The average price-to-earnings ratio of companies in the S&P 500 Index is about 15. It has been 22, on average, for the past five years. A price-to-earnings ratio indicates how much you would pay for each dollar of a company's earnings at its current share price. Each stock below boasts a dividend yield, a measure of dividend payments relative to share price, higher than 5%. The average dividend yield of S&P 500 companies is 3.05%. Some would argue these companies are cheap because investors question their ability to pay dividends and boost share value. This fear is unjustified. These companies have stronger financial positions than 89% of stocks we follow. Check out each stock's financial-strength score, our gauge of cash position and debt management. On a scale of 1 to 10, these companies are above 5, higher than the 4.4 of the average company we cover. On that basis, it's unlikely that these companies will cut their dividends. In fact, they might boost their payouts.
The ex-dividend date for AGL Resources (NYSE:AGL) is tomorrow, November 16, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $41.26 as of 9:38 a.m., the dividend yield is 4.3%.