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5 Dividend Stocks Could Be Big Winners After the New COVID-19 Variant Shock

Clorox

The stock was a big winner during the initial stages of the pandemic but has sold off big-time and is offering the best entry point in over a year. Clorox Co. (NYSE: CLX) manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide.

The Health and Wellness segment offers cleaning products, such as laundry additives and home care products primarily under the Clorox, Clorox2, Scentiva, Pine-Sol, Liquid-Plumr, Tilex and Formula 409 brand names. It offers professional cleaning and disinfecting products under the CloroxPro, Clorox Healthcare and Clorox Total 360 brand names; professional foodservice products under the Hidden Valley brand name; and vitamins, minerals and supplement products under the RenewLife, Natural Vitality, NeoCell and Rainbow Light brand names in the United States.

The Household segment provides cat litter products under the Fresh Step, Scoop Away and Ever Clean brand names; bags and wraps under the Glad brand name; and grilling products under the Kingsford and Kingsford Match Light brand names in the United States. The Lifestyle segment offers dressings, dips, seasonings and sauces, primarily under the Hidden Valley brand name. Its natural personal care products are under the Burt’s Bees brand name, and its water-filtration systems and filters are under the Brita brand name in the United States.

The International segment provides laundry additives; home care products; water-filtration systems and filters; digestive health products; grilling products; cat litter products; food products; bags and wraps; natural personal care products; and professional cleaning and disinfecting products internationally, primarily under the Clorox, Ayudin, Clorinda, Poett, Pine-Sol, Glad, Brita, RenewLife, Ever Clean and Burt’s Bees brand names.

Clorox stock investors receive a 2.85% dividend. The Citigroup price target is $193, well above the $162.03 consensus target. The stock popped almost 4% on Friday to close at $174.21.

Colgate-Palmolive

This top dividend payer also is a very safe play for investors. Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL) is the stock to buy in consumer staples, which could see an increase in demand with more stay-at-home time possibly on the way. Colgate continues to deliver solid execution and is one of the best-positioned companies in its sector, given its strong brands in attractive categories, particularly oral care.

Over half of Colgate’s total revenues (52%) are derived in faster-growth emerging economies, and the company maintains leading or near-leading market shares across Brazil, Russia, India and China. While those have slowed over the last year, a pickup in growth could be coming, especially with a weak dollar making products attractive overseas.

Investors receive a 2.31% dividend. The $98 Goldman Sachs price target compares with the $84.45 consensus price target for Colgate-Palmolive stock. Shares closed Monday at $74.06.