Top Dividend Stocks: These Dow Giants Paid Out $23 Billion in 2013

Dividend investors saw a record year in 2013. The 30 stocks that compose the Dow Jones Industrial Average paid out a record $124 billion in dividends to their shareholders over the year.

In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos takes a closer look at three of the biggest dividend giants from that group: Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) , Chevron (NYSE: CVX  ) , and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ  ) , which together distributed $23 billion to investors in 2013. He notes that all three companies have already boosted their payouts for 2014 and that their earnings levels leave a lot of room for dividend growth in the years ahead.

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