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Whirlpool, Phillips 66 and Other Top Dividend Stocks of the Past Six Months

Here's a quick look at eight of the best-performing stocks of the past six months that also had dividend yields of two percent or more.

Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Provida (NYSE: PVD) has risen more than 31 percent in the past six months, despite pulling back more than four percent from a recent multiyear high. The Chilean private pension fund administrator has a market cap of about $3.2 billion, a long-term EPS growth forecast of more than 30 percent and a dividend yield near 7.7 percent. The stock has outperformed Banco de Chile (NYSE: BCH) and Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE: SAN) year to date.

B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) is up almost 35 percent from six months ago and more than 41 percent higher than a year ago. This New Jersey-based producer of shelf-stable foods announced a 7.4 percent dividend boost last week. The $1.4 billion market cap market cap company has a dividend yield of 3.9 percent and a return on equity of more than 25 percent. Over the past six months, the stock has outperformed competitors General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and Kellogg (NYSE: K).

UK-based InterContinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG) has seen its share price rise more than 44 percent since six months ago, but also pull back more than five percent in the past month. The company has a $6.7 billion market cap and a return on equity of more than 110 percent. The dividend yield is about 1.8 percent. The stock has outperformed peers Hyatt Hotels (NYSE: H) and Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) over the past six months.

MDC Holdings (NYSE: MDC) is up nearly 113 percent since the beginning of the year, despite a pull back of more than five percent in the past week. Analysts anticipate that its revenue surged in the third quarter. The Denver-based homebuilder has a market cap of about $1.8 billion, a dividend yield near 2.6 percent and a long-term EPS growth forecast of about 10 percent. The stock has outperformed competitor D.H. Horton (NYSE: DHI) and the broader markets over the past half year.

Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) ended last week at a post-IPO high, as well as up about 40 percent in the past six months. This independent downstream energy company is headquartered in Houston and has a market cap of almost $30 billion. The dividend yield is more than two percent and the mean price target is more than 13 percent higher than the current share price. The stock has outperformed competitors Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC) and Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO) over the past six months.

See also: Phillips 66 Increases Dividend to $0.25

Rentech Nitrogen Partners (NYSE: RNF) is up more than 28 percent, though more than five percent shy of a recent multiyear high. Last week this MLP announced its third cash distribution since its IPO. This Los Angeles-based agricultural chemicals company with a market cap of about $1.5 billion has a return on equity of more than 370 percent. The stock has outperformed the likes of C.F. Industries (NYSE: CF) and Postash Corp. (NYSE: POT) over the past six months.

Shares of Retail Properties of America (NYSE: RPAI) are trading more than 37 percent higher year to date, reaching a post-IPO high last week. The Oak Brook, Illinois-based shopping mall operator continued to divest itself of noncore assets in the third quarter. Its market cap is about $2.8 billion and its dividend yield is near 5.4 percent. Three of four analysts polled by Thomson/First Call recommend buying shares. Year to date, the stock has outperformed competitors such as Kimco Realty (NYSE: KIM).

Whirpool (NYSE: WHR) shares ended last week almost 49 percent higher than six months ago and trading near a 52-week high. The company posted better-than-expected EPS last week and raised its full-year profit outlook. The Benton Harbor, Michigan-based appliance maker has a market cap of more than $7 billion and a dividend yield of more than two percent. Over the past six months, the stock has outperformed Lennox International (NYSE: LII) and the broader markets.

See also: Whirlpool Posts Upbeat Q3 Profit, Lifts Full-Year Forecast

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