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Top Dividend Stocks for 2024

By:Thomas Westwater

We analyze dividend stocks in five sectors, focusing on solid fundamentals and future dividend growth

  • Top dividend stocks for 2024: ABBV, OXY, TXN, T and WHR.
  • Dividend stocks focused on payment growth and fundamentals.
  • Cross-sector dividend investing may help overall portfolio performance.

Who says dividend investing can’t be fun?

With the Federal Reserve expected to cut rates this year, it should help companies generate free cash flow, a key ingredient that allows the payout of dividends at a sustainable pace. In this article, we dive in across five sectors to analyze some top dividend picks, focused on solid fundamentals and future dividend growth.

AbbVie Inc. (health care)

AbbVie Inc. (ABBV) is one of the largest U.S. pharmaceutical companies, with its revenue among the top ten largest in the sector. The company acquired Allergan back in 2020 for $63 billion, which put the popular Botox drug into its portfolio. And while its leading product, Humira, lost patent protection recently, the company looks positioned for more growth, with several leading cancer therapeutics and new immunology drugs among its offerings.

According to Bloomberg, the projected 12-month dividend yield is 3.88%, and the projected three-year growth rate is just shy of 5%. The company goes ex-dividend on Jan. 12 for a projected $1.55 per share.

**All subsequent dividend projection data is sourced from Bloomberg**

AbbVie Inc. (ABBV)

Occidental Petroleum (energy)

Analysts have grown sour on this one lately, but that isn’t unique to the stock itself as much as the energy sector in whole. But how can we not like a stock that has received a nod from Warren Buffett? And he just bought more of it through Berkshire Hathaway just last month to the tune of 10.5 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing.

Crude oil prices may not skyrocket this year, but Occidental Petroleum (OXY) is positioned well for continued growth, and it just purchased CrownRock, significantly expanding its Permian Basin portfolio. The deal will generate immediate free cash flow accretion, according to OXY. Who doesn’t like more cash?

OXY’s projected 12-month dividend yield stands at 1.46%, with a projected three-year growth rate of 6.92%. That represents an acceleration in its dividend payout growth from the prior three years of -4.24%. The stock last went ex-dividend on Dec. 7 for $0.18 per share.

Occidental Petroleum (OXY)

Sure, other energy stocks offer much more attractive yields, such as Devon Energy Corp (DVN), which yields a 12-month projection of 7.1% but you likely won’t capture growth in the stock price along with those payments.

Texas Instruments (technology)

Technology stocks usually aren’t known or invested in for their dividends, but they are out there. Texas Instruments (TXN) is one of those options. One of the top semiconductor companies by sales volume globally, TXN is a leading supplier of automotive chips and circuitry components. And with automotive sales expected to grow in 2024—according to Cox Automotive—TXN looks well positioned for a place in a dividend portfolio.

The projected 12-month dividend yield is 3.19%, and the three-year growth rate is a healthy 4.87%. Currently, the dividend is at $1.30 per share, and the stock last went ex-dividend on Oct. 30.

Texas Instruments (TXN)

AT&T (telecommunications)

A well-known dividend darling, AT&T (T) is a telecommunications company that offers wireless voice and data services and broadband internet. The stock didn’t perform well in 2023 but it has rallied from its lows in the middle of last year. The company has also lifted its free cash flow outlook recently, which is a good sign for dividend investors who expect those payments to continue.

The dividend yield is currently near a decade-long high, and the projected 12-month yield is 6.44%. That puts it in the top-ten yielders in the S&P 500. The last payment was $0.2775, and the stock goes ex-dividend on Jan. 9.

AT&T (T)

Whirlpool (consumer discretionary)

The forecasted rate cuts in 2024 should help consumers and ease credit conditions. That should help with big-ticket purchases for things such as home appliances. This is why Whirlpool (WHR) might be a good dividend pick in 2024. The home appliance maker didn’t post the best performance last year, but it has come off its lows over the past few months

The projected 12-month dividend yield is at a more than healthy 6.09%, with a three-year projected growth rate of 2.78%. The stock last went ex-dividend on Nov. 16 at $1.75 per share. The next projected dividend is $1.8 per share.

Whirlpool (WHR)

Thomas Westwater, a tastylive financial writer and analyst, has eight years of markets and trading experience. @fxwestwater

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