NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- You want an oversized return -- we all do -- but for some accounts preservation of capital is the primary concern. You don't have to settle for one or the other, though, because many stable companies are paying a high yield dividend and their stock is appreciating also.
I recently highlighted the massive gains made from Microsoft ( MSFT) in Microsoft Hits 52-Week High, Set to Crush $50. Investors who bought when I suggested the software maker about a year ago are enjoying a 50% return while collecting dividends every quarter. I also suggested Corning ( GLW) and it's also up about 50% in the last six months.
I still love Microsoft and Corning. If you own either or both, stay the course because I can't think of a reason to exit. I do want to share two companies I follow and are once again on my radar as long-term, dividend-income plays.
Price To Book: 2.2
Forward Estimated Earnings Payout Percentage: 48%
California-based Intel ( INTC) designs, manufactures and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company isn't always in favor and that's an advantage for investors who want dividend income and have a chance to write covered calls. If you want my exact trade recommendation, be sure to take a look at my Real Money Pro post.
Intel has gained about 35% since I declared it a "buy and forget" stock.
I'm asked about Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD) often when discussing Intel. While I won't short it, I've never been able to make the case that it's worth buying. It's a great company with incredible potential, but that's the problem.