Dividends4Life: 4 Safe Dividend Stocks to Own as Terrorism Escalates Volatility

While investors cannot constantly shuffle the holdings in their portfolios based on every event, they can shift to companies that pay solid dividends and are less vulnerable to volatility selling. We screened the Merrill Lynch research universe for stocks that are not only top dividend payers, but those that do most or all of their business here in the United States. We found four top companies that are rated Buy at Merrill Lynch

Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) is a top aerospace and defense stock to buy, and many on Wall Street are expecting a very solid continuation of U.S. and foreign defense spending.UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and it contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is a global leader in delivering the digital world. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 109.5 million retail connections nationwide. Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets.

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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