Saturday, October 13, 2012

Time for a Rebound in Israeli Stocks? Top High Yield Israel Companies

Did you know that the number one country that has more companies listed on the NASDAQ other than the United States and China? It is Israel. They currently have over 85 stocks listed on NASDAQ. If you look at the iShares MSCI Israel Cap Invest Market Index ETF (EIS) and compare it to the S&P 500 over the last twelve months, you will notice that the S&P is up about 20%, yet Israeli stocks are where they were a year ago. Is it time for Israeli companies to catch up?

The ETF does pay a dividend semi-annually yielding 2.7%. In addition, there are plenty of other Israeli stocks that pay dividends. Risk can be reduced by investing in dividend paying stocks by reducing volatility and accelerating your return of capital. According to, there are about ten dividend paying Israeli stocks with payouts ranging from 0.3% to over 12%.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) is a developer and producer of generic and branded pharmaceuticals and is the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world. Products include Copaxone for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and Azilect for treatment of Parkinson's disease. Other products include Adderall, Calcitriol, Ciprofloxacin, Diazepam, Nystatin, along with many others. The company has been paying quarterly dividends since 1997 and yields 2.1%. It trades at 11.1 times trailing earnings and 6.8 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were up an amazing 49.8% on an 18.6% rise in revenues.

Elbit Systems Ltd. (ESLT), a manufacturer of defense systems and products, pays dividends quarterly and yields 3.5%. The company has been paying dividends since 1997. The stock trades at 8.7 times forward earnings.

Cellcom Israel Ltd. (CEL) is a cellular communications provider in Israeli that yields a very high 11.5%, with dividends having been paid quarterly since 2007. The stock has a price to earnings ratio of 5.9 and a forward P/E ratio of 2.3.

The dividend paying stocks from Israel that trade in the United States can be found in a free list at, which can be downloaded, sorted, and updateding.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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