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8 Stocks With Big Dividends, Steady Returns

4. Manulife (MFC)

Company profile: Manulife, with a market value of $23 billion, is the largest of the three major Canadian insurers by market capitalization. It is a provider of wealth-management services to individuals and group customers in Asia, Canada, and the U.S.

Dividend Yield: 4.18%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 21% this year but have a three-year, average annual loss of 13%. Analysts give its shares seven "buy/holds," and 10 "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

3. Southern Copper (SCCO)

Company profile: Southern Copper, with a market value of $31 billion, is the world's biggest copper miner. Copper prices are volatile and are now near a cyclical high. The firm's 146 billion pounds of reserves at year-end 2011 ranked as the world's largest. At the end of last year, it had $1.4 billion in cash and short-term investments and only $2.7 billion in debt on the balance sheet.

Dividend Yield: 4.6%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 23% this year and have a three-year average total return of 12%. Analysts give its shares one "buy/hold" and seven "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. If new-home building in the U.S. and infrastructure construction in China continue to pick up, its shares should follow suit.

2. AT&T (T)

Company profile: AT&T, with a market value of $208 billion, is the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier, serving 89 million traditional customers as well as 16 million Internet users, and 4 million television customers.

Dividend Yield: 4.6%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 29% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 17%. Analysts give its shares seven "buy" ratings, six "buy/holds," 24 "holds," and one "sell," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts estimate it will earn $2.39 this year and that that will grow 8% to $2.57 next year. S&P has it rated "hold," primarily on valuation concerns.

1. Cincinnati Financial (CINF)

Company profile: Cincinnati Financial, with a market value of $6 billion, underwrites and sells property-casualty insurance, primarily in the Midwest and Southeast, through a network of independent agents.

Dividend Yield: 4.08%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 34% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 20%. Analysts give its shares one "buy" rating, five "holds," one "weak hold," and one "sell," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

Stock quotes in this article: MO, SCCO, LMT, T, LLY, CTL, CINF, MFC 
Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors and reporters from holding positions in any individual stocks.

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