Dividend Stocks

The 10 Best Dividend Stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average

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Investors currently have a chance to pick up some of the best dividend stocks by looking at those in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The 10 dividend stocks listed below are among the best in the Dow. They all offer modest valuations and hearty yields, as well as the potential for capital appreciation based on forward earnings estimates.

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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.

The (Only) Eight Mega Cap Dividend Stocks Yielding More Than 3%

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With interest rates at an all-time low, high-yield dividend stocks have replaced bonds as the best option to provide a stream of income in a portfolio. What's more, they deliver the added perk of equity ownership for potential growth. But dividend yield can also be a trap - if a company's share price drops because it's not performing well, while the dividend remains the same, the percent yield will rise. That's why investing based on high-yield as the sole metric isn't always wise.

To get around that problem, investors can examine other metrics besides yield.

Here's what to look at - and a list of eight dividend payers to consider...

Our New Best Stocks to Buy List Focuses on Commodities, Small Caps, Dividends

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While commodities have been dominating our best stocks to buy lists lately, that's not the only asset hitting our radar...

Our new best stocks list includes a blue chip giant that's beating the broader market by roughly 50%, five small-cap stocks on the rise, and one generic drug-maker to buy now.

Get these, plus a full-year outlook on dividend stocks, in this roundup...

Stocks That Pay Dividends: 17 New Increases and Special Payouts

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On the hunt for income, investors continue to pile on to top stocks that pay dividends, helping to drive the price of those stocks higher.

But it's not just steady income that's making dividend-paying stocks so attractive right now. Apprehension over the future direction of U.S. markets amid a five-plus-year bull run is another key reason.

Following are the 17 companies raising payouts during the week ending July 11, 2014.

MLPs: An Enticing Alternative to Conventional Dividend Investing

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With U.S. stocks at all-time highs, many analysts warn that asset valuations are out of touch with reality and a correction is headed our way.

In the event of a market correction, investors will be limited to settling for returns lower than the historical average or seeking out obscure investments that add an extra percentage or two in dividends.

Alternatives to conventional dividend investing strategies, such as master limited partnerships (MLPs), are worth a look. MLPs are limited partnerships that are publicly traded on securities exchanges. Here’s how they work…

Our Best Stocks to Buy List: New Top Picks in Bioscience, Energy, and More

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Last week, we covered a "catalyst" that could spark a share-price rally for what is already one of the best stocks to buy, three recommendations to take advantage of rising oil prices, and a way to tap into big profits in an "other" bioscience niche that is less risky but highly lucrative.

Get these, plus the top healthcare picks, dividend stocks, and more, in the full list of our best stocks to buy now.

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.

New List of the Best Stocks to Buy in Tech, Emerging Markets, Energy, and More

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Each week our experts dish out the latest profit plays for our Money Morning Members - all for free.

Last week our picks included two ways to cash in on sub-Saharan Africa's $1 trillion resource rush, a leader-turned-laggard that's about to reverse course and bring tremendous upside to investors, and a way to profit from the end of the U.S. oil export ban.

Get the full list of our best stocks to buy now and start profiting today…