15 High Yield, Low Risk Stocks

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of high yield dividend stocks. Additionally, all of these stocks have low levels of risk, as defined by the RiskGrade ratings developed by the RiskMetrics Group. RiskGrades is calibrated to be more intuitive and easier to use than standard deviation or beta. According to the company, their rating system captures all the components of market risk: equity, interest rate, currency, and commodity risk.

The lower the RiskGrade rating, the lower the risk level of the stock. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PHI), the first company in our list, has a RiskGrade rating of 76, which means that it is less risky than 87% of tickers on U.S. markets.

As a result, this list might be the perfect starting point to a dividend investor with a relatively conservative risk profile for their portfolio. Full details below.

RiskGrades sourced from RiskMetrics group, dividend yield and short float data sourced from Finviz.

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1. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PHI): Telecom Services - Foreign Industry. Market cap of $10.37B. Dividend yield at 6.28%. RiskGrade ratings at 76. Short float at 0.38%, which implies a short ratio of 3.6 days. The stock has gained 11.67% over the last year.

2. Otter Tail Corporation (OTTR): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $836.81M. Dividend yield at 5.11%. RiskGrade ratings at 72. Short float at 3.9%, which implies a short ratio of 13.05 days. The stock has gained 21.24% over the last year.

3. Alliant Energy Corporation (LNT): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $4.22B. Dividend yield at 4.46%. RiskGrade ratings at 53. Short float at 0.79%, which implies a short ratio of 1.72 days. The stock has gained 30.08% over the last year.

4. SK Telecom Co. Ltd. (SKM): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $11.47B. Dividend yield at 4.44%. RiskGrade ratings at 80. Short float at 0.51%, which implies a short ratio of 2.24 days. The stock has gained 5.26% over the last year.

5. Shaw Communications, Inc. (SJR): CATV Systems Industry. Market cap of $9.52B. Dividend yield at 3.91%. RiskGrade ratings at 79. Short float at 0.39%, which implies a short ratio of 12.45 days. The stock has gained 21.99% over the last year.

6. China Mobile Limited (CHL): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $193.16B. Dividend yield at 3.84%. RiskGrade ratings at 67. Short float at 0.29%, which implies a short ratio of 2.39 days. The stock has gained 3.62% over the last year.

7. Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT): Food - Major Diversified Industry. Market cap of $54.57B. Dividend yield at 3.71%. RiskGrade ratings at 58. Short float at 1.19%, which implies a short ratio of 2.57 days. The stock has gained 12.13% over the last year.

8. UGI Corp. (UGI): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $3.48B. Dividend yield at 3.18%. RiskGrade ratings at 76. Short float at 1.04%, which implies a short ratio of 1.85 days. The stock has gained 34.43% over the last year.

9. Pepsico, Inc. (PEP): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $102.1B. Dividend yield at 2.98%. RiskGrade ratings at 54. Short float at 0.49%, which implies a short ratio of 1.26 days. The stock has gained 9.91% over the last year.

10. Weis Markets, Inc. (WMK): Grocery Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.06B. Dividend yield at 2.94%. RiskGrade ratings at 73. Short float at 4.91%, which implies a short ratio of 16.77 days. The stock has gained 24.35% over the last year.

11. Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company (WSH): Insurance Brokers Industry. Market cap of $6.5B. Dividend yield at 2.73%. RiskGrade ratings at 74. Short float at 1.24%, which implies a short ratio of 2.91 days. The stock has gained 41.49% over the last year.

12. Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. (ROIC): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $418.42M. Dividend yield at 2.4%. RiskGrade ratings at 68. Short float at 3.31%, which implies a short ratio of 5.94 days. The stock has lost -0.4% over the last year.

13. Everest Re Group Ltd. (RE): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $4.71B. Dividend yield at 2.24%. RiskGrade ratings at 69. Short float at 1.13%, which implies a short ratio of 1.68 days. The stock has gained 4.07% over the last year.

14. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT): Discount, Variety Stores Industry. Market cap of $202.07B. Dividend yield at 2.13%. RiskGrade ratings at 59. Short float at 1.52%, which implies a short ratio of 2.38 days. The stock has gained 9.01% over the last year.

15. United Technologies Corp. (UTX): Conglomerates Industry. Market cap of $77.55B. Dividend yield at 2.02%. RiskGrade ratings at 64. Short float at 0.71%, which implies a short ratio of 1.8 days. The stock has gained 29.08% over the last year.



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