Current Dividend Yield: 3.4%
Year-to-Date Performance: +17%
You might not think Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) would offer a big dividend, but its 3.4% yield easily ranks it in the top 10 Dow dividend stocks. You also might think INTC isn’t doing so well right now, considering the trouble with consumer spending and the lack of “enterprise” sales of PCs to businesses in these uncertain times. Not so on that front, either. The chipmaker has posted big gains in 2011 thanks to impressive baseline demand for high-tech items. After all, it’s not like computers are becoming less common because of the downturn — if anything, they are more crucial than ever before to boost productivity. As a result, Intel not only beat earnings in the most recent quarter, but INTC upped its current forecast to $14.7 billion. That’s $500 million higher than analysts expected.