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9 Top Dividend Paying Stocks To Consider

In an uncertain market there’s a lot to be said for having a firm foundation of dividend stocks for your portfolio. A good income play at a good price isn’t quite as sexy as a roaring momentum stock, but over the long-term, the reliable returns from dividends really add up.

Every investor needs to be biased toward income stocks right now — even if they are at or near retirement, and looking to take some risk off the table. After all, current yields are about 1.8% on T-Notes and just under 2.2% on investment-grade corporates.

Where else are you going to get income?

If you want stability, then well-priced dividend stocks will provide a great backbone for your portfolio in 2017. And if you’re looking for income, you have to remember that even conservative bond funds still have interest rate risk and could lose principle value if and when the Federal Reserve raises rates in the coming month. In short, there’s no better place to put your money than dividend stocks right now.

Here are nine great picks to consider:

Ares Capital -- Yield: 9.98%

Ares Capital (NASDAQ:ARCC) employs 870 people, generates revenue of $1,025.35 million and has a net income of $378.67 million. The current market capitalization stands at $4.81 billion.

Ares Capital’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $499.52 million. The EBITDA margin is 48.72% (the operating margin is 50.24% and the net profit margin 36.93%).

Financials: The total debt represents 43.27% of Ares Capital assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 79.52%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 7.24% was realized by Ares Capital.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.34. Last fiscal year, Ares Capital paid $1.57 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.57, the P/S ratio is 4.66 and the P/B ratio is finally 0.93. The dividend yield amounts to 9.98%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Ares Capital (ARCC)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Ares Capital (ARCC)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Ares Capital (ARCC)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Ares Capital (ARCC)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Ares Capital (ARCC)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Ares Capital (ARCC)



Telefonica -- Yield: 9.19%

Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) employs 134,922 people, generates revenue of $51,837.17 million and has a net income of $327.15 million. The current market capitalization stands at $49.67 billion.

Telefonica’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $11,451.19 million. The EBITDA margin is 22.09% (the operating margin is 6.14% and the net profit margin 0.63%).

Financials: The total debt represents 49.94% of Telefonica assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 381.00%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 0.88% was realized by Telefonica.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.01. Last fiscal year, Telefonica paid $0.44 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 1,550.23, the P/S ratio is 0.93 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.72. The dividend yield amounts to 9.19%.

Stock Charts:


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



Seagate Technology -- Yield: 7.13%

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 $10.07 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 41.44, the P/S ratio is 0.95 and the P/B ratio is finally 6.62. The dividend yield amounts to 7.13%.

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)



Mattel -- Yield: 4.95%

Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) employs 31,000 people, generates revenue of $5,702.61 million and has a net income of $369.42 million. The current market capitalization stands at $10.63 billion.

Mattel’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $806.35 million. The EBITDA margin is 14.14% (the operating margin is 9.49% and the net profit margin 6.48%).

Financials: The total debt represents 32.31% of Mattel assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 80.39%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.12% was realized by Mattel.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.05. Last fiscal year, Mattel paid $1.52 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 30.34, the P/S ratio is 1.83 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.96. The dividend yield amounts to 4.95%.

Stock Charts:


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



Ventas -- Yield: 4.32%

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 $23.73 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 52.84, the P/S ratio is 7.23 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.32. The dividend yield amounts to 4.32%.

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)



Chevron -- Yield: 4.20%

Chevron (NYSE:CVX) employs 61,500 people, generates revenue of $129,648.00 million and has a net income of $4,710.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $200.95 billion.

Chevron’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $20,951.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 16.16% (the operating margin is -0.07% and the net profit margin 3.63%).

Financials: The total debt represents 14.57% of Chevron assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 25.24%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 2.98% was realized by Chevron.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.40. Last fiscal year, Chevron paid $4.28 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 1.48 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.25. The dividend yield amounts to 4.20%.

Stock Charts:


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



Caterpillar -- Yield: 3.53%

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) employs 105,700 people, generates revenue of $47,011.00 million and has a net income of $2,113.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $48.86 billion.

Caterpillar’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $7,797.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 16.59% (the operating margin is 6.93% and the net profit margin 4.49%).

Financials: The total debt represents 48.52% of Caterpillar assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 256.69%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.32% was realized by Caterpillar.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.73. Last fiscal year, Caterpillar paid $3.01 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 48.59, the P/S ratio is 1.08 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.43. The dividend yield amounts to 3.53%.

Stock Charts:


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



Cisco Systems -- Yield: 3.42%

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) employs 73,700 people, generates revenue of $49,247.00 million and has a net income of $10,739.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $152.90 billion.

Cisco Systems’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $15,110.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 30.68% (the operating margin is 25.71% and the net profit margin 21.81%).

Financials: The total debt represents 23.55% of Cisco Systems assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 45.05%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 17.42% was realized by Cisco Systems.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.11. Last fiscal year, Cisco Systems paid $0.94 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.49, the P/S ratio is 3.10 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.41. The dividend yield amounts to 3.42%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Cisco Systems (CSCO)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Cisco Systems (CSCO)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Cisco Systems (CSCO)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Cisco Systems (CSCO)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Cisco Systems (CSCO)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Cisco Systems (CSCO)



JPMorgan Chase -- Yield: 2.84%

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) employs 240,046 people, generates revenue of $50,973.00 million and has a net income of $24,442.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $249.99 billion.

JPMorgan Chase’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $39,983.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 42.74% (the operating margin is 32.82% and the net profit margin 26.13%).

Financials: The total debt represents 20.33% of JPMorgan Chase assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 193.07%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 10.35% was realized by JPMorgan Chase.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.80. Last fiscal year, JPMorgan Chase paid $1.72 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.91, the P/S ratio is 2.61 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.12. The dividend yield amounts to 2.84%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of JPMorgan Chase (JPM)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of JPMorgan Chase (JPM)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of JPMorgan Chase (JPM)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of JPMorgan Chase (JPM)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of JPMorgan Chase (JPM)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of JPMorgan Chase (JPM)

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