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7 great dividend stocks for 2014

With strong current yields or good potential for dividend boosts, these companies are worth considering -- especially if the bull market of the past five years slows.

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Feb 19, 2014 10:15PM
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More of the same. Almost all of these are included in any article about dividends. Who can get excited about a 1.8% yield? I own several REIT's and they have returned between 7 and 9% year after year for the last five years and I don't see any reason to sell now. I have a health care REIT with a 9% yield and I seriously doubt that investing in health care real estate should provide anything but strong regular payouts for the foreseeable future. Think out of the box people, you don't have to settle for 2 and 3% yields from old non performing companies anymore!!
Feb 20, 2014 2:58PM
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Many of these examples have crappy dividend yields - less than 3%. Hardly worth getting excited about. 
Feb 20, 2014 5:23PM
Feb 23, 2014 5:36PM
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What a load of junk.  A sixth grader doing a book report could come up with better picks.  I sure as heck hope you didn't pay for that load of bull.  If I make less then 1.8% a month I'm looking to move my money, not a year.  Heck, put it in a bank money market for better returns.  Fire the yo-yo who wrote this and stay out of the stock business until you have something valid to report.  You should be ashamed to pick up your paycheck.
Feb 22, 2014 10:45AM
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AT&T would be a better choice than Verizon, especially now while its down, room for slight growth and a better dividend. just my 2 cents or 1.8 yield..lol
Feb 20, 2014 1:02AM
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Here's hoping you missed one - Annaly Capital, yielding 11%.  I have a small fortune tied up in that one.
Feb 20, 2014 1:24PM
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I like dividend stocks I can invest a little in at a time with no investment fees whatsoever through their DRIPs and that pay a little more than the 1.8% of one company here.

I tend to invest in stocks with LESS than 6% yield: that seems to be the level where a higher yield is offered because the company's performance is too weak to hold the price up by itself.

On the high end I like:
HCP, the largest medical property REIT, has increased dividends for 29 straight years and is paying the highest yield of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats at 5.7%.  When REITs crashed harder than the market avg. in 2008-9, HCP wasn't hit hard and bounced back to an all-time high in a couple years.
The current dividend is only 72% of FFO (REIT equivalent of cash flow) which means the dividend is very stable and it will almost certainly continue to grow.

On low end, I like a combination "growth and income" stock like:
Emerson Electric has increased dividends for 57 consecutive years and pays a 2.7% dividend.  That's not a phenomenal yield, but EMR has increased earnings an avg. 11% per year the last 5 years and is projected to increase them 9% per year for the next 5 years - and it's a stable, steady-growth company where the projections are likely to be on target.  At a trailing P/E of 22.9 it should provide a market avg. or better return over the next 5 years.

Feb 20, 2014 3:54PM
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Mostly Blue Chippers - the takeaway here is that you get some dividend, decent div growth, with more probability of capital appreciation also (protection of principle) - however, like many other responses, better pure div plays elsewhere (LNCO, BBEP, PSEC, MAIN, ETY, O,  ARCP, PBA, HTGC) which have also done well preserving principle ( w exc being LNCO and Hedgeye attack)
Feb 24, 2014 12:15AM
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REITs do have much higher yield, due to higher risk. We all know that.  However, you also lose the qualified dividend tax break from most REITs since their dividends are calucated as ordinary income. Something to consider.
Feb 23, 2014 5:59PM
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Look at theOIL Royalty Trust Stocks they pay a good dividend every quarter depending on the price of oil. As long as oil is above $90 WTI the dividends are above 10%. Stay away from the nat gas royalty trust they are fare to volatile.
Mar 8, 2014 5:43PM
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If your relying on MSN to make money you may as well just burn it.
Feb 23, 2014 9:37PM
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I have a Duke Energy DRIP that I have been putting money into for the last 4-5 years.  It has done well because I entered in at the right time.  It pays around a 4.5% dividend but its stock price has been in a range for quite some time.  Thinking about taking my long position in it and buying Linn (lnco).  Double the yield and faster growth potential but is more volatile than Duke.  This is my new car fund (4-5 years out).  Still fund my Duke DRIP so there is some diversification.
Mar 8, 2014 11:02PM
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If prostitution were legalized, would it provide decent dividends?  Women worldwide are begging for peace.  Men worldwide are begging for a peice.
Feb 23, 2014 10:42PM
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Most of those yields are nothing to brag about that's for sure. Who researches this dribble?
Feb 23, 2014 6:35PM
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I hate to even see a CVS sign.  They are nothing but legal drug dealers destroying the nation and their junk.  The "ask your doctor" ads are working.  "if you, press one, if you, press TEW..." but bring us the money the whitecoat didn;t take.  Readers, please look up "hodad hosptials" and "The American Addict."  It is an education and is not what you might think!   CONgress blesses the legal drug dealers while law enforcement battles illegal drug dealers.  The main difference as I see it is the legal drug dealers pay taxes.
Mar 8, 2014 9:27PM
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People, the masses, we all really need to have a paradigm shift away from this money system the wealthy and the elite, as system that favors them, have us all slaving under.  A system built on the gold standard, a metal that is really worthless when compared to the work involved to dig it out of the ground.  You can't use it to build machines or tools.  It's only real use came about during the electronics age, but what is really funny is that this perceived money value placed upon it, it made gold to expensive to use in electronics.  If you were stranded on an island alone, would you rather have a ton of gold or a ton of coconuts if you knew there would be no rescue for you and nothing to eat for the next year?  Gold, in no way, is worth the amount of work it takes to dig it up and process it, and yet, the miners who did it up, make a bare fraction of what the wealthy executive makes who sits back in his chair, laughing at the people sweating in the mines.  Think of this, in a system without money, without making a profit isn't the number one factor in work and life, positions such as Executives, CEOs, Boards of Directors all become unnecessary and unneeded.  Now you know why the wealthy and the elite are so afraid of such a system.  I am not talking about Communism either.  The wealthy, the elites who run our government have everyone so afraid of that word that no one really knows what it means anyway.  Communism certainly isn't a few dictators living in luxury while the masses slave to provide for them -  Hell, that sounds just like what Democracy and our economic system here in this U.S. has become.  I am talking about a system where everyone works for each other, everyone pitches in to ensure everyone has the essentials in life.  If you need a home, people skilled in building homes make one for you.  Farmers farm and their food is brought to markets where people come in and pick up what they need, doctors treat the sick and scientists actually create drugs that treat and cure sicknesses instead of only the symptoms like they currently do to ensure their will always be a profit in the creation of drugs.  No more having to worry about patents in the drug industry.  Our current system, if you can't afford it because a few people have 80% of the world's wealth, you die.  What kind of a mental case came up with that?  When you really and truly think about it, the wealthy elites are the real sick ones in our society.  They are like vultures living off of and eating the poor and the unhealthy.  They are the ones who push off all the unhealthy foods on us made with cheap ingredients and cancer causing and liver damaging chemicals.  They are the sick ones!
Feb 23, 2014 9:11PM
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Less than 5% return. Put 1/2 of your money under the mattress and speculate with the rest. Throw darts at the Wall St. Journal and you will do better than 5%.
Feb 23, 2014 5:35PM
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Your number 1 is less than 5%?  And you call that good? Even DSU pays better than that.  Not to mention FGP  and GGN.
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We sold a piece of property in 2004, for a nice profit and then re-invested in Real estate back in 2006, just when the market was starting its downturn. Even in this sluggish economy, we were still able to quadruple our 2006 investment in just 7-1/2 years. Who in their right mind would settle for 1-3% per year?
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