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Friday's Hot Stocks to Watch: F, PG, UPS, and More

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Third-quarter earnings season has been full of surprises - not all of them welcome. For example, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway's "Big Four" equity investments all disappointed Wall Street.

Friday's hot stocks to watch include another Berkshire holding, plus a key auto manufacturer, drug giant, and leading package-delivery

Here's the full list of all seven stocks that will be on the move Friday.

Dow Jones Today Slips Another 32 Points, Plus FB's Outage, PG Earnings

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Dow Jones today, August 1, 2014: U.S. markets slumped again Friday despite positive news on the employment front. The U.S. economy added another 209,000 jobs in July, a sixth-consecutive monthly gain. However, the estimate fell short of economists' expectations, and the unemployment rate increased to 6.2% on more Americans searching for work. The S&P 500 posted its largest weekly loss since April.

Now, here are the top stories from today...

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...

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...

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...