Top Performing Dividend Stocks

As we head into 2015 we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the top performing dividend-paying stocks from the year. We narrowed the list of candidates down by only including stocks that trade on the NYSE and Nasdaq exchanges. We then included stocks that yield 2% or more and a positive 5 year dividend growth rate.

There are 100 different dividend stocks that have risen 17% or more this year. To get the list down to just the top 30 performers we eliminated stocks with a negative free cash flow yield and a negative 3 year net income growth rate.

Personally I’m glad to see a few of my core holdings here on this list like Leggett & Platt, Cracker Barrell, JNJ and Pepsi. Wayside Technology is a stocks I have been following and of course I wish I had bought in earlier this year.

Hopefully you have more stocks on the top 30 list than I do!

NameSymbolIndustryPEYield5yr Div
Growth %
Return %
1Leggett & Platt IncLEGFurnishings30.962.943.3738.01
2UGI CorpUGIUtilities19.162.228.6136.4
3Grupo AeroportuarioOMABAir Services20.835.6825.0735.63
4Reynolds AmericanRAITobacco21.744.177.8533.93
5Altria Group IncMOTobacco22.783.951.8433.19
6Wayside TechnologyWSTGTech12.413.941.6132.51
7New Jersey ResourcesNJRUtilities17.572.966.6430.75
8American ElectricAEPUtilities16.033.463.5229.91
9Lorillard IncLOTobacco19.843.9329.1128.28
10Lockheed Martin CorpLMTDefense18.762.9621.1728.26
11HNI CorpHNIEquipment28.742.052.2227.22
12Alliant Energy CorpLNTUtilities17.923.226.0726.82
13Genuine Parts CoGPCRetail22.782.246.6325.93
14Duke Energy CorpDUKUtilities18.763.812.7424.39
15Northeast UtilitiesNUUtilities20.923.0712.2524.35
16Idacorp IncIDAUtilities16.812.825.5223.86
17Cracker BarrelCBRLRestaurants22.882.6432.3623.57
18American States WaterAWRUtilities22.522.428.7322.28
19Packaging Corp of AmPKGPackaging14.292.114.7421.98
20Wells Fargo & CoWFCBanks13.162.51-2.4221.26
21Quest Diagnostics IncDGXDiagnostics18.122.0330.2620.86
22Consolidated EdisonEDUtilities15.153.931.0120.53
23Escalade IncESCALeisure20.922.766.3420.31
24MGE Energy IncMGEEUtilities19.572.482.2919.11
25Access National CorpANCXBanks13.282.8959.2719.06
26RPM International IncRPMChemicals22.472.023.6519.01
27Merck & Co IncMRKHealthcare31.553.072.6218.86
28Seagate TechnologySTXTech14.272.8643.9717.29
29PepsiCo IncPEPBeverages20.962.676.317.28
30Johnson & JohnsonJNJHealthcare17.32.647.6117.03

Those of us that have been fortunate enough to own these stocks need to put in some time to determine if they are approaching an over valued state or if they should remain core holdings in 2015. I welcome your thoughts.

1 Comment

  1. M

    Great to see this list, and some very familiar names on there like JNJ, ED, etc. The only thing for me is that LEG, HNI, and MRK have highish PE ratios… do you have any ‘sell’ criteria for these situations? Because reinvesting through DRIPs etc. would cost a lost more at higher valuations, whereas you could find other, lower PE stocks to invest in… I have not quite worked out my ‘sell’ criteria yet, because I’m a big fan of DRIPing.

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