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With the recent market drop, it may be the time to invest in quality companies that are now paying a higher yield. I have reviewed semiconductors, as I have been following Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and others. My review of Semiconductors led me to go long Intel. I shorted September 19 puts (and wrote about it in an article you can read here).

I have now moved to the Communications Services industry. As much as I would have loved to include Sprint (NYSE:S), they didn't make the list. An article I wrote that included AT&T (NYSE:T), and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) can be read here. In many ways I was glad that AT&T made it near the top as it was my favorite going into the list.

I hope this list is of as much value to you as it has been to me. I set up an EDGAR online screener to find semiconductors that pay a dividend. I don't want to look at all the stocks that pay a dividend, so I filtered the results based on the following:

  • Must trade at least 200K shares a day on average.
  • Dividend yield must be a minimum of 3%.
  • Must not have a payout ratio over 70% based on the last quarter.
Dividend Yield % Payout % PE Ratio Recent Price
KT 6.39 31.01 5.9 $16.71
T 5.84 51.53 8.842 $29.06
VZ 5.35 86.91 40.533 $35.77
BCE 5.33 82.53 15.295 $39.41
VOD 5.2 57.71 6.804 $26.46
TU 4.43 60.29 15.29 $50.93
TLK 4.36 4.54 12.607 $33.23
RCI 3.81 52.15 12.734 $37.75
DCM 3.47 42.6 11.717 $17.74
NTT 3.13 31.33 9.25 $22.81

KT Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KT) Yield: 6.39%

KT Corporation provides integrated telecommunications services in Korea. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Sungnam, South Korea.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -12.16 %, with a one year change of -8.30%.

Comparing this to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -2.67% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is -10.97% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

AT&T Inc. (T) Yield: 5.84%

AT&T Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunication services to consumers, businesses, and other service providers worldwide. The company was founded in 1983 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -1.77 %, with a one year change of 10.14%.
Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 8.84% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 6.97% vs. the S&P 500 price change.












Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) Yield: 5.35%

Verizon Communications Inc. provides communication services. The company operates through two segments, Domestic Wireless and Wireline. The company was founded in 1983 and is based in New York, New York.

In the last month, the stock has increased in price 0.72 %, with a one year change of 23.75%.
Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 11.60% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 8.85% vs. the S&P 500 price change.









BCE Inc. (USA) (NYSE:BCE) Yield: 5.33%

BCE Inc., a communications company, provides wireline voice and wireless communications services, Internet access, data services, and video services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. The company was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Verdun, Canada.

In the last month, the stock has increased in price 2.27 %, with a one year change of 26.25%.
Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 13.32% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 19.35% vs. the S&P 500 price change.


Vodafone Group Plc (ADR)(NASDAQ:VOD) Yield: 5.2%

Vodafone Group plc provides mobile communications in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and the United States. The company was incorporated in 1984 and is based in Newbury, the United Kingdom.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has moved higher in price 4.13 %, with a one year change of 19.35%. Comparing it to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 15.38% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 12.08% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

TELUS Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TU) Yield: 4.43%

TELUS Corporation provides telecommunications products and services primarily in Canada. The company operates through two segments, Wireless and Wireline. The company was founded in 1993 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -3.25 %, with a one year change of 25.88%.
Comparing it to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 7.20% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 24.15% vs. the S&P 500 price change.



PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (ADR) (NYSE:TLK) Yield: 4.36%

Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk provides telecommunication and network services worldwide. The company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Bandung, Indonesia.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -0.78 %, with a one year change of -11.41%.
Comparing it to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 9.94% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 3.33% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Rogers Communications Inc. (USA) (NYSE:RCI) Yield: 3.81%

Rogers Communications, Inc. operates as a communications and media company in Canada. The company's Wireless segment provides wireless voice and data communications services. The company was founded in 1920 and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -0.24 %, with a one year change of 5.97%. Comparing it to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 10.54% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 17.18% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:DCM) Yield: 3.47%

NTT DOCOMO, Inc. provides wireless telecommunications services, packet communications services, and satellite mobile communications services in Japan. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. NTT DOCOMO, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -0.38 %, with a one year change of 9.21%.
Comparing it to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 10.38% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, and year to date difference is 11.94% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Remember, you must buy a stock at least three business days before the record date (at least one business day before the ex-dividend date) to qualify for a dividend.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, but may initiate a long position in S over the next 72 hours. I may also short sell put options on T within the next 72 hours, and I am currently short INTC put options.

Disclaimer: I use a proprietary blend of technical analysis, financial crowd behavior, and fundamentals in my short-term trades, and while not totally the same in longer swing trades to investments, the concepts used are similar. Nothing in the article should be considered investment advice, but you may want to use this article as a starting point of your own research with your financial planner. I use Seeking Alpha, Edgar Online, Google Finance, MSN Money, cnbc.com, Zacks and Yahoo Finance for most of my data.

Source: Top-Yielding, Profitable Communications Services Companies