Top 20 FTSE Dividend Paying Stocks

UPDATED May 2020: Shell and BT have joined the list of those companies cutting or freezing dividends

James Gard 11 May, 2020 | 8:00AM


Since our last monthly update on the FTSE’s highest dividend yields, income investors have been dealt two significant blows in the form of Shell’s 66% dividend cut and BT’s year-long suspension of its payout.

The two companies have been consistently in our top 10 over the past year and typically account for around £10 billion of dividend income. But a significant number of stocks prized by income investors have announced changes to their dividend policy since the coronavirus crisis struck, and more could follow in the coming weeks and months. As John Moore, senior investment manager at Brewin Dolphin, notes: “In the immediate term, for those seeking income there are no easy answers”.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
AstraZeneca PLC8,329.00 GBX-3.96
BAE Systems PLC502.40 GBX-2.14
BP PLC319.45 GBX3.07
British American Tobacco PLC3,275.00 GBX2.75
BT Group PLC119.70 GBX4.00
Burberry Group PLC1,480.00 GBX1.13
Carnival PLC1,196.00 GBX7.65
Diageo PLC2,918.50 GBX2.05
HSBC Holdings PLC396.60 GBX2.31
Imperial Brands PLC1,519.00 GBX0.80
Johnson Matthey PLC2,171.00 GBX2.70
Lowland Ord940.00 GBX0.43
Meggitt PLC304.80 GBX10.43
Pearson PLC455.60 GBX-1.11
Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC80.00 CHF0.00
Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC110.00 MXN0.00
Royal Dutch Shell PLC B1,254.00 GBP0.00
Smiths Group PLC1,316.50 GBP0.00
SSE PLC1,207.00 GBP0.00
Unilever PLC4,122.00 GBP0.00
Vodafone Group PLC131.38 GBX1.94
WPP PLC640.80 GBX4.06

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