Contrarian investors should utilize times like this to differentiate between stocks that are dropping for fundamentally sound reasons and those simply being dragged down because of general market concerns. Sure, there's plenty to worry about -- gigantic federal deficits, sovereign debt problems in Europe, an economic slowdown in China. But in the midst of all of this volatility we could grab some great companies at dirt cheap prices.

In particular, I'm a huge fan of dividend stocks. Renowned professor Jeremy Siegel has illustrated that from 1957 to 2003, with reinvested dividends, the S&P's 100 highest-yielding stocks outperformed the market by an average of three percentage points annually. Over a long period of time, three percentage points can really add up. So if you can find dividend stocks trading cheaply, and can separate the good from the bad, you may have found yourself a real winner.

In this regular series, I run a screen in Motley Fool CAPS for four- or five-star dividend stocks (yields of 2% or more) that have gotten crushed in the past 13 weeks, in addition to companies that are trading at low P/Es. Below is a selection of energy stocks that I like, rated by members of our 165,000-strong CAPS community. They are listed in rank order by the lowest P/E multiples:


Dividend Yield

P/E Multiple

13-Week Price Change

CAPS Rating
(out of 5)

Marathon Oil (NYSE: MRO)





ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)





Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO)





EnCana (NYSE: ECA)





Hugoton Royalty Trust (NYSE: HGT)





Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (NYSE: CRT)





Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY)





Source: Motley Fool CAPS.

If you're concerned about bond yields and the future of their returns, now is a great time to check out dividend-paying stocks, especially ones that you can buy at a reasonable price. Not only will they provide you with income to help out with current expenses, but they also have potential for capital appreciation, something that any long-term investor should always be seeking.

This definitely isn't a list of automatic buy recommendations; however, it's a great place to start doing your own due diligence if you're interested in some great-looking, cheap energy stocks.

Have a different opinion? Sound off in the comments box below or head over to the CAPS page and let us know what you think.

Jordan DiPietro doesn't own any shares listed above. Statoil ASA is a Motley Fool Income Investor recommendation. The Fool owns shares of ExxonMobil. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. The Fool has a disclosure policy.