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It has certainly been a busy month as March flew by marked by tragedies in Japan and conflicts in the middle east. At times I used to try to pull off some great April fool pranks on here but in the light of everything happening right now, it seemed fit to start April by looking at the top dividend stocks around the world, seeing as these are all potential targets for your passive income portfolio in what could be the difference between an early & enjoyable retirement and a very late retirement where you depend on your former employer or the government to determine the level of your life. So today we resume our monthly tradition of looking at the top 100 dividend stocks in the broad based S&P500 index.

What to look for

Over the past few months, we have looked at quite a few criteria that have helped us find the best dividend stocks including current yield, dividend growth and also companies that produce solid enough earnings to keep up the dividend payments. We summed it all up when we discussed the 20 things that we look for in dividend stocks.

FTR remains once more at the top of our list although it was a tough month for the stock as you can see in the chart below. That means the dividend yield is even higher this time around than last month but when you look at the payout ratio, it continues to look very unlikely that FTR will be able to keep up these high payments. Next week we will be looking deeper into these stocks in our newsletter but I can tell you right now that I’m intrigued by Hudson City Bancorp (NASDAQ:HCBK) which as a high dividend yield and seems capable of keeping it up or even increasing it. More on that next week though.

Hopefully this will help you when building your passive dividend porrtfolio.


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We will be filtering out the top 100 list to find the ones that fit all of these criteria! In the meantime, here is the list!

