Top 12 U.S. High-Dividend Stocks Close To 52-week Highs

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 |  Includes: DUK, EPD, HCP, KMP, LLY, LMT, MO, NLY, RAI, T, VZ, WPZ
by: Dividendinvestr

High-dividend stocks deliver income and perform much better than the rest of the market both during market downturns and on the average. Some high yielding stocks performed well over the past year and their prices are close to the highest points during the past 52 weeks. The strong performance of these stocks may result from the good business performance of the companies, and these companies are very likely to have promising futures.

Below are 12 US high-dividend stocks close to their 52-week highs. All companies have a market cap of over $10 billion, dividend yield higher than 5%, and are within 10% of their 52-week highs.

Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK): Duke Energy is an energy company primarily located in the Americas. DUK has a dividend yield of 5.03%. It gained 17.06% over the past 52 weeks and is just 0.34% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $26.5B and a P/E ratio of 12.92. Michael Messner and Israel Englander both invested nearly $30 million in DUK.

Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE:EPD): Enterprise is a North American midstream energy company. EPD has a dividend yield of 5.85%. It gained 12.06% over the past 52 weeks and is 4.88% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $36.2B and a P/E ratio of 26.34. John Osterweis had $69 million invested in EPD shares.

HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP): HCP is a real estate investment trust. HCP has a dividend yield of 5.03%. It gained 17.06% over the past 52 weeks and is just 0.34% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $26.5B and a P/E ratio of 12.92. D. E. Shaw had $64 million of HCP stocks.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE:KMP): KMP is a pipeline transportation and energy storage company in North America. KMP has a dividend yield of 5.34%. It gained 4.68% over the past 52 weeks and is 9.26% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $14.7B and a P/E ratio of 31.56. Michael Messner had $22 million invested in KMP.

Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY): Eli Lilly and Company discovers, develops, manufactures and sells pharmaceutical products. LLY has a dividend yield of 6.54%. It gained 9.72% over the past 52 weeks and is 8.39% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $23.2B and a P/E ratio of 121.21. Jim Simons had $388 million of LLY stocks.

Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT): Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security company. LMT has a dividend yield of 5.39%. It gained 6.69% over the past 52 weeks and is 8.37% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $24.9B and a P/E ratio of 9.84. Jean-Marie Eveillard had $278 million of LMT stocks.

Altria Group Inc. (NYSE:MO): Altria Group is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products and wine. MO has a dividend yield of 6.21%. It gained 15.93% over the past 52 weeks and is just 2.98% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $54.7B and a P/E ratio of 16.01. Tom Russo had $187 million invested in MO.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY): Annaly Capital Management owns, manages and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments. NLY has a dividend yield of 13.87%. It gained 8.87% over the past 52 weeks and is 9.10% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $16.8B and a P/E ratio of 6.05. Bill Miller had $66 million of NLY.

Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI): Reynolds produces cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. RAI has a dividend yield of 5.69%. It gained 32.24% over the past 52 weeks and is just 3.40% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $21.7B and a P/E ratio of 16.19. David Winters and Jim Simons both had over $40 million of RAI shares.

AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T): AT&T is a provider of telecommunications services. T has a dividend yield of 6.00%. It gained 4.90% over the past 52 weeks and is 8.06% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $169.9B and a P/E ratio of 8.69. Note that T is also 9.95% above its 52-week low. The stocks’ price did not change much over the past 52 weeks. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson had over $300 million of T shares. Jim Simons, Cliff Asness, George Soros and D. E. Shaw are all main holders of the stock.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ): Verizon is a provider of communications services. VZ has a dividend yield of 5.42%. It gained 18.92% over the past 52 weeks and is just 2.05% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $104.4B and a P/E ratio of 16.47. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson had $149 million of VZ. Jim Simons also invested $114 million in VZ shares.

Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ): Williams is an integrated natural gas company. WPZ has a dividend yield of 5.47%. It gained 34.27% over the past 52 weeks and is just 6.27% below its 52-week high. It has a market cap of $15.6B and a P/E ratio of 17.28. Jean-Marie Eveillard invested $89 million in WPZ stocks.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.