It stands to reason that the largest aggregate dividend payers in the U.S. stock market would be large-cap companies. They have the financial strength to pump out cash to shareholders on a regular basis.
By industry, two of the biggies are major oil companies, two are tech giants and two are the largest phone companies in the U.S. A healthcare company, a national bank, a consumer products company and an industrial conglomerate fill out the list.
If you're considering these stocks for a dividend portfolio, note that seven of the 10 historically increase dividends in the first half of the calendar year.
Here are the 10 biggest dividend payers according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. In each case we used the indicated dividend, the latest announced quarterly payment projected forward 12 months, multiplied by the number of shares outstanding to arrive at the total annual dividend. Stocks are ranked by that metric. -- Joseph Lisanti
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. All data as of Sept. 17, 2014.
Dividend per share adjusted for stock splits.
Sources: S&P Dow Jones Indices; Company websites.