In June 2011, I invested my money equally in a selection of 10 high-yield dividend stocks. Those names offered triple the yield of the average S&P 500 stock. You can read all the details here. Now, let’s check out the results so far.
|Philip Morris International||$68.49||14.5429||3.6%||$1,245.16||25.0%|
|Plum Creek Timber||$38.42||26||4.4%||$1,010.88||1.2%|
|Brookfield Infrastructure Partners||$26.12||38.2825||4.5%||$1,274.81||27.5%|
Investment in SPY
Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s.
In what’s becoming a trend, our portfolio outperformed again this week, and saw performance grow to a 10.5% cumulative return, up from 8.5% last week. Meanwhile, the S&P index climbed a meager 0.3 percentage points, to end at 5.5%. We’re up on the benchmark by 5 percentage points – a very healthy margin. We continue to have a better blended dividend yield than the index, 5.9% to 1.9%. So we’re seeing a shift to dividend stocks in this market, and we may continue to see outperformance if the global economy worsens.
Investors are waiting to see how Exelon (NYSE: EXC ) fares, as it attempts to divest three Maryland plants it acquired as part of its takeover of Constellation Energy earlier this year. The company may have to take a 40% discount on the coal-fired plants, which have plunged in price following a decline in natural gas prices (a competing fuel), and new legislation that seeks to limit coal pollution, making further investment in the plants uneconomic. Utility companies are starting to retire 33,000 megawatts of coal-fired capacity, following the introduction of the new rules. Southern (NYSE: SO ) , too, has been taking advantage of low natural gas prices to shift from coal to natgas.
Fellow Fool Dan Caplinger has a good review of Annaly (NYSE: NLY ) so far in 2012.The stock is up 11% year-to-date, and promises a double-digit yield, at least for the near future. The company sustained its $0.55 dividend for a second straight quarter, though it had declined for quite a few quarters before that. The million dollar question for Annaly and its mortgage REIT peers is, when will interest rates rise? You can read Dan’s whole article here.
Dividends and other announcements
We’re in between earnings seasons, and we have mainly dividend news for the moment.
- National Grid (NYSE: NGG ) went ex-dividend on May 30 and pays out $2.017 per share on August 15.
- Philip Morris (NYSE: PM ) went ex-dividend on June 25 and pays out $0.77 per share on July 12.
- Vodafone went ex-dividend on June 6 and pays out $1.015 per share on August 1.
- Frontier went ex-dividend on June 6 and paid out $0.10 per share on June 28.
- Brookfield Infrastructure went ex-dividend on May 31 and paid out $0.375 per share on June 29.
- Annaly went ex-dividend on June 27 and pays out $0.55 per share on July 26.
All that, of course, means more money coming into our pockets.
It's fun to sit back and get paid, and with the market volatility, we might have a good chance to reinvest those dividends at good prices. Europe continues to be an absolute mess, and continued bad news will likely have stocks plunging again. If they do, I'll be inclined to pick more shares up.
Foolish bottom line
I've been a fan of big dividends for a while, and I think this portfolio will outperform the market over time through the power of dividends. As I promised in the original article, I'll be holding these stocks for at least a year, and will continue to tra ck the portfolio over the course of the year, including news on these companies.
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