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10 Dividend-Paying Stocks Your Clients Will Want in 2012

10 Dividend-Paying Stocks Your Clients Will Want in 2012 10 Dividend-Paying Stocks Your Clients Will Want in 2012

Investors and their advisors love owning stocks that consistently dole out ever-increasing dividends to shareholders. Not surprisingly, most of the world’s largest companies are also the ones who pay out the largest quarterly and annual dividends.


Dividend-paying stocks historically outperform those that don’t, protect investors' accounts from inflation and provide a tremendous incentive to stay invested in blue-chip stocks rather trading in and out of them and racking up fees.


Here’s an interactive slide show highlighting the 10 stocks expected to deliver the highest dividend payouts in 2012.


*Indicated Annual Dividends (IAD) is a forward-looking measure defined as a company’s most recently paid quarterly dividend multiplied by four.


Source: Dow Jones Indexes

1. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) 1. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $10.5 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $1.76


Sector: Telecommunications


Share Price as of April 25: $31.80

2. Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) 2. Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $9.1 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $1.88


Sector: Oil & Gas


Share Price as of April 25: $86.89

3. General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) 3. General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $7.2 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $0.68


Sector: Industrials


Share Price as of April 25: $19.48

4. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) 4. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $6.8 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $0.88


Sector: Health Care


Share Price as of April 25: $22.85

5. Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) 5. Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $6.5 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $3.24


Sector: Oil & Gas


Share Price as of April 25: $103.44

6. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) 6. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $6.2 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $2.28


Sector: Health Care


Share Price as of April 25: $64.26

7. Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) 7. Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $6 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $0.80


Sector: Technology


Share Price as of April 25: $32.15

8. Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) 8. Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $5.8 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $2.10


Sector: Consumer Goods


Share Price as of April 25: $66.75

9. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) 9. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $5.7 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $2.00


Sector: Telecommunications


Share Price as of April 25: $39.45

10. Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) 10. Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM)

2012 Indicated Annual Dividend Total: $5.3 billion


2012 IAD Payout Per Share: $3.08


Sector: Consumer Goods


Share Price as of April 25: $87.47

Also see:

5 Best-Performing Growth Mutual Funds This Year


5 Best-Performing Dow Stocks in Q1


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10 Best Performing Dow Stocks of 2011


10 Worst-Performing Stocks of 2011

Here are 10 stocks that are on track to deliver the largest dividends to investors in 2012.

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