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Jim Cramer is the host of CNBC's "Mad Money" show and the chairman of TheStreet.com. In 1987, Cramer started his own hedge fund and returned an average of 24% per year between 1987 and 2001. Cramer also authored six money management books.

In a recent article we stated that since the beginning of this year, the average return of these 20 high dividend-yielding S&P 500 stocks was 6.09%, beating the SPY by 2.33%. The second group of 20 stocks with lower dividend yields returned 3.29% on average, underperforming both the stocks in the first group and the SPY.

We compiled the list of high dividend paying stocks that have been recommended on "Mad Money" during the last 30 days. These 26 stocks returned 14.8% (including dividends) during the past 12 months. (The market data is sourced from Finviz).

Company

No. Of Times Picked

Market Cap (Billions)

P/E

Annaly Capital (NYSE:NLY)

1

17.1

6.2

Anworth Mortgage Asset (NYSE:ANH)

1

0.9

7.9

Alaska Communications Sys (NASDAQ:ALSK)

1

0.3

0.0

Solar Capital (NASDAQ:SLRC)

1

0.8

6.2

Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN)

3

6.2

21.9

Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP)

1

9.1

27.3

NuStar Energy (NYSE:NS)

1

3.7

18.3

Copano Energy (NASDAQ:CPNO)

1

2.0

0.0

Southern Copper (NYSE:SCCO)

1

27.2

13.7

Kinder Morgan Energy Part (NYSE:KMP)

3

22.4

117.0

Buckeye Partners (NYSE:BPL)

1

5.7

26.5

MarkWest Energy Partners (NYSE:MWE)

2

3.6

0.0

Enterprise Products Partn (NYSE:EPD)

3

34.5

25.9

Health Care REIT (NYSE:HCN)

1

8.6

211.4

Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD)

1

139.0

10.7

Verizon (NYSE:VZ)

4

101.2

16.0

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK)

1

24.7

12.1

Sanofi-Aventis (NYSE:SNY)

1

96.8

15.3

Equity One (NYSE:EQY)

1

2.0

26.3

PPL Corp (NYSE:PPL)

1

16.1

11.1

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY)

1

49.0

15.0

Consolidated Edison Inc. (NYSE:ED)

1

16.3

15.2

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB)

1

26.6

16.0

International Paper Co. (NYSE:IP)

1

11.2

9.0

Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D)

1

27.9

16.6

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI)

1

6.2

13.4

Annaly Capital is a real estate investment trust and the highest dividend paying stock among Cramer’s favorites. NLY recently traded at $17.6 and has a 14.77% dividend yield. NLY gained 18.12% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of NLY once during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $17.1 billion and P/E ratio of 6.2. Bill Miller’s Legg Mason Capital Management increased its NLY holdings by 958% during the second quarter. Currently Bill Miller holds $66.2 million worth of NLY shares.

Cramer considered Anworth Mortgage REIT to be a survivor and that it was safe for a viewer to hold, but not worth buying a position into. ANH recently traded at $6.96 and has a 14.37% dividend yield. ANH gained 17.77% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of ANH once during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $920 million and P/E ratio of 7.9.

Cramer said Alaska Communication is better than Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) and Century Link (NYSE:CTL). With double digit yields (over 12%), Cramer thinks this stock is being given away. ALSK recently traded at $7.17 and has an 11.99% dividend yield. ALSK lost 18.52% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of ALSK once during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $324 million.

Despite concerns about individuals not being able to refinance their mortgages at 4%, Cramer thinks Solar Capital is one of the good ones and is a buy. SLRC recently traded at $21.98 and has a 10.92% dividend yield. SLRC gained 22.79% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of SLRC once during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $802 million and P/E ratio of 6.2. Bill Miller at Legg Mason Capital Management owns a bit over 750,000 shares.

The chairman of this communications company bought $111,000 dollars’ worth of Windstream shares and Cramer is confident that he wouldn’t have done so if Windstream was going the way of its competitors. Robert Raiff of Raiff Partners increased his position to 2.64% in the company during first quarter. WIN recently traded at $12.06 and has an 8.29% dividend yield. WIN gained 14.31% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of WIN three times during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $6.2 billion and P/E ratio of 21.9.

Energy Transfer Partners is a limited partnership that operates in the natural gas transportation business in the United States. In the past five years, ETP increased its dividend payments by 6.99% annually. ETP recently traded at $43.67 and has an 8.19% dividend yield. ETP lost 0.75% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of ETP once during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $9.1 billion and P/E ratio of 27.3. Jim Simons holds the largest ETP position among the funds we are tracking.

NuStar Energy is a U.S. partnership that operates petroleum terminals and provides petroleum transportation services. NS recently traded at $57.18 and has a 7.66% dividend yield. NS gained 6.12% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of NS once during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $3.7 billion and P/E ratio of 18.3. In the past five years, NS increased its dividend payments by 4.35% annually. Jean-Marie Eveillard is among NuStar's investors.

Copano Energy provides midstream services to natural gas producers in the United States. CPNO recently traded at $30.88 and has a 7.45% dividend yield. CPNO gained 24.27% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of CPNO once during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $2 billion.

Copper prices are going down and Southern Copper has a good yield. SCCO recently traded at $32.13 and has a 6.82% dividend yield. SCCO gained 13.09% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of SCCO once during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $27.2 billion and P/E ratio of 13.7. Cramer said to buy the stock and bear it. However, he said the stock is going to continue to go lower. Richard Driehaus of Driehaus Capital has increased their holdings of the metal miner

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is a U.S. energy partnership providing energy products transportation and storage services. KMP recently traded at $67.85 and has a 6.78% dividend yield. KMP gained 6.41% during the past 12 months. Cramer repeated his buy recommendation of KMP three times during the last 30 days. The stock has a market cap of $22.4 billion and P/E ratio of 117. In the past five years, KMP increased its dividend payments by 7.26% annually. Michael Messner's Seminole Capital has the largest KMP position, holding more than $20 Million of the stock.

Source: Jim Cramer's 26 Favorite High Dividend Paying Stock Picks