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The Top 10 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks for February

These dividend stocks yield no less than 5% and sometimes more than 13%

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#7: Health Care REIT (HCN)

dividend-stocks-hcn-stockHCN Dividend Yield: 5.6%

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a special kind of dividend stocks required to pay out most of their earnings as dividends; that’s why you find so many of them among the top-paying dividend stocks. Happily for Health Care REIT (HCN), both the dividend and price appreciation are doing well by investors this year.

HCN stock is up 5.8% for the year to date. Add in the dividend and the total return comes to 7.4%.

HCN enjoys a solid portfolio of senior housing, long-term care and medical office facilities, but an acquisition spree has greatly increased costs. Over the last 52 weeks, HCN stock is off by 9%.

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