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A Look at Top Dividend Retail Stocks as Holiday Shopping Begins

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A Look at Top Dividend Retail Stocks as Holiday Shopping Begins PART 1 OF 11

What Are the Top 10 Dividend Retail Stocks?

What’s the forecast for the retail sector?

According to Deloitte, the economic essentials for consumer outlay appear robust for the retail sector in 2017. These essentials include the strengthening of the labor market, the addition of jobs, growing disposable income, and rising average hourly earnings. The synchronization of the above factors with the booming equity and housing market have further boosted consumer confidence. However, uncertainties still loom in regards to Donald Trump’s potential tax, infrastructure, trade, and health care policies.

What Are the Top 10 Dividend Retail Stocks?

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Retail sales growth projections

According to eMarketer, retail e-commerce holiday season sales are projected to grow by 16.6% in 2017 compared to 14.3% in 2016. Rising smartphone use and online competition among giant retailers and digital channels are expected to drive growth. Retail holiday season sales are estimated to rise 3.1% in 2017 compared to 4.5% in 2016. The slowdown is due to huge discounting undertaken by retailers to attract consumers during the holiday season.

What Are the Top 10 Dividend Retail Stocks?

Top ten dividend-yielding retail stocks

The chart above depicts the top ten dividend-yielding retail stocks in the S&P 500 that we’ll be discussing in this series. Let’s compare that with the broad indexes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA-INDEX) (DIA) has recorded a dividend yield of 2.3% and price gains of 18% on a year-to-date (or YTD) basis. The S&P 500 (SPX-INDEX) (SPY) has recorded a dividend yield of 2.3% and price gains of 15% on a YTD basis. The NASDAQ Composite (COMP-INDEX) (ONEQ) has recorded price gains of 23.2% on a YTD basis.

The iShares International Select Dividend ETF (IDV) is a dividend ETF with exposure to consumer cyclical and consumer non-cyclical sectors. It has a dividend yield of 3.9% and a PE of 13.5x. The First Trust Value Line Dividend Index (FVD) is a dividend ETF with exposure to consumer cyclical and consumer non-cyclical sectors. It has a dividend yield of 2.1% and a PE of 20.4x.

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