2013 is already off to a fast start in the stock market, but there's still time for investors to get into the game. One smart way to get both growth potential and dependable income from your investments is to buy dividend stocks, which on the whole have outperformed their stingier, non-dividend counterparts over the long haul.
But with thousands of dividend-paying stocks to choose from, it can be a challenge to figure out which to focus on first.
To help you narrow down your search, take a look at the 13 stocks listed below. They all combine solid yields, long histories of dividends, and opportunities for growth in the future.
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Motley Fool contributor Dan Caplinger is a big fan of dividend stocks. He doesn't directly own any of the stocks mentioned above, although he owns mutual funds and ETFs that include some of these stocks as holdings. You can follow him on Twitter @DanCaplinger. The Motley Fool owns shares of PepsiCo. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Aflac, Cisco Systems, Chevron, Emerson Electric., Exelon, Kimberly-Clark, Lowe's, PepsiCo, and Sysco.
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