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When to Buy Dividend-Paying Stocks

By David Peltier | 2017-03-28 15:32:25.0
Stocks in Focus: JNJ, PG

We believe one of the best times to buy dividend-paying stocks is before a likely payout boost. With that in mind, here are two names in the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a long track record of raising their dividends in April.

Up first is Johnson & Johnson (JNJ:NYSE), a leading drugmaker and producer of personal-care products. Management has increased its quarterly dividend for 54 consecutive years and we expect another boost in April.

Johnson & Johnson pays out $0.80 a share (2.55% yield) each quarter, which can be covered 2.2x with expected 2017 earnings of $7.03 a share. The company is expected to average 5% annual earnings growth over the next four years and it maintains one of the last few AAA corporate bond ratings.

Next, Procter & Gamble (PG:NYSE) is a bellwether of the consumer-staples sector. Management has raised its quarterly dividend for 60 consecutive years and will likely do so for the 61st straight time in April.

Procter & Gamble pays out $0.6695 a share (2.9% yield) each quarter, which is equal to 69% of expected fiscal 2017 (ended June) earnings of $3.85. The company's free cash flow was 16% higher than reported net income in fiscal 2016. Its bonds are also rated AA by the major agencies.


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