Top 20 Highest Yielding Stocks in the S&P 500

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Navient Corp. (NASDAQ: NAVI) provides asset management and business processing services to education, health care and government clients. The firm holds the portfolio of education loans, as well as the portfolio of private education loans, and it originates private education refinance loans. Shares were trading at $10.39. The 52-week range is $8.23 to $15.02, the market cap is $2.7 billion and the dividend yield is 6.2%.

ONEOK Inc. (NYSE: OKE) is a sizable natural gas firm that owns natural gas gathering pipelines and processing plants in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions. Of all the companies on this list, this is the only one that had a solid performance in the past 52 weeks. The stock boasts a dividend yield of 5.7%. Shares traded at $59.73, in a 52-week range of $50.26 to $71.99. The market cap is $24.6 billion.

Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY) is one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands. The firm owns or controls 12.4 million acres of timberlands in the United States and manages additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. Shares were trading at $23.70. The 52-week range is $20.52 to $38.39, and the market cap is $17.8 billion. It has a dividend yield of 5.7%.

PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) is a utility holding company that delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. In terms of utilities, this industry historically has been very defensive, with high dividends. It currently yields 5.6%. Shares were trading at $29.29, in a 52-week range of $25.30 to $32.46. PPL has a market cap of $21.1 billion.

Helmerich & Payne Inc. (NYSE: HP) primarily engages in drilling oil and gas wells for exploration and production companies. The company operates through U.S. Land, Offshore, and International Land segments. Shares were trading at $53.51, in a 52-week range of $44.56 to $75.02. The market cap is $5.8 billion, and the dividend yield is 5.3%.

Kraft-Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC) is one of the larger food and beverage firms in the United States. With a sizeable portfolio of brands, this firm acts as a defensive haven, and it can afford to pay investors a high dividend. Kraft-Heinz boasts a dividend yield of 5.5%. Shares were trading at $45.13, within a 52-week range of $41.60 to $80.67. The market cap is $55.0 billion.

Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE: NLSN) operates as an information and measurement company. The company provides media and marketing information, analytics and manufacturer and retailer expertise about what and where consumers buy, read, watch and listen to. Shares were trading at $25.67, in a 52-week range of $20.53 to $39.25. The market cap is $9.1 billion and the dividend yield is 5.5%.

Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE: WMB) operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. It owns and operates multiple natural gas pipeline systems extending throughout North America. The stock currently yields 5.4%. Shares were trading at $25.15, in a 52-week range of $20.36 to $33.67. Its market cap is $30.4 billion.

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) is another REIT making the list. The firm owns over 1,400 properties in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, life science and innovation centers, among other properties. Shares were traded at $58.22, in a 52-week range of $46.55 to $65.70. The $20.9 billion market cap is matched by a dividend yield of 5.4%.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) develops, manufactures and sells data storage devices and solutions worldwide. Of all the companies on this list, this one has seen its stock drop the most, down 54% in the past 52-weeks. It boasts a dividend yield of 5.0%, and shares were trading at $39.79. The 52-week range is $33.83 to $106.96. The market cap is $11.5 billion.

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