A number of dividend stocks have really earned their keep in this down year for stocks — and that makes them worth watching when there’s more volatility to come. Dependable dividend stocks that are performing well in a down market have some especially attractive attributes for this uncertain investing environment. These dividend stocks tend to be more stable, for one thing. That will help your portfolio if the market keeps this up. True, the consensus forecast is for stocks to gain 7% to 10% this year — but it looks like they’re going to do it in a see-saw fashion.

As a group, these dividends stocks are underperforming, with the index down 2.6% on a price basis for the year-to-date vs. a 1.7% decline for the S&P 500. However, a number of index constituents are positive — and the very best stocks have put up double-digit gains. Here are the three dependable dividend stocks that are up at least 10% year-to-date, as of Feb. 11: National Retail Properties (NNN) Dividend Yield: 4.9%, Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT) Dividend Yield: 2.8% and Dividend Stocks: Walgreen (WAG) Dividend Yield: 2.1%.

Source: InvestorPlace

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