BP Jun 2020 40.000 call

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But for dividend investors, the longer this slump drags on, the better.Take Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) for example. XOM stock has gone essentially nowhere since 2005. The combination of plunging natural gas prices and the renewed weakness in crude oil scared everyone out of the sector. But with that mass departure comes opportunity.XOM stock is now nearly yielding 5%. That's its highest level since the early 1990s. It's hard to overstate how pessimistic folks have gotten on oil and gas. But for the big dogs with great balance sheets, like Exxon, this is their time to shine. They can buy up assets from struggling and bankrupt rivals for cents on the dollar, and wait for the cycle to turn. Exxon's management is now planning for aggressive growth at the same time, so many other firms are having to pull back. In fact, Exxon is looking to double cash flow and earnings over the next five years. If it can do so, Exxon stock stock will soar. And you get a more than 4.5% dividend yield while you wait. BP (BP)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 6.6%Exxon isn't the only energy stock worth considering thanks to the latest sell-off in energy shares. Dividend investors should also take a look at BP (NYSE:BP) stock at these prices. BP got itself into hot water ages ago with the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, and the stock has underperformed ever since then.But the company's liabilities associated with that are almost gone now. Meanwhile, the company has greatly cut costs, making itself profitable even in current low-energy-pricing conditions. * 7 Stocks Under $7 to Invest in Now Skeptics had suggested that BP stock would have to cut its dividend to get through this difficult period for oil and gas companies. Instead, BP was able to maintain its juicy yield and even give us a small dividend hike recently. It's worth remembering that the United Kingdom and U.S. have a tax arrangement that ensures investors pay no foreign dividend taxes on their British share holdings. This makes BP a nice option for dividend investors seeking to diversify their income streams beyond American sources.Finally, it's worth noting that a short-term bottom could be approaching for both Exxon and BP stocks here. That's because Saudi officials said Wednesday that they are considering options to support the price of oil here near the $50/barrel level for West Texas crude. Any meaningful support for the oil market could get XOM and BP shares moving higher again in coming weeks. Kraft Heinz (KHC)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 6%It has been a great year for consumer staples stocks. In general, the sector has moved sharply higher, and many stalwarts like Hershey (NYSE:HSY) are up 30% or more and hitting new all-time highs. However, not all staples stocks have blasted off.For example, there is Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC). Kraft Heinz suffered an unbelievable decline from a peak of $90 to $27 in just a few years. Despite involvement from investing legends including Warren Buffett and 3G Capital, Kraft Heinz imploded thanks to failing growth prospects and excessive leverage. Its latest underwhelming quarterly results have KHC stock in retreat yet again.But don't count out the condiments and packaged foods maker just yet. The company has sold off non-core assets and adjusted its capital allocation to shore up the balance sheet. Management is changing its branding strategy as well. And at these depressed prices, KHC stock is undervalued even compared to other struggling sector laggards, to say nothing of industry leaders like Hershey and McCormick (NYSE:MKC).Even assuming Kraft Heinz only gets back to comparable enterprise value/EBITDA and price-to-earnings ratios with other lower-tier packaged foods stocks, it should still trade back up to $40 from the current $27 valuation.And at this price, KHC stock yields 6%. In a world that is increasingly starved for meaningful yield, Kraft Heinz will become irresistible to income investors. As the negative press fades, Kraft Heinz stock will recover, delivering both big income and stock price upside for investors willing to step in at this juncture. Hormel Foods (HRL)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 2%Another solid choice in the staples industry at this point is Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) stock. Forget about vegan meat for a second, there's way more dividend potential in the real stuff. Hormel is known for its legacy SPAM brand, but it makes a great assortment of lunchmeats, bacon and canned meals as well. It has acquired natural and organic meat brands to appeal to millennial consumers in recent years. It has also diversified in organic nut butters, guacamole, Mexican salsas and other more youth-orientated products.Hormel stock enjoyed a tremendous run the last time interest rates plummeted a few years ago; HRL stock shot up 50% in six months. Since then, Hormel has traded sideways, however, as investors moved back out of dividend stocks. In fact, HRL is down 10% from its 2016 peak while earnings are up 25% over the same period. * 5 Cheap Stocks to Buy Now That the Fed Cut Rates With investors piling back into yield plays, however, Hormel Foods should soar to new all-time highs. The African swine fever has been a bump in the road. Higher pork prices have hurt margins. But as pricing reverts to normal in 2020, Hormel's earnings per share should soar above $2, supporting a $50 share price based on its historical median earnings ratio.Hormel is the lowest-yielding stock on