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In today's edition, they talk about how dividend aristocrats are companies that have increased dividend payouts for at least the last 25 years. AT&T is the most compelling addition (and largest, by absolute dividend payout amount). The wireless company has a virtual duopoly with Verizon, and with its fat cash balance, it won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

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