For income investors wanting to go it alone, they should consider creating a portfolio of high dividend stocks with low beta. This type of portfolio will provide a risk to reward profile during times of uncertainty in the markets. By adding the component of a bullish outlook to the low beta stocks indicates these stocks can be held in a long-term portfolio. The high dividend yield can be compounded over time and will increase as these stocks raise their dividends each year. This portfolio will be built in a series of articles. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Below is Part 3 with more stocks to look at for adding your portfolio.
Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Separated from operations in the U.S. and the
regulatory and litigation risk of that market, PM will, in our view, be better positioned to innovate, tailor offerings to higher-growth emerging markets,
achieve cost savings, and incentivize managers. We think PM’s low penetration of markets with potentially high cigarette consumption, such as China, India and Vietnam, also provides attractive opportunities. Also, the spinoff provided PM with currency for acquisitions. We believe its high cash flow generation is
supportive of regular stock repurchases and its dividend, which recently yielded 3.5%. PM increased its dividend 20% in the last year. PM has a 3-year beta
of 0.61. PM has an equity summary score of 9.7 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.
Pfizer Inc. (PFE), a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of medicines for people and animals worldwide. The world’s largest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer produces a wide range of drugs across a broad therapeutic spectrum. In October 2009, PFE acquired rival drugmaker Wyeth for some $68 billion in cash and stock. Although we expect the loss of U.S. patent protection on Lipitor and negative foreign
exchange to result in lower earnings this year, we think the decline should be cushioned by strength in several key pharmaceutical lines, growth in emerging
markets, cost restructurings and common share buybacks. The company recently announced a $10 billion buyback, of which $5 billion is expected to be purchased in 2012. We are also encouraged by PFE’s pipeline, which comprises potential breakthough treatments for arthritis, heart disease and other conditions, as well as by the planned spinoff to shareholders of non-core businesses. PFE has a dividend yield of 4.03% and a 3-year beta of 0.75. PFE increased its dividend 10% in Q1 2012. PFE has an equity summary score of 7.4 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) engages in the research, development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. We believe
JNJ’s diversified sales base across drugs, medical devices and consumer products, along with its decentralized business model, has served it well in the past and should continue to do so in the years ahead. In our view, JNJ’s pharma segment should benefit from a number of key new products, including Xarelto blood thinner, Incivek treatment for hepatitis C, Zytiga for prostate cancer, and Edurant for HIV. In late April 2011, JNJ agreed to acquire Synthes for $21.3 billion in cash and stock. We see significant operating synergies accruing from the proposed Synthes combination, which is expected to be completed in the
first half of 2012. JNJ has a dividend yield of 3.59% and a 3-year beta of 0.49. JNJ has a 5-year average dividend growth rate of 8.23%. JNJ has an equity summary score of 8.2 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.