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Should Dividend Investors Chase High Yields?

Published Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:24:39 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

Many novice investors get into the world of dividend investing because of the belief that it is possible to generate double digit current yields. They purchase these securities in pursuit of current income, only to see these distributions cut after a few months. The truth is that few companies can afford to pay high dividends, unless they are pass-through entities such as master limited partnerships or real estate investment trusts to name a few.I have highlighted the top 20 yielding stocks in the S&P 500 index below:... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
ALTRIA GROUP 44.46   13.2 3.36 3.36 7.23
AT&T 38.38   16.1 2.38 2.04 5.43
VERIZON COMM 60.43   15.8 3.83 2.46 4.04
CITIGROUP 69.30   9.6 7.19 2.04 2.96
BANK OF AMERICA 29.67   10.6 2.80 0.72 2.45
DEUTSCHE TELEKOM 16.73   0.0 0.00 0.00 0.00
SPRINT NEXTEL 6.91   0.0 -0.54 0.00 0.00

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