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 returnhttp://biz.yahoo.com/cbsm/040714/c12fdb58a805442dbdd3257d4ec88a4a_2.htmlSnip--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 ;o)FWIW--SO,BMY,WM and PCL are in my holdingsMRK is on watch list
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