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The Top 10 Dividend Stocks Of 2015

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So far, 2015 has been the year of growth stocks, with high-growth, high-price stocks Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) leading the S&P 500 to new all-time highs. However, just because growth is en vogue this year doesn’t mean that dividend stocks have been completely left in the dust.

Here’s a list of the top ten best-performing S&P 500 stocks in 2015 that have dividend yields above 3.0 percent.

10. Apartment Investment and Management Co (NYSE: AIV)

This apartment REIT has a dividend yield of 3.0 percent, but has also managed a 9.1 percent return in 2015.

9. General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS)

Food Giant General Mills’ stock has climbed 9.6 percent year-to-date, but it also pays a 3.1 percent dividend.

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8. Public Storage (NYSE: PSA)

Self-storage REIT Public Storage is up 11.9 percent this year and pays a solid 3.3 percent dividend.

7. Altria Group Inc (NYSE: MO)

Tobacco company Altria has enjoyed a good year so far in 2015. Its share price has jumped 14.5 percent, but shareholders still pocket a 3.8 percent dividend.

6. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE)

Shares of drug manufacturer Pfizer are up 15.4 percent in 2015 and the company pays out a 3.1 percent dividend.

5. LyonellBasell Industries NV (NYSE: LYB)

LyonellBasell is a chemical company and oil refiner, and the company’s stock is up 17.4 percent this year in a challenging commodity environment. In addition, the company pays shareholders a 3.4 percent dividend.

4. Williams Companies Inc (NYSE: WMB)

Shares of Williams have climbed 21.1 percent this year as headlines of a potential buyout continue to swirl. Williams is also the highest-yielding stock on this list, paying out a 4.4 percent dividend.

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3. Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI)

Shares of Darden, owner of popular restaurant chains such as Longhorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden, are up 26.7 percent this year, but shareholders have also enjoyed their 3.0 percent dividend.

2. Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE: RAI)

Reynolds is the second tobacco company to make the top 10. Its 3.2 percent dividend may not quite be as generous as Altria’s, but Reynolds' stock is up a whopping 33.5 percent in 2015.

1. GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME)

The top performing high-dividend stock of 2015 is video game retailer GameStop. GameStop’s stock has spiked 36.3 percent so far in 2015 as the company continues to return a 3.2 percent dividend to shareholders.

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