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10 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy According to Ken Fisher

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In this article, we discuss the 10 high-yield dividend stocks to buy according to Ken Fisher. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of these stocks, go directly to the 5 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy According to Ken Fisher.

Ken Fisher is the chief of Fisher Asset Management, a Washington-based hedge fund with a portfolio value of more than $159 billion at the end of June 2021. Fisher is one of the wealthiest individuals in the world with a personal net worth of over $6 billion, ranking 502 on the list of billionaires in the world maintained by news platform Forbes. The ascent to wealth for Fisher has been nothing short of extraordinary. From a fruit seller in a small California town to high school dropout, his story is a true “rags-to-riches” tale of legends.

Over the years, Fisher has made a name for himself on Wall Street by pioneering an investment strategy that carefully balances growth and dividend stocks. This has paid off handsomely for Fisher. During the second quarter of this year, the portfolio value of his hedge fund jumped by more than $18 billion.

Investors eager to replicate the success of Fisher at the stock market should check out his top picks in the dividend sector, especially as inflation fears are increasing uncertainty around growth stocks. Some of the top high-yield dividend stocks in the investment portfolio of Fisher Asset Management at the end of the second quarter of 2021 were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), among others discussed in detail below.

10 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy According to Ken Fisher
10 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy According to Ken Fisher

Our Methodology

With this context in mind, here is our list of the 10 high-yield dividend stocks to buy according to Ken Fisher. These were picked from the investment portfolio of Fisher Asset Management at the end of the second quarter of 2021. Only those companies that have a dividend yield of 2% or more were selected.

The list is compiled according to the value of each holding in the portfolio of Fisher Asset Management. The hedge fund sentiment around each stock was gauged using the data of 873 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey.

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High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy According to Ken Fisher

10. Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 12

Forward Dividend Yield: 2.53%

As investments in electric vehicles increase, Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) has taken a giant step towards embracing the future by announcing that it will make a $3.4 billion investment into EV battery manufacturing in the US through 2030. The amount represents a part of the $13.5 billion the company has set aside for EV battery development globally. Morgan Stanley analyst Shinji Kakiuchi has an Overweight rating on the stock with a 2,300 yen price target.

According to 13F filings, Fisher Asset Management owned 4.6 million shares in Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) worth over $810 million at the end of the second quarter of 2021, representing 0.50% of the portfolio of the fund.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 12 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $903 million in Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM), down from 18 the preceding quarter worth $824 million.

Just like Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) is one of the dividend stocks attracting the attention of hedge funds.

9. Vale S.A. (NYSE:VALE)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 27

Forward Dividend Yield: 18.51%

Vale S.A. (NYSE:VALE) is one of the mining stocks that have benefited from the ongoing crackdown against miners in China, pushing the prices of metals like iron very high in the market. Exane BNP Paribas recently upgraded the stock to Neutral from Underperform with a price target of $15.80. In late September, the company had declared a quarterly dividend of $1.542 per share, in line with previous, continuing an impressive dividend history.

According to the latest data, Fisher Asset Management owned 36 million shares in Vale S.A. (NYSE:VALE) at the end of June 2021 worth more than $837 million, representing 0.52% of the portfolio of the fund.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Florida-based investment firm GQG Partners is a leading shareholder in Vale S.A. (NYSE:VALE) with 43 million shares worth more than $998 million.

In addition to Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Vale S.A. (NYSE:VALE) is one of the dividend stocks on the radar of institutional investors.

8. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 69

Forward Dividend Yield: 2.76%

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is one of the large-cap banks that have recently earned upgrades from several investment advisors. Citi, BMO Capital, and Piper Sandler have all raised price targets on the stock this month. Last week, the company beat market expectations on earnings per share and revenue by $0.36 and $800 million respectively. The solid earnings beat was driven by investment banking and new acquisitions.

Securities filings reveal that Fisher Asset Management owned 9.7 million shares in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) at the end of the second quarter of 2021 worth over $893 million, representing 0.56% of the portfolio of the fund.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 69 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $5.3 billion in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), down from 79 in the preceding quarter worth $5.2 billion.

Along with Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is one of the dividend stocks that hedge funds are buying.

In its Q1 2021 investor letter, Artisan Partners Limited Partnership, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“Top three contributor Morgan Stanley, a leading global financial services company, came into the portfolio in Q4 as a result of its purchase of E*TRADE. E*TRADE is a great fit on Morgan Stanley’s wealth management platform and provides a considerable amount of non-interest-bearing deposit funding. James Gorman, chairman and CEO, has steadily de-risked Morgan Stanley’s business by adding less volatile fee streams and deemphasizing the risk-obtuse culture of prior management. We believe the market will come to appreciate this mix shift over time.”

7. Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 22

Forward Dividend Yield: 3.89%

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) makes and sells healthcare products across the world. The company is one of the largest holdings of Fisher. This isn’t surprising since the fundamentals of the firm make for good reading for investors. In the second quarter results, the firm beat market predictions on earnings per share by $0.17. The revenue over the period was $12.9 billion, up 14% year-on-year and beating market estimates by $550 million.

Regulatory filings show that Fisher Asset Management owned more than 9.9 million in Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) at the end of June 2021 worth $908 million, representing 0.57% of the portfolio of the fund.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 22 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $1.78 billion in Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS), up from 19 the preceding quarter worth $1.70 billion.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) are some of the top dividend stocks to buy now, just like Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS).

In its Q4 2020 investor letter, Oakmark Funds, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“Novartis is one of Europe’s largest pharmaceutical companies and possesses a highly diversified portfolio of innovative products. Its share price underperformed both the broader market and its pharma peers during 2020, largely due to a few disappointing late-stage trials and the company’s lack of Covid-19-related therapeutics or vaccines. These short-term issues provided us with an attractive entry point to invest in a leading pharmaceutical franchise with compelling economics. We estimate that the market is currently ascribing almost no value to Novartis’ pipeline despite the company’s excellent track record in new drug development. We expect that Novartis will deliver mid-single-digit, top-line growth and expand margins over the next five years as a result of its cost-savings plan. The company possesses one of the most diversified product portfolios in the pharma industry with 15 $1b+ compounds, which reduces its reliance on any single compound.”

6. Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 16

Forward Dividend Yield: 4.02%

Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY) is another healthcare stock that is one of the most high-yield dividend picks in the Fisher portfolio. JPMorgan and SVB Leerink are both bullish on the stock. JPMorgan analyst Richard Vosser recently raised the price target on the stock to EUR105 from EUR100 with an Overweight rating. SVB Leerink analyst Geoffrey Porges had earlier upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform with a price target of EUR122.

Fisher Asset Management owned more than 17.8 million shares in Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY) at the end of the second quarter of 2021 worth over $941 million, representing 0.59% of the portfolio of the fund.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 16 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $1.2 billion in Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY), up from 15 the preceding quarter worth $1.1 billion.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) are some of the elite dividend stocks to buy now, in addition to Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY).

In its Q4 2020 investor letter, Artisan Partners Limited Partnership, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“Top detractors in Q4 included Sanofi. This defensive security was out of favor as vaccine distribution started in earnest and the market shifted focus to a post-COVID world. Sanofi performed about in line with other global pharmaceuticals companies. We believe Sanofi’s management team will have success improving the pipeline and managing costs through restructuring. For perspective, Swedish Match was down ~4% in the quarter but provided a 54% total return for 2020.”

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