Dividend Stocks

Dividend-Paying Stocks: The Newest Increases, Initiations, and Special Dividends

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Earlier this month, JP Morgan recommended yield seekers swap a sizable chunk of junk bond holdings for dividend-paying stocks. The investment bank explained the elevated chance of default from junk bonds simply isn't worth the risk for today's nominal returns.

For long-term investors, top dividend-paying stocks, and dividend growers in particular, are indeed a much better bet.

Here are the 21 dividend stocks raising payouts or announcing special dividends for the week ending June 27, 2014.

Dividend Stocks: 23 New Increases for Yield Seekers

Investors seeking to diversify portfolios with a steady income stream need look no further than top dividend stocks.

In addition to contributing a meaningful portion of a portfolio's total return, dividend payers tend to outperform non-dividend payers across market cycles and offer higher risk-adjusted returns, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Following are the 23 dividend-paying stocks raising payouts during the week ending June 20, 2014.

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.

Five Monthly Dividend Stocks for a Steady Stream of Income and Yield

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While most companies pay dividends on a quarterly basis, monthly dividend stocks distribute their dividend payouts 12 times a year.

Investors pile into monthly dividend payers for a number of reasons. Some use them as a means of getting a steady stream of income. Some find it an efficient way to budget for expenses each month. And, some simply enjoy the frequency of getting a dividend payment 12 times a year instead of once, or every three or six months.

Following are five monthly dividends stocks with stable businesses, reliable dividend payment track records, and attractive yields.

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.

Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield-Hungry Investors

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Dividend stocks have become increasingly important to investors, and companies are taking note.

Some 84% of S&P 500 Index components were paying dividends as of April 30. That's the highest month-end figure in 18 years.

What's even better is top dividend stocks tend to outperform nonpayers.

Following are 25 notable dividend-paying stocks that boosted payouts in the week ending May 9, 2014.

Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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As markets enter a seasonal period with a reputation as being sluggish for equities, dividend stocks can add some oomph to portfolios.

Providing income and stability, dividend-paying stocks help buffer market volatility, deliver yield, and offer potential for capital appreciation.

Some 68 companies hiked dividends last week, including three Dow Jones components and four notable financial firms.

Here are 25 of the best dividend increases from the week ending May 2.

Dividend Stocks: This Tech Giant Is Now the S&P 500's Biggest Dividend Payer

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News about dividend stocks poured in last week, with some 85 companies increasing payouts.

But Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stole the spotlight, sweetening its quarterly dividend 8%, or $0.24 per share, to $3.29, making it the S&P 500's biggest dividend payer.

It also added $30 billion to its stock buyback program and declared a 7-for-1 stock split.

Here are 30 other dividend stocks that also increased payouts in the week ending April 25.