Top 20 FTSE Dividend Paying Stocks

UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020: BP and Shell's yields are now above 7%, while BP and Imperial have seen changes at the top

James Gard 6 February, 2020 | 8:00AM

Pound notes

Many of the biggest names on our list of top FTSE dividend paying companies list have now their reported earnings for the last quarter of 2019, and there have been a handful of dividend changes wrapped up in the results. BP (BP.) is the standout name to increase its payout by 2.5% to 10.5 cents a share, after keeping its US dollar dividends unchanged for six previous quarters. Rival oil giant Shell (RDSB), which makes it to five on our list, maintained its fourth-quarter dividend at 47 cents a share, the same level it has been at since Q1 2014.

These commodity giants have pushed up the list and are now both yielding more than 7% because of share price weakness so far in 2020; oil prices have dropped back since the US assassinated Iran’s Qasem Soleimani, a move that put global investors on high alert at the start of the year.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
AstraZeneca PLC7,615.00 GBX1.25
BAE Systems PLC640.00 GBX0.47
BP PLC462.80 GBX1.16
British American Tobacco PLC3,352.00 GBX1.33
BT Group PLC155.40 GBX-0.27
Bunzl PLC1,920.00 GBX0.44
Carnival PLC3,116.00 GBX1.07
Croda International PLC5,185.00 GBX2.07
Diageo PLC3,141.00 GBX1.08
HSBC Holdings PLC559.00 GBX1.29
Imperial Brands PLC1,844.00 GBX2.26
Johnson Matthey PLC2,712.00 GBX1.99
Lowland Ord1,400.00 GBX1.08
Meggitt PLC637.20 GBX0.63
Pearson PLC577.20 GBX0.63
Royal Dutch Shell PLC B1,933.00 GBX0.59
SSE PLC1,686.50 GBX0.12
Unilever PLC4,625.00 GBX-0.17
Victrex PLC2,274.00 GBX-0.44
Vodafone Group PLC155.80 GBX0.32
WPP PLC980.40 GBX0.66

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