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The following is a list of high-yielding dividend stocks with a large number of open call option positions relative to put option positions, i.e. bullish options sentiment.

Options traders seem to be betting on some near-term upside to these names - what do you think? This list might offer an interesting starting point for dividend investors. Full details below.

Options data sourced from Schaeffer's, dividend data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. Note: The numbers on top of items represent the forward P/E ratio, if available.

The list has been sorted by the Put/Call ratio.

1. SCANA Corp. (NYSE:SCG): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $5.15B. Dividend yield at 4.69%. Call open interest at 1,808 contracts vs. put open interest at 209 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.12). Short float at 1.64%, which implies a short ratio of 2.88. The stock has gained 15.51% over the last year.

2. Cincinnati Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CINF): Property and Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $5.23B. Dividend yield at 4.98%. Call open interest at 1,830 contracts vs. put open interest at 426 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.23). Short float at 9.99%, which implies a short ratio of 14.27. The stock has gained 27.69% over the last year.

3. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (NYSE:BBVA): Foreign Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $36.66B. Dividend yield at 5.71%. Call open interest at 38,650 contracts vs. put open interest at 10,848 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.28). Short float at 0.14%, which implies a short ratio of 1.96. The stock has lost -45.73% over the last year.

4. Plains All American Pipeline LP (NYSE:PAA): Oil and Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $8.57B. Dividend yield at 6.05%. Call open interest at 4,461 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,276 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.29). Short float at 0.2%, which implies a short ratio of 0.73. The stock has gained 22.6% over the last year.

5. TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $3.87B. Dividend yield at 4.56%. Call open interest at 4,838 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,404 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.29). Short float at 2.12%, which implies a short ratio of 2.6. The stock has gained 17.88% over the last year.

6. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE:ETP): Oil and Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $10.05B. Dividend yield at 6.82%. Call open interest at 13,716 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,152 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.3). Short float at 0.48%, which implies a short ratio of 1.17. The stock has gained 24.53% over the last year.

7. FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $11.59B. Dividend yield at 5.79%. Call open interest at 36,803 contracts vs. put open interest at 11,255 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.31). Short float at 9.69%, which implies a short ratio of 8.1. The stock has lost -15.19% over the last year.

8. National Grid plc (NYSE:NGG): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $31.82B. Dividend yield at 6.15%. Call open interest at 1,457 contracts vs. put open interest at 448 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.31). Short float at 0.05%, which implies a short ratio of 0.54. The stock has lost -9.67% over the last year.

9. Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE:PNW): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $4.5B. Dividend yield at 5.07%. Call open interest at 1,115 contracts vs. put open interest at 352 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.32). Short float at 1.4%, which implies a short ratio of 2.08. The stock has gained 18.87% over the last year.

10. Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ): Specialty Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $13.11B. Dividend yield at 5.87%. Call open interest at 4,854 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,613 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.33). Short float at 2.52%, which implies a short ratio of 3.42. The stock has gained 56.62% over the last year.

11. Penn West Energy Trust (NYSE:PWE): Oil and Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $11.23B. Dividend yield at 4.39%. Call open interest at 19,098 contracts vs. put open interest at 6,536 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.34). Short float at 0.32%, which implies a short ratio of 0.79. The stock has gained 41.87% over the last year.

12. Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $4.13B. Dividend yield at 4.24%. Call open interest at 163 contracts vs. put open interest at 57 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.35). Short float at 0.94%, which implies a short ratio of 2.05. The stock has gained 24.62% over the last year.

13. CPFL Energia S.A. (NYSE:CPL): Foreign Utilities Industry. Market cap of $12.25B. Dividend yield at 6.73%. Call open interest at 1,145 contracts vs. put open interest at 417 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.36). Short float at 0.78%, which implies a short ratio of 5.36. The stock has gained 27.6% over the last year.

14. PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $12.97B. Dividend yield at 5.22%. Call open interest at 11,396 contracts vs. put open interest at 4,527 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.4). Short float at 1.27%, which implies a short ratio of 1.6. The stock has lost -11.98% over the last year.

15. CRH plc (NYSE:CRH): Cement Industry. Market cap of $13.6B. Dividend yield at 4.24%. Call open interest at 208 contracts vs. put open interest at 83 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.4). Short float at 0.08%, which implies a short ratio of 1.12. The stock has lost -25.05% over the last year.

16. Pengrowth Energy Trust (NYSE:PGH): Oil and Gas Drilling and Exploration Industry. Market cap of $4.15B. Dividend yield at 6.46%. Call open interest at 4,780 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,016 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.42). Short float at 0.39%, which implies a short ratio of 1.43. The stock has gained 34.93% over the last year.

17. Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POM): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $4.09B. Dividend yield at 5.93%. Call open interest at 2,261 contracts vs. put open interest at 960 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.42). Short float at 4.4%, which implies a short ratio of 4.63. The stock has gained 15.1% over the last year.

18. Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $10.82B. Dividend yield at 4.29%. Call open interest at 2,533 contracts vs. put open interest at 1,192 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.47). Short float at 1.5%, which implies a short ratio of 3.09. The stock has gained 17.89% over the last year.

19. Enbridge Energy Partners LP (NYSE:EEP): Oil and Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $7.91B. Dividend yield at 6.5%. Call open interest at 5,447 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,570 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.47). Short float at 0.61%, which implies a short ratio of 1.6. The stock has gained 22.91% over the last year.

20. Ventas Inc. (NYSE:VTR): REIT. Market cap of $8.29B. Dividend yield at 4.06%. Call open interest at 4,868 contracts vs. put open interest at 2,304 contracts (Put/Call ratio at 0.47). Short float at 6.85%, which implies a short ratio of 7.89. The stock has gained 28.08% over the last year.

Source: High Yield Dividend Stocks With Bullish Options Sentiment