With the prospect of higher tax rates on dividends ahead, a few companies appear likely to dole out payments before year end, the CNBC "Fast Money" pros said Tuesday.
The lack of a budget deal in Washington could mean higher taxes on dividends next year, leading investors to look at stocks paying a special dividend by Dec. 31.
OptionMonster.com's Jon Najarian expressed optimism that politicians would avoid the worst of the potential pitfalls.
"I believe they will be fixed, but nonetheless, if you're somebody who will be impacted by hundreds of millions of dollars, you push that special dividend out there," he said. "Dillard's and LVS are two of those big names."
Najarian noted that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs's widow, along with several board members, held large amounts of stock.
Microsoft insiders Steve Ballmer, its CEO, and founder Bill Gates could also potentially choose to avoid a big tax bill.
"They can take the money off the table at 15 percent," he said. "Why wouldn't you?"
Joe Terranova of Virtus Investment Partners liked Murphy Oil for its potential $2.50 per share special dividend, as well as its debt offerings.