When markets are struggling, investors often turn to large companies that are paying strong dividends. Strong dividends are an insight to the company's strength, and if they are a large company, then it seems unlikely the company is going to fail anytime soon.
We started a screen for these large companies, and then narrowed it down with the remainders that are more profitable than their respective industry averages.
We wanted companies that have market caps over $10 billion, and paying dividends between 3%-7% with positive payout ratios under 50%. This shows a strong dividend that isn't too large of a portion of earnings, showing responsibility on the management's part.
Then we screened for companies that have trailing 12 month (TTM) gross, operating, and pre-tax margins that are higher than their industry averages, indicating a higher profitability than their peers.
The list below has the final results from that screen. Do you think they will do well in tougher market conditions?
List sorted by market cap. (Click here to access free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas.)
1. Public Service Enterprise Group
2. NextEra Energy: Engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in the United States and Canada. Market cap at $27.17B, most recent closing price at $65.15.Dividend yield at 3.66%, payout ratio at 44.60%. TTM gross margin at 34.66% vs. industry average at 26.88%. TTM operating margin at 24.68% vs. industry average at 17.89%. TTM pre-tax margin at 18.19% vs. industry average at 12.29%.
3. Campbell Soup
4. JPMorgan Chase
6. Analog Devices: Engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing integrated circuits used in industrial, communication, computer, and consumer applications. Market cap at $11.13B, most recent closing price at $36.20.Dividend yield at 3.22%, payout ratio at 44.39%. TTM gross margin at 69.13% vs. industry average at 60.37%. TTM operating margin at 32.74% vs. industry average at 22.3%. TTM pre-tax margin at 32.08% vs. industry average at 20.61%.
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Kapitall's Danny Guttridge does not own any of the shares mentioned above.