Apr 25, 2022 (StockMarket.com via COMTEX) -- 5 Top Dividend Stocks To Watch This Week
Amid a volatile market and a hawkish Fed, dividend stocks could be worth noting in the stock market . For one, investors will be watching for the upcoming personal consumer expenditures (PCE) index set to release on Friday. Seen as the Fed's preferred measure of inflation, economists are expecting the PCE to post another climb of 0.9% in March. In February, core PCE jumped by 5.4%, the largest increase in nearly 40 years. On the other hand, we also have the Federal Reserve ramping up its hawkish tone and suggesting large incoming interest rate hikes. As such, investors could be making a list of the best dividend stocks to buy .
Investors may be looking at the likes of IBM ( NYSE: IBM ). The company offers a quarterly dividend of $1.64 per share. On top of that, the company has been raising its dividend for the past 26 years as well. Another option could be PepsiCo ( NASDAQ: PEP ). The company recently raised its quarterly dividend by 5% to $1.08 per share. Besides that, the consumer staples giant is set to report its quarterly financials this Tuesday. With that being said, check out these five dividend stocks in the stock market today .
Dividend Stocks To Buy [Or Avoid] Today
Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( NYSE: KMB )
The Procter & Gamble Company ( NYSE: PG )
Johnson & Johnson ( NYSE: JNJ )
UnitedHealth Group Inc. ( NYSE: UNH )
Costco Wholesale Corporation ( NASDAQ: COST )
Starting us off, we have Kimberly-Clark, a multinational personal care company. For the most part, it produces mostly paper-based consumer products. This would include the likes of sanitary paper products and surgical and medical instruments. Kimberly-Clark boasts a portfolio of famous household brands such as Kleenex, Kotex, Scott, and Huggies to name a few. And for a sense of scale, the company has over 40,000 employees. The company in late January announced a quarterly dividend payout of $1.16 per share.
Last week, the company reported its financials for the first quarter of 2022. Diving in, the personal care company brought in net sales of $5.1 billion, up by 7% from the year-ago period. As for its profits, the company reported earnings of $1.55 per share for the first quarter. For its 2022 outlook, it is expecting net sales to increase by 2% to 4%. Adjusted earnings per share are forecasted to range between $5.60 and $6. Given the earnings report, should you give KMB stock a go?
Procter & Gamble
Another top dividend stock to watch for is Procter & Gamble (PG). The consumer staples company serves customers around the world with its wide portfolio of everyday items. For a sense of scale, the company sells its products in over 180 countries and territories. From its shaving products Gillette to beauty products like Pantene, chances are, you have something in your house that is made by PG. Earlier this month, the company declared a dividend payout of $0.913 per share, marking the 66 [th] consecutive year that PG has increased its dividend.
And last Wednesday, the company reported quarterly revenue and earnings that exceeded Wall Street estimates. Starting with the company's revenue, it brought in $19.38 billion, up by 7% year-over-year and surpassing estimates of $18.73 billion. Moving on, PG brought in adjusted earnings of $1.33 per share, exceeding the $1.29 Wall Street was expecting. Accordingly, net income came in at $3.36 billion, up from $3.27 billion a year earlier. Considering the solid quarter, should you invest in PG stock?
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson, or JNJ for short, is a legacy healthcare company that develops medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer packaged goods. It has been around for more than a century and is one of the largest and most broadly-based health companies in the world. With over 130 years of history, the company strives to improve access and affordability for the millions of people that depend on the company's products. Last week, JNJ announced a dividend payout of $1.13 per share, an increase from $1.06 per share in the previous quarter.