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10 Well Diversified Dividend Stocks For Retiree Portfolios

Safety and predictability are great to have when planning for retirement. However, today’s retirees are more challenged than ever to conservatively produce safe income from dividend stocks. 

Interest rates are near rock bottom, valuations are running high relative to history and a rate increase from the Federal Reserve could be right around the corner.

Furthermore, many dividend-paying stocks have seen their yields compress over the last few years as investors stampeded into anything with yield. With the economy’s slow growth, dividend growth has also begun to wane.

We set out to find some exceptional dividend stocks that are solid choices for current dividend income and income growth in retirement portfolios. With starting dividend yields between 2% and 5%, this group of blue-chip dividend stocks offers a good balance of safety, yield and growth.

Here is a group of 10 dividend stocks that currently have good yields (3% or greater), and dividend stocks that don’t necessarily have great yield but have excellent dividend growth.

These are the results...

Ventas -- Yield: 4.38%

Ventas (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 $23.78 billion.

Ventas’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 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.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.26. Last fiscal year, Ventas 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 52.96, the P/S ratio is 7.13 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.29. The dividend yield amounts to 4.38%.

Stock Charts:

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


Pfizer -- Yield: 3.66%

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) employs 97,900 people, generates revenue of $48,851.00 million and has a net income of $6,974.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $196.85 billion.

Pfizer’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $18,788.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 38.46% (the operating margin is 21.14% and the net profit margin 14.28%).

Financials: The total debt represents 23.24% of Pfizer assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 60.10%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 10.22% was realized by Pfizer.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.13. Last fiscal year, Pfizer paid $1.12 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 29.08, the P/S ratio is 4.07 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.13. The dividend yield amounts to 3.66%.

Stock Charts:

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


Target Corporation -- Yield: 3.54%

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) employs 341,000 people, generates revenue of $73,785.00 million and has a net income of $3,321.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $39.32 billion.

Target Corporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $7,124.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 9.66% (the operating margin is 7.49% and the net profit margin 4.50%).

Financials: The total debt represents 31.69% of Target Corporation assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 98.48%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 24.64% was realized by Target Corporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.15. Last fiscal year, Target Corporation paid $2.20 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.28, the P/S ratio is 0.53 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.16. The dividend yield amounts to 3.54%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Target Corporation (TGT)


Public Storage -- Yield: 3.36%

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 $36.82 billion.

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 $6.32. 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 33.54, the P/S ratio is 15.60 and the P/B ratio is finally 7.24. The dividend yield amounts to 3.36%.

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)


Lockheed Martin -- Yield: 3.12%

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) employs 126,000 people, generates revenue of $46,132.00 million and has a net income of $3,605.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $70.84 billion.

Lockheed Martin’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,907.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 14.97% (the operating margin is 11.78% and the net profit margin 7.81%).

Financials: The total debt represents 31.06% of Lockheed Martin assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 492.77%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 110.97% was realized by Lockheed Martin.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $12.02. Last fiscal year, Lockheed Martin paid $6.15 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 19.38, the P/S ratio is 1.53 and the P/B ratio is finally 22.79. The dividend yield amounts to 3.12%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Lockheed Martin (LMT)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Lockheed Martin (LMT)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Lockheed Martin (LMT)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Lockheed Martin (LMT)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Lockheed Martin (LMT)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Lockheed Martin (LMT)


VF Corp -- Yield: 2.71%

VF Corp (NYSE:VFC) employs 64,000 people, generates revenue of $12,376.74 million and has a net income of $1,231.59 million. The current market capitalization stands at $22.69 billion.

VF Corp’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,072.45 million. The EBITDA margin is 16.74% (the operating margin is 13.42% and the net profit margin 9.95%).

Financials: The total debt represents 19.24% of VF Corp assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 34.44%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 22.36% was realized by VF Corp.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.75. Last fiscal year, VF Corp paid $1.33 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 19.95, the P/S ratio is 1.83 and the P/B ratio is finally 4.33. The dividend yield amounts to 2.71%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of VF Corp (VFC)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of VF Corp (VFC)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of VF Corp (VFC)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of VF Corp (VFC)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of VF Corp (VFC)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of VF Corp (VFC)


Omnicom Group -- Yield: 2.68%

Omnicom Group (NYSE:OMC) employs 74,900 people, generates revenue of $15,134.40 million and has a net income of $1,195.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $19.50 billion.

Omnicom Group’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,211.20 million. The EBITDA margin is 14.61% (the operating margin is 12.69% and the net profit margin 7.90%).

Financials: The total debt represents 20.67% of Omnicom Group assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 186.38%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 41.26% was realized by Omnicom Group.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.62. Last fiscal year, Omnicom Group paid $2.00 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 17.96, the P/S ratio is 1.28 and the P/B ratio is finally 8.02. The dividend yield amounts to 2.68%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Omnicom Group (OMC)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Omnicom Group (OMC)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Omnicom Group (OMC)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Omnicom Group (OMC)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Omnicom Group (OMC)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Omnicom Group (OMC)


Travelers Companies -- Yield: 2.33%

Travelers Companies (NYSE:TRV) employs 30,900 people, generates revenue of $26,852.00 million and has a net income of $3,439.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $33.19 billion.

Travelers Companies’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $9,868.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 36.75% (the operating margin is 19.04% and the net profit margin 12.81%).

Financials: The total debt represents 6.33% of Travelers Companies assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 26.88%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 14.10% was realized by Travelers Companies.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $10.35. Last fiscal year, Travelers Companies paid $2.38 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.15, the P/S ratio is 1.24 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.44. The dividend yield amounts to 2.33%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Travelers Companies (TRV)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Travelers Companies (TRV)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Travelers Companies (TRV)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Travelers Companies (TRV)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Travelers Companies (TRV)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Travelers Companies (TRV)


Accenture -- Yield: 2.05%

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) employs 358,000 people, generates revenue of $34,797.66 million and has a net income of $4,349.60 million. The current market capitalization stands at $77.23 billion.

Accenture’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $5,539.50 million. The EBITDA margin is 15.92% (the operating margin is 16.26% and the net profit margin 12.50%).

Financials: The total debt represents 0.13% of Accenture assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 0.36%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 60.08% was realized by Accenture.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.38. Last fiscal year, Accenture paid $2.20 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.54, the P/S ratio is 2.21 and the P/B ratio is finally 10.08. The dividend yield amounts to 2.05%.

Stock Charts:

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


Lowe's Companies -- Yield: 1.97%

Lowe's Companies (NYSE:LOW) employs 180,000 people, generates revenue of $59,074.00 million and has a net income of $2,546.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $62.42 billion.

Lowe's Companies’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,568.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 11.12% (the operating margin is 8.41% and the net profit margin 4.31%).

Financials: The total debt represents 40.46% of Lowe's Companies assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 165.26%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 28.76% was realized by Lowe's Companies.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.11. Last fiscal year, Lowe's Companies paid $1.07 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 23.00, the P/S ratio is 1.05 and the P/B ratio is finally 8.45. The dividend yield amounts to 1.97%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Lowe's Companies (LOW)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Lowe's Companies (LOW)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Lowe's Companies (LOW)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Lowe's Companies (LOW)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Lowe's Companies (LOW)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Lowe's Companies (LOW)


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