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Dividend-Paying Stocks: AOL Not the Only One to Raise Payout

AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) announced Monday it would divvy out $1.1 billion in cash to shareholders, joining the growing group of dividend-paying stocks - although only for brief moment.

AOL will dole out a one-time payment of $5.15 a share to holders of record Dec. 5, for a total of $500 million given out in dividends.

In addition to the whopping and unexpected dividend news, AOL also reported a $600 million fast-tracked share repurchase agreement with Barclays Plc (NYSE ADR: BCS).

The move comes on the heels of a deal inked in April to sell 800 patents to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). At the time, AOL assured its plans were "to return a significant portion of the sale proceeds to shareholders."

The move also follows a push from activist shareholder group Starboard Value LP, which had been lobbying for AOL to unload its patent cache and reward shareholders with a dividend and share repurchase program.

Investors applauded the dividend news, sending shares of AOL up more than 3% Monday. The stock has been on a tear, climbing more than 120% year-to-date.

While AOL has only planned a one-time dividend, many other companies in 2012 have announced regular payouts.

Dividend-Paying Stocks: Payouts on the Rise

A number of companies are beginning to recognize just how important dividends have become in this era of low-interest savings accounts and certificates of deposits (CDs) that offer paltry yields.

In fact, dividends, once a trademark of stodgy blue chip companies, are emerging in full force in the tech sector.

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A Dividend Paying Stock for "Times Like This"

Earnings season teaches us a lot about companies - like which ones have figured out how to successfully navigate in the uncertain economic times we have now. And this earnings season has shown us that there's a dividend paying stock that has not only delivered profits but could increase its already healthy payout.

Money Morning's Shah Gilani joined Fox Business' "Varney & Co." Tuesday morning to talk about this top sin stock that can deliver consistent money to your portfolio.

"[This stock] has a 4.7% dividend yield. I think you have to like anything that provides you income and that has appreciation potential," said Gilani. "[This stock] is always on the top of my list."

This stock delivered blockbuster Q2 profits. Watch this accompanying video to hear everything Gilani has to say about this dividend paying stock that can give your portfolio some profit protection.

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Six Dividend Stocks to Hold Forever

Investor. Now there's a word you don't hear much these days. "Buy and hold," they tell us, has gone the way of the dinosaur.

Today, it's all about the fast money. In the market, out of the market... this stock, that stock...

Of course, that's perfectly fine for traders. The good ones earn small fortunes that way. But for folks who don't have that kind of experience, being nimble is simply an invitation to be whipsawed by the markets.

You may be one of them.

For instance, are you fed up with stock recommendations that only seem to last a couple of weeks?

Or do you constantly find yourself buying on a day when the market is hot, because you feel enthusiastic, only to end up selling on a bad day, because the same stock suddenly looked less attractive?

If so, there's a solution to all this day-to-day madness. Despite the rumors of its demise, there are still stocks you can buy and hold forever.

Of course, seasoned income investors have known this for years. That's why the truly rich don't spend their days watching the financial news and trading stocks. They're too smart for that.

They know that investing in steady-income producing dividend stocks is just as rewarding over the long haul.

How to Pick the Long-Term Winners

However, picking successful dividend-paying stocks is not as simple as buying only the stocks with the highest yield. In fact, the stocks with the highest yields are often the ones that trip up investors the most.

When it comes to buying stocks you can truly hold forever, what's important is the company's track record.



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