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Deep Dive: These dividend stocks beat the Dow and S&P 500 through thick and thin

Before the painful fourth-quarter stock market decline, steady dividend payers probably weren’t foremost in many investors’ minds.

After all, the Federal Reserve was raising interest rates and the massive cut in federal corporate income taxes was setting up even better earnings and sales comparisons than usual. But the current lower valuations (and higher yields) for “Dividend Aristocrats,” as well as their better short-term and long-term performance, might inspire you to take a second look.

We’ll list the highest yielding Dividend Aristocrats, as well as those most favored by analysts, after defining the groups and showing their performance against broad indexes f…
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