NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 05/22/12 -- Dividends have become increasingly popular with investors. With interest rates as low as they are currently, long-term investors have been looking to high yielding dividend stocks for investment income, where returns currently far exceed those of bonds. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities on dividend-paying stocks and provides equity research on Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT).
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The current S&P 500 dividend yield of 2.2 percent, on a year-ahead basis, outperforms the 1.88 percent yield on a 10-year Treasury note. Over 10 years a 2.2 percent yield compounds to 24.3 percent return whereas a 1.88 percent yield brings a 20.5 percent return. One of the major advantages of dividend-paying stocks is that dividends can increase over time. So far in 2012, 152 of the S&P 500 companies have raised their dividends in 2012. In the same quarter last year, 137 companies raised their dividends, 2010 saw 95 increases and just 68 over the same period in 2009.
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Philip Morris International