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5 Dependable Dividend Stocks for 2014 and Beyond

These stocks sport high yields with long histories of increases

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Dividend Stocks — Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

  • dividend stocks, dividend yieldYTD return: +10%
  • Current dividend yield: 2.8%
  • Total return since 2004: +141%
  • Dividend increase since 2004: 131%
  • Consecutive annual dividend increases: 52, since 1962
  • Years of dividends paid: 70, since 1944

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is another healthcare play, but also a consumer staples play thanks to its very popular brands including Band-Aid, Tylenol and even Splenda.

This brand power and stability makes JNJ a must-own for any long-term investor with an eye on dividends.

Of course, don’t think JNJ is just a sleepy do-nothing play, however. The stock has returned about 140% in the last 10 years, including an impressive double-digit gains YTD despite a pretty flat S&P 500.

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