10 Best Dividend-Paying Stocks for 2017

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High-quality dividend stocks never go out of style for long-term investors, and there is no shortage of stocks with high yields and bright prospects for 2017, from telecommunications companies embracing the digital future to pharmaceutical companies riding the success of new drugs.

That's not to say that these stocks won’t fall if the market slumps this year. No stock is without risk. But between their near-term profit potential and sizable dividends, these 10 dividend-paying stocks are poised to deliver better-than-average total returns in the coming months.

(All prices and other data are as of January 9, 2017. Figures are based on the average of analysts’ forecasts for calendar 2017, as compiled by Zacks Investment Research, unless otherwise noted. Stocks are listed alphabetically.)

Dan Burrows
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com