BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Last week was a slow one for dividends with only seven companies declaring increases in their payouts to shareholders. But despite that lack of income action, dividends continue to be a big deal on Wall Street -- particularly when stocks are slow to perform and capital gains can't be found.History tells us that when the market is bearish, dividend stocks are a good place to be. Over the last 36 years, dividend stocks outperformed the rest of the S&P 500 by 2.5% annually, and they outperformed nonpayers by nearly 8% each and every year, according to a study from NDR. And right now, companies that are willing to part with cash in arguably tough times are worth a second look.
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