Dividends are important for investors because they pay down your investment and reduce risk. Growing dividends are good but only a small group of companies could grow their dividends year over year. Look at General Electric (GE). The company reduced its dividends within the financial crisis but paid investors cash. Is GE a bad stock? No, definitely not. There are times in which the company has problems but for the long-term the business perspectives should become better due to a stronger and growing economy. This should not work for every company but for the average stock market.

Today I like to show you the 7 best dividend paying stocks that paid a dividend for more than a century, over 100 years or more. Consolidated Edison (ED) employs 14,601 people, generates revenue of $12,919.00 million and has a net income of $1,092.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $17.81 billion. Consolidated Edison's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $3,235.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 25.04% (the operating margin is 16.75% and the net profit margin 8.45%).

Source: Guru Focus

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There’s an old saying on Wall Street about insider buying: there are many possible reasons to sell a stock but only one reason to buy. On April 29, General Motors Company‘s (NYSE:GM) Director Patricia F. Russo invested $53,385 into 1,500 shares of GM stock for a cost per share of $35.59. Bargain hunters tend to pay particular attention to insider buys like this one because presumably the only reason insiders would take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock of their company in the open market is that they expect to make money.

In trading on Monday, bargain hunters could buy shares of General Motors and achieve a cost basis even cheaper than Russo, with shares changing hands as low as $35.49 per share. General Motors shares were trading up about 0.4% on the day. GM stock’s low point in its 52-week range is $28.82 per share, with $39 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $35.64. The current annualized dividend paid by GM is $1.44 per share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend has an upcoming ex-date of June 8.

Source: InvestorPlace

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3 Double-Threat Dividend Stocks to Keep

Posted by D4L | Friday, May 29, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Whether you are investing for growth or income — depending on your investment style or the objective you’re trying to achieve — how you construct your portfolio matters. But when it comes to dividend stocks, it doesn’t have to be an either/or type of situation. The best dividend stocks offer both worlds — growth and income. And you get the peace of mind that comes from owning a company with enough confidence in its cash position to not only pay a dividend, but to consistently grow the annual yield over time.

Let’s look at three double-threat dividend stocks to sock away and never think about again: With an annual dividend of $1.88 per share yielding 5.5%, dividend aristocrat AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T) has to bat leadoff. Next on our list, we go from a wireless carrier to smartphone maker Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Moving from the world’s largest company to one that once held that title, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) rounds off our list of double-threat dividend stocks.

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I know that a lot of Seeking Alpha readers are invested in "High Yield" securities. That's specifically why I've been writing about this topic so much lately. There are a large number of these kind of investments that have risen up to take advantage of demand from people who want to supplement their income. Where it's becoming dangerous is for the people whose expenses have risen to require that extra income.

Start repositioning your core holdings in companies that have shown that they can earn consistent profits year after year. The more years, the better. Companies with lower debt to asset ratios. Ideally as low as you can, but who still have a history of being able to pay higher dividends each year. The S&P 500's "Dividend Aristocrat" list is a good place to start. Or just own the whole group of them through something like the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:SDY). It's not going to earn you double-digit yields, but it's also not going to squash your net worth when interest rates go up.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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You can find plenty of good funds that focus on dividends. Start with Vanguard Dividend Growth (VDIGX), a member of the Kiplinger 25. As its name suggests, the fund focuses on companies that manager Don Kilbride believes will continue to boost their payouts. Biggest holdings at last report were United Parcel Service, UnitedHealth Group and insurer ACE Ltd. The fund yields 2.0%. For more income, consider Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD), which yields 2.9%. Although the ETF owns dividend growers, its main emphasis is on stocks with steady records of paying dividends; its biggest holdings are Chevron, Home Depot and Intel.

But Josh Peters, editor of the Morningstar DividendInvestor newsletter, says it’s not hard for investors to identify solid individual dividend payers themselves. “You don’t necessarily need to be a pro to own Johnson & Johnson or General Electric,” he says. In fact, General Electric (GE). Finally, if you think oil prices have stopped falling, you’ll earn a decent current return—and probably some capital gains—by investing in an energy giant. And even if oil prices go lower, none of these companies is going away: Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), ExxonMobil (XOM) and Occidental Petroleum (OXY).

Source: Kiplinger

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