The 25 Highest-Yielding Telecom Stocks

Dividend investing is popular again. Investors have taken to heart Jeremy Siegel's studies, which show that higher-yielding stocks tend to offer greater returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks.

The highest dividend yields can be very tantalizing. As long as a stock yielding 15% doesn't lose value, you'll make 15% in one year! In more cases than not, however, an astronomical yield is a bad sign for a stock. Since dividend yields and stock prices move in opposite directions, a high yield usually means that investors have begun to worry about the business, and driven down its stock price.

Dividends are not guaranteed; you need to make sure that a business is generating enough cash to pay its dividend, or your investment could be disastrous.

I ran a screen for the highest-yielding telecom stocks. The only limitations I set are that I'm only considering telecoms, and they must have a market cap greater than $1 billion.

Here are the top 25 highest-yielding telecoms the screen produced:

 

Company Name

Market Cap (millions)

Dividend Yield

1 Tele Norte Leste Participacoes S.A. (NYSE: TNE  ) $6,099

11.8%

2 Partner Communications (Nasdaq: PTNR  ) $2,874

11.5%

3 Cellcom Israel (NYSE: CEL  ) $3,052

11.2%

4 Philippine Long Distance Telephone (NYSE: PHI  ) $9,424

9.7%

5 Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR  ) $8,468

8.8%

6 France Telecom (NYSE: FTE  ) $59,028

8.6%

7 Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN  ) $6,153

8.2%

8 Portugal Telecom (NYSE: PT  ) $9,927

7.9%

9 Telefonica (NYSE: TEF  ) $112,161

7.3%

10 CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL  ) $12,145

7.2%

11 VimpelCom (NYSE: VIP  ) $17,729

6.7%

12 Telecom Corp. of New Zealand (NYSE: NZT  ) $3,029

6.5%

13 AT&T (NYSE: T  ) $165,685

6.1%

14 KT (NYSE: KT  ) $8,625

6%

15 Chunghwa Telecom (NYSE: CHT  ) $23,049

5.8%

16 Mobile Telesystems (NYSE: MBT  ) $17,817

5.6%

17 BCE (NYSE: BCE  ) $26,920

5.6%

18 Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ  ) $100,268

5.5%

19 Telecomunicacoes de Sao Paulo (NYSE: TSP  ) $12,159

5.3%

20 SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM  ) $10,426

5.3%

21 Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q  ) $11,651

4.9%

22 Telecom Italia (NYSE: TI  ) $26,352

4.8%

23 Vodafone Group (NYSE: VOD  ) $147,736

4.7%

24 Telefonos de Mexico (NYSE: TMX  ) $16,180

4.6%

25 TELUS (NYSE: TU  ) $15,349

4.4%

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

These stocks are a good place to start your research, but they're not formal recommendations. Remember, their seemingly irresistible yields could be ticking time bombs, so do your own due diligence. Also, make sure you diversify your picks across various sectors. As investors relearn every decade or so, you never want to put all your eggs in one basket -- no matter how tempting the dividends are.

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Dan Dzombak's musings and articles he finds interesting can be found on his Twitter account: @DanDzombak. He owns shares of Frontier Communications, France Telecom, and Vodafone Group.

Cellcom Israel is a Motley Fool Global Gains recommendation. France Telecom, Philippine Long Distance Telephone, and Partner Communications are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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