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Michael Binger, a senior portfolio manager at Gradient Investments, which oversees $1 billion, shared a list of some of his favorite dividend stocks. Surprisingly, he recently sold two big telecommunications companies and purchased a smaller rival. In an interview Tuesday, Binger described the firm’s “Gradient 50,” one of several strategies offered to clients. It’s a “classic dividend growth strategy,” he said, used to select 50 stocks of “high-quality” U.S.-based companies across all sectors, using a “fairly rigorous” evaluation process.

Here are six dividend stocks that Binger ranks among his favorites: Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), Chevron Corp. (CVX), Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. (ARE), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Pfizer Inc. (PFE).

Source: Market Watch

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If you “sell in May and go away” this year, you could be putting a whole year’s worth of returns at risk. Now is the time to be adding top-notch dividend stocks to your portfolio. I’ll give you four my “second-level analysis” has uncovered in a moment. Jumping out of the market only to jump back in six months later is still a terrible idea. For one, you’ll miss out on dividends, which make up a big part of most investors’ long-term returns. And even at a 0.4% gain, you’d still be doing better than sitting in cash.

You’re better off using the summer months to fine-tune your portfolio, swapping out second-rate stocks (especially if they don’t pay dividends) for top-notch dividend-growers like the four below: American Express Company (AXP), FedEx Corporation (FDX), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) and Target Corporation (TGT).

Source: InvestorPlace

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Traditionally, technology companies haven't paid much, if anything, in the way of dividends, preferring instead to reinvest their profits back into their businesses. However, as some of these companies have matured, that strategy has shifted. Our analysts discuss three technology companies that currently sport dividend yields of at least 4% that belong on most investors' watch lists...

HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ): I think the market may not fully appreciate the talent of HP's new CEO, Dion Weisler. While he was operating in Meg Whitman's shadow prior to the spin off (Whitman chose to remain at the helm of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise), I think there is reason to believe that Weisler is every bit as talented an operator as she is. One high yielding stock that I think is worthy of almost every investor's attention is Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), the largest cell phone carrier in the U.S. Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) is a high-yield tech stock worth following because of its position in wearable technologies, and its attractive (but potentially unsustainable) dividend payout. Garmin's yield sits at a lofty 4.8%.

Source: Motley Fool

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In an article published Oct. 20, 2015, "My Top 10 Dividend Growth Stock Portfolio: I Bought A Gem That Yields 8.5% With No Tax Consequences Until Sold," I stated that this company was a gem due to the fact that there are no taxes on the dividends paid. This company is not an MLP; therefore no extra paperwork or concern about potential UBTI or recapture issues. Currently, their per-share dividend is based on is equivalent to an 11% yield.

Enbridge Energy Management (or EEQ) pays quarterly distributions in the form of additional shares. The distributions are comparable in value to the quarterly cash distributions paid by Enbridge Energy Partners (or EEP). Specifically, the distribution of additional EEQ shares is determined by dividing the cash value of a distribution declared by Enbridge Energy Partners by the average closing price of EEQ shares for the 10 consecutive trading days prior to the ex-dividend date.

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Companies that pay consistent dividends put a ceiling on market declines. These companies generate consistent cash flows irrespective of market conditions. They are generally financially stable and mature companies, which helps their stock prices to increase steadily over a period of time . Moreover, dividends are also less taxed as compared to interest income. They help your portfolio to grow at a compounded rate and offer protection from earnings manipulation.

As the possibility of an immediate rate hike has been ruled out, dividend payers are even more in demand. Dividend paying stocks suffer when rates are rising as investors focus on safe bonds. Most importantly, such stocks when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), are expected to boost your returns. The favorable Zacks Rank should help these stocks to continue gaining this year as well: Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI), KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC), Hasbro Inc. (HAS), Campbell Soup Company (CPB) and American Tower Corporation (AMT).

Source: Zacks

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