2012 is winding down fast, but you still have a couple of hours left to make final portfolio adjustments for the new year. I'm here to show you the Dow Jones (DJINDICES:^DJI) dividend champion to own next year.
But bigger isn't always better, and the telecom industry is fraught with uncertainty right now. Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) is about to score a massive cash infusion from foreign investors. Sitting on a suddenly stable cash cushion, the company seems intent to shake up the wireless industry as we know it. That makes Big Red and Ma Bell uncommonly risky bets at the moment. Their dividends are rich and rock-solid, but share prices could drop dramatically if Sprint's bold plans gain traction.
Which brings me to the third-fattest yield on the Dow: microchip titan Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). This stock already got through an industry upheaval, and investors have left the stock for dead. Intel plunged 16% in 2012, while the Dow gained 6%. That drastic price drop also boosted dividend yields to a record-breaking 4.4%.
If you truly believe that the PC is dead and that Intel has no place on either the server or client side in a post-PC world, then this swoon makes perfect sense. But if you disagree with any one of those assumptions, the conclusion turns upside-down in a hurry.
That's why I recently bought Intel shares with my own hard-won cash. The PC may or may not be dead, but Intel isn't going away. The company may still make its mark on the maturing market of mobile computing, and it's still the undisputed king of the server systems feeding the mobile beast. That's more than enough to support today's 8.9 P/E ratio and jaw-dropping dividend yields.
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