Highest Dividend Yields of the Dow

Dividend yields in the Dow index are relatively unchanged since the beginning of the year, as companies increase dividend payments, partially offsetting gains in stock prices, which would push yields lower.

The current average yield among the 30 Dow components stands at 2.62 percent, compared to an average yield of 2.57 percent on December 31, 2010.

Various Dow components continue to reward investors with lofty payouts. In fact, the 17 companies highlighted in gray below have announced dividend increases this year.

AT&T and Verizon continue to be the highest-yielding stocks on the Dow, while Merck has moved ahead of Pfizer for the third place.

Here is a look at the dividend yields of all 30 Dow components:

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