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2024 High Dividend Stocks List | Highest Yields Up To 27.7%


Article updated on February 5th, 2024 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 ~1.6%.

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: Western Union (WU)

The Western Union Company is the world leader in the business of domestic and international money transfers. The company has a network of approximately 550,000 agents globally and operates in more than 200 countries. About 90% of agents are outside of the US. Western Union operates two business segments, Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) and Other (bill payments in the US and Argentina). Approximately 93% of revenue is now from C2C and 7% from Other.

Western Union reported Q3 2023 results on October 25th, 2023. Revenue rose 1% and diluted GAAP earnings per share increased 2% to $0.46 in the quarter. Revenue rose on higher volumes, especially in the Middle East, North America, and Latin and Central America. But lower revenue in Europe, North America, and Asia were headwinds.

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


High Dividend Stock #6: Enterprise Products Partners (EPD)

Enterprise Products Partners was founded in 1968. It is structured as a Master Limited Partnership, or MLP, and operates as an oil and gas storage and transportation company. Enterprise Products has a tremendous asset base which consists of nearly 50,000 miles of natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil, and refined products pipelines. It also has storage capacity of more than 250 million barrels. These assets collect fees based on materials transported and stored.

On October 31, 2023, Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) announced its Q3 earnings, reporting a net income attributable to common unitholders of $1.3 billion, a decrease from $1.4 billion in Q3 2022. However, Distributable Cash Flow (DCF) remained consistent at $1.9 billion, and distributions declared for the quarter increased by 5.3% to $0.50 per common unit. The company also retained a significant portion of DCF, totaling $773 million for reinvestment in the partnership’s growth.

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


High Dividend Stock #5: Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS)

Nu Skin Enterprises is a health and beauty direct-selling company with diverse product lines. The company has three main product divisions: anti-aging, skin, and pharmaceuticals. The latter division offers nutritional, weight management products and food supplements.

The company has operations internationally in more than 50 countries across the Americas, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. Nu Skin’s anti-aging and skin-related products include peels, masks, scrubs; moisturizers; body care, hair care, men’s care, oral care, sun protection, and cosmetics. Moreover, the company sells its product directly to consumers through its own sales channel and has a sizable market overseas.

The company’s revenues are reported under seven regional segments: Mainland China, EMEA regions, Americas/Pacific, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Hong Kong/Taiwan.

On November 1st, 2023, Nu Skin announced its third quarter results, reporting non-GAAP EPS earnings of -$0.74, missing market estimates by $1.38. In addition, the company reported revenues of $498.8 million for the quarter, down 7.3% year-over-year.

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

High Dividend Stock #4: 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:

In late January, MPLX reported (1/30/24) financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow (DCF) per share grew 12% and 9%, respectively, over the prior year’s quarter, primarily thanks to higher tariff rates, but also thanks to increased oil and gas volumes. MPLX maintained a healthy consolidated debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of 3.3x and a solid distribution coverage ratio of 1.6.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on MPLX (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 October 26, 2023, Altria Group, Inc. (MO) disclosed its financial results for the third quarter and nine months of 2023, narrowing its full-year earnings guidance. The reported net revenues for Q3 2023 stood at $6.281 billion, marking a 4.1% decrease compared to the same period in the previous year. EPS for the quarter were $1.22, while the adjusted diluted EPS was $1.28.

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

High Dividend Stock #2: NextEra Energy Partners LP (NEP)

NextEra Energy Partners was formed in 2014 as Delaware Limited Partnership by NextEra Energy to own, operate, and acquire contracted clean energy projects with stable, long-term cash flows. The company’s strategy is to capitalize on the energy industry’s favorable trends in North America of clean energy projects replacing uneconomic projects.

NextEra Energy Partners operates 34 contracted renewable generation assets consisting of wind and solar projects in 12 states across the United States. The company also operates contracted natural gas pipelines in Texas which accounts for about a fifth of NextEra Energy Partners’ income.

On October 24, 2023, NextEra Energy Partners released its earnings report for the third quarter of 2023. The company reported quarterly earnings of $0.57 per share, surpassing the consensus estimate of $0.48 per share, but falling short of the $0.93 per share reported a year ago.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on NEP (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.

In late October, OPI reported (10/30/2023) financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2023. The occupancy rate dipped sequentially from 90.6% to 89.8% and normalized funds from operations (FFO) per share fell -8%, from $1.11 to $1.02.

More than 90% of the debt of OPI is at fixed rates but we expect interest expense to increase this year due to high interest rates. Notably, interest expense has consumed 94% of operating income in the last 12 months.

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.

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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