Screening For Dividend Stocks In March 2020

Screening For Dividend Stocks In March 2020

The stock market crashed this week on further news of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and also the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Due to the continued bad news, the Straits Times Index (STI) fell as much as 6.03% on Monday, 9th March 2020. As you can see from the chart below, the Straits Times Index (STI) crashed further on Friday, 13th Mar 2020 before rebounding slightly at the end of the day.

During such crisis, there is an opportunity to start picking up quality stocks that can climb back and continue its growth when the stock market normalize in 1 or 2 years time (I guess).

If you had followed my blog, you know that I always have my stock screener ready to identify stocks that gives me a good dividend yield. When stock price goes down, the current dividend yield goes up.

The stock screener offered by Stocks Café allows me to save the conditions that I can pre-set. You can check out my review here on the Stocks Café Dividend Stocks Screener (Read more: Screening For Dividend Stocks Using Stocks Cafe Stock Screener).

Screening For Dividend Stocks In March 2020

Below are the top dividend yielding stocks as of 14th March 2020.

NameCurrent Yield %P/EP/BMarket Cap
Cromwell REIT SGD9.4949.320.8481.7B
Mapletree NAC Trust8.6515.110.7033.2B
OUE Commercial REIT8.48713.730.6332.1B
Ascendas-iTrust8.3615.471.1211.4B
CapitaRetail China Trust8.257.750.7741.5B
CDL Hospitality Trust8.05412.040.7351.4B
Starhill Global REIT7.75719.360.6511.3B
Far East Hospitality Trust7.18916.770.6131B
Frasers Commercial Trust6.8098.580.8611.3B
Yanlord Land6.7332.970.3582B
Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust6.66710.271.1062.4B
Ascendas REIT6.52419.11.39210.9B
UOB6.4557.730.84833.4B
SPH6.38315.020.883B
DBS6.3577.741.00949.2B
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding SGD6.2895.10.5193.1B
Suntec REIT6.25510.850.7124.3B
Hong Leong Finance6.2510.40.5611.1B
SPH REIT6.16414.570.972.5B
TCIL HK$6.11710.780.343.8B
OCBC Bank5.8438.020.87439.9B
ComfortDelgro5.72513.971.4273.7B
SIA Engineering5.55611.611.4352.2B
CapitaMall Trust5.49111.531.0358B
Jardine Cycle & Carriage5.4097.450.9719B
Bukit Sembawang5.37913.450.7911.1B
Olam International5.2989.450.8934.8B
SATS5.27817.892.4874B
Genting Singapore5.14711.911.0188.2B

Last, I just want to mention again that the above list is for reference only and we should do our homework before buying into the stock simply for the dividend yield.

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

Today is a special day (29th February 2020). Instead of the usual 28 days, we have 29 days in this month of February 2020, which is also called the leap year. We are also in the second month of the COVID-19 outbreak where it causes disruptions or instability to the current economy.

Earlier this month, the stock market seemed to have ignored the impact of the COVID-19 to the economy. This is based on my observation on the Straits Time Index (Read more: Impact of COVID-19 to Straits Time Index) However, just a few days ago, I observed that the stock market started to react to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is hard to tell whether the downtrend is short term or long term. The Straits Times Index (STI) closed at 3,011.08 yesterday.

The current situation has proven that we should always have some form of emergency funds that can tide us over 6 months or more should we get retrenched due to financial crisis. Thus, I continued to purchase Singapore Savings Bonds monthly even though the interest rate has fallen. The average interest rate of March Singapore Savings Bond is 1.71% if you hold it for 10 years. Singapore Savings Bonds currently makes up 17% of my entire investment portfolio.

I did not make any stock purchases this month but definitely I am looking around as the stock prices of many counters in my watchlist has fallen this week and they provide an attractive dividend yield in the long run. Some examples are Singtel, SPH REIT, Suntec REIT, Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust.

Singtel

Closing Price: S$3.00, Current Dividend Yield: 5.83%

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

SPH REIT

Closing Price: S$1.01, Current Dividend Yield: 5.54%

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

Suntec REIT

Closing Price: S$1.70, Current Dividend Yield: 5.59%

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust

Closing Price: S$1.10, Current Dividend Yield: 6.57%

Summary of February 2020 Transactions

 

Last but not least, here is a quote from Warren Buffet.

“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful”

– Warren Buffet

Warren Buffett