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Top Dividend Player Picks For 2013

Top Dividend Player Picks For 2013
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If you are considering moving into riskier assets, you can still make room for solid dividend players in your portfolios.

Top dividend players of 2013 are:

AT&T, Inc. (NYSE: T):

The current dividend yield of 4.59 percent, AT&T is considered one of the biggest dividend payers in the Dow. In 2011, AT&T made it into the business headlines when it tried to crush its wireless market rival Verizon (NYSE: VZ) in a buyout of T-Mobile.

But with regulators restrictions, the company abandoned its bid. Do not let that discourage you; with its balance sheet moving in the right direction, AT&T makes a worthwhile investment.

Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO):

The current dividend yield of 5.18 percent, Altria published quarterly reports that showed earnings up 32 percent from the previous year.

As one of the best tobacco dividend plays, Altria has planted a solid future growth path with its smokeless segment business line. Brands include Copenhagen, Skoal and other non-combustible nicotine products, Altria's line of smokeless segment shows volume increased 10 percent from previous year.

The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX):

With a current dividend yield of 3.04 percent, Clorox showed consistent dividend payments over the last three decades. Clorox has a strong brand name operating consumer and institutional products worldwide. The US accounted for 80 percent of the company's revenues, leaving lots of room for international growth.

Clorox accelerated its growth by focusing on existing brands and diving into adjacent categories. Furthermore, the company planned to maximize its cash flow with vigorous cost-saving programs and price increases.

Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG):

The current dividend yield of 2.93 percent, Procter & Gamble shows promising returns as its products accelerate worldwide. Procter & Gamble has paid constant increase dividends on its common stock well over five decades.

As a global diversified consumer products company, Procter & Gamble focus on innovation and strengthen in emerging markets. With its strong brand name allowing it to maintain pricing power, the company's sheer size and geographic network shows favorable revenue streams.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY):

The current dividend yield of 3.13 percent, Occidental Petroleum Corp demonstrated strong standing among all the oil and gas equities. As one of the larges oil and gas companies in the US, Occidental Petroleum has a market cap of $65 billion and a promising future growth.

The company showed a strong balance sheet with pleasing dividend policy. OXY's fundamentals focus on liquids production, and in 2012 liquids accounted for over 70 percent of all oil production.

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE):

The current dividend yield of 3.40 percent, Pfizer was considered one of the best performers in the Dow last year. Most pharmaceutical giants face the same challenge of balancing the loss of patent protections on branded medicines while gaining new patients in emerging markets.

Pfizer carries the sector with its well-formulated research system. Developing new drugs that can be used to push up its revenues.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC):

The current dividend yield of 4.11 percent, Intel surpasses most tech stocks in dividend payments.

With the rising development of tablets that use processors from microchip makers, Intel might be undervalued in its performance. However, with higher demand for computerized control in businesses, a boosting productivity help Intel make large gains in the last few years.

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