Our Top Five U.S. Dividend Stocks Right Now

Last Updated: February 1st, 2021

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Dividend Yield: 7.7%

AT&T has been a massive dividend payer for more than 30 years. While consistency is always nice, AT&T has so much going for it. The U.S. is moving into a 5G telecom world, and the company controls are large percenage of that infrastructure. And while the company lost on the DirecTV acquisition, ultimately cord cutters use AT&T lines to access programs and the internet. You won't lose money on the stock, and it's actually poised to go higher. And if you're making money on the stock, and it pays a large dividend, this is a no brainer. 

Dividend Yield: 7.3%

The company’s dividend yield hit 10% in September as share price dropped because of COVID-19. However, as the economy comes back and consumers and airlines start buying fuel, the share price will recover.  You need to check back here each month though, as oil companies tend to move their dividend rates based on latest economic news. Right now, Big Oil companies are a good dividend stocks, Exxon Mobile being our favorite.

Dividend Yield: 6.5%

National Health Investors is a real estate investment trust, which engages in the financing of senior housing and medical investments. This healthcare stock was down 14% in 2020 because of COVID concerns.  But as recovery comes in the economy this stock may ascend while it continues to pay a high yield dividend. 

Dividend Yield: 6.3%

H&R Block, the well known tax preparer for individuals and small businesses, is positioned for the economic recovery. The stimulus money coming to small business (PPP) and individuals (stimulus checks) makes filings in 2021 more complicated. This stock was hit hard in 2020 because of COVID and concerns about the need for their services. But the recovery will boost top line revenues and stock price while continuing to provide a very nice dividend.  

Dividend Yield: 6.0%

Vodafone Group provides telecom services in Europe and internationally. The stock has a forward PE of over 17, but the industry as a whole has over a PE of 30+. The company recently increased its revenue forecasts and therefore the stock should run a bit. It's lagged its peers, and with a really nice divided yield if the stock goes up you're rewarded with upside.