The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an index for dividend investors. All 30 components provide some sort of a yield, but some are better than others. To help weed out the winners from the losers, we looked at each individual component and asked whether it should up its dividend. 

Up today is Dow dividend stalwart McDonald's (NYSE: MCD). With an incredbile 10-year average dividend growth rate, higher than average yield, and a relatively conservative payout ratio, I'm fine with how much money McDonald's chooses to give back to investors each quarter. Comparing to other companies in this space really shows how special its dividend is.

As good as its dividend is, though, it still didn't qualify for our list: "The 3 Dow Stocks Dividend Investors Need." Uncover the components that did by clicking here.  

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