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2023 High Dividend Stocks List | Highest Yields Up To 21.8%

Article updated on September 6th, 2023 by Bob Ciura

Spreadsheet data updated daily

High dividend stocks are stocks with a dividend yield well in excess of the market average dividend yield of 1.5%.

The resources in this report focus on truly high yielding securities, often with dividend yields multiples higher than the market average.

Resource #1: The High Dividend Stocks List Spreadsheet

Note: The spreadsheet uses the Wilshire 5000 as the universe of securities from which to select, plus a few additional securities we screen for with 5%+ dividend yields.

The free high dividend stocks list spreadsheet has our full list of 270 individual securities (stocks, REITs, MLPs, etc.) with 5%+ dividend yields.

The high dividend stocks spreadsheet has important metrics to help you find compelling ultra high yield income investing ideas. These metrics include:

Resource #2: The 7 Best High Yield Stocks Now
This resource analyzes the 7 best high-yield stocks in detail. The criteria we use to rank high dividend securities in this resource are:

Additionally, a maximum of three stocks are allowed for any single sector to ensure diversification.

Resource #3: The High Dividend 50 Series
The High Dividend 50 Series is where we analyze the 50 highest-yielding securities in the Sure Analysis Research Database. The series consists of 50 stand-alone analysis reports on these securities.

Resource #4: More High-Yield Investing Research
– How to calculate your income per month based on dividend yield
– The risks of high-yield investing
– Other high dividend research

The 7 Best High Yield Stocks Now

This resource analyzes the 7 best high yielding securities in the Sure Analysis Research Database as ranked by the following criteria:

Note: Ranking data is from the current edition of the Sure Analysis spreadsheet.

Additionally, a maximum of three stocks are allowed for any single market sector to ensure diversification.

It’s difficult to define ‘best’. Here, we are using ‘best’ in terms of highest yields with reasonable and better dividend safety.

A tremendous amount of research goes into finding these 7 high yield securities. We analyze more than 850 income securities every quarter in the Sure Analysis Research Database. This is real analysis done by our analyst team, not a quick computer screen.

“So I think it was just looking at different companies and I always thought if you looked at 10 companies, you’d find one that’s interesting, if you’d look at 20, you’d find two, or if you look at 100 you’ll find 10. The person that turns over the most rocks wins the game. I’ve also found this to be true in my personal investing.”
– Investing legend Peter Lynch

Click here to download a PDF report for just one of the 850+ income securities we cover in Sure Analysis to get an idea of the level of work that goes into finding compelling income investments for our audience.

The 7 best high yield securities are listed in order by dividend yield below, from lowest to highest.

High Dividend Stock #7: AT&T Inc. (T)

AT&T is a large telecommunications company serving over 100 million customers. The company generated $121 billion in revenue in 2022.

In late July, AT&T reported (7/26/23) financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2023. The company grew its revenue 1% over the prior year’s quarter thanks to strong customer additions across its growing 5G wireless and fiber networks.

Source: Investor Presentation

AT&T is investing in the expansion of its 5G and fiber networks at a record pace. It posted 251,000 fiber net additions and thus it has posted more than 200,000 additions per quarter for 14 consecutive quarters.

It also posted 326,000 postpaid phone net additions. Adjusted earnings-per-share slipped -3%, from $0.65 to $0.63, but free cash flow came strong at $4.2 billion and thus AT&T reiterated its guidance for annual free cash flow of at least $16 billion. Management also reiterated its guidance for adjusted earnings-per-share of $2.35-$2.45 in 2023.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on T (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

High Dividend Stock #6: Verizon Communications (VZ)

Verizon is one of the largest wireless carriers in the country. Wireless contributes three-quarters of all revenues, and broadband and cable services account for about a quarter of sales. The company’s network covers ~300 million people and 98% of the U.S.

On July 27th, 2023, Verizon announced earnings results for the second quarter for the period ending June 30th, 2023. For the quarter, revenue decreased 3.6% to $32.6 billion, which was $720 million below estimates. Adjusted earnings per-share of $1.21 compared unfavorably to $1.31 in the prior year, but was $0.04 higher than expected.

