10 Best Dividend Stocks in the Dow Averages

It’s been a strange year for high-yielding stocks.

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It’s been a strange year for high-yielding stocks. In the first half of 2016, the Dow Jones utility average, a proxy for hefty dividend payers, was a market leader, rising 26%. Since then, however, it has tumbled 6%. And it has been a notable laggard during the post-election rally, falling 1% since November 8, while the broad market, as measured by Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, advanced 6%.

What’s a yield-seeking investor to think now, with a lot of hot money chasing stocks that should benefit from rising rates (such as financials) and faster economic growth (such as industrial manufacturers and producers of steel, copper and other materials)?


Our picks are listed in descending order of their dividend yield. All figures are as of December 20. Revenues are for the past 12 months. Price-earnings ratios are based on estimated year-ahead earnings, starting with the current quarter.

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Andrew Feinberg
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Feinberg manages a New York City-based hedge fund called CJA Partners.