Today's High Volume Gainers With a Track Record of Raising Dividends

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 |  Includes: AMAT, CHL, ESLT, LMT, MCD, SAN, SNP, TS
by: Kapitall

The following is a list of today's high volume gainers. For each stock we'll list the Relative Volume indicator, which expresses today's volume as a multiple of the three-month average daily volume.

In addition, all of the stocks mentioned below have a track record of raising dividends more aggressively than their competitors over the last five years.

To control the quality of the list, we only focused on stocks with trailing 12-month payout ratios below 50% (to maximize the probability of finding companies that have the ability to keep paying their dividends).

If you're an income investor, this list might offer an interesting starting point.

Relative volume data sourced from Finviz. Dividend yields, TTM payout ratios and industry comps sourced from Reuters.

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 alphabetically.

1. Banco Santander, S.A. (STD): Foreign Money Center Banks Industry. Market cap of $95.54B. Wednesday's Relative Volume at 1.8, with the stock gaining 1.25% during the session. Current dividend yield at 6.83% vs. industry average at 1.75%. Dividend growth rate over the past five years at 12.50% vs. industry average at 7.43%. TTM Payout Ratio at 35.31% vs. industry average at 19.84%. Short float at 0.15%, which implies a short ratio of 1.07 days. The stock has lost 26.89% over the last year.

2. Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT)
: Aerospace/Defense Products & Services Industry. Market cap of $27.56B. Wednesday's Relative Volume at 1.7, with the stock gaining 0.93% during the session. Current dividend yield at 3.92% vs. industry average at 1.62%. Dividend growth rate over the past five years at 20.79% vs. industry average at 10.79%. TTM Payout Ratio at 45.74% vs. industry average at 38.47%. Short float at 3.55%, which implies a short ratio of 4.18 days. The stock has gained 1.3% over the last year.

3. China Mobile Limited (NYSE:CHL):
Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $199.3B. Wednesday's Relative Volume at 1.4, with the stock gaining 1.25% during the session. Current dividend yield at 3.72% vs. industry average at 2.62%. Dividend growth rate over the past five years at 28.69% vs. industry average at 14.08%. TTM Payout Ratio at 43.02% vs. industry average at 28.50%. Short float at 0.2%, which implies a short ratio of 1.65 days. The stock has gained 2.05% over the last year.

4. McDonald's Corp. (NYSE:MCD): Restaurants Industry. Market cap of $78.9B. Wednesday's Relative Volume at 1.7, with the stock gaining 0.71% during the session. Current dividend yield at 3.27% vs. industry average at 1.50%. Dividend growth rate over the past five years at 30.10% vs. industry average at 8.49%. TTM Payout Ratio at 47.91% vs. industry average at 23.59%. Short float at 0.58%, which implies a short ratio of 0.88 days. The stock has gained 21.47% over the last year.

5. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $87.24B. Wednesday's Relative Volume at 1.6, with the stock gaining 1.92% during the session. Current dividend yield at 2.77% vs. industry average at 2.33%. Dividend growth rate over the past five years at 8.45% vs. industry average at 6.82%. TTM Payout Ratio at 25.75% vs. industry average at 10.19%. Short float at 0.19%, which implies a short ratio of 1.89 days. The stock has gained 21.14% over the last year.

6. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT): Aerospace/Defense Products & Services Industry. Market cap of $2.24B. Wednesday's Relative Volume at 4.1, with the stock gaining 1.40% during the session. Current dividend yield at 2.65% vs. industry average at 1.62%. Dividend growth rate over the past five years at 37.52% vs. industry average at 10.79%. TTM Payout Ratio at 41.29% vs. industry average at 38.47%. Short float at 0.08%, which implies a short ratio of 1.48 days. The stock has lost 14.61% over the last year.

7. Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT):
Semiconductor Equipment & Materials Industry. Market cap of $20.18B. Wednesday's Relative Volume at 2.2, with the stock gaining 0.33% during the session. Current dividend yield at 1.84% vs. industry average at 0.68%. Dividend growth rate over the past five years at 24.57% vs. industry average at -16.52%. TTM Payout Ratio at 38.50% vs. industry average at 13.97%. Short float at 1.62%, which implies a short ratio of 1.57 days. The stock has gained 11.27% over the last year.

8. Tenaris SA (NYSE:TS):
Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $27.28B. Wednesday's Relative Volume at 2.3, with the stock gaining 0.26% during the session. Current dividend yield at 1.47% vs. industry average at 0.96%. Dividend growth rate over the past five years at 25.32% vs. industry average at 6.19%. TTM Payout Ratio at 38.98% vs. industry average at 15.62%. Short float at 3.25%, which implies a short ratio of 4.15 days. The stock has lost 0.77% over the last year.

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