No. of Recommendations: 3

By Mark Hulbert -----------
It was widely predicted two years ago that dividends would make a big comeback.
They surely needed such a comeback to be resurrected from becoming nearly totally irrelevant. Dividend yields had fallen during the 1990s to such low levels that some even stopped bothering to include them when calculating a stock's total return

Snip--Here are the 10 highest-yielding stocks that emerged from my query, in descending order of their dividend yield:

Ticker Company Dividend Yield
(NYSE:KMP - News) Kinder Morgan Energy 6.4%*
(NYSE:MO - News) Altria Group 5.5%
(NYSE:SO - News) Southern Co. 4.8%
(NYSE:BMY - News) Bristol Myers Squibb 4.6%
(NYSE:WM - News) Washington Mutual 4.4%
(NYSE:VZ - News) Verizon 4.4%
(NYSE:PCL - News) Plum Creek Timber 4.3%
(NYSE:JPM - News) J.P. Morgan Chase 3.7%
(NYSE:C - News) Citigroup 3.5%
(NYSE:MRK - News) Merck 3.3%
* Includes return of capital

FWIW--SO,BMY,WM and PCL are in my holdings
MRK is on watch list
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