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With its massive 5G network ready to launch, AT&T (NYSE:T) will play a critical role in the latest tech revolution. T stock suffered for years as declining business lines and intense competition weighed on the equity. But now with 5G wireless service beginning to appear, the company will play an increasingly critical role in the tech industry. So the rise of 5G combined with the low valuation of T stock could make AT&T stock compelling.

Of this new Big Three, no other company looks more favorable to investors than AT&T. Its dividend is the most attractive aspect of the stock, at least for income-oriented investors. As expected, T just approved its 34th consecutive annual dividend hike, bringing next year’s annual payout to $2.04 per share and taking the yield above 7.2%. AT&T is considered a “dividend aristocrat.” In order to be placed in the “dividend aristocrat” category, companies must have increased their payouts annually for at least 25 years. If a “dividend aristocrat” doesn’t increase its payout one year, its stock will drop sharply.

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Although the benefits of dividend investing cannot be stressed enough, one should keep in mind that not every company can keep up with its dividend paying momentum. Hence, a cautious strategy needs to be followed in order to select the best dividend stocks with potential for steady returns. To guide investors to the right picks, we highlight five stocks that carry a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. Finally, the stocks, which we shall cherry-pick, offer current dividend yield of more than 4% - well above the S&P 500 index’s average yield of around 2%.

Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of digital wireless telecommunications products and services based on the CDMA technology. Duke Energy Corporation (DUK) is one of the largest utilities in the U.S., serving more than 9 million customers through its electric and natural gas distribution units. General Motors Company (GM) is a leading automotive company engaged in designing, building and selling cars, trucks, crossovers and automobile parts worldwide. MetLife, Inc. (MET) is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Campbell Soup Company (CPB) is a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, branded convenience food products.

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This 10.3% Yielder Is Delivering a Bonus Check

Posted by D4L | Thursday, January 17, 2019 | | 0 comments »

In the current market environment, few things are better than a bonus check for equity investors. Of course, I’m talking about special dividends, which are one-time payments from companies to their shareholders. Given what’s been happening in the U.S. stock market and economy recently, companies are tightening their belts, but one of them still managed to scrape together a hefty bonus check for investors.

The company in question is Arbor Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:ABR), a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Uniondale, New York. Investors who follow the company would have seen this one coming. In an earnings conference call in November, ABR President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer Ivan Kaufman said that due to “a large gain in the third quarter from a litigation settlement,” the company expects, “to pay a special dividend before the end of the year.”

Source: Income Investor

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This 10.1% Yield Still Has Room to Grow

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | | 0 comments »

1 High-Yield Stock to Think About: Generally speaking, high-yield stocks are not the safest bets. But for those who are willing to do the research, it’s still possible to find safe and rising income plays that also offer oversized payouts today.

EQM Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:EQM) is a good example of this. As a master limited partnership (MLP) headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, EQM doesn’t really make headlines in the financial media. But the stock deserves income investors’ attention due to the sheer size of its payout.

Source: Income Investors

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1 Top-Tier High-Yield Stock to Buy in January

Posted by D4L | Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | | 0 comments »

2018 was the best of times and then the worst of times for investors as the stock market surged and then crashed. That late swoon took nearly every stock with it. However, as with most challenges, they also bring opportunities. In this case, one of the side effects of lower stock prices is that dividend yields rose. Consequently, income-focused investors can lock in some attractive income streams these days.

One such opportunity is hydropower generating giant Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP), which lost roughly 30% of its value during 2018. That's an aberration for a company that has delivered an average annual total return of 15% throughout its history. Because of that, and a 5% distribution increase in February, its yield has risen from around 5% to about 8%. Given its top-notch financial profile and visible growth prospects, it's an excellent company for yield-seeking investors to buy this month.

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