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Why are you looking for dividend paying stocks? Is it to provide additional cash income and price appreciation that you will periodically sell the divided paying stock to take these price gains....or do you plan to hold these dividend paying stocks for the rest of your life or until the company begins showing danger signs of not being able to sustain their distributions at which time you'd sell the stock and redeploy the proceeds to another dividend stock.

If the former, then you'd need to choose cyclical stocks with positive earnings growth and other company fundamentals that show growth potential.

If the latter you need to focus on companies with moderate or slow growth potential, long divend growth histories and non-cyclical industries. Examples of these are regulated utilities, health REITS, consumer staples, fee-based revenue MLPs, tobacco and perhaps energy producing stocks.

To reduce the risk of the negative effects of unexpected dividend cuts you could invest in ETFs that invest in an index of these reliable dividend stocks. Examples might include the XLU utility index, the SPY index of Dividend Achievers in the S&P 500. Index or the Vanguard REIT Index.

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