion.

Host Hotels and Resorts’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,335.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 24.78% (the operating margin is 12.07% and the net profit margin 10.60%).

Financials: The total debt represents 33.18% of Host Hotels and Resorts assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 54.74%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 7.75% was realized by Host Hotels and Resorts.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.04. Last fiscal year, Host Hotels and Resorts paid $0.80 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.99, the P/S ratio is 2.15 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.65. The dividend yield amounts to 5.14%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Host Hotels and Resorts (HST)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Host Hotels and Resorts (HST)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Host Hotels and Resorts (HST)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Host Hotels and Resorts (HST)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Host Hotels and Resorts (HST)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Host Hotels and Resorts (HST)


Ford Motor -- Yield: 4.97%

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) employs 199,000 people, generates revenue of $149,558.00 million and has a net income of $7,371.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $47.88 billion.

Ford Motor’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $16,188.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 10.82% (the operating margin is 5.11% and the net profit margin 4.93%).

Financials: The total debt represents 59.07% of Ford Motor assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 463.84%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 27.78% was realized by Ford Motor.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.25. Last fiscal year, Ford Motor paid $0.60 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 5.37, the P/S ratio is 0.32 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.70. The dividend yield amounts to 4.97%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Ford Motor (F)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Ford Motor (F)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Ford Motor (F)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Ford Motor (F)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Ford Motor (F)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Ford Motor (F)


CF Industries -- Yield: 4.93%

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) employs 2,800 people, generates revenue of $4,308.30 million and has a net income of $661.80 million. The current market capitalization stands at $5.77 billion.

CF Industries’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,794.50 million. The EBITDA margin is 41.65% (the operating margin is 27.69% and the net profit margin 15.36%).

Financials: The total debt represents 43.66% of CF Industries assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 137.22%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 16.98% was realized by CF Industries.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.81. Last fiscal year, CF Industries paid $1.20 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 29.90, the P/S ratio is 1.32 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.41. The dividend yield amounts to 4.93%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of CF Industries (CF)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of CF Industries (CF)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of CF Industries (CF)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of CF Industries (CF)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of CF Industries (CF)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of CF Industries (CF)


ONEOK -- Yield: 4.79%

ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) employs 2,364 people, generates revenue of $7,763.21 million and has a net income of $385.28 million. The current market capitalization stands at $10.85 billion.

ONEOK’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,428.82 million. The EBITDA margin is 18.41% (the operating margin is 10.51% and the net profit margin 4.96%).

Financials: The total debt represents 58.14% of ONEOK assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 2,674.40%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 54.11% was realized by ONEOK.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.34. Last fiscal year, ONEOK 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 38.23, the P/S ratio is 1.39 and the P/B ratio is finally 32.10. The dividend yield amounts to 4.79%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of ONEOK (OKE)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of ONEOK (OKE)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of ONEOK (OKE)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of ONEOK (OKE)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of ONEOK (OKE)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of ONEOK (OKE)


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