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Frontier Communications ( FTR)

Company Description: Frontier is a communications company offering telephone, Internet, and television services in smaller and mid-sized communities in the U.S.

Dividend Yield: 15.8%

Stock Price Performance YTD/2011: -5% / -47%

Is The Yield Worth It?: Holding the highest yield in the S&P 500, it certainly looks like a no-brainer on the surface. But the company's payout ratio exceeds 100% and, given that the company has about $2 billion in debt and only $300 million in cash, it could very well mean that a reduction in the dividend is on the way.


R.R. Donnelley ( RRD)

Company Description: R.R. Donnelley is the world's largest printing company by revenue.

Dividend Yield: 8.5%

Stock Price Performance YTD/2011: -18% / -17%

Is The Yield Worth It?: Earlier this month, R.R. Donnelley provided a disappointing earnings outlook that caused the stock to drop significantly, which in turn boosted the dividend yield. Normally, that's a troubling sign and would make the stock an accidental yielder. However, the company did increase its free cash guidance, which is a good sign that the dividend isn't in immediate risk of being cut.

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