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These 17 Stocks That Pay Dividends Just Sweetened the Deal for Investors

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Falling Treasury yields strengthen the case for buying stocks that pay dividends. Last Thursday the yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note hit 2.33% - a 15-month low - and ended the week at 2.34%.

Dividend-paying stocks not only offer attractive income options, but also provide the potential for capital appreciation.

Following are the 17 dividend stocks that raised payouts during the week ending Aug. 29, 2014.

Altria (NYSE: MO) Plus 28 More Dividend-Paying Stocks That Just Hiked Payouts

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Payout hikes for dividend-paying stocks were plentiful last week, and topping the list is Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO), which raised its regular quarterly dividend for the 48th time in the last 45 years.

The tobacco giant announced Thursday it's boosting its quarterly payout 8.3%, or $0.04, to $0.52 per share.

But Altria isn't the only company that raised its payout last week.

Following are the 28 other dividend stocks that sweetened the pot during the week ending Aug. 22, 2014.

These 32 Stocks That Pay Dividends Just Sweetened the Deal for Investors

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With few alternatives for yield-seeking investors, the appeal of stocks that pay dividends continues to grow.

In addition to yield, top dividend payers also offer benefits like the potential for rising distributions, capital appreciation prospects, and portfolio diversification.

The good news for investors is that dividend hikes continue to be plentiful. Following are the 32 dividend stocks raising payouts during the week ending Aug. 15, 2014.

Dividend Investing News: Bank of America Hikes Payout by 400%, plus 25 More Increases

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Bank of America Corp.'s (NYSE: BAC) 400% quarterly dividend boost dominated dividend investing news last week.

BofA announced Wednesday it will raise its quarterly dividend for the first time in seven years to $0.05 a share, up from $0.01, with its Sept. 26 distribution.

Fifty-two other companies sweetened their payouts last week. Here are 25 of the top dividend-paying stocks that raised payouts during the week ending Aug. 8, 2014...

Get More Dividend Income Today with These 30 New Payout Increases

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Dividends constitute an ever-growing percentage of personal income, making up 5.64% of U.S. per capita personal income in 2012.

The good news for investors looking for more dividend income is that companies have been generous with their payouts in 2014, with 696 dividend boosts reported in Q2 2014 compared to 591 hikes posted in 2013's second quarter.

Eighty companies sweetened the dividend pot last week. Following are the 30 most notable dividend-paying stocks raising payouts during the week ending July 25, 2014.

Dividend-Paying Stocks: 31 New Increases for Income-Hungry Investors

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Dividends paid by S&P 500 Index companies will climb almost as much in the next five years as they did during the last four, according to Rod Smyth at RiverFront Investment Group LLC.

Smyth estimates payouts will grow 40% through 2019, barring any "significant earnings downturn."

That's why dividend-paying stocks belong in everyone's portfolio. Following are the 31 companies raising payouts during the week ending July 18, 2014.

Dividend Stocks: Q2 Review, Full-Year Outlook, and 25 New Increases

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Top dividend-paying stocks continue to reward investors in 2014, and FY2014 dividend boosts are expected to hit a record figure.

The number of U.S. dividend stocks raising payouts this year has hit its highest number since 1979, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 Index to log 25 year-to-date record closes.

Following are the 25 companies raising payouts in the holiday-shortened week ending July 3.

Five High-Yield Dividend Stocks That Will Make You Love the Tech Sector

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Investors looking for high-yield dividend stocks have previously eschewed the tech sector, as that's traditionally been a place to invest for growth.

Instead of paying out extra cash to investors, tech high-fliers typically reinvest cash in research and development, mergers and acquisitions, and other classic "growth" strategies.

But a few years ago, things started to change. Now companies like this also exist in the tech sector.

In fact, some of the biggest names in tech have become high-yield dividend stocks that rival traditional dividend-payers in yield and market performance.

Here's why tech got religion on dividends - and five stocks to get you started...

Dividend Stocks: 21 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend stocks update: Some 209 companies in the S&P 500 Index have raised dividends so far in 2014.

The average increase has been 15%, and with S&P components sitting on $1.1 trillion in cash, more increases are expected.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) hiked its quarterly dividend 34% to $0.375 per share last week.

Here are 20 more dividend-paying stocks raising payouts in the week ending June 6.

12 High-Yield Dividend Aristocrats to Buy for Reliable Income

Dividend Aristocrats are an exceptional bunch of S&P 500 companies that don't just offer high yield – they have increased shareholders' payouts every year for (at least) the last 25 years.

Making the list is indeed an accomplishment.

Industries run the gamut from fast food to financials to oil.

We’ve narrowed the list to a more manageable dozen names across several sectors...

Dividend-Paying Stocks: 18 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Investors' appetite for top dividend-paying stocks continues to grow as U.S. companies get more generous with distributions.

Annual dividend stock payouts by S&P 500 companies totaled $34.80 per share in 2013, and that amount is expected to grow 9.9% to a record $38.98 a share this year, thanks to the record $1.1 trillion cash sitting on companies' balance sheets as of April 1, 2014.

Following are the 18 dividend stocks raising payouts in the week ending May 30.

Add More Dividend Yield to Your Portfolio with These 30 Stocks

Add More Dividend Yield to Your Portfolio with These 30 Stocks

Investors are crowding into top dividend stocks not simply for their dividend yield, but also because they drive long-term performance in the stock market.

According to a recent study, $100 invested in the S&P 500 in late 1940 would have amounted to $17,460 by the end of 2013 if dividends weren't reinvested, but $265,851 with dividend yields reinvested.

With 45 dividend-paying stocks raising payouts during the week ending May 23, 2014, here are 30 notable increases…

Dividend Stocks: 25 New Dividend Increases for Yield Seekers

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Companies that pay dividends consistently provide better returns than non-payers.

The current trailing 12-month average yield of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index is roughly 2%. Without dividends, the S&P 500 would have turned $10,000 into $42,000 in 20 years. But with dividends, at a modest 2.1% rate, that $10,000 would grow to $61,700 over the same time period.

That’s why top dividend stocks belong in everyone’s portfolio. Here are 25 notable dividend stocks raising payouts in the week ending May 16, 2014.

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