1 Dividend to Buy, 1 Dividend to Sell

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics around the investing world.

In today's edition of "1 Dividend to Buy, 1 Dividend to Sell," Austin gives a low yielder a thumbs-up and one double-digit dividend stock the boot. Why? He thinks Ecolab, which currently yields less than the market, is a more sustainable long-term investment than Windstream, even though the latter has been shelling out more than 10% in dividends each year. He cautions against chasing the high yields in the landline space and thinks mobile growth will overcome what business these companies have hung on to.

Whether or not you agree with these specific recommendations, investors should use this as a lesson in chasing high yields for yields' sake. More often than not, high-yielders come with extra baggage -- like ailing businesses. Fortunately, that's not the case with these nine rock-solid dividends. You can read about the stocks our analysts highlighted in their special free report. Just click here to discover their winners.

At the time this article was published Austin Smithhas no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ecolab. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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