Source: Investor Presentation

Verizon had postpaid phone net additions of 8,000, but retail postpaid net additions totaled 612K. Revenue for the Consumer segment increased 3.8% to $19.1 billion. Broadband continues to act well as the company added 418K net new customers during the period. This included 384K fixed wireless net additions, up from 256K additions in the prior year. First half free cash flow improved to $8 billion from $7.2 billion in the prior year.

Verizon reaffirmed guidance for 2023 as well with the company still expecting adjusted earnings-per-share of $4.55 to $4.85 for the year. Wireless service revenue is still projected to grow 2.5% to 4.5%.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on VZ (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

High Dividend Stock #5: City Office REIT (CIO)

City Office REIT is an internally-managed real estate investment trust focused on owning, operating, and acquiring office properties in the Southern and Western United States.

Its target markets possess a number of attractive demographic and employment characteristics, which the trust believes will lead to capital appreciation and growth in rental income at its properties.

Source: Investor Presentation

At its most recent filing, City Office REIT owned 24 properties comprising of 58 office buildings with a total of approximately 5.7 million square feet of net rentable area that were approximately 85.6% leased.

On August 3rd, 2023, City Office REIT reported its Q2 results for the period ending June 30th, 2023. For the quarter, rental and other revenues were $44.6 million, down 2.0% year-over-year.

Same-Store Cash NOI (Net Operating Income) rose by 7.1% as compared to Q2-2022. Core FFO fell by 0.9% to $56.6 million. On a per share basis, core FFO (which excludes share-based compensation) came in at $1.38 compared to $1.40 last year, aided by share repurchases.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on CIO (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

High Dividend Stock #4: Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy in the United States and Europe. The company has a presence in more than nine countries through its flagship Walgreens business and other business ventures.

Source: Investor Presentation

On June 27th, 2023, Walgreens reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2023. Sales grew 9% but earnings-per-share rose only 3% over last year’s quarter, from $0.97 to $1.00, mostly due to high COVID-19 vaccinations and tests in last year’s period. Earnings-per-share missed the analysts’ consensus by $0.07.

It was the first earnings miss after 11 quarters in a row. As the pandemic has subsided, Walgreens is facing tough comparisons. It lowered its guidance for earnings-per-share from $4.45-$4.65 to $4.00-$4.05.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on Walgreens Boots Alliance (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

High Dividend Stock #3: Altria Group (MO)

Altria Group was founded by Philip Morris in 1847. Today, it is a consumer staples giant. It sells the Marlboro cigarette brand in the U.S. and a number of other non-smokeable brands, including Skoal and Copenhagen.

Altria has increased its dividend for over 50 years, placing it on the exclusive Dividend Kings list. This is a rare business longevity achievement that speaks to the staying power of the company’s brands, even with the gradual decline in smoking in the U.S.

Source: Investor Presentation

On August 1st, 2023, Altria reported second-quarter results. Its adjusted diluted earnings per share came in at $1.31, up 4% year-over-year, while its net revenues declined by 0.5% year-over-year.

Management reaffirmed its 2023 full year guidance range of adjusted diluted earnings per share of between $4.89 and $5.03, reflecting a potential growth range of 1-4% year-over-year.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on Altria (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

High Dividend Stock #2: MPLX LP (MPLX)

MPLX LP is a Master Limited Partnership that was formed by the Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) in 2012. In 2019, MPLX acquired Andeavor Logistics LP.

The business operates in two segments:

The MLP throws off a considerable amount of distributable cash flow.


Source: Investor Presentation

MPLX trades for just ~7x its distributable cash flow from fiscal 2022. MPLX is a rare MLP that has actually repurchased units. The MLPS’s unit count declined in 2021 and 2022.

And, MPLX has a reasonable payout ratio of just 61% of expected fiscal 2023 distributable cash flows. The MLP’s high current dividend yield appears secure due to the solid payout ratio and continued business momentum.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on MPLX (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):


High Dividend Stock #1: Office Properties Income REIT (OPI)

Office Properties Income Trust is a REIT that currently owns 157 buildings, which are primarily leased to single tenants with high credit quality. The REIT’s portfolio currently has a 90.5% occupancy rate.

Office Properties Income Trust At A Glance

On April 11th, 2023 Office Properties Income Trust announced it will merge with Diversified Healthcare Trust (DHC) in an all share (no cash) transaction. OPI shareholders will own ~58% of the combined company. The combined company will pay a $1.00 per share dividend.

