5 Best And 5 Worst Dividend Stocks Over 5 Days And Today

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 |  Includes: EPB, EVEP, OKS, SDY, SPY
by: Richard Shaw

Dividend Aristocrats (NYSEARCA:SDY) are leading the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) year-to-date. However everything is never perfect in dividend-ville. Let's see who the top gainers and losers are over the past few days.

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First, for the purposes of this article a "good" dividend stock is:

  1. a stock that has paid and increased dividends for at least 5 years, according to the list the Dave Fish maintains, and
  2. a stock that trades at least $25,000 per minute (the larger you position the more per minute trading volume you want to minimize market impact when buying or selling).

We do this sort of filtering frequently separately for all industry groups, all listed stocks, all ETFs, all mutual funds, and for some sets of stocks within industries.

For this filter, we focused on consistent dividend payers.

There are 460+ names in Dave's list, and as of today 302 pass the minimum trading volume criterion we use.

Of those 302, these 5 had the worst combination of 1-day and 5-day returns:

MSC INDUSTRIAL CL A ORD MSM
KINROSS GOLD ORD KGC
ONEOK PARTNERS UNT OKS
EV ENERGY PARTNERS UNT EVEP
EL PASO PIPELINE PARTNERS UNT EPB
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The generally popular category of energy infrastructure MLPs accounted for 3 of the 5 worst performers over 1 and 5 days.

Of those 302, these 5 had the best combination of 1-day and 5-day returns:

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES CL A ORD NUS
HELMERICH AND PAYNE ORD HP
CARBO CERAMICS ORD CRR
FRANKLIN RESOURCES ORD BEN
AARONS ORD AAN
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Not terribly unexpected, an asset manager was among the strongest over 1 and 5 days. You'd expect asset managers to rise during a stocks rally.

Here are tables of data making observations of the price distance from the trailing 1-year high, and the price change over 1, 5, 21, 63 and 252 days.

We don't own any of these stocks (we do own SDY and SPY), but we do have meaningful exposure to infrastructure MLPs -- so seeing 3 MLPs in the "worst" list is disappointing.

Worst List
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Kinross Gold and EV Energy Partners are in tough shape, being more than 20% below their 1-year highs and with losses over all of 1, 2, 21, 63 and 252 days.

We use a Reuters data feed. They put suffixes on certain stocks depending on where they trade, or how many letters are in the symbol. That is why there is an ".O" after EVEP.

Best List
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Franklin Resources is in the best shape. It is at its 1-year high, and has positive price changes over each of 1, 5, 21, 63, and 252 days.

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