#9: AT&T (T)
The reigning dividend stock champion of the Dow Jones Industrial Average has a fat enough yield to land it among the top-paying dividend stocks in the S&P 500, too.
AT&T (T) stock has acted almost like a bond over the last year. It’s up just 0.5% for the last 52 weeks, but with the dividend, it’s been good for a total return of 5.7%.
No, you don’t buy telecom stocks for growth, but it’s not like growth is out of the question for AT&T. T is looking to make an acquisition in Europe, while analysts at Credit Suisse remain bullish on AT&T’s plans to grab wireless market share in the U.S.