Jeffery Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James, and Allan Nichols, equities strategist at Morningstar, shared their insights on dividend stocks.
Nichols says there generally is “more stability internationally” than in the U.S., especially in the big cap names.
Linn Energy – “It has an 11 percent dividend.”
Schering Plough – “Has a 7 percent dividend yield even though the shares have rallied from about 150 in March, to roughly $200 a share right now.”
Saut cautioned investors about the financial sector. “We have avoided financials for years. I haven’t been able to figure out the bank accounting for the past seven, eight years -- so we’ve totally avoided them.”