Deep Dive: 20 dividend stocks with yields up to 7.5% — and these companies are set for sales and earnings gains

Income-hungry investors continue to flock to stocks over bonds, where yields, while rising, remain relatively low. But how to find attractive investments?

Last year’s “flight to yield” pushed many stock valuations to relatively high levels, making some dividend stocks appear to be risky short-term investments. For long-term growth investors, there are plenty of solid arguments against dividend stocks, including these from Meb Faber.

But dividend stocks still appeal to investors who need income now and to those who think it’s only fair for companies to reward their owners with a good portion of the profits. And if a high dividend-payer’s sales and profits are also increasing, so much the better.

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