10 High-Quality Stocks With Dividend Yields of 4% or More

There's no shortage of stocks with dividends these days, but not all of them are worth chasing. Here's a list of top-rated, high-yielding names to consider.

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It's hard to criticize markets for setting records seemingly every other day, but all-time highs do pose something of a challenge for yield-hungry income investors: High-quality stocks with dividends that offer ample yields are in increasingly short supply.

As dividend (and bond) investors know all too well, prices and yields move in opposite directions. With the S&P 500 gaining 37% over the past 52 weeks – not to mention two consecutive quarters of negative dividend growth – the yield on the benchmark index is plumbing depths not seen for two decades.

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Stock prices, analysts' recommendations and other data as of July 9, courtesy of S&P Global Market Intelligence, unless otherwise noted. Stocks are listed by strength of analysts' Buy calls, from lowest to highest.

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Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Dan Burrows is Kiplinger's senior investing writer, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.

Once upon a time – before his days as a financial reporter and assistant financial editor at legendary fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily – Dan worked for Spy magazine, scribbled away at Time Inc. and contributed to Maxim magazine back when lad mags were a thing. He's also written for Esquire magazine's Dubious Achievements Awards.

In his current role at Kiplinger, Dan writes about equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities, funds, macroeconomics, demographics, real estate, cost of living indexes and more.

Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University.

Disclosure: Dan does not trade stocks or other securities. Rather, he dollar-cost averages into cheap funds and index funds and holds them forever in tax-advantaged accounts.