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10 Best Stocks to Boost Your Portfolio in the Second Half

Intuitive Surgical’s free cash flow over the past 12 months was $1.44 billion ($4.03 per share), and the company does not pay a dividend. The average price target on the stock is around $305, implying an upside potential of about 45% to a recent price of around $210.30. The stock’s total return over the past year was negative 33.7%.

NextEra Energy

This giant utility is the world’s largest producer of electricity using solar and wind energy. NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE: NEE) also is wading into the regulated water and wastewater business, taking on entrenched companies like American Water Works and Essential Utilities.

The company’s free cash flow over the past 12 months was negative $8.2 billion, and its expected dividend yield over the next year is pegged at 1.98%. The average price target on the stock is about $90, implying a potential share price gain of nearly 13%. NextEra’s payout ratio for the past year was 213.3%, and the total shareholder return was 8.8%.

Dover

Dover Corp. (NYSE: DOV) has raised its dividend payment for 66 consecutive years, second only to American States Water, on the list of Dividend Kings that have raised dividend payments for at least 50 consecutive years.

The company’s free cash flow over the past 12 months was $771.8 million, and its expected dividend yield over the next year is pegged at 1.65%. The average price target on the stock is about $168, implying a potential share price gain of about 36.4%. Dover’s payout ratio for the past year was 25.8%, and the total shareholder return was negative 17.6%.

Amphenol

This designer, maker and seller of a variety of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors has a market cap of about $39.5 billion, and Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH) has been in business for 90 years.

The company’s free cash flow over the past 12 months was $1.21 billion, and its expected dividend yield over the next year is pegged at 2.03%. The average price target on the stock is around $84, implying a potential share price gain of about 26.6%. Amphenol’s payout ratio for the past year was 22.5%, and the total shareholder return was negative 3.4%.

Alphabet

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) plans a 20-for-1 stock split for July 18. The company’s shareholders will receive a one-time dividend of 19 shares of stock for each share of Google stock they currently own.

Google’s free cash flow over the past 12 months was $69 billion, and the company does not pay a regular dividend. The average pre-split price target on the stock is around $3,158, implying a potential share price gain of about 32.4%. Google’s total shareholder return over the past year was negative 4.7%.

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