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Growing dividends

Despite its name, United Technologies isn't a flashy growth stock. And that's a good thing for dividend investors focused on long-term cash over flash. The 78-year-old conglomerate has raised its dividend for 18 straight years. Shareholders currently receive $2.14 per share annually, for a yield of 2.8 percent.

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