8 High Yield Stocks On A Straight Way To New 52-Week Highs

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 |  Includes: CTL, GSK, KMP, MO, NGG, PPL, RAI, VZ
by: Dividend Screen

The technical indicator of 52-Week-Highs shows investors how far away a stock is from its new breakout. If the stock crosses the holly mark of new highs, additional upside potential is given. Let's take a look a big high yield stocks and consider some opportunities.

I screened the capital market by large capitalized stocks (over $10 billion market capitalization) with a dividend yield over 5% that are close to their 52-Week Highs (up to 5% below High). Eight companies fulfilled these criteria; four have a buy or better recommendation. The best newcomer in our list is Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP). The company gained 29.97 percent over the recent half-year. Year-to-date, the stock is up 3.72 percent. These are the results sorted by dividend yield:

1. CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) has a market capitalization of $24.15 billion. The company employs 49,200 people, generates revenues of $15,351.00 million and has a net income of $573.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,029.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 39.27% (operating margin 13.05% and the net profit margin finally 3.73%).

The total debt representing 38.90% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 104.84%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 3.76% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.22. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.90 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 32.02, Price/Sales 1.57 and Price/Book ratio 1.16. Dividend Yield: 7.43%. The beta ratio is 0.73. The share price is 3.34% below its 52-Week High.

2. National Grid (NYSE:NGG) has a market capitalization of $36.45 billion. The company employs 27,089 people, generates revenues of $22,482.60 million and has a net income of $3,390.50 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $7,842.18 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 34.88% (operating margin 26.15%, and the net profit margin finally 15.08%).

The total debt representing 50.00% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 256.05%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 32.57% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.81. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.85 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.62, Price/Sales 1.63 and Price/Book ratio 2.52. Dividend Yield: 5.87%. The beta ratio is 0.62. The share price is 1.39% below its 52-Week High.

3. Altria Group (NYSE:MO) has a market capitalization of $62.27 billion. The company employs 9,900 people, generates revenues of $23,800.00 million and has a net income of $3,393.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,321.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 26.56% (operating margin 25.50% and the net profit margin finally 14.26%).

The total debt representing 37.04% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 371.98%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 76.13% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.64. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.58 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.59, Price/Sales 2.62 and Price/Book ratio 16.92. Dividend Yield: 5.38%. The beta ratio is 0.41. The share price is 0.46% below its 52-Week High.

4. Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) has a market capitalization of $24.13 billion. The company employs 5,400 people, generates revenues of $8,541.00 million and has a net income of $1,406.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,537.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 29.70% (operating margin 28.09% and the net profit margin finally 16.46%).

The total debt representing 22.54% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 58.60%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 22.04% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.40. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.15 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 17.44, Price/Sales 2.84 and Price/Book ratio 3.88. Dividend Yield: 5.32%. The beta ratio is 0.57. The share price is 1.41% below its 52-Week High.

5. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) has a market capitalization of $29.27 billion. The company employs 8,120 people, generates revenues of $8,211.20 million and has a net income of $1,268.40 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,617.60 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 31.88% (operating margin 20.34% and the net profit margin finally 15.45%).

The total debt representing 53.18% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 170.74%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 1.16% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.25. Last fiscal year, the company paid $4.61 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 352.12, Price/Sales 3.57 and Price/Book ratio 4.06. Dividend Yield: 5.31%. The beta ratio is 0.37. The share price is 4.03% below its 52-Week High.

6. Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) has a market capitalization of $111.49 billion. The company employs 193,900 people, generates revenues of $110,875.00 million and has a net income of $10,198.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $29,376.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 26.49% (operating margin 11.62% and the net profit margin finally 9.20%).

The total debt representing 23.93% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 153.33%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 6.45% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.85. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.98 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 46.43, Price/Sales 1.00 and Price/Book ratio 3.08. Dividend Yield: 5.12%. The beta ratio is 0.55. The share price is 1.60% below its 52-Week High.

7. PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) has a market capitalization of $16.51 billion. The company employs 17,722 people, generates revenues of $12,737.00 million and has a net income of $1,510.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4,309.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 33.83% (operating margin 24.30% and the net profit margin finally 11.86%).

The total debt representing 43.54% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 171.51%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 15.62% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.71. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.40 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.51, Price/Sales 1.29 and Price/Book ratio 1.51. Dividend Yield: 5.10%. The beta ratio is 0.42. The share price is 3.47% below its 52-Week High.

8. GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) has a market capitalization of $113.08 billion. The company employs 96,461 people, generates revenues of $42,929.02 million and has a net income of $8,555.40 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $14,863.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 34.62% (operating margin 28.50% and the net profit margin finally 19.93%).

The total debt representing 36.27% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 185.52%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 62.19% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.24. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.35 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.81, Price/Sales 2.64 and Price/Book ratio 8.94. Dividend Yield: 5.05%. The beta ratio is 0.61. The share price is 1.94% below its 52-Week High.

Disclosure: I am long (MO).