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Volatile markets like today’s are a good time to remind long-term investors of the virtues of big, stable dividend stocks like those found in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

It’s hard to beat blue-chip dividend stocks when it comes to long-term performance. Witness the highest-yielding Dow dividend stocks. Although not every name is necessarily a buy at current levels, each and every one has distinguished itself over the decades.

Note that many of the highest-yielding Dow dividend payers rank among the best equity investments of all time. In several instances, these stocks remain top picks among Wall Street analysts, mutual fund managers and hedge fund managers today.

Big, healthy balance sheets and reliable and rising dividends also tend to make the highest-yielding dividend stocks in the Dow Jones less volatile than the broader market. That can help income investors sleep better at night.

Here are the highest-yielding Dow dividend stocks, with yields ranging from just more than 3% to over 5%.


Data is as of Nov. 12, 2018, unless otherwise noted. Companies are listed by dividend yield, from lowest to highest. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Analysts’ ratings provided by Zacks Investment Research.

Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer,

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.