7 Buy-Rated Dividend Stocks to Buy Today

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According to TheStreet Staff, "Dividends are a critical component of total stock market return, accounting for 43% of the S&P 500's return from 1990 to 2010. Unfortunately, the dividend yield of the S&P 500 has fallen to 1.85% (approaching 120 year lows) -- income investors might find better opportunity in a diverse basket of carefully chosen stocks. Each of the seven stocks listed below has a higher dividend yield than a S&P 500 index fund, has a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings award-winning stock rating model and will trade ex-dividend tomorrow (this means that you must purchase the stock today to qualify for the next dividend payment)." Read more here.

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