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Top Rated Dividend Stocks

Joseph Holm

CF Industries Holdings is one of the ten dividend stocks that can help raise your investment income by paying sizeable dividends. These stocks are a safe bet to increase your portfolio value as they provide both steady income and cushion against market risks. Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Here are other similar dividend stocks that could be valuable additions to your current holdings.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF)

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. Formed in 1946, and currently headed by CEO W. Will, the company currently employs 2,950 people and with the company’s market capitalisation at USD $9.12B, we can put it in the mid-cap group.

CF has a sizeable dividend yield of 3.07% and is distributing 78.27% of earnings as dividends . In the case of CF, they have increased their dividend per share from US$0.08 to US$1.20 so in the past 10 years. They have been dependable too, not missing a single payment in this time. Continue research on CF Industries Holdings here.

NYSE:CF Historical Dividend Yield Apr 18th 18

Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT)

Alliant Energy Corporation operates as a utility holding company that provides regulated electricity and natural gas services in the Midwest region of the United States. Formed in 1917, and currently headed by CEO Patricia Kampling, the company provides employment to 3,989 people and with the stock’s market cap sitting at USD $9.69B, it comes under the mid-cap category.

LNT has a solid dividend yield of 3.20% and is distributing 63.48% of earnings as dividends . The company’s DPS has increased from US$0.70 to US$1.34 over the last 10 years. During this period, they haven’t missed a payment, as one would expect from a company increasing their dividend. Interested in Alliant Energy? Find out more here.

NYSE:LNT Historical Dividend Yield Apr 18th 18

L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB)

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women’s intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, home fragrance products, and accessories. Formed in 1963, and currently run by Leslie Wexner, the company size now stands at 59,200 people and with the company’s market cap sitting at USD $10.10B, it falls under the large-cap stocks category.

LB has a sumptuous dividend yield of 6.62% and pays 69.34% of its earnings as dividends , with the expected payout in three years being 71.81%. Dividends per share have increased during the past 10 years, but there have been a couple hiccups. However, they have historically always picked up again. When we compare L Brands’s PE ratio with its industry, the company appears favorable. The US Specialty Retail industry’s average ratio of 18.5 is above that of L Brands’s (10.5). Continue research on L Brands here.

NYSE:LB Historical Dividend Yield Apr 18th 18

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.