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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.

Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend stocks lost some appeal last year when investors' primary focus was on growth. But with greater emphasis now on value, dividend payers are back in fashion.

Boding well for income seekers is that annual dividends by S&P 500 companies are projected to grow 9.9% this year to a record $39.98 a share, up from $34.80 a share in 2013.

Here are 25 companies that boosted or initiated payouts for the week ending April 17.

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Anyone investing in top dividend stocks has been rewarded in 2014...

Companies increased dividend payouts by a robust $17.8 billion in Q1 2014, compared to a $14.5 billion increase in Q1 of 2013, a 14.2% year-over-year increase, according to S&P Indices.

But top dividend stocks don't just have high yield - they also have a solid dividend paying history.

Here are five that fit the bill.

Dividend Stocks: 28 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Companies paid out a record number of dividend increases in Q1 2014, with 1,078 dividend boosts reported from January through March.

In dollar terms, Q1 2014 payout increases amounted to a whopping $17.8 billion, up 22.9% from Q1 2013's tally of $14.5 billion. But analysts predict there's much more on the way.

Dividend stocks are a smart move for investors - and here are 28 companies that just boosted payouts during the week ending April 11.

Dividend Stocks: 23 New Increases for Yield Seekers Today

Dividend stocks update: Although there are several ways to build a successful portfolio, the one method that stands the test of time is investing in dividend growth stocks.

A Morgan Stanley study showed that 42% of the stock market's total returns since 1930 are thanks to dividends. In four of the past eight decades, dividends contributed more to equity returns than capital appreciation.

Dividend Stocks: Big Banks Boost Payouts, Plus a Dozen More Yield Increases

Dividend stocks news:  The big dividend news last week came from the banking sector on the heels of the U.S. Federal Reserve's stress test.

The test is aimed at ensuring big banks can handle a steep slump like the 2008 financial crisis and continue operations without a government bailout. In total, 25 banks passed the central bank's test, while five failed.

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Don't Just Pick High Dividend Stocks – Look for This Metric

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Over the past five-plus years of a near-zero interest rate environment, dividend-paying stocks - especially high dividend stocks - have been an attractive option for investors. But rising rates on the horizon necessarily change dividend stocks' favor in investors' portfolios.

Earlier this month, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met and decided to alter language on when the Fed would start to consider an increase in interest rates. The new language provides the central bank with greater discretion to implement a rate increase, i.e. regardless of the national unemployment rate, which sits today at 6.5%.

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Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend stocks update: Many investors are rethinking their investment strategies amid prospects of interest rate hikes, especially in the wake of last week's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

During the last five-plus years of a near-zero interest rate environment, dividend-paying stocks have been an attractive option for investors. But with rising rates on the horizon, high yield is becoming increasingly less important than dividend growth potential.

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Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend stocks update: Dividend-paying stocks provide a solid means by which to generate investing income during times of rock-bottom interest rates.

But with interest rates ticking up recently, and the U.S. Federal Reserve winding down its quantitative easing program, investors may wonder whether dividend stocks will remain a good choice should interest rates continue to rise.

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Dividend Stocks 2014: 30 New Increases for Yield-Hungry Investors

Dividend stocks update: Building a carefully curated long-term dividend strategy is a reliable way to reap consistent returns on investment dollars.

Indeed, a study conducted by Morgan Stanley showed that 42% of the stock market's total returns since 1930 are thanks to dividends. In four of the past eight decades, dividends contributed more to equity returns than capital appreciation.

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Dividend Stocks 2014: 30 New Increases for Yield Seekers

Dividend stocks update: Hunting for dividend-paying stocks with the highest yield might seem like the simplest strategy for investors seeking income, but it's not the best strategy.

First, choice is limited among quality stocks - only 13 S&P 500 Index components boast yields more than 5%. Moreover, outsized yields often accompany a big drop in a stock's price.