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In recent years, liquefied natural gas (LNG) stocks have outperformed the markets by a wide margin.
LNG companies like Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG), Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE: CBI), and Golar LNG Ltd (Nasdaq: GLNG) gained 609%, 149%, and 139% from January 2011 through January 2013, respectively.
But the biggest winners have been investors holding LNG dividend stocks.
Dividend stocks typically perform better than non-dividend paying stocks. According to data from Ned Davis Research, dividend-paying stocks in the S&P 500 have outperformed non-dividend paying stocks by almost 8% annually, since 1972.
Now that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped 5.9% in 2014, the S&P 500 4.1%, and the Nasdaq 2.9%, more investors than before are looking for high-yield LNG dividend stocks to bolster their portfolios.
Here is a look at seven LNG dividend stocks to buy now.
7 High-Yield LNG Dividend Stocks
Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) owns an LNG facility based in Lake Charles, La., which was one of four facilities in the United States to have received government approval through 2013. ETP stock has gained nearly 17% in the last year, but what has really pleased investors is its dividend. Energy Transfer pays a quarterly dividend of $0.92, good for a 6.7% yield.
Golar LNG Limited (Nasdaq: GLNG) is involved with the shipping of liquefied natural gas and has posted an impressive 131% gain since the start of 2011. The stock has cooled off a bit in the last year, down 14%, but its dividend has helped offset those losses.
GLNG is showing bullish signals for 2014. GLNG is one of the largest independent shippers of LNG and has just announced that it will add 11 new vessels to its fleet. GLNG touts a 5.2% dividend yield, or $0.45 per quarter. GLNG stock currently trades at $34.71.