High Yield Dividend Stocks Setting New Yearly Highs

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Pushing aside the regressiveness of dividend double taxation, along with the upcoming increase in the tax, many investors will continue to allocate portfolio capital to yield-based stocks.

After all, high taxes or low taxes, as investors we still want to make money. Historically, dividend-paying stocks have performed well. There are some recent notable exceptions to the rule though. Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) comes to mind rather quickly.

HP isn't a rising stock paying a large dividend though, and that's what separates the zeroes from the heroes in my opinion.

When I examine stocks that pay large dividends, I want to avoid the "yield-traps" and stick with companies that are solid fundamentally.

Take a look at these winners in both share price and dividend yield.

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Conagra Fooods ( CAG)

Background: ConAgra Foods has transformed itself into an industry-leading, branded and value-added food company.

52-Week Range: $23.64 to $28.80*

Book Value: $11.22

Price To Book: 2.5

Earnings Payout Percentage: 63%

ConAgra currently has an annualized dividend of $1 with a yield of about 3.5%.

After announcing a large special dividend and buyout, shares jumped higher. ConAgra is a great stock, but don't chase this one higher. Wait for profit-taking and a lower price (less than $29) before entering.

Eight of 15 analysts now rate the company a hold while seven recommend buying and no analysts recommend selling. For a company analysts are mostly rating a hold, the stock really appreciated, gaining more than 20% in the last year, and consensus analyst target price is $30.17.

Watch for rising price targets if shares maintain the $30 price range after the ex-dividend date.

The last reported short interest is paltry and only 1.6% of the average trading float. The relative payout percentage of earnings towards dividends is small enough to consider the dividend safe.

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