Investors seeking income have turned to stocks, and there are three companies that each sport dividends of more than 5% which pique the interest of many.

Realty Income (NYSE:O) distinctly calls itself "the monthly dividend company," and recently reported strong earnings growth where its adjusted per-share funds from operations were up 17% on the year. New York Community Bancorp (NYSE:NYCB) has been one of the safest and most reliable banks on the planet, and has delivered an astounding total return of more than 4,000% since it went public in 1993. And while American Capital Agency (NASDAQ:AGNC) has watched its stock fall by more than 30% over the last year, its 12% dividend still has many people considering an investment in it.

In the video below, The Motley Fool explores which of these three big dividend payers should be on investor's radar. While two of them are great considerations, it turns out one stands out above the others.

Editor's note: In the above video, Patrick states New York Community Bancorp "buys" properties. He meant "provides properties loans."

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