Ask the average investor what he or she looks for in a stock to buy and chances are you'll hear the phrase "dividend yield" tossed around quite a bit. Make no mistake, dividends are an important piece of total stock returns, and many investors rely on the consistent stream of cash flowing into their accounts, not only as an income supplement but also to help buoy the ship when waters turn rough.

But is dividend yield really the most important metric when dueling over which dividend dynamos to purchase? Depending on how you learned to invest, the answer may surprise you! Join consumer goods analyst Mike Finarelli in exploring the nuances of dividend investing as he compares Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) to International Gaming Technology (NYSE:IGT) in an attempt to determine which company packs the bigger dividend punch.

Both Las Vegas Sands and international Gaming Technology hail from related industries that cater to the world's affinity for gambling. One company operates some of the most successful casinos on the planet while the other outfits such gaming houses with all the slots necessary for even the biggest junkies to get their game on, but only one of these companies is right for your portfolio. Click on the video below to find out which is the better dividend stock right now.

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The smartest investors know that dividend stocks, like Las Vegas Sands and International Gaming Technology, simply crush their non-dividend paying counterparts over the long term. That's beyond dispute. They also know that a well-constructed dividend portfolio creates wealth steadily, while still allowing you to sleep like a baby. Knowing how valuable such a portfolio might be, our top analysts put together a report on a group of high-yielding stocks that should be in any income investor's portfolio. To see our free report on these stocks, just click here now.

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