this list, at 2%. But it is a dividend king with more than 50 years of consecutive dividend hikes. It has consistently grown its dividend (and its earnings) at more than 10% per year for decades now. This means that investors get a starting yield significantly higher than in bonds, with rapid increases to their income stream over time. With dividend aristocrats back in style, HRL stock is heading to new all-time highs. Molson Coors Brewing (TAP)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 4.4%Turning from food to beer, we have Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE:TAP) stock. The big macro-brewers have seen their stocks implode in recent years based on craft beer fears. And those were valid fears. But note the past tense. In 2018, U.S. craft beer grew just 3% overall, with many of the leading craft brewers showing outright decline in production. Arguably, craft beer over-expanded, and has now lost its cutting-edge trendiness.Meanwhile, there's still plenty of people that like macro beers, along with cheaper brews in general. The major beer companies still control more than 80% of the American market after all. And Molson Coors plays to both lanes; it owns leading craft brands such as Blue Moon to complement its mainstream holdings.Why buy TAP stock now though? For one thing, it's at multi-year lows. The North American beer market overall has been weak, so while the craft threat is fading, overall performance has still been rather modest. That said, Molson Coors has cut costs aggressively. This just allowed it to unveil a massive 39% dividend hike. Management didn't get the memo that Molson's business is in trouble, despite the sinking stock price. With that huge dividend hike, TAP stock is now yielding 4.4%, which makes it the highest-yielder in the U.S. beer and liquor space. With recession fears mounting, investors will warm up to this recession-proof income play soon. Wells Fargo (WFC)Source: Shutterstock Dividend Yield: 4.4%Investors hate bank stocks right now. In fact, other than energy, there's little that is more disliked at the moment. And with that comes opportunity. If you're bearish on the economy and think we're heading into a recession tomorrow, there's a good reason to avoid banks today; but the whole stock market is probably overvalued in that case. If things turn back up even slightly, however, banking shares should roar back.Why's that? Because interest rates have plummeted so rapidly since last year, the bond market is now pricing in the equivalent of six Fed rate cuts to the long end of the curve. If the economy continues performing reasonably well, the Fed will cut significantly fewer than six times in practice. As the rate curve heads back to more normal levels from current extremes, banks will benefit. Right now, people are pricing in a massive drop in profits for the industry going forward, but this could reverse on a dime. * 10 Cyclical Stocks to Buy (or Sell) Now Who wins? Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) stock is one obvious winner. Investors have shunned the bank since the account scandals a few years ago. But the bank has thrown out old management and moved on. Meanwhile, the stock price has gone nowhere for many years as capital piles up. This is allowing it to go on an aggressive shareholder return plan now.Wells Fargo is now paying a more than 4% dividend yield. On top of that, the company has authorization to repurchase more than 10% of its total outstanding float over the next year. Add it up, and the bank is offering a shareholder yield of nearly 15%. 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That's because dividend yields are often high due to some problem with the business that's knocked its share price lower. * 7 A-Rated Stocks Under $10 That said, if you can find a group of stocks that yield 5% and have demonstrated the ability to grow the annual payment over a decent amount of time, double-digit total returns won't be nearly as difficult to achieve.The trick is finding those stocks. Here are seven high-yield dividend stocks to buy with a payout of 5% or more that I believe can get the job done. BP (BP)The integrated oil and gas company has come a long way since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. BP (NYSE:BP) currently yields 6.55%. It has paid a quarterly dividend for 34 consecutive quarters starting with a 42-cent payment in Q4 2010.Source: Shutterstock For 15 quarters between Q3 2014 and Q1 2018, it paid a 60-cent quarterly dividend, opting to retain more of its cash flow. 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Icahn Enterprises (IEP)Love him or hate him, Carl Icahn sure knows how to make money for his investors, and Icahn Enterprises (NYSE:IEP) is next on our list of high-yield dividend stocks.Source: Steve Pisano via FlickrOver the past 15 years, IEP's annualized total return was 14.8% with approximately 43% of those gains from dividends. Currently yielding just under 11%, IEP increased its quarterly distribution to $2 a share.In 2018, Icahn's investment fund made 7.8% on the year, when most hedge funds lost money and the S&P 500 was also down. Although Icahn is in his 80s, he's still able to jump on the latest trends. * 10 Stocks to Buy on the Trade War Dip He might appear grumpy at times, but who cares when he delivers for shareholders. Brookfield Property Partners (BPY)Brookfield Property Partners (NASDAQ:BPY) invests in real estate. Whether we're talking office, retail, multi-family residential, self-storage, student housing, you name it, if there's money to be made, BPY is in the mix.Source: Shutterstock BPY acquired a 100% leasehold interest in 666 Fifth Avenue in