Dividend Yield: 2.8%
Next up, we have Coca-Cola (KO), which owns or licenses more than 500 nonalcoholic beverages, including Coca-Cola (duh), Fanta, Dasani and others. The blue chip — which boasts a market cap of more than $176 billion — has been a bit sleepy so far in 2013, but a long-standing dividend sweetens the stock’s appeal.
KO has been paying a dividend since 1893 — a record good enough to make it one of InvestorPlace‘s Dependable Dividend Stocks. Last year, the company returned $9.1 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases, while its current 57-cent payout is good for a yield of 2.8%.
Coca-Cola also has a rock-solid balance sheet that should keep its eye-popping payout run going for some time. The company has more than $10 billion in annual cash flow and $19 billion in cash and short-term investments.
No wonder its dividend has increased by 150% in the last decade alone.