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As I explained in a recent article, I look for dividends as a way to play stocks. Ideally, I'm looking for the dividend as a catalyst to fuel stock price growth. So with that, here are three dividend stocks I'm following and that you can follow, too, using our free Watchlist service.
1. Frontier Communications
I've highlighted Frontier as one of the best dividend stocks for 2011, as the company consolidates operations that it acquired from Verizon
- Add Frontier to your Watchlist.
Investors in Telefonica
- Add Vodafone to your Watchlist.
As I detailed in my recent Rising Star buy recommendation, Seaspan has a key catalyst to its share price: its progressive dividend policy that promises to rapidly ramp the company's payout. The company recently bumped up its dividend by 50%, and I think we have plenty more such increase on the horizon. This owner and operator of containerships should benefit from the normalization of trade between the U.S. and Asia. In the next year, it will finish the build-out of its fleet of ships, and then we should really see cash flow soar. That cash flow should translate into a steadily growing dividend.
- Add Seaspan to your Watchlist.
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