7 Dividend Stocks to Consider

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- In a volatile market, some investors may want to consider buying dividend stocks, because they offer a regular income stream amid the market's gyrations.

We have identified seven dividend stocks and listed them on the following pages in order of their ex-dividend dates.

7. Royal Bank of Canada ( RY), a diversified financial services company, provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, corporate and investment banking and transaction processing services.

In the last week of August, the bank declared a quarterly common-share dividend of 54 cents per share, payable on or after Nov. 24, 2011 to common shareholders as of record at close of business on Oct. 26, 2011.

The bank's ex-dividend date is Oct. 24, 2011. The current dividend yield is 4.3%.

The bank recorded net income of $1.6 billion for the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 13% from the year-ago quarter. Also, earnings per share for the same period were up 12 cents to $1.04.

On average, analysts surveyed by Bloomberg have a $55.68 12-month price target on the stock. That's 18.4% greater than the stock's recent price.

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