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Lowes (NYSE:LOW)Dividend Yield: 2.3%

Lowe’s (NYSE:LOWis home to tools for plenty of sweaty, dirty and outright tough tasks, whether it’s gardening, plumbing, painting, cleaning or landscaping. The company has more than 1,700 stores serving do-it-yourselfers and commercial customers alike.

But Lowe’s isn’t just trusty if your toilet is leaking. It also is an InvestorPlace Dependable Dividend Stock thanks to its history of making consistent payments — and making them bigger. Lowe’s currently doles out 16 cents quarterly, good for a 2.3% yield.

LOW has gained 45% in the past 52 weeks, even though 2012 has been bumpy. But while shares did slide on the heels of the company’s latest earnings report, LOW still is roughly matching the broader markets’ gains year-to-date, thanks in part to a nearly 10% gain in the past month alone as housing news continues to pick up.

Looking forward, the company is expecting five-year growth of more than 15% per year, better than the S&P average of 10%. Earnings growth and dividend growth sounds like a pretty solid foundation for an investment — even if it means lugging around the ol’ tool belt.

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