What This Top Dividend Portfolio Is Holding Now: HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (HBC), Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (RDS.A), and BP plc (ADR) (BP)

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LONDON — JP Morgan Claverhouse IT (LSE:JCH) has a record of 40 years of unbroken dividend growth. The trust lifted its dividend by 3.3% for 2012, and at a current share price of 525 pence, the yield is 3.6%.

Picking great dividend shares has helped JP Morgan Claverhouse outperform the FTSE All-Share Index over the past three, five, and 10 years.

Let’s take a look at the trust’s current top three holdings: HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HBC), Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A), and BP plc (ADR) (LSE:BP).

HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HBC) stands out from the crowd of five FTSE 100 banks — and not just because of the recent eye-catching appointment of a former Director General of MI5 to the board of directors!

HSBC Holdings plc

There’s sheer size: HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HBC)’s market capitalisation of £127 billion is almost three times that of nearest rival Lloyds. Then, there’s global diversification: none of HSBC’s peers can compete with the international reach and geographical diversity of its operations. Finally, and most pertinently for the subject of this article, HSBC offers the highest dividend yield within the banking sector.

At a recent share price of 683 pence, analyst dividend forecasts imply a yield of 4.9% for the current year, rising to 5.5% for 2014.

Royal Dutch Shell
Oil supermajor Shell is even bigger than HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HBC), sporting a market cap of some £135 billion — about £50 billion ahead of nearest oil rival BP plc (ADR) (LSE:BP).

Shell increased its dividend by 2.4% last year. A modest increase right enough, but the dividend had been stuck at the same level for the three preceding years. Furthermore, analysts see growth accelerating to 5% this year.

At a recent share price of 2,179 pence, the City experts’ forecasts give a 5.3% yield for 2013, rising to an HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HBC)-matching 5.5% for 2014.

JP Morgan Claverhouse has made Shell’s fellow Footsie supermajor BP plc (ADR) (LSE:BP) another of the trust’s heavyweight holdings.

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