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How to Find the Best Dividend Stocks

It's only April, but it appears dividend payouts this year will soar past 2012's tally – meaning all investors need to know how to find the best dividend stocks or risk missing out on record-high yield.

Barron's reports that in Q1, 944 of approximately 10,000 U.S. companies boosted payouts, either by increases, extras or resumption. That was up a hefty 39.4% from 677 companies a year ago.

Dividend increases alone tallied $14.5 billion. Cash payments jumped 12%, while the forward indicated dividend rate reached an all-time high.

The following favorite dividend stocks are among those that juiced payouts in the first quarter:

  • 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) raised its dividend 8% to $0.63 per share.
  • General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) increased quarterly payment 12% to $0.19 per share.

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  1. Jessica Angelaes | April 25, 2013

    Informative post. Thank you for sharing. Investing in dividend stocks yeilds you good income if selected a perfect portfolio observing the changing market trends. A good investor has to keep the thorough knowlegde about the global market and the indutries before investing. It is always recommended to have a expert opinion while selecting your portfolio.

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