Dow Dividend Checkup: Verizon

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Over the next several weeks we'll be looking at each of the components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and subjecting each of them to a dividend checkup. Today, we're looking at Verizon. Verizon dominates the wireless industry, and has also been named one of the Top 25 Dividend Giants by the ETF Channel. Verizon has been raising its dividend at a rate of around 4% to 5% per year over the past several years. It currently has a yield of 4.7%, which compares very favorably with the Dow average of 3%.

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