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The Best Dividend Stocks of 2014

By Travis Hoium – Jan 31, 2014 at 11:35AM

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There are some core qualities investors need to look at when searching for dividend stocks. Travis Hoium went in search of the best dividend stocks of 2014 and found that these companies are worth a place in your portfolio.

Owning consistent dividend stocks is one of the best ways to beat the market over the long term. But dividends come in all shapes and sizes, so finding the best dividend stocks of 2014 can be difficult.

Fool contributor Travis Hoium found three companies with very different paths but equally attractive dividends. Apple (AAPL -1.96%) has a huge cash hoard and the ability to increase its 2.2% dividend yield or even pay a special dividend. Seadrill's (SDRL) 10% yield is high enough to set off warning signs, but in the growing business of offshore drilling, it may be safer than it appears. Finally, there's 3M (MMM 0.81%), which has paid a dividend for 97 years and increased its payout for 55 straight years.

In the video below, Erin Miller talked with Travis about what he looks for in a dividend and why the companies above are so attractive. 

Erin Miller owns shares of Apple. Travis Hoium manages an account that owns shares of 3M, Apple, and Seadrill. The Motley Fool recommends 3M. It recommends and owns shares of Apple and Seadrill. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Apple
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SeaDrill Limited
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