25 Great American Companies Paying High Dividends

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General Motors

> Yield: 4.44%
> Price: $34.29
> Mean price target: $39.50
> 52-week range: $27.34 to $38.55
> Market cap: $51.8 billion

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) might be its own company again since its notorious bankruptcy and re-emergence as a public company. The stock also has been pretty much a nothing-burger since that IPO, and just like rival Ford, GM faces tough comparisons for a peak U.S. auto trend. Still, GM has been unwinding some money-losing and less profitable efforts in Europe.

Entergy

> Yield: 4.41%
> Price: $79.60
> Mean price target: $78.69
> 52-week range: $66.71 to $82.09
> Market cap: $14.3 billion

Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR) is an electric utility based in New Orleans. It serves portions of Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana, including the City of New Orleans. It distributes natural gas and delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers. Overall Entergy is one of the big players among utilities in the deep south. Although it operates through several different subsidiaries, it has over 14,000 employees. The stock has made steady gains over the past few years, and it is actually closing in on an all-time high — with a dividend like this, that says something.

Valero Energy

> Yield: 4.24%
> Price: $66.28
> Mean price target: $73.89
> 52-week range: $46.88 to $71.40
> Market cap: $29.6 billion

Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO) is a top petroleum refiner and ethanol producer in the country, and its stock can be volatile around the swings in oil pricing and also around how the refining sector’s margins grow and contract. Its revenue of more than $75 billion in 2016 is down handily from prior years, but much of that is price-driven by commodity prices rather than its raw profitability. Unlike traditional oil companies, refining companies do not thrive as well under high oil prices as the margins are tougher. As of December 31, 2016, the company owned 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day, and it owned and operated 11 ethanol plants with a combined capacity of approximately 1.4 billion gallons per year.

Gap

> Yield: 4.19%
> Price: $22.27
> Mean price target: $25.53
> 52-week range: $19.33 to $30.74
> Market cap: $8.8 billion

Gap Inc. (GPS) has become a post-growth retailer after prior decades of expansion, and it is facing many of the same Amazon-related and e-commerce pressure of other retailers. The company has consolidated many stores under the namesake Gap brand, and it has Old Navy and Banana Republic brands. Gap also owns Athleta and Intermix. As of March 14, 2017, the company operated 3,200 company-operated stores and 450 franchise stores. Gap’s revenue of $15.5 billion in 2016 was the third straight year of decline and its pretax net income of $1.12 billion in 2016 was down from over $2 billion in 2014 and 2013.

Williams Companies

> Yield: 4.17%
> Price: $28.81
> Mean price target: $33.37
> 52-week range: $19.60 to $32.69
> Market cap: $23.8 billion

Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE: WMB) is an energy infrastructure company that operates oil and gas pipelines. Its primary natural gas pipeline system extends from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and the offshore Gulf of Mexico through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the New York City metropolitan area. Other pipelines cover parts of the central and western states. The Tulsa-based company dates back to 1908.

Chevron

> Yield: 4.11%
> Price: $104.42
> Mean price target: $122.48
> 52-week range: $97.53 to $119.00
> Market cap: $197.8 billion

Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) may not be the size in market cap of rival Exxon Mobil, but it outyields its larger rival. Chevron has seen its ups and downs with the price of oil, but it has pledged to not disrupt its dividend unless it simply faces no other serious alternatives. Revenues of $110 billion in 2016 were down from $200 billion just two years earlier.

PPL

> Yield: 4.07%
> Price: $39.34
> Mean price target: $38.96
> 52-week range: $32.08 to $40.20
> Market cap: $26.9 billion

PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) is an electric utility based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and its three operating units are U.K. Regulated, Kentucky Regulated and Pennsylvania Regulated. The company dates back to 1920, and it claims to have more than 10 million utility customers in the United States and United Kingdom.