There are few businesses in the United States that are as shrewdly managed as Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). But while both have proved to be long-term winners in terms of total shareholder returns, the dynamics of their quarterly dividends are far from identical.

I address this matter in the following slideshow, which compares how shares of Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo perform based on the three most important dividend metrics: dividend yield, growth, and the payout ratio. These are both excellent stocks, but as you'll see, one is a clear winner over the other when it comes to dividends.

To learn more about these metrics, and to see how Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo stack up with respect to them, simply scroll through the brief slideshow.

 

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