#3: CenturyLink (CTL)
CTL Dividend Yield: 6.48%
And now for the most amusing part of the list. CenturyLink (CTL) is the first of three telecom stocks that always own the top spots for dividend stocks with their crazy-high dividend yields and poor long-term price performance.
That said, things have been looking up for CTL stock lately. Shares are up 6% for the year-to-date, easily outpacing the S&P 500. The upside in price has dropped the yield on CTL below 7%, but given that the stock lost nearly 10% over the last 52 weeks, shareholders probably aren’t complaining.