7 Dividend Paying Stocks To Consider In March

 |  Includes: APA, CSCO, FCX, MA, MMM, OXY, UPS
by: MyPlanIQ

Jonas Elmerraji from Stockpickr highlighted seven companies that have increased their dividends in February. As we continue to look for companies with dividends, those increasing them are welcome as inflation is likely to be a reality which we have to face.

The seven companies are:

  • Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) is the largest company to announce a dividend hike. While share prices have been somewhat volatile, dividend payouts have been consistent since the firm announced its first dividend in 2011.

  • Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) shares have rallied more than 11% this year

  • United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) hiked its dividend payout by 9.62%, bringing the firm's quarterly dividend to 57 cents per share, approximately a 3% dividend yield.

  • 3M (NYSE:MMM) manufactures a slew of industrial and consumer products that range from Scotch Tape and Post-It Notes. Company management increased the dividend by 9.62% to 59 cents per share. That's 54 consecutive years of payout hikes.

  • MasterCard (NYSE:MA) doubled its tiny dividend payout on Tuesday, bringing the firm's quarterly dividend to 30 cents per share.

  • The world's largest copper and molybdenum producer, Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX), increased its dividend payout by 25%, bringing its quarterly dividend to 31 cents per share. That's a 2.2% yield at current share price levels.

  • Apache (NYSE:APA) has paid out a dividend for the last 46 straight years, but its current yield is only 0.64%. A 13.33% dividend hike improves Apache's quarterly payout to 17 cents per share, but it's still not a material move. This is the least attractive of the bunch.

This is an interesting and diversified mix of companies. It's possible that the weighting is a little towards commodities with Freeport-McMoRan, Occidental and Apache, but I don't think that is wholly bad in today's environment.

Asset Fund in this portfolio
REAL ESTATE (NYSEARCA:ICF) iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors
Emerging Market (NYSEARCA:VWO) Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF
US EQUITY (NYSEARCA:DVY) iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index
US EQUITY (NYSEARCA:VIG) Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF
High Yield Bond (NYSEARCA:HYG) iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd
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Portfolio Performance Comparison

Portfolio/Fund Name YTD
1Yr AR 1Yr Sharpe 3Yr AR 3Yr Sharpe 5Yr AR 5Yr Sharpe
Retirement Income ETFs Tactical Asset Allocation Moderate 1% 1% 21% 10% 77% 8% 54%
7 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts in February 2012 10% 15% 45% 33% 108% 18% 49%
Retirement Income ETFs Strategic Asset Allocation Moderate 5% 3% 24% 20% 118% 3% 8%
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This chart shows good returns performance, but you should look at the Sharpe ratios which tell you that you have high risk associated with these returns. As I look down at the one year return graph, that is quite a bumpy ride. I would hesitate to recommend this to anybody but a long-term investor who won't need the money in the near-term but can absorb the bumps.

One Year Chart Three Year Chart Five Year Chart
Over the longer term you can see overall good behavior but with the undesirable volatility. It may well be worth considering some of these stocks for a satellite portion of a portfolio where you can accept higher volatility for the higher return.

Disclosure: I am long MMM.

Additional disclosure: MyPlanIQ does not have any business relationship with the company or companies mentioned in this article. It does not set up their retirement plans. The performance data of portfolios mentioned above are obtained through historical simulation and are hypothetical.