BOSTON (TheStreet Ratings) -- This month, I'm starting the Dividend Stars Portfolio, selected from a review of companies poised to provide excess returns over the next 12 to 24 months. The diversified 13-stock portfolio offers investors growth and income.My Dividend Select screen picks companies that generate above-average dividend yields and show the potential for share-price appreciation. The monthly screen, begun Feb. 14, lists 100 companies that have collectively outperformed the S&P 500 by 4.2 percentage points. (Sign up for our Dividend and Income Newsletter.) The Dividend Stars Portfolio is derived from the Dividend Select screen.
Pepsi (PEP), dividend yield 3.20%
Exxon Mobil (XOM), dividend yield 2.4%
Novartis (NVS), dividend yield 3.5%
Target (TGT), dividend yield 2.3%
Norfolk Southern (NSC), dividend yield 2.30%
Chubb Corp (CB), dividend yield 2.30%
Microsoft (MSFT), dividend yield 2.90%
Intel (INTC), dividend yield 3.4%
Deere (DE), dividend yield 2.20%
McGraw Hill (MHP), dividend yield 2.3%
Honeywell (HON), dividend yield 2.7%
Procter & Gamble (PG), dividend yield 3.3% I will be providing further commentary on these companies over the next several weeks, along with commentary on performance and company updates. Today will mark the official "buy"/start date of this portfolio. To see the 13 stocks in action, you can check out the Dividend Stars Portfolio on Stockpickr. Here are the criteria for assembling the stocks in the Dividend Select screen: ¿ Dividend yield for the stock must be greater than that of the S&P 500. ¿ Stock must have a "buy" recommendation, based on ratings from TheStreet Ratings. ¿ Financial strength: According to our model, stock must have moderate financial strength and the ability to meet overall debt requirements. ¿ Return on capital: seeking companies with above-average returns over time. ¿ Dividend payout ratio is less than 60%. This will eliminate REITs and MLPs, which are required to pay out a majority of their earnings, and will look for companies that have the capability to invest in the business or new acquisitions. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to message me on Twitter at @bostoncfa To get more stories like this one, sign-up for TheStreet's free Dividend & Income newsletter. Also, check out our Monthly Dividend Portfolio, which yields 2.71%.