A:

There are several accessible sources to help investors identify dividend-paying stocks. Here are a few we can recommend:

  • Generally, your local newspaper will only provide an abbreviated quote in its listing of stocks on the various exchanges. This type of quote will most likely not indicate whether the stock pays a dividend - look for captions such as "Div" or "Yld". Even the Wall Street Journal, in its Monday-Friday editions, is now only providing price information. However, in its Saturday edition, the stock quotes carry a "YLD" caption. If a stock entry has a number in this column, it's paying a dividend and the number is the annualized percentage rate. (For related reading, see Reading Financial Tables.)
  • The weekly updates of the well-known Value Line Investment Survey have three tables that will interest dividend investors: "Highest Dividend Yielding Stocks", "Highest Dividend Yielding Non-Utility Stocks" and "Stocks With Highest Projected 3-5 Year Dividend Yield". Each of these tables lists about 100 stocks. They can be found at the back of Part 1, the "Summary & Index", and are a component of both the online and print editions. Most public libraries in the U.S. carry the Value Line Investment Survey, which is a paid subscription service, in their reference sections.
  • You can obtain, free of charge, a list of 800 dividend-paying stocks from Harry Domash's Dividend Detective, an online newsletter that has both free and paid subscription content.
  • If you're interested in professional investment guidance for dividend investing, these three monthly (paid subscription) newsletters are worth checking out through their websites:

To learn more about this topic, see Dividend Fact You May Not Know and The Power of Dividend Growth.

RELATED FAQS
  1. What is the difference between yield and dividend?

    Learn how to differentiate between dividend yield and dividend return, and see why dividend yield is the more popular rate ... Read Answer >>
  2. Can dividends be paid out monthly?

    Find out if stocks can pay dividends monthly, and learn about the types of companies most likely to do so and how monthly ... Read Answer >>
  3. Which retail stocks pay the highest dividends?

    Learn which retail stocks pay the highest dividends as measured in terms of dividend yield and why investors need to carefully ... Read Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    The Importance of Dividends in Your Portfolio

    Learn some of the primary reasons why dividends constitute a critical factor in the overall performance of a stock investor's portfolio.
  2. Investing

    The 3 Biggest Misconceptions of Dividend Stocks

    To find the best dividend stocks, focus on total return, not yield.
  3. Investing

    The Top 5 Dividend Paying Oil Stocks for 2016

    Discover the top five dividend-paying oil companies for 2016 and what factors contribute to their ability to continue dividend payments.
  4. Investing

    The Top 5 Dividend Paying Software Stocks for 2016 (MSFT, INFY)

    Find out which five dividend-paying stocks in the software sector can bring the best yields and growth potential to your portfolio.
  5. Investing

    Dividend Yield For The Downturn

    High-dividend stocks make excellent bear market investments, but the payouts aren't a sure thing.
  6. Investing

    AAPL: Apple Dividend Analysis

    Apple's dividend has had healthy growth ever since its 2012 reinstatement, thanks to Apple's continuously rising revenue, earnings and operating cash flow.
  7. Investing

    How Dividends Affect Stock Prices

    Find out how dividends affect the price of the underlying stock, the role of market psychology and how to predict price changes after dividend declaration.
  8. Investing

    The Power Of Dividend Growth

    Dividends may not seem exciting, but they can certainly be lucrative. Learn more here!
  9. Investing

    Why Stocks That Pay Dividends Aren't Perfect

    A portfolio should be diversified across more than dividend-paying stocks.
RELATED TERMS
  1. Dividend

    A dividend is a distribution of a portion of a company's earnings, ...
  2. Dividend Policy

    The policy a company uses to decide how much it will pay out ...
  3. Dividend Rate

    The total expected dividend payments from an investment, fund ...
  4. Cash Dividend

    Money paid to stockholders, normally out of the corporation's ...
  5. Stock Dividend

    A dividend payment made in the form of additional shares, rather ...
  6. Accelerated Dividend

    Special dividends paid by a company ahead of an imminent change ...
Hot Definitions
  1. Cryptocurrency

    A digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. A cryptocurrency is difficult to counterfeit because of ...
  2. Promissory Note

    A financial instrument that contains a written promise by one party to pay another party a definite sum of money either on ...
  3. SEC Form 13F

    A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), also known as the Information Required of Institutional Investment ...
  4. Fixed Asset

    A long-term tangible piece of property that a firm owns and uses in the production of its income and is not expected to be ...
  5. Absolute Advantage

    The ability of a country, individual, company or region to produce a good or service at a lower cost per unit than the cost ...
  6. Nonce

    Nonce is a number added to a hashed block, that, when rehashed, meets the difficulty level restrictions.
Trading Center