Top Dividend Stocks Of 2013

Believe it or not 2013 is almost half way over. July is just around the corner and before we know it December will be here. Since we are half way through the year I thought it was a good time to see which dividend-paying stocks are performing the best so far in 2013.

The recent sell off brings things back into a more balanced perspective.  Even after the relatively small downturn many of these stocks have still performed very well this year.

I’ve broken things out into 3 different sections. REITs, DOW30, and the Dividend Aristocrats.


REITs have been getting hit hard lately but there are still 5 REITs that have risen more than 25% so far in 2013.

Yield 2013
Return %
Caplease LSE Office 3.36 55.07
CommonWealth CWH Office 5.46 47.6
Rait Financial RAS Diversified 5.2 36.64
Omega Healthcare OHI Healthcare 5.99 27.63
Northstar Realty NRF Retail 8.21 26.42


The DOW is up 12% as a whole so far in 2013.  Here are the top 10 performers.

Company Symbol Yield YTD
Hewlett Packard HPQ 2.4 64.30%
Boeing BA 2 30.40%
American Express AXP 1.2 26%
Disney DIS 1.2 25.80%
Pfizer PFE 3.4 23%
Cisco Systems CSCO 2.8 23%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 3.1 20%
United Health UNH 1.7 19.50%
Home Depot HD 2.1 18.70%
DuPont DD 3.4 17%

Dividend Aristocrats

The Dividend Aristocrats are stocks that have boosted dividends for 25 consecutive years or more.  It similar to our safe dividend list.  I’ve included the top 15 performing dividend aristocrats.

Company Symbol Yield YTD
Bemis Co BMS 3.1 39.50%
Walgreen WAG 2.3 31.50%
Pitney Bowes PBI 5.3 31%
Medtronic MDT 2.1 25.70%
Becton Dickinson BDX 2 24.90%
Grainger W.W. GWW 1.4 24%
VF Corp VFC 1.8 22.90%
AbbVie ABBV 3.8 22.60%
Hormel Foods HRL 1.8 21.60%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 3.1 20.70%
Archer-Daniels-Mid ADM 2.3 20.2
Automatic Data Proc ADP 2.5 20.1
Commerce Bancshares CBSH 2.1 19.5
Genuine Parts GPC 2.8 19.4
Aqua America WTR 2.5 19.1

This post is mostly for entertainment purposes but it’s always good to know about the top performers and try to understand why they have been crushing the market. What’s your best performer so far in 2013?

1 Comment

  1. Too bad none of mine is in the 3 lists 🙂 But that’s ok for me, I’m desperately waiting for lower prices to add to my positions. Luckily those dividends help me abide my time!

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