Dividend Plays Still Are Alive: Portfolio Manager

Talk of the dividend play being tired is overblown, GAMCO Investors Portfolio Manager Barbara Marcin said Thursday on CNBC.

“For one thing, you still have a lot of companies that are still selling at low multiples 10 or 11 multiples of earnings, low multiples of cash, and are paying dividends of 3 to 4 percent, sometimes even more. So, to me, when it’s a crowded trade it’s going to mean that valuation isn’t there,” she said on “Fast Money.”

Some money pros have said recently that playing dividend stocks was an investment approach that was no longer ideal, but Marcin said that was not the case.

“In order for a trade to get crowded, some of the value has to go away,” she said.

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