The United Kingdom has the sixth largest economy in the world. The country provides many advantages to the investors who invest in UK stock market. It has successfully retained its leadership position in Europe for inward investment. The United Kingdom's financial and professional services and the strength of London remains a powerful draw. Still it is the most attractive destination for Foreign Direct Investment into Europe. You should consider these Dividend dates UK stocks for your portfolio.
United Utilities Group PLC (LON: UU)
It is a United Kingdom-based holding company of a group, which owns and operates water and wastewater assets in the North West of England. It provides water and wastewater services to around seven million people and businesses in the North West of England, through its wholly owned subsidiary United Utilities Water PLC. As of March 31, 2012, the Company had 56,000 hectare of catchment land, 180 reservoirs, 94 water treatment works, over 42,000 kilometers of water pipes, over 76,000 kilometers of sewer pipes, and 569 wastewater treatment works.
The company has a market capitalization of 4.89 Billion, EPS is 0.41, P/E ratio is 17.33 and the dividend yield is 4.79% at the annual dividend payout of 22.88.
National Grid Plc. (LON: NG)
It is an international electricity and gas company which includes UK Transmission segment, UK Gas Distribution segment, US Regulated and Other activities segments. It owns the electricity transmission system in England and Wales and is the national electricity transmission system operator, responsible for both the England and Wales transmission system, and the two high voltage transmission network in Scotland, which the Company does not own.
It has a market capitalization of 28.39 Billion, EPS is 0.62, P/E ratio is 12.42 and the dividend yield is 5.28% at the annual dividend payout of 14.49.
Ecofin Water & Power Opportunities Plc. (LON: ECWO)
It is an investment trust. Its investment objective is to achieve a FTSE dividend yield on its investment portfolio and to release long-term growth in the capital value of the portfolio. It primarily invests in the equity and equity-related securities of utility and utility-related companies in the developed OECD economies but may invest, to a limited extent, in the debt securities of such companies. Ecofin Limited (Ecofin) is the investment manager of the company.
It has a market capitalization of 304.73 Million and the dividend yield is 5.37% at the annual dividend payout of 1.62.
International Power Plc. (LON: IPR)
International power Plc. is a United Kingdom-based holding company. Its main activities are the generation and sale of electricity and other closely related activities, such as downstream liquefied natural gas (NYSEMKT:LNG), gas distribution, desalination and retail. The company is an independent electricity generating company which is operating across 30 countries with 75,579 megawatts gross in operation and a program of 12,820 megawatts gross projects under construction. It has operations in six geographic regions.
It has a market capitalization of 21.28 Billion, EPS is 0.21 and the dividend yield is 2.20% at the annual dividend payout of 5.35.
SSE Plc. (LON: SSE)
It is a holding company which is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity, the production, storage, distribution and supply of gas, and the business of other energy-related services. In September 2012, it sold transmission assets at the offshore wind farm Walney 2 to Blue transmission Walney 2 Limited, which is the licensee entity incorporated by the consortium of Macquarie Capital Group Limited and Barclays Infrastructure Funds management Limited.
The company has a market capitalization of 15.48 Billion, EPS is 0.44, P/E ratio is 36.17 and the dividend yield is 5.25% at the annual dividend payout of 59.00.