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The Federal Reserve has delayed its plan to taper its bond-buying program, but it has by no means cancelled the plan – and that means investors continue to face uncertainty over what to do with dividend stocks.

Bank of America equity and quant strategist Savita Subramanian has some ideas. No, she isn’t recommending a wholesale retreat, but rather a more selective approach to picking dividend stocks that can withstand what she calls a “normalizing interest rate environment.”

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Russell 1000: Quintile 2 by Dividend Yield (as of month-end August 2013)

Ticker Company Sector Div. yld %
NUE Nucor Corporation Materials 3.23
ESS Essex Property Trust, Inc. Financials 3.22
DPS Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. Consumer Staples 3.22
AWK American Water Works Company Utilities 3.22
NEE NextEra Energy, Inc. Utilities 3.21
GE General Electric Company Industrials 3.2
STR Questar Corporation Utilities 3.19
RYN Rayonier Inc. Financials 3.19
SAI SAIC, Inc. Information Technology 3.19
CLX The Clorox Company Consumer Staples 3.18

Source: Russell, Compustat, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy


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