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Biggest Dividend Yields of the S&P 500

S&P 500's Biggest Dividend Yields

Especially in volatile times, dividends can be a way for investors to more effectively safeguard returns.  Many publicly held corporations pay out a portion of their  earnings to shareholders, giving investors a payback whether the stock price goes up or down.  Cramer's Rule Number Four in his "" calls these "buffers."Calculated as a percentage of share price, dividends have the potential to be cut or changed and yields vary as share prices fluctuate. For the purposes of this report, dividend yi

Especially in volatile times, dividends can be a way for investors to more effectively safeguard returns.  Many publicly held corporations pay out a portion of their  earnings to shareholders, giving investors a payback whether the stock price goes up or down.  Cramer's Rule Number Four in his "15 Rules for Playing Defense" calls these "buffers."

Calculated as a percentage of share price, dividends have the potential to be cut or changed and yields vary as share prices fluctuate. For the purposes of this report, dividend yield calculations are based on trailing dividends, so dividend cuts yet to occur have not been taken into account. In fact, the #1 company on this list announced a cut in its dividend earlier this year, from $1 to $0.75, but in all likelihood it would remain in the top spot, given its current share price. 

Be sure to check whether a dividend is set to change or if new announcements come out regarding changes before you buy, as they occur at a company's discretion. Often, a dividend yield that is too high may be more of a warning sign than an opportunity.

So, what are the biggest dividend yields on the S&P 500? Click ahead to find out!

By Ariel Nelson and Paul Toscano
Posted 13 Oct 2009


15. Health Care REIT (HCN)

6.23%Closing Price (10/13): 43.6752 Week High: 49.0752 Week Low: 25.86

Dividend Yield: 6.23%
Closing Price (10/13): 43.67

52 Week High: 49.07
52 Week Low: 25.86

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14. HCP Inc (HCP)

6.28%Closing Price (10/13): 29.31 52 Week High: 35.1452 Week Low: 14.26

Dividend Yield: 6.28%
Closing Price (10/13): 29.31

52 Week High: 35.14
52 Week Low: 14.26

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13. Pinnacle West Capital (PNW)

6.32%Closing Price (10/13): 33.2552 Week High: 35.1352 Week Low: 22.32

Dividend Yield: 6.32%
Closing Price (10/13): 33.25

52 Week High: 35.13
52 Week Low: 22.32

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12. AT&T (T)

6.33%Closing Price (10/13): 25.952 Week High: 30.6552 Week Low: 21.44

Dividend Yield: 6.33%
Closing Price (10/13): 25.9

52 Week High: 30.65
52 Week Low: 21.44

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11. Verizon Communications (VZ)

6.55%Closing Price (10/13): 29.0252 Week High: 34.952 Week Low: 24.26

Dividend Yield: 6.55%
Closing Price (10/13): 29.02

52 Week High: 34.9
52 Week Low: 24.26

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10. NiSource Inc (NI)

6.59%Closing Price (10/13): 13.97 52 Week High: 14.14 52 Week Low: 7.79

Dividend Yield: 6.59%
Closing Price (10/13): 13.97

52 Week High: 14.14
52 Week Low: 7.79

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9. Progress Energy Inc (PGN)

6.6%Closing Price (10/13): 37.5952 Week High: 41.3252 Week Low: 31.35

Dividend Yield: 6.6%
Closing Price (10/13): 37.59

52 Week High: 41.32
52 Week Low: 31.35

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8. Pepco Holdings Inc (POM)

7.24%Closing Price (10/13): 14.9152 Week High: 22.4852 Week Low: 10.07

Dividend Yield: 7.24%
Closing Price (10/13): 14.91

52 Week High: 22.48
52 Week Low: 10.07

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7. Altria Group Inc (MO)

7.51%Closing Price (10/13): 18.0652 Week High: 20.7452 Week Low: 13.34

Dividend Yield: 7.51%
Closing Price (10/13): 18.06

52 Week High: 20.74
52 Week Low: 13.34

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6. Reynolds American Inc (RAI)

7.68%Closing Price (10/13): 46.8652 Week High: 5052 Week Low: 31.55

Dividend Yield: 7.68%
Closing Price (10/13): 46.86

52 Week High: 50
52 Week Low: 31.55

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5. Integrys Energy Group Inc (TEG)

7.69%Closing Price (10/13): 35.3852 Week High: 50.2852 Week Low: 19.44

Dividend Yield: 7.69%
Closing Price (10/13): 35.38

52 Week High: 50.28
52 Week Low: 19.44

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3. (Tied) Qwest Communications (Q)

8.4%Closing Price (10/13): 3.8152 Week High: 4.8752 Week Low: 2.10

Dividend Yield: 8.4%
Closing Price (10/13): 3.81

52 Week High: 4.87
52 Week Low: 2.10

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3. (Tied) CenturyTel I (CTL)

8.4%Closing Price (10/13): 33.3452 Week High: 4052 Week Low: 20.45

Dividend Yield: 8.4%
Closing Price (10/13): 33.34

52 Week High: 40
52 Week Low: 20.45

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2. Windstream Corp (WIN)

9.99%Closing Price (10/13): 10.0152 Week High: 10.3952 Week Low: 6.28

Dividend Yield: 9.99%
Closing Price (10/13): 10.01

52 Week High: 10.39
52 Week Low: 6.28

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1. Frontier Communications (FTR)

13.37%Closing Price (10/13): 7.4852 Week High: 9.9552 Week Low: 5.32

Dividend Yield: 13.37%
Closing Price (10/13): 7.48

52 Week High: 9.95
52 Week Low: 5.32

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