A Trio of Scrumptious Dividend Plays

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According to John Reese, "My team and I at my website, Validea.com, are clearly well aware that dividend-paying stocks are getting a lot of interest from investors. As a result, we have been doing a considerable amount of research on dividend-paying companies. Here are three such names, all of which I believe are worth buying.

"Criteria that make these stocks likely winners: Each has been consistently increasing its dividends for at least the past 10 years. Their respective yields are all good (ranging from 2.9% to 3.6%), especially considering today's low yields from bonds, money-market funds and the like. In addition, their respective payout percentages are in the range of 50% or so, and they all have the positive cash flow needed to cover their dividends. One last criterion: They all pass muster with at least one of my guru strategies. As longtime readers will know, these are computerized stock screens that I base on the writings of some of Wall Street's greatest thinkers."Read more here.

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