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George Soros is the founder and chairman of hedge fund Soros Fund Management LLC. According to Ahmed Azam, Soros Fund Management LLC is one of the most profitable hedge funds, averaging a 20% annual rate of return over four decades.

Below, we compiled a list of George Soros' dividend stock picks from Soros Fund Management LLC's 13-F filing for the quarter that ended March 31, 2012. Soros holds a more than a $0.75 million position in each stock in our list. All stocks in this list have a dividend yield above 3.5%. We obtained market data from Finviz and hedge fund holdings from Insider Monkey.

Stock

Market Cap
(Billion $)

Sector

Dividend Yield

P/E

Beta

Profit Margin

Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX)

194.2

Basic Materials

3.7%

7.2

0.77

10.7%

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM)

127.5

Financial

3.6%

7.4

1.29

19.1%

General Electric Company (NYSE:GE)

200.6

Industrial Goods

3.6%

15.5

1.6

9.8%

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

169.0

Healthcare

3.9%

21.3

0.71

12.5%

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC)

3.0

Services

5.4%

13.7

1.4

3.4%

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

64.3

Basic Materials

5.2%

5.6

1.13

4.9%

PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL)

15.8

Utilities

5.3%

9.6

0.39

11.9%

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM)

143.8

Consumer Goods

3.7%

16.8

0.86

11.7%

AT&T (NYSE:T)

197.3

Technology

5.2%

48.8

0.58

3.4%

Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK)

115.0

Healthcare

4.4%

16.7

0.62

14.7%

* T has a forward P/E ratio of 13.2. The above table shows the trailing P/E ratios.

Chevron (CVX) is a major energy company operating worldwide. Shares of CVX recently traded at $98.46, with a trailing price to earnings of 7.23 and a forward price to earnings of 7.27. CVX has a 3.66% dividend yield and lost 2.08% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $194.2 billion and total debt/equity ratio of 0.07. CVX has an estimated growth rate of 0.97% for this year and 5.12% for next five years. Soros had $73 million invested in CVX shares. Richard Chilton's Chilton Investment Company had $134 million invested in CVX at the end of December. Richard Chilton increased his holdings of CVX considerably in the last quarter of 2011, buying more than a million shares.

JPMorgan (JPM) provides various financial services worldwide. Shares of JPM recently traded at $33.49, with a trailing price to earnings of 7.44 and a forward price to earnings of 6.03. JPM has a 3.58% dividend yield and lost 21.68% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $127.5 billion and total debt/equity ratio of 3.83. JPM has an estimated growth rate of 17.34% for this year and 7.3% for next five years. Soros had $28 million invested in JPM shares.

General Electric Company (GE) operates as a technology and financial services company worldwide. Shares of GE recently traded at $18.95, with a trailing price to earnings of 15.53 and a forward price to earnings of 10.77. GE has a 3.59% dividend yield and lost 1.56% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $200.6 billion and total debt/equity ratio of 3.69. GE has an estimated growth rate of 13.55% for this year and 12.98% for next five years. Soros had $25 million invested in GE shares.

Pfizer (PFE) is a biopharmaceutical company operating worldwide. Shares of PFE recently traded at $22.57 with a trailing price to earnings of 21.29 and a forward price to earnings of 9.65. PFE has a 3.9% dividend yield and gained 11.84% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $169 billion and total debt/equity ratio of 0.46. PFE has an estimated growth rate of 5.41% for this year and 2.43% for next five years. Soros had $18 million invested in PFE shares. The most bullish money manager about PFE was Ken Fisher. As of March 31, 2012, Fisher Asset Management had $502 million invested in PFE. Ric Dillon, Lee Ainslie, and Bill Miller were also bullish about this stock.

Cablevision (CVC) is a telecommunications and media company. Shares of CVC recently traded at $11.09, with a trailing price to earnings of 13.69 and a forward price to earnings of 10.87. CVC has a 5.41% dividend yield and lost 51.55% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $3 billion. CVC has an estimated growth rate of 17.24% for this year and 18.56% for next five years. Soros had $3 million invested in CVC shares.

ConocoPhillips (COP) is a major integrated energy company operating worldwide. Shares of COP recently traded at $50.82, with a trailing price to earnings of 5.55 and a forward price to earnings of 7.54. COP has a 5.19% dividend yield and lost 5.73% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $64.3 billion and total debt/equity ratio of 0.43. COP has an estimated growth rate of 4.33% for this year and 0.36% for next five years. Soros had $2 million invested in COP shares.

PPL Corporation (PPL) is an energy and utility holding company operating in the United States and the United Kingdom. Shares of PPL recently traded at $27.19, with a trailing price to earnings of 9.64 and a forward price to earnings of 11.38. PPL has a 5.3% dividend yield and gained 1.38% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $15.8 billion and total debt/equity ratio of 1.66. PPL has an estimated growth rate of 3.02% for this year and 0.27% for next five years. Soros had $1 million invested in PPL shares.

Philip Morris (PM) manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products worldwide. Shares of PM recently traded at $84.3, with a trailing price to earnings of 16.76 and a forward price to earnings of 14.36. PM has a 3.65% dividend yield and gained 24.15% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $143.8 billion. PM has an estimated growth rate of 10.96% for this year and 10.21% for next five years. Soros had $1 million invested in PM shares.

AT&T (T) is a one the leading telecommunication companies operating worldwide. Shares of T recently traded at $33.66, with a trailing price to earnings of 48.78 and a forward price to earnings of 13.2. T has a 5.23% dividend yield and gained 13.56% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $197.3 billion and total debt/equity ratio of 0.63. T has an estimated growth rate of 7.14% for this year and 8.99% for next five years. Soros had $1 million invested in T shares. T is also one of the 5 stable dividend stocks favored by Jim Cramer.

Merck & Co. (MRK) provides various health solutions worldwide. Shares of MRK recently traded at $37.82, with a trailing price to earnings of 16.73 and a forward price to earnings of 10.22. MRK has a 4.44% dividend yield and gained 5.91% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $115 billion and total debt/equity ratio of 0.33. MRK has an estimated growth rate of -3.14% for this year and 4.24% for next five years. Soros had $1 million invested in MRK shares.

Source: George Soros' 10 Favorite Dividend Stock Picks