Dividend Stocks

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…

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…

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