Dividends4Life: The 3 Best Dividend Stocks 2017 Has To Offer

Yield is a function of stock price. In many cases a high, or even increasing, yield is the result of a steadily declining share price. Remember, all things being the same, as the share price drops, yield increases. Be certain that the increasing yield is not the result of a steady decrease in price! Finally, check for steady earnings and cash flow. Both should be increasing over time. The ability to pay consistent dividends comes from earnings and cash flow at the company. If these metrics are decreasing or unsteady, it can be a major warning signal to avoid the stock. Remember, it is best to look at cash flow and earnings over the long term. Year-over-year numbers paints a much more accurate figure, for long-term income investors than a quarter-by-quarter analysis. 2017's 3 Most Promising Dividend Payers...

CR Bard (NYSE: BCR ) ia a medical supply company thathas increased its dividend for 45 straight years. It has also improved earnings per share by an average of nearly 11% each year over the last decade. Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG ) is yielding just over 2.5% annually, this manufacturing company has increased its dividends annually for over four decades. Launched in 1883 as a mattress maker, LEG has grown into an international, diversified company with 130 factories spread across 19 countries. Federated Realty Trust (NYSE: FRT) This real estate investment trust (REIT) boasts the longest record in the sector for dividend growth. With 49 consecutive years of dividends hikes, this retail space REIT stands above the rest.

Source: NASDAQ

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