Updated on January 15th, 2018
The energy sector has historically been one of the best performing sectors of the stock market – during the good times, at least.
Unfortunately, the defining trait of this sector is its cyclicality. The performance of energy stocks is inherently linked to the price of oil, which fluctuates according to global changes in supply and demand.
Because of this, financially weak energy stocks often make terrible investments because of their poor recession performance. Due diligence is required to find suitable investments within this sector.
To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of all dividend-paying energy stocks along with important investing metrics, available for download below:
Keep reading this article to learn about the merits of investing in dividend-paying energy stocks.
How To Use The Energy Stocks List To Find Investment Ideas
Having an Excel document with the names, tickers, and financial information of all dividend-paying energy stocks can be tremendously useful.
This resource becomes even more powerful when combined with a fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
With that in mind, this section will provide a tutorial of how to implement two actionable investing filters to the Energy Stocks List:
- A filter for stocks with dividend yields above 4%
- A filter for stocks with market capitalizations above $5 billion and betas below 1.2
Screen 1: High Dividend Yield Energy Stocks
Step 1: Download the Energy Stocks List at the link above.
Step 2: Click on the filter icon at the top of the dividend yield column, as shown below.
Step 3: Change the filter setting to “Greater Than” and input 0.04 into the field beside it.
The remaining stocks in this spreadsheet are dividend-paying energy stocks with yields above 4%.
The next section will show you how to identify energy stocks with market capitalizations larger than $5 billion and betas lower than 1.2.
Screen 2: Large Market Capitalization, Low Volatility
Step 1: Download the Energy Stocks List at the link above.
Step 2: Click on the filter icon at the top of the market capitalization column, as shown below.
Step 3: In the resulting window, change the filter setting to “Greater Than” and input 5000 into the field beside it. Note that since the market capitalization column is measured in millions of dollars, inputting “$5000 million” is equivalent to screening for stocks with a market capitalization above $5 billion.
Step 4: Close out of the filter window by clicking the exit button, not by clicking the “Clear Filter” button. Then, click on the filter icon at the top of the Beta column, as shown below.
Step 5: Change the filter setting to “Less Than”, and input 1.2 into the field beside it.
The remaining stocks in this spreadsheet are dividend-paying energy stocks with market capitalizations above $5 billion and betas below 1.2. These are large companies with reasonable levels of volatility, providing appeal to conservative, risk-averse investors.
You now have a solid understanding of how to use the Energy Stocks List to find high-quality investment ideas.
The next section discusses why the energy sector deserves a spot in your investment portfolio.
Why Invest In Energy Stocks
As discussed, the defining characteristic of energy stocks is their volatility. Energy stocks will naturally move in tandem with the price of oil and other commodities, which in turn fluctuate in response to changes in supply in demand.
This might lead you to wonder why investors would ever buy stocks in this sector. After all, there are plenty of other good-performing sectors that actually have below-average volatility (with healthcare and consumer staples being the best examples).
Well, exposure to the energy sector is a key component of any well-diversified investment portfolio because of its importance to the global economy.
Energy demand is also expected to grow tremendously over the next several decades, which provides a broad tailwind for energy stocks in general. While there are a multitude of factors that impact energy demand, the two most important – by far – are population growth and economic growth.
As the following image demonstrates, each of these factors is expected to continue growing at a rapid pace over the next several decades.
The composition of the supply of energy is likely to change over time. In fifty years’ time, energy giants aren’t likely to be oil & gas companies due to the rise of solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources. With that said, the broad tailwinds facing the energy sector today means that there’s still plenty of room for growth in this component of the stock market.
Still, there is the ever-present concern about energy sector volatility. Importantly, there are many measures that investors can take to reduce the impact that the volatility of energy stocks will have on their investment portfolio. The most obvious step is to appropriately diversify. The effect of energy sector volatility will be minimized if your portfolio’s exposure to the sector is only, say, 10%.
Voltility can also be reduced by investing in only the strongest and most financial secure energy businesses. In our view, there are two energy stocks that stand out in terms of financial strength:
Both of these companies are Dividend Aristocrats, which means they have increased their annual dividends for more than 25 consecutive years. Their multi-decade streak of dividend increases gives us confidence that they will continue to be solid performers in the years to come.
The energy sector is out of favor right now, which makes it appealing for contrarian investors.
With that said, it’s not the only place where great investments can be found.
For investors that already have a full dose of energy exposure but are still looking for high-quality investment opportunities, the following Sure Dividend databases will be useful:
- The Dividend Aristocrats List: dividend stocks in the S&P 500 with 25+ years of consecutive dividend increases
- The Dividend Achievers List: dividend stocks with 10+ years of consecutive increases
- The Dividend Kings List: containing the ‘best-of-the-best’ when it comes to dividend growth, the Dividend Kings List is composed of dividend stocks with 50+ years of consecutive dividend increases
- The Blue Chip Stocks List: dividend stocks with 3%+ dividend yields that have operating histories longer than 100 years