After markets barely gained ground Thursday, "Fast Money" traders looked to dividend-paying stocks that could potentially boost returns.
Major U.S. averages finished slightly positive on the day, but the S&P 500 has fallen more than 6 percent this year. In that environment, some investors have started to search for yield.
"Fast Money" traders focused on stocks with steady recent performance and above-average yields, avoiding the oil industry as some companies trim dividends . Verizon, which has climbed 9 percent this year and has a 4.5 percent dividend yield, looks appealing, said trader Karen Finerman.