7 Good Stocks Yielding 5% or More

The dividend yield of the U.S.

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The dividend yield of the U.S. stock market today is 2.0%. But plenty of companies pay a lot more. We wondered if we could find attractive stocks that yield at least 5%—two and a half times the overall market’s yield.

We found seven, but before we identify them, here’s a brief explanation of why a high yield may not always be all it’s cracked up to be. Yield is basically a stock’s annual dividend rate divided by its share price. So if a stock pays a 50-cent-per-share quarterly dividend, the annual rate is $2 per share. If the stock trades for $50, the yield is $2 divided by $50, or 4.0%.


Stocks are listed in alphabetical order. All prices, yields and returns are as of November 12. Price-earnings ratios are based on estimated 2016 earnings.

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Carolyn Bigda has been writing about personal finance for more than nine years. Previously, she wrote for Money, and is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune.