12 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Buy Today in 2018

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 by MarketBeat Staff

The markets are off to a strong start in 2017 and major markets are trading at near all-time highs. The Dow is hovering around 21,000 and the S&P 500 is trading near 2,400. S&P 500 stocks are trading at nearly 25 times their annual earnings, well above historical norms.

At the same time, interest rates are near all time lows. 10-year Treasuries are yielding just 2.3% and collectively S&P 500 stocks are yielding under 2%. Some investors think that it's too challenging to find safe and affordable securities that pay 4%, 5% and even 6% yields.

Searching for yield isn't easy in an environment where high asset prices have driven down dividend yields, but there are a few meaningful options to find yield. With interest rates slowly beginning to rise, investors have found dividend stocks slightly less attractive. This has created a small group of cheap dividend stocks to buy, many of which have yields twice as large as the 10-year Treasury.

Let's review some of the best cheap dividend stocks in the market today in this slideshow.

#1 - Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI)

Share Price: $14.78
Dividend Yield: 4.01%
Track Record: 4 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 34.1%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Consensus Price Target: $21.3571 (44.5% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI)

Hanesbrands logoHanesbrands Inc., a consumer goods company, designs, manufactures, sources, and sells a range of basic apparel for men, women, and children in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Innerwear, Activewear, and International. It sells bras, panties, men's underwear, children's underwear, activewear, socks, hosiery, intimate apparel, shapewears, and home goods; and T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, performance T-shirts and shorts, sports bras, and thermals, as well as licensed logo apparel in collegiate bookstores, mass retailers, and other channels. The company licenses its Champion name for footwear and sports accessories. Hanesbrands Inc. provides its products primarily under the Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, Bali, JMS/Just My Size, Polo Ralph Lauren, Playtex, DKNY, Donna Karan, Hanes Beefy-T, Gear for Sports, Alternative, Bonds, DIM, Sheridan, Nur Die/Nur Der, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, Abanderado, Shock Absorber, Zorba, Explorer, Kendall, Sol y Oro, Bellinda, and L'eggs brand names. The company markets its products through retailers, wholesalers, and third party embellishers, as well as directly to consumers through Internet. As of December 30, 2017, it operated 245 outlet stores in the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as 475 retail and outlet stores internationally. The company also sells its products in Europe, Australia, Asia, Latin America, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Brazil. Hanesbrands Inc. was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

#2 - Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP)

Share Price: $46.96
Dividend Yield: 6.01%
Track Record: 14 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 101.8%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Consensus Price Target: $64.8120 (38.0% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP)

Compass Minerals International logoCompass Minerals International, Inc., produces and sells salt, and specialty plant nutrition and chemical products primarily in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. It operates in three segments: Salt, Plant Nutrition North America, and Plant Nutrition South America. The Salt segment offers sodium chloride and magnesium chloride, including rock salt, mechanically and solar evaporated salt, and brine and flake magnesium chloride products; and purchases potassium chloride and calcium chloride to sell as finished products or to blend with salt to produce specialty products. This segment provides products for use as a deicer for roadways, consumer, and professional use; as an ingredient in chemical production; for water treatment, human, and animal nutrition; and for various other consumer and industrial uses, as well as provides records management services. The Plant Nutrition North America segment offers sulfate of potash specialty fertilizers in various grades, including agricultural products used in broadcast spreaders, direct application, and liquid fertilizer solutions; turf products used by the turf and ornamental markets, as well as for blends used on golf course greens; organic products under the Protassium+ brand; and micronutrient products under the Wolf Trax brand, as well as specialty plant nutrition solution-based products and chemical solutions. This segment provides its products to distributors and retailers of crop inputs, as well as growers. The Plant Nutrition South America segment offers various specialty plant nutrients and supplements; water and wastewater treatment chemicals for cleaning, decontaminating, and purifying water; and process chemicals for industrial use. The company was formerly known as Salt Holdings Corporation and changed its name to Compass Minerals International, Inc. in December 2003. Compass Minerals International, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

#3 - Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC)

Share Price: $47.74
Dividend Yield: 3.52%
Track Record: 6 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 37.8%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Consensus Price Target: $64.1667 (34.4% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC)

Wells Fargo & Co logoWells Fargo & Company, a diversified financial services company, provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. The company's Community Banking segment offers checking and savings accounts; credit and debit cards; and automobile, student, mortgage, home equity, and small business loans. Its Wholesale Banking segment offers commercial loans and lines of credit, letters of credit, asset-based lending, equipment leasing, international trade facilities, trade financing, collection, foreign exchange, treasury management, merchant payment processing, institutional fixed-income sales, commodity and equity risk management, corporate trust fiduciary and agency, and investment banking services, as well as online/electronic products. This segment also provides construction, and land acquisition and development loans; secured and unsecured lines of credit; interim financing arrangements; rehabilitation loans; affordable housing loans and letters of credit; loans for securitization; and real estate and mortgage brokerage services. The company's Wealth and Investment Management segment offers financial planning, private banking, credit, and investment management and fiduciary services, as well as retirement and trust services. As of September 4, 2018, it operated through 8,200 locations, 13,000 ATMs, and the Internet and mobile banking, as well as has offices in 42 countries and territories. Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1852 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

#4 - Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP)

Share Price: $35.23
Dividend Yield: 8.92%
Track Record: 11 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 94.2%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Consensus Price Target: $38.6923 (9.8% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP)

Spectra Energy Partners logoSpectra Energy Partners, LP operates as an investment arm of Spectra Energy Corp. Spectra Energy Partners, LP, through its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation of natural gas through interstate pipeline systems, and the storage of natural gas in underground facilities in the United States. As of December 31, 2007, it owned and operated 100% of the approximately 1,400-mile East Tennessee interstate natural gas transportation system that extends from central Tennessee eastward into southwest Virginia and northern North Carolina, and southward into northern Georgia; and a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Kingsport, Tennessee with working gas storage capacity of approximately 1.1 billion cubic feet (Bcf) and re-gasification capability of 150 million cubic feet per day. The company also owned a 24.5% interest in the approximate 700-mile Gulfstream interstate natural gas transportation system, which extends from Pascagoula, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama across the Gulf of Mexico and into Florida; a 50% interest in Market Hub, which owns and operates 2 salt cavern natural gas storage facilities, the Egan storage facility with gas capacity of approximately 20 Bcf, and the Moss Bluff storage facility with working gas capacity of 15 Bcf. The company transports and stores natural gas for local gas distribution companies, municipal utilities, interstate and intrastate pipelines, direct industrial users, electric power generators, marketers, and producers. Spectra Energy Partners (DE) GP, LP, operates as the general partner to Spectra Energy Partners, LP. The company is based in Houston, Texas.

#5 - Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN)

Share Price: $196.41
Dividend Yield: 2.72%
Track Record: 7 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 41.5%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Consensus Price Target: $204.5505 (4.1% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN)

Amgen logoAmgen Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers human therapeutics worldwide. It offers products for the treatment of oncology/hematology, cardiovascular, inflammation, bone health, nephrology, and neuroscience. The company's products include Evenity to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women; Prolia to treat postmenopausal women with osteoporosis; Xgeva for skeletal-related events prevention; Repatha to treat coronary diseases; Enbrel to treat plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis; Parsabiv to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT); and Aimovig for the prevention of migraine. Its products also comprise Blincyto to treat patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia; Kyprolis, a proteasome inhibitor for the treatment of multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer; Nplate, a thrombopoietic compound. The company's marketed products include Neulasta, a pegylated protein to treat cancer patients; Aranesp to treat anemia; Sensipar/Mimpara products to treat sHPT in chronic kidney disease; EPOGEN to treat a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells; NEUPOGEN, a recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor; and IMLYGIC to treat various cancer cells. It serves pharmaceutical wholesale distributors; and physicians or their clinics, dialysis centers, hospitals, and pharmacies, as well as consumers. The company has collaborative agreements with Pfizer Inc.; UCB; Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Provention Bio, Inc. Amgen Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.

#6 - Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP)

Share Price: $58.80
Dividend Yield: 6.59%
Track Record: 8 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 93.5%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Consensus Price Target: $74.40 (26.5% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP)

Magellan Midstream Partners logoMagellan Midstream Partners, L.P. engages in the transportation, storage, and distribution of refined petroleum products and crude oil in the United States. The company operates through Refined Products, Crude Oil, and Marine Storage segments. It operates refined products pipeline that transports gasoline, distillates, aviation fuels, and liquefied petroleum gases for independent refiners and integrated oil companies, wholesalers, retailers, traders, railroads, airlines, bio-fuel producers, and regional farm cooperatives; and provides services, including terminalling, ethanol and biodiesel unloading and loading, additive injection, custom blending, laboratory testing, and data services to shippers. The company also owns and operates crude oil pipelines and storage facilities; and marine terminals located along coastal waterways that provide distribution, storage, blending, inventory management, and additive injection services for refiners, marketers, traders, and other end users of petroleum products. As of December 31, 2017, it had 9,700-mile refined products pipeline system with 53 terminals, as well as 26 independent terminals; 1,100-mile ammonia pipeline system; approximately 2,200 miles of crude oil pipelines and storage facilities with an aggregate storage capacity of approximately 28 million barrels; and 5 marine terminals with an aggregate storage capacity of approximately 26 million barrels. The company serves as the general partner of Magellan GP, LLC. Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

#7 - Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

Share Price: $44.16
Dividend Yield: 3.06%
Track Record: 8 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 45.5%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Consensus Price Target: $43.65 (-1.2% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

Pfizer logoPfizer Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Pfizer Innovative Health (IH) and Pfizer Essential Health (EH). The IH segment focuses on the development and commercialization of medicines and vaccines, and consumer healthcare products in various therapeutic areas, including internal medicine, vaccines, oncology, inflammation and immunology, and rare diseases, as well as consumer healthcare, such as over-the-counter brands comprising dietary supplements, pain management, gastrointestinal, and respiratory and personal care. This segment offers products primarily under the Prevnar 13/Prevenar 13, Xeljanz, Eliquis, Lyrica, Enbrel, Ibrance, Xtandi, Advil, and Centrum brands. The EH segment offers products that would lose or have lost marketing patent protection; branded generic products; generic sterile injectable products; biosimilars; and anti-infectives. It provides products under the Lipitor, Premarin family, Norvasc, Lyrica, Celebrex, Viagra, Inflectra/Remsima, Pristiq, Zyvox, Vfend, Revatio, Inspra, Medrol, Sulperazon, Fragmin, Tygacil, Nivestim, and Retacrit brands. This segment also engages in the research and development, as well as contract manufacturing activities. The company serves wholesalers, retailers, hospitals, clinics, government agencies, pharmacies, and individual provider offices, as well as disease control and prevention centers. Pfizer Inc. has collaboration and/or co-promotion agreements with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Astellas Pharma US, Inc.; Merck KGaA; Immutep Limited; BioNTech AG; Neofluidics, LLC; Kite Pharma, Inc.; Merck KGaA; Leap Therapeutics, Inc.; and Nektar Therapeutics, as well as development agreement with Antares Pharma, Inc. Pfizer Inc. was founded in 1849 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

#8 - General Electric (NYSE:GE)

Share Price: $6.71
Dividend Yield: 6.93%
Track Record: 0 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 4.2%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Consensus Price Target: $13.2813 (97.9% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for General Electric (NYSE:GE)

General Electric logoGeneral Electric Company operates as a digital industrial company worldwide. It operates through Power, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation, Lighting, and Capital segments. The Power segment offers technologies, solutions, and services related to energy production, including gas and steam turbines, engines, generators, and high voltage equipment; and power generation services and digital solutions. The Renewable Energy segment provides wind turbine platforms, and hardware and software; offshore wind turbines; solutions, products, and services to hydropower industry; and blades for onshore and offshore wind turbines. The Oil & Gas segment offers oilfield services, oilfield equipment, turbomachinery and process solutions, and digital solutions. The Aviation segment provides jet engines and turboprops; maintenance, component repair, and overhaul services, as well as replacement parts; and additive machines, materials, and engineering services. The Healthcare segment offers diagnostic imaging and clinical systems; products, services, and manufacturing solutions for drug discovery, the biopharmaceutical industry, and cellular and gene therapy technologies; and medical technologies, software, analytics, cloud solutions, and implementation and services. The Transportation segment provides freight and passenger locomotives, and rail and support advisory services; parts, integrated software solutions, and data analytics; software-enabled solutions; mining equipment and services; and marine diesel and stationary power diesel engines and motors, as well as overhaul, repair and upgrade, and wreck repair services. The Lighting segment offers light emitting diode products; and energy efficiency and productivity solutions. The Capital segment provides industrial and energy financial services; and commercial aircraft leasing, financing, and consulting services. General Electric Company was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

#9 - Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD)

Share Price: $26.22
Dividend Yield: 6.72%
Track Record: 19 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 103.0%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Consensus Price Target: $32.7368 (24.9% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD)

Enterprise Products Partners logoEnterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals, and refined products. The company operates through four segments: NGL Pipelines & Services, Crude Oil Pipelines & Services, Natural Gas Pipelines & Services, and Petrochemical & Refined Products Services. The NGL Pipelines & Services segment offers natural gas processing and related NGL marketing services, as well as NGL export docks and related services. It operates approximately 19,600 miles of NGL pipelines; NGL and related product storage facilities; 14 NGL fractionators; and a liquefied petroleum gas and ethane export terminals, and related operations. The Crude Oil Pipelines & Services segment operates approximately 5,800 miles of crude oil pipelines; and crude oil storage and marine terminals located in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as a fleet of 495 tractor-trailer tank trucks used to transport crude oil. It also engages in crude oil marketing activities. The Natural Gas Pipelines & Services segment operates approximately 19,700 miles of natural gas pipeline systems to gather and transport natural gas in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. It leases underground salt dome natural gas storage facilities in Texas and Louisiana; owns an underground salt dome storage cavern in Texas; and markets natural gas. The Petrochemical & Refined Products Services segment operates propylene fractionation and related activities, including 800 miles of pipelines; butane isomerization complex, associated deisobutanizer units, and related pipeline assets; and octane enhancement and high purity isobutylene production facilities. It also operates approximately 4,100 miles of refined products pipelines; and terminals, as well as provides refined products marketing and marine transportation services. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

#10 - Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR)

Share Price: $61.08
Dividend Yield: 3.13%
Track Record: 61 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 61.4%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Consensus Price Target: $78.3982 (28.4% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR)

Emerson Electric logoEmerson Electric Co., a technology and engineering company, provides various solutions to industrial, commercial, and residential markets worldwide. The company's Automation Solutions segment offers software; measurement and analytical instrumentation; valves, actuators, and regulators; industry services and solutions; process control systems and solutions; and digital plant solutions. This segment serves oil and gas, refining, chemicals, power generation, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, automotive, pulp and paper, metal and mining, and municipal water supplies markets. Its Commercial & Residential Solutions segment provides services for climate control industry, such as residential heating and cooling, commercial air conditioning, and commercial and industrial refrigeration. This segment supplies compressors; thermostats; monitoring equipment and electronic controls for gas and electric heating systems; gas valves for furnaces and water heaters; ignition systems for furnaces; sensors and thermistors for home appliances; and temperature sensors and controls. It also offers reciprocating, scroll and screw compressors; precision flow controls; system diagnostics and controls that provide precise temperature management; and environmental control systems. This segment also provides tools for professionals and homeowners; and appliance solutions. The company was formerly known as The Emerson Electric Manufacturing Company and changed its name to Emerson Electric Co. in 2000. Emerson Electric Co. was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

#11 - Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

Share Price: $94.03
Dividend Yield: 3.08%
Track Record: 61 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 64.9%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Consensus Price Target: $88.25 (-6.1% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

Procter & Gamble logoThe Procter & Gamble Company provides branded consumer packaged goods to consumers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Greater China, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in five segments: Beauty; Grooming; health Care; fabric & Home Care; and Baby, Feminine & Family Care. The Beauty segment offers conditioners, shampoos, styling aids, and treatments; and skin and personal care products, such as antiperspirants and deodorants, and personal cleansing and skin care products under the Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Rejoice, Olay, Old Spice, Safeguard, and SK-II brands. The Grooming segment provides female and male blades and razors, pre- and post-shave products, and other shave care products; and appliances that include electric shavers and epilators under the Braun, Fusion, Gillette, Mach3, Prestobarba, and Venus brands. The Health Care segment offers toothbrushes, toothpastes, and other oral care products; and gastrointestinal, rapid diagnostics, respiratory, vitamin/mineral/supplement, and other personal health care products under the Crest, Oral-B, Metamucil, Prilosec, and Vicks brands. The Fabric & Home Care segment provides fabric enhancers, laundry additives, and laundry detergents; and air care, dish care, P&G professional, and surface care products under the Ariel, Downy, Gain, Tide, Cascade, Dawn, Febreze, Mr. Clean, and Swiffer brands. The Baby, Feminine & Family Care segment offers baby wipes, diapers, and pants; adult incontinence and feminine care products; and paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper under the Luvs, Pampers, Always, Tampax, Bounty, Charmin, and Puffs brands. The company sells its products through mass merchandisers, e-commerce, grocery stores, membership club stores, drug stores, department stores, distributors, wholesalers, baby stores, specialty beauty stores, high-frequency stores, and pharmacies. The Procter & Gamble Company was founded in 1837 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

#12 - AmeriGas Partners (NYSE:APU)

Share Price: $27.01
Dividend Yield: 11.88%
Track Record: 13 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Payout Ratio: 169.6%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Consensus Price Target: $40.40 (49.6% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for AmeriGas Partners (NYSE:APU)

AmeriGas Partners logoAmeriGas Partners, L.P. through its subsidiary, AmeriGas Propane, L.P., distributes propane and related equipment and supplies in the United States. It serves approximately 1.7 million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, wholesale, and motor fuel customers in 50 states through approximately 1,900 propane distribution locations. The company's propane is used for home heating, water heating, and cooking purposes; to fire furnaces, as a cutting gas, and in other process applications; as a supplemental fuel and motor fuel; and for tobacco curing, chicken brooding, crop drying, and orchard heating applications. It also sells, installs, and services propane appliances, such as heating systems; propane-powered generators; and offers residential heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, and related services. The company markets propane and other services primarily under the AmeriGas, America's Propane Company, Driving Every Day, Heritage Propane, and Relationships Matter names. AmeriGas Propane, Inc. serves as the general partner of the company. AmeriGas Partners, L.P. was founded in 1994 and is based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.





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