Ticker Name Price Dividend Yield Payout Ratio Ex-Date
FTR Frontier Communications Corp 8.22 9.12 346.75 6/7/2011
WIN Windstream Corp 12.87 7.74 150.63 6/28/2011
CTL CenturyLink Inc 41.55 6.98 92.65 6/6/2011
HCBK Hudson City Bancorp Inc 9.68 6.23 55.05 5/3/2011
RAI Reynolds American Inc 35.53 5.93 81.34 6/8/2011
FE FirstEnergy Corp 37.09 5.93 85.46 5/4/2011
MO Altria Group Inc 26.03 5.83 77.98 6/13/2011
POM Pepco Holdings Inc 18.65 5.78 173.38 6/8/2011
PBI Pitney Bowes Inc 25.69 5.77 97.09 5/11/2011
T AT&T Inc 30.6 5.61 52.32 4/6/2011
LLY Eli Lilly & Co 35.17 5.54 42.75 5/11/2011
PPL PPL Corp 25.3 5.53 63.35 6/8/2011
RRD RR Donnelley & Sons Co 18.92 5.49 96.71 4/26/2011
AEE Ameren Corp 28.07 5.47 264.75 6/6/2011
LO Lorillard Inc 95.01 5.45 62.68 5/26/2011
DUK Duke Energy Corp 18.15 5.39 97.07 5/18/2011
TEG Integrys Energy Group Inc 50.51 5.38 94.56 5/25/2011
PGN Progress Energy Inc 46.14 5.37 83.83 4/7/2011
HCN Health Care REIT Inc 52.44 5.27 554.64 5/5/2011
AEP American Electric Power Co Inc 35.14 5.22 68.04 5/6/2011
EXC Exelon Corp 41.24 5.09 54.31 5/11/2011
HCP HCP Inc 37.94 5.07 198.62 5/5/2011
VZ Verizon Communications Inc 38.54 5.04 213.72 4/6/2011
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Co 26.43 4.97 71.24 6/29/2011
ETR Entergy Corp 67.21 4.93 48.31 5/10/2011
SCG SCANA Corp 39.37 4.93 63.56 6/8/2011
PBCT People's United Financial Inc 12.58 4.92 254.49 4/27/2011
PNW Pinnacle West Capital Corp 42.79 4.89 67.88 4/29/2011
CINF Cincinnati Financial Corp 32.8 4.88 68.7 6/20/2011
NI NiSource Inc 19.18 4.79 86.8 4/27/2011
SO Southern Co 38.11 4.78 75.75 5/5/2011
ED Consolidated Edison Inc 50.72 4.72 68.15 5/9/2011
Q Qwest Communications International Inc 6.83 4.65 N/A 5/18/2011
MRK Merck & Co Inc 33.01 4.58 549.36 6/15/2011
DTE DTE Energy Co 48.96 4.56 58.25 6/16/2011
CNP CenterPoint Energy Inc 17.56 4.48 72.35 5/11/2011
LEG Leggett & Platt Inc 24.5 4.41 87.94 6/13/2011
D Dominion Resources Inc/VA 44.7 4.4 36.37 5/25/2011
TE TECO Energy Inc 18.76 4.36 73.1 5/11/2011
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group Inc 31.51 4.33 44.51 6/7/2011
KMB Kimberly-Clark Corp 65.27 4.28 58.87 6/1/2011
CMS CMS Energy Corp 19.64 4.26 43.38 5/4/2011
VTR Ventas Inc 54.3 4.24 153.91 6/8/2011
XEL Xcel Energy Inc 23.89 4.22 61.8 6/21/2011
PCG PG&E Corp 44.18 4.12 60.24 6/28/2011
NEE NextEra Energy Inc 55.12 3.99 41.93 6/1/2011
PAYX Paychex Inc 31.36 3.95 93.94 4/28/2011
KIM Kimco Realty Corp 18.34 3.94 361.29 4/1/2011
PFE Pfizer Inc 20.31 3.92 72.18 5/4/2011
SVU SUPERVALU Inc 8.93 3.92 32.82 5/23/2011
PM Philip Morris International Inc 65.63 3.9 61.77 6/21/2011
ABT Abbott Laboratories 49.05 3.9 59.05 4/13/2011
CAG ConAgra Foods Inc 23.75 3.86 46.82 4/27/2011
PCL Plum Creek Timber Co Inc 43.61 3.86 134.65 5/11/2011
SE Spectra Energy Corp 27.18 3.81 62.32 5/11/2011
SYY Sysco Corp 27.7 3.75 49.64 6/29/2011
LMT Lockheed Martin Corp 80.4 3.73 36.64 6/2/2011
MAT Mattel Inc 24.93 3.69 42.53 5/20/2011
HNZ HJ Heinz Co 48.82 3.68 58.04 6/21/2011
KFT Kraft Foods Inc 31.36 3.68 81.98 6/27/2011
WM Waste Management Inc 37.34 3.65 63.38 5/26/2011
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 59.25 3.64 43.54 5/26/2011
MCHP Microchip Technology Inc 38.01 3.63 115 5/17/2011
INTC Intel Corp 20.17 3.6 30.56 5/4/2011
FII Federated Investors Inc 26.75 3.59 127.68 5/4/2011
HRB H&R Block Inc 16.74 3.58 41.09 6/7/2011
SRE Sempra Energy 53.5 3.58 51.56 6/14/2011
CPB Campbell Soup Co 33.11 3.5 44.08 4/7/2011
EIX Edison International 36.59 3.49 32.91 6/28/2011
IP International Paper Co 30.18 3.48 27.48 5/13/2011
GAS Nicor Inc 53.7 3.46 61.42 6/28/2011
NYX NYSE Euronext 35.17 3.41 43.85 6/13/2011
WEC Wisconsin Energy Corp 30.5 3.4 41.15 5/11/2011
AVP Avon Products Inc 27.04 3.39 63.71 5/18/2011
RTN Raytheon Co 50.87 3.38 30.6 4/4/2011
GPC Genuine Parts Co 53.64 3.37 54.45 6/8/2011
MWV MeadWestvaco Corp 30.33 3.3 61.83 5/3/2011
COP ConocoPhillips 79.86 3.29 27.95 5/19/2011
MCD McDonald's Corp 76.09 3.2 48.68 5/26/2011
MTB M&T Bank Corp 88.47 3.17 48.21 5/26/2011
NU Northeast Utilities 34.6 3.17 46.84 5/31/2011
VNO Vornado Realty Trust 87.5 3.15 77.37 5/5/2011
NUE Nucor Corp 46.02 3.15 679.79 6/28/2011
PG Procter & Gamble Co/The 61.6 3.13 48.84 4/27/2011
CLX Clorox Co 70.07 3.13 48.09 4/25/2011
OKE Oneok Inc 66.88 3.11 57.84 4/26/2011
CEG Constellation Energy Group Inc 31.13 3.08 N/A 6/8/2011
GIS General Mills Inc 36.55 3.06 42.06 4/7/2011
NOC Northrop Grumman Corp 62.71 3 26.74 5/26/2011
K Kellogg Co 53.98 2.99 46.83 5/26/2011
SPG Simon Property Group Inc 107.16 2.98 123.98 5/11/2011
DD EI du Pont de Nemours & Co 54.97 2.98 49.75 5/11/2011
AVB AvalonBay Communities Inc 120.08 2.98 304.59 6/28/2011
PEP PepsiCo Inc/NC 64.41 2.97 47.92 6/1/2011
BMS Bemis Co Inc 32.81 2.93 50.66 5/18/2011
PSA Public Storage 110.91 2.89 119.29 6/13/2011
CL Colgate-Palmolive Co 80.76 2.87 52.65 4/21/2011
LLTC Linear Technology Corp 33.63 2.86 56.76 5/11/2011
PLD ProLogis 15.98 2.83 N/A 5/11/2011

Source: Top 100 Dividend Stocks