7 Dividend Stocks to Buy Today

U.S. equities are pausing for breath on Thursday, amid nagging concerns about the fate of U.S.-China trade talks and ongoing woes for Boeing (NYSE:BA) after President Trump grounded the 787 MAX — becoming the last country to do so after two fatal crashes of similar circumstances in the last five months.

The drag on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, of which Boeing is a component, means that index hasn’t gone anywhere in over a month. And zooming out further, it hasn’t gone anywhere since last summer when the 25,500 level was first crossed in July.

As investors wait for action, it’s a perfect time to be reminded of the allure of dividend stocks which literally pay you to wait. While large-cap, big-tech growth stocks have been getting all the attention in recent years, there is still a place for value-focused dividend stocks. Here are seven dividend stocks to check out:

Philip Morris International (PM)

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) pays a dividend yield of 5.1%. On a technical basis, it’s in clear uptrend territory: 3.5% above its 20-day moving average, 14.4% above its 50-day average, and 9.8% above its 200-day average. Shares were recently upgraded to buy by analysts at UBS, who are looking for a $101 price target.

The company will next report results on April 18 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $1.02 per share on revenues of $6.8 billion. When the company last reported results on February 7, earnings of $1.25 beat estimates by nine cents on a 9.6% decline in revenues.

Altria Group (MO)

Shares of Altria (NYSE:MO) pay a dividend yield of 5.7%. The stock is on the move but not yet overextended: While above its 20-day and 50-day moving averages, its still below its 200-day average.

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