#3: Intel (INTC)
Chipmaker Intel (INTC) carries a solid yield of 3.6%, making it the highest-yielding tech stock on our list, and its flagship 4th generation Core Series processors can be found in PCs, Macs and tablets alike.
INTC enjoys having little competition in these areas, save for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which has a large share of the low-cost PC market. However, Intel has been fighting back with its latest, less-expensive Atom Series processors that are used in the new line of Windows 8 tablets.
Shares are up 23% year-to-date, and after factoring in its 90-cent annual dividend, INTC’s total return comes to 27%. That is essentially in line with the rest of the market, and not bad at all considering the headlines earlier in the year suggesting that the death of the PC was upon us.
Intel is one of the best YTD performers we’ve featured so far, and with that generous dividend yield adding nicely to its yearly return, the company will most likely remain on our list in the coming months.