Many investors love dividend growth but there are only a dozen stocks with a dividend history over 50 consecutive years. Those stocks are called "Dividend Kings." Today I'd like to highlight stocks that could hit a new record this year by jumping over the magic 60-year barrier.

As of today, only one stock has managed this goal; it's the water utility American States Water (NYSE:AWR). Attached are seven top stocks that could hit the magic 60-year mark within the next two years: Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR), Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), 3M (NYSE:MMM), Nomura Holdings (NYSE:NMR), Dover (NYSE:DOV), Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) and Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH).

Source: Seeking Alpha

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Dividend investors looking for solid total returns in 2015 should turn to beaten-down energy stocks. With bonds yielding practically nothing and most other traditional sectors for dividend investing looking pricey, high-yielding energy stocks are your best income bet in the new year. Never discount the importance of dividend investing to your total returns. After two solid years of market returns in 2013 and 2014, it’s easy to take dividends for granted. But in years where the market is flattish or down, the dividend may be the only return you see at all.

After six years of nearly uninterrupted bull market conditions, U.S. stocks are priced to deliver some pretty uninspiring returns going forward. At the risk of sounded alarmist, the Shiller P/E (i.e. the 10-year cyclically-adjusted P/E ratio, or (NYSE:CAPE)” is currently at the levels we saw before the 1929 crash and the 2008 meltdown. If you believe that energy stock dividends are safe—and let me emphasize that I do—then energy stocks are the dividend investing pick for 2015. Here are some of my favorites: Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) and BP plc (BP).

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What are we looking for? Dividend stocks with the capacity to grow their payments. A string of promising U.S. economic results led to heightened speculation about the timing for rate hikes, but Janet Yellen’s promise to be patient reassured markets on Wednesday. Given persistent U.S. unemployment and low inflation, the U.S. Federal Reserve chair said the central bank would take a measured and gradual approach to normalizing monetary policy.

The 17 Canadian stocks that met our criteria all represent dividend strength – past, present and future. The financial sector is the best represented, and four of the Big Six banks made the list (plus Laurentian Bank of Canada). Neither Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce nor Bank of Montreal had sufficient dividend growth. Both the telecommunications and information technology sectors had just one dividend champion on the list: Telus Corp. , and Evertz Technologies Ltd. , which supplies audio and video hardware and software to broadcasters. Suncor Energy Inc. was the only large integrated energy company to meet all the conditions, and while the stock has declined sharply amid the oil selloff, Suncor distributes less than half of its profits as dividends.

Source: Globe and Mail

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Driven by computers that cost more than the average person will earn in their lifetime the investment markets move at light speed. To keep pace hedge funds, mutual funds, institutional investors and multi-billion dollar money managers spend large sums of money on high-tech tools to give them an edge.

So, what chance does a small individual investor have? Not much of a chance if you let the Wall Street players define the rules. However, you might just slay the giant if you define the rules and focus on quality blue chip dividend growth stocks and long-term, buy-and-hold and investing strategy.

Below are several companies building future yield with increased cash dividends for their shareholders:

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Some investors shy away from high-growth companies that have potential for explosive gains — and losses — to pursue stocks of slower, steadily-growing companies that provide a reliable stream of income in the form of dividends. That's not to say such stocks can't outperform. In fact, when the market pulls back and growth stocks start acting weak or sluggish, income stocks tend to rise.

Today we'll take a look at some of the top income-producing stocks that were highlighted in the column last year. These stocks boast the highest dividend yields, have a top-notch Earnings Stability Factor (the lower the better) and decent relative strength. Tobacco stocks currently top the Dividend Leaders list. Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) and Altria Group (NYSE:MO) come in first and second.Moving on to the Utility Leaders, National Grid (NYSE:NGG) comes in first with a 6.8% yield. Up next is Teco Energy (NYSE:TE), with a 4.3% yield. Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH), which owns senior living communities, medical office buildings and other facilities in most states, currently yields 7.2%. Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW), which acquires and leases hospitals and other medical facilities, its annualized yield is 6.4%

Source: Investor's Business Daily

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