9 Foreign Stocks Yielding More Than 5% Dividends

In August 2008, I ran the stock screener with the following criteria:

1. Stocks must trade on the NYSE
2. Market cap. >= $25B
3. Must have dividend yields of at least 5%

This resulted in 28 stocks at that time. 14 of these stocks were in the financial sector and 21 were non-US companies.

When I ran the stock screener with the same conditions today, just 15 stocks are displayed. Many of the stocks that appeared in the 2008 list are not present now. After the global credit crisis banks slashed dividend payments and hence they did not make it to this list with the exception of Bank of Montreal.

Foreign stocks paying at least 5% dividend and trading on the NYSE are:

1.Bank of Montreal(BMO)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.24%

2.BP Plc(BP)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.16%

3.Deutsche Telekom AG(DT)
Current Dividend Yield: 7.07%

4.Eni Spa(E)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.57%

5.France Telecom(FTE)
Current Dividend Yield: 6.73%

6.Telefonica (TEF)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.54%

7.Total SA(TOT)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.13%

8.Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.50%
The Netherlands

9.EcoPetrol SA(EC)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.50%

U.S. companies currently paying 5% or more in dividends are:

Bristol Myers Squibb Co.(BMY), Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY), Altria Group, Inc. (MO), AT&T Inc. (T), The Southern Company (SO) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ).

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