#3: CenturyLink (CTL)
CTL Dividend Yield: 7.5%
With CenturyLink (CTL), we enter the realm of telecom stocks that always dominate the top of the dividend yield list — albeit with poor price performance. Indeed, CTL stock is down a rough 9% so far this year.
The price performance makes the generous dividend essentially immaterial, but there is some reason to hope that better times are ahead.
CTL has an Internet-based TV broadcast service that has reached almost 150,000 paying households in less than three years. That offers CenturyLink a chance to upsell customers to a triple-play package of broadband, landline and cable services. But CTL stock had better show signs of success soon.