Both Diversified Healthcare Trust and Office Properties Income Trust carry high debt loads. The level of debt is concerning. The new lower dividend will allow the company to use cash to better manage its liabilities. And with a 12.8% dividend yield, the current yield is extremely high by any measure.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on OPI (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

The High Dividend 50 Series

The High Dividend 50 Series is analysis on the 50 highest-yielding Sure Analysis Research Database stocks, excluding royalty trusts, BDCs, REITs, and MLPs.

Click on a company’s name to view the high dividend 50 series article for that company. A link to the specific Sure Analysis Research Database report page for each security is included as well.

More High-Yield Investing Resources

How To Calculate Your Monthly Income Based On Dividend Yield

A common question for income investors is “how much money can I expect to receive per month from my investment?”

To find your monthly income, follow these steps:

  1. Find your investment’s dividend yield
    Note: Dividend yield can be calculated as dividends per share divided by share price
  2. Multiply it by the current value of your holding
    Note: If you haven’t yet invested, multiply dividend yield by the amount you plan to invest
  3. Divide this number by 12 to find monthly income

To find the monthly income from your entire portfolio, repeat the above calculation for each of your holdings and add them together.

You can also use this formula backwards to find the dividend yield you need from your investments to make a certain amount of monthly dividend income.

The example below assumes you want to know what dividend yield you need on a $240,000 investment to generate $1,000/month in dividend income.

  1. Multiply $1,000 by 12 to find annual income target of $12,000
  2. Divide $12,000 by your investment amount of $240,000 to find your target yield of 5.0%

In practice most dividend stocks pay dividends quarterly, so you would actually receive 3x the monthly amount quarterly instead of receiving a payment every month. However, some stocks do actually pay monthly dividends. You can see our monthly dividend stocks list here.

The Risks Of High-Yield Investing

Investing in high-yield stocks is a great way to generate income. But it is not without risks.

First, stock prices fluctuate. Investors need to understand their risk tolerance before investing in high dividend stocks. Share price fluctuations means that your investment can (and almost certainly will) decline in value, at least temporarily (and possibly permanently) do to market volatility.

Second, businesses grow and decline. Investing in a stock gives you fractional ownership in the underlying business. Some businesses grow over time. These businesses are likely to pay higher dividends over time. The Dividend Champions are an excellent example of this; each has paid rising dividends for 25+ consecutive years.

What’s dangerous is when a business declines. Dividends are paid out of a company’s cash flows. If the business sees its cash flows decline, or worse is losing money, it may reduce or eliminate its dividend. Business decline is a real risk with high yield investing. Business declines often coincide with and or accelerate during recessions.

A company’s payout ratio gives a good gauge of how much ‘room’ a company has to pay its dividend. The payout ratio is calculated as dividends divided by income. The lower the payout ratio, the better, because dividends have more earnings coverage.

A company with a payout ratio over 100% is paying out more in dividends than it is making in profits, a long-term unsustainable situation. A company with a payout ratio of 50% is making double in income what it is paying out in dividends, so it has ‘room’ for earnings to decline significantly without reducing its dividend.

Third, management teams can change their dividend policies. Even if a company isn’t declining, the company’s management team may change priorities and reduce or eliminate its dividend. In practice, this typically occurs if a company has a high level of debt and wants to focus on debt reduction. But it could in theory happen to any dividend paying stock.

The risks of high yield investing can be reduced (but not eliminated) by investing in higher quality businesses in a diversified portfolio of 20 or more stocks. This reduces both business decline risk (by investing in high quality businesses) and the shock to your portfolio if any one stock does reduce or eliminate its dividend (through diversification).

Other High Dividend Research

The free spreadsheet of 5%+ dividend yield stocks in this article gives you more than 200 high yield income securities to review. You can download it below.

For investors looking for more high yield research and ideas, please see below.

High-Yield Individual Security Research

High-Yield ETF Research

While high dividend investing can create strong cash flows in the short-run, a dividend is never guaranteed, and high dividend stocks are potentially at risk of dividend reductions or suspensions if a recession occurs in the near future.

Investors should continue to monitor each stock to make sure their fundamentals and growth remain on track, particularly among stocks with extremely high dividend yields.

See the resources below to generate additional compelling investment ideas for dividend growth stocks and/or high-yield investment securities.

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