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5 Stocks That Pay You Twice as Much as Treasuries

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Microchip Technology (MCHP - Get Report)

Company Description: Manufactures semiconductor chips.

Dividend Yield: 3.8%

Stock Price Performance Year-to-Date/12 Months: 3% / 2%

Last quarter's financial results were hurt by weak demand, but cash flow remains strong and the company holds $7 in cash per share on its balance sheet (vs a dividend of $1.39 over the past four quarters). Dividends have steadily increased since the company began paying a dividend in 2002 and will likely continue to do so.

ConocoPhillips (COP - Get Report)

Company Description: Integrated international energy company.

Dividend Yield: 3.9%

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

The pending split of ConocoPhillips (expected in the second quarter of 2012) into two companies (Phillips 66 being the second) will actually benefit current shareholders. ConocoPhillips plans to maintain its $2.64 per share dividend and pay a $0.80 dividend to Phillips 66 shareholders. Doing the math, for every two shares of COP owned, investors will get one share of Phillips 66, which equates to a total dividend of $3.04 per COP share ($2.64 COP dividend + $0.40 for half of the Phillips dividend). Based on current prices, that's a 4.3% yield, more than double the rate of the 10-year Treasury.

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-- Written by Lindsey Bell in New York.

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