New York in August 2018. The property, bought at the height of the real estate market, was Jared Kushner's money pit. He paid $1.8 billion for it. BPY took it off his hands for $1.3 billion. It plans to redevelop the building to bring up the rents and then hang on to it until the property is worth significantly more than the price Brookfield paid for it. Over the last five years, this high-yield dividend stock has completely reshaped its business, taking five publicly traded companies private, a move that kept a lid on its share price. As a result, the company's board's approved a $500 million substantial issuer bid to buy back its shares at prices between $19 and $21.AThe company offers a current yield of 6.9%. BPY is also affiliated with Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM), which owns 52% of the company. You could do a lot worse when it comes to high-yield dividend stocks. Cedar Fair (FUN)Who can resist a stock with the symbol FUN? Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN) has been providing fun for kids and adults alike since 1870. Source: Jeremy Thompson via Flickr (Modified)It hasn't been a public company for 148 years, though. It went public in 1987. And a $10,000 investment in its IPO would be worth approximately $875,000 today. Its first park was in Sandusky, Ohio. Since then it's added ten additional amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park, and four hotels. The entire system welcomes close to 26 million guests each year generating more than $1.3 billion in annual revenue. The average guest spends almost $48 visiting one of its amusement parks spread across North America. * 10 Cyclical Stocks to Buy (or Sell) Now Set up as a publicly traded partnership, Cedar Fair pays out most of its profits tax-free to its unitholders. Since going public, it's paid out more than $2.6 billion in distributions to unitholders.Cedar Fair might not grow its revenues by double digits but its current yield of 7.18% more than makes up for its lack of growth, making it one of the best high-yield dividend stocks to buy. BCE (BCE)BCE (NYSE:BCE) could best be described as a Canadian version of AT&T (NYSE:T).Source: BCE, Inc. Canada's largest communications company, BCE generates 53% of its annual revenue from its wireline business, which includes broadband, TV, and voice, 36% from wireless, and the remaining 11% from Bell Media. Its media business includes 30 TV stations, 30 specialty networks, four pay-TV channels, 109 radio stations, and more than 200 websites. BCE aims to pay out between 65%-75% of its free cash flow annually. In 2018, it paid out CAD$2.68 billion for dividends, 6.6% higher than a year earlier. It currently yields 5.18%, 140 basis points less than AT&T. However, its long-term debt is just CAD$19.8 billion, less than 10% of Randall Stephenson's baby.BCE continues to be a stock for widows and orphans -- in other words, one of the safest high-yield dividend stocks. Brookfield Renewable Partners (BEP)The second of two Brookfield picks, you might think I have a thing for the Brookfield group of companies; and, you'd be right. Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP) is the renewable energy arm of Brookfield Asset Management, who own 60% of the company. Source: Shutterstock Of the seven high-yield dividend stocks on this list, BEP has the most risk and reward of the bunch. On February 8, the company announced its Q4 results. On the top line, it had $3.0 billion in revenue, 13.6% higher than a year earlier. On the bottom line, it had $403 million in net income, almost eight times higher than in 2017. On a cash flow basis, its funds from operations (FFO) increased by 16.4% to $676 million. So, where's the risk, you might be asking? Well, renewable energy projects aren't cheap. * 10 Generation Z Stocks to Buy Long In 2018, Brookfield finished the year with $10.7 billion in corporate and non-recourse debt. That debt comes with $6.5 billion in interest payments over the life of the obligations, 61% of which is due within five years.That said, all Brookfield companies bring to the table a level of conservatism to their investment practices, ensuring that your 5.53% dividend is most certainly money in the bank. Ford (F)Ford (NYSE:F) is currently yielding 6.3%, a mouth-watering number for any dividend investor. However, as anyone who follows the car company, an investment in the Detroit-based business comes with more than its fair share of risk.One of the risks is the company's CEO, Jim Hackett. I'm sure he's a fine man, but I've said many times in the past that he's the wrong person for the job.I argue that someone along the lines of General Motors' (NYSE:GM) CEO Mary Barra is what is needed to revive Ford glory. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford feels I'm 100% wrong about Hackett."I think the ability to hold the now, the near and the far all together at one time is something you don't always see in executives. And Jim (Hackett) has that," Ford told Reuters on the sidelines of the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston. "We're changing a lot. And change is difficult."It sure is. That said, I do believe if you're going to buy a stock under $10, Ford is the one to buy because it's not going out of business anytime soon despite the lack of innovation. As of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Cloud Stocks to Buy on Overcast Days * 6 Stable Stocks Worth Buying for Protection * 5 Active Vanguard Funds That You Have to Own The post 7 Winning High-Yield Dividend Stocks With Payouts Over 5% appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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