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NEW YORK ( Insider Monkey) -- We like high-dividend stocks because they tend to outperform the market when everything else is going down. In addition, we consider high-dividend stocks as alternatives to 10-year Treasury bonds in this current low-interest environment. We believe the recent downturn in the stock market has given defensive investors a great opportunity to add such high-yielding stocks in their portfolios.

Below, we provide a list of 15 mega-cap U.S stocks with high dividend yields and low price-to-book ratios. The market data are sourced from Fidelity. All companies in this list have market capitalizations above $10 billion, an annualized dividend yield of at least 3%, a current P/E ratio lower than 15 and a price-to-book ratio of less than 1.5. Since the beginning of this year, these stocks returned -5.16 % vs. -3.52 % for the SPY.

Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) owns, manages and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments. NLY has a 15.02% dividend yield and returned -1.74% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.01 and a P/E Ratio of 5.63. Among the 300+ hedge funds we track, Bill Miller had the largest NLY position at the end of the second quarter.

CenturyLink ( CTL) is a leading integrated communications company providing Internet services in the United States. CTL has an 8.65% dividend yield and lost -23.37% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.01 and a P/E Ratio of 14.21. Adage Capital held more than $100 Million of CTL in Q2 2011.

Entergy ( ETR) is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail electric distribution operations. ETR has a 4.98% dividend yield and lost -3.68% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.39 and a P/E Ratio of 9.50. Jean-Marie Eveillard had more than $150 Million in ETR at the end of June 2011.

Duke Energy ( DUK) is a large energy company operating in the United States. DUK has a 4.94% dividend yield and gained 16.48% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.20 and a P/E Ratio of 13.16. Michael Messner and Israel Englander were the most prominent DUK investors in Q2.

American Electric Power ( AEP) is an electric utility company that generates and distributes electric power to retail clients in the United States. AEP has a 4.77% dividend yield and gained 10.60% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.35 and a P/E Ratio of 12.90. Last quarter, John Levin had the largest AEP holding among the funds we track.

Xcel Energy ( XEL) is a public utility company that provides electricity and natural gas delivery services in the United States. XEL has a 4.17% dividend yield and gained 7.98% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.48 and a P/E Ratio of 14.58. John A. Levin, Israel Englander and D.E. Shaw were among the XEL investors last quarter.

ConocoPhillips ( COP) is an energy company delivering various energy products worldwide. COP has a 3.94% dividend yield and returned 1.09% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.37 and a P/E Ratio of 8.43. Warren Buffett had a massive $2.7 billion holding in COP in Q2.

General Electric ( GE) is a large conglomerate providing technology, media and financial services worldwide. GE has a 3.72% dividend yield and lost -9.53% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.41 and a P/E Ratio of 12.61. Ken Fisher had nearly $600 Million in GE at the end of June.

Sempra Energy ( SRE) is a U.S. energy company supplying energy products and services worldwide. SRE has a 3.69% dividend yield and returned 1.45% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.37 and a P/E Ratio of 10.68. Phill Gross was the most prominent SRE investor last quarter.

Northrop Grumman ( NOC) is a global company operating in aerospace, defense technology and electronics industries worldwide. NOC has a 3.66% dividend yield and lost -4.58% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.22 and a P/E Ratio of 8.56. Jean-Marie Eveillard held more than $200 Million of NOC at the end of June.

Blackrock ( BLK) is a leading U.S. investment management firm. BLK has a 3.54% dividend yield and lost -17.89% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.14 and a P/E Ratio of 12.64. John Paulson and Jonathon Jacobson were among BLK investors in the most recent quarter where data is available.

Edison International ( EIX) is a U.S. utilities company that generates and distributes electricity mainly in California. EIX has a 3.30% dividend yield and returned 2.58% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.18 and a P/E Ratio of 11.96. Last quarter, Steven Cohen held the largest EIX position among the 300-plus funds we are tracking.

Travelers ( TRV) is a U.S. company providing insurance services. TRV has a 3.21% dividend yield and lost -7.54% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 0.86 and a P/E Ratio of 10.02. Mason Hawkins had nearly $900 Million in TRV at the end of June 2011.

JP Morgan Chase ( JPM) is a leading financial services firm operating worldwide. JPM has a 3.10% dividend yield and lost -22.21% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 0.74 and a P/E Ratio of 6.90. Jonathon Jacobson, Lee Ainslie and Andreas Halvorsen were the most prominent JPM investors at the end of June.

Carnival Corporation ( CCL) is a global company that operates cruise ships and provides vacation services to its clients. CCL has a 3.04% dividend yield and lost -27.23% since the beginning of this year. The stock has a price-to-book ratio of 1.09 and a P/E Ratio of 13.44. Jonathon Jacobson had more than $100 Million of CCL in the firm's portfolio last quarter.

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