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BEHIND THE MONEY: December is Dividend Investing Month

As the rest of market stagnates today, dividend-paying stocks are continuing their upward trend this month. The iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend ETF is up more than 3 percent in December as the S&P 500 clutches to a gain just above the 1 percent mark. We first flagged you to this investment opportunity on Nov. 10 , when Fast Money's Pete Najarian observed that the number of companies raising their dividends seemed to be starting to increase.

Goldman Sachs called dividend investing one of their "Best Ideas" on Nov. 19. The firm, known for trading fast and not like widows and orphans, suggested buying stocks such as Abbott Labs and Coca-Cola. Barrons confirmed the trend this weekend with their cover story "Even Better Than Bonds".

This iShares ETF tracks the highest dividend-yielding securities in the stock market, but the Fast Money traders believe there may be a basket of individual stocks that could serve you just as well, including Verizon, Johnson & Johnson and Novartis. (We'll reveal more on the show tonight). The fundamental reason behind this dividend rally is a yearning for yield after financials (typically among the stocks with the highest payouts) were forced to cut their dividends this year and as treasury yields fell to new lows, according to Najarian, co-founder of Optionmonster.com.

It's also because investors are staring at a rally that seems to be tiring out and capital gains may no longer do the trick next year. Take a look at this chart from Oppenheimer's Chief Market Technician Carter Worth. It shows that the S&P 500 has recovered to a level where there will be a lot of "supply", in technical-analysis-speak, or rather individual, institutional sellers taking profits to break even from the 2008 plunge. Not to mention companies like Bank of America issuing more shares to raise capital.

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"There is a very good chance 2010 plays out just like 2004," wrote Worth, a frequent Fast Money guest. "After the steep recovery year that was 2003, the market stopped going up and spent ten months resting, consolidating its gains."

If the market is "resting", then investors surely will need that dividend income to generate any return next year.

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Trader disclosure: On December 7th, 2009, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Adami Owns (AGU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (BTU), (NUE); Seymour Owns (CHL), (AAPL), (BAC), (GE), (MSFT); Najarian Owns (AAPL) Calls; Najarian Owns (BAC) Calls; Najarian Owns (DD), Owns (DD) Calls Spread; Najarian Owns (GE) Calls; Najarian Owns (INTC), Is Short (INTC) Calls; Najarian Owns (TXN), Is Short (TXN) Calls

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