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Why Dividend Paying Stocks Are a Wise Investment

Stocks that pay dividends have made up a majority of the returns in the stock market in the last 50 years. The more we see wild fluctuations in the market the more we see investors flocking to these safer investment ideas. Dividend stocks provide consistent returns to investors because they are profitable companies focused on providing long term cash flow to shareholders. Only the best of the best can continue to pay and raise their dividend each year.

We consider this to be the best list dividend paying stocks for 2014. Each company listed here has increased its dividend for 20 years or more and has a dividend yield of 1.5% or higher. The highest yielding stocks are not always the best choices for those looking to add these types of investments to their portfolio. Consistent income growth and free cash flow is what we like to see in our portfolio.

NAME

SYMBOL

DIVIDEND

YIELD

DIVIDEND

INCREASES

(YEARS)

INDUSTRY

3M Company

MMM

2.46

56

Consumer

AFLAC Inc.

AFL

2.36

31

Insurance

Altria Group

MO

4.79

44

Consumer

AT&T

T

5.15

30

Telecom

Atmos Energy

ATO

2.9

30

Utility

Automatic Data Pr

ADP

2.46

39

Services

Bemis Company

BMS

2.68

31

Packaging

Black Hills

BKH

2.7

44

Utility

California Water

CWT

2.89

47

Utility

Chevron

CVX

3.19

26

Oil & Gas

Chubb

CB

2.17

32

Insurance

Clorox

CLX

3.13

36

Consumer

Coca-Cola

KO

2.99

52

Consumer

Colgate-Palmolive

CL

2.14

51

Consumer

Consolidated Edison

ED

4.34

40

Utility

Diebold

DBD

3.06

60

Equipment

Eaton Vance

EV

2.44

33

Financial

Emerson Electric

EMR

2.52

57

Equipment

ExxonMobil

XOM

2.7

32

Oil & Gas

Family Dollar Stores

FDO

2.11

38

Consumer

Federal Realty

FRT

2.65

46

REIT

Genuine Parts

GPC

2.64

58

Auto

HCP

HCP

5.21

29

REIT

Helmerich & Payne

HP

2.3

42

Oil & Gas

Johnson & Johnson

JNJ

2.76

52

Consumer

Kimberly-Clark

KMB

2.99

42

Consumer

Leggett & Platt

LEG

3.65

42

Equipment

McCormick & Co.

MKC

2.08

28

Consumer

McDonald’s

MCD

3.2

38

Consumer

Mercury General

MCY

5.14

27

Insurance

Northwest Nat Gas

NWN

4.16

58

Utility

Nucor

NUE

2.86

41

Materials

PepsiCo

PEP

3.05

42

Consumer

Procter & Gamble

PG

3.12

58

Consumer

RPM International

RPM

2.25

40

Materials

SJW

SJW

2.75

47

Utility

Sonoco Products

SON

3.04

32

Materials

Stanley Black & Decker

SWK

2.33

46

Materials

Sysco

SYY

3.18

44

Consumer

T. Rowe Price

TROW

2.14

27

Financial

Target

TGT

2.79

46

Consumer

Tompkins Financial

TMP

3.39

27

Financial

UGI

UGI

2.53

27

Utility

United Bankshares

UBSI

4.38

40

Financial

Universal

UVV

3.74

43

Consumer

Universal Health RT

UHT

5.89

27

REIT

Walgreen

WAG

1.86

38

Consumer

Wal-Mart

WMT

2.41

41

Consumer

More About Wise Dividend Investing:

We like to talk about dividends and have written quite a few articles over the years that relate to this form of investing. You can most of our investment related articles on our investing page. Also check out how DRIPs work to learn how to reinvest each distribution you receive. If picking individual names isn’t for you then going straight for the index might be a better no hassle option.