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5 Stocks That Pay You Twice as Much as Treasuries

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H.J. Heinz (HNZ)

Company Description: Makes ketchup, condiments and sauces, as well as a number of other food products. Brands include Heinz, Smart Ones and Classico pasta sauce.

Dividend Yield: 3.7%

Stock Price Performance Year-to-Date/12 Months: -4% / 9%

Heinz has a very long history of paying a dividend, which is no surprise given its steady cash flow that has grown at an outsized pace in the last couple years. (Also, growth has been faster than sales.) With a five-year growth rate of 7%, this is a safe dividend play.

Darden Restaurants (DRI - Get Report)

Company Description: Operates the Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Long Horn Steakhouse eateries.

Dividend Yield: 3.75%

Stock Price Performance Year-to-Date/12 Months: 3% / 4%

Recently sales at the Olive Garden chain have languished as the company wasn't able to pass raw-material cost increases on to the customer. Despite this headwind, performance at the other brands, which make up over 50% of revenue, has been solid, and management has reiterated its commitment to cutting costs. Darden's dividend increased 30% over the past year and has a five-year growth rate of 33%. While growth of the dividend may slow in the near term, the sustainability is solid.

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HNZ $72.49 0.00%
COP $43.44 -3.60%
DRI $64.05 0.90%
MCHP $48.37 -0.88%
NEE $119.77 1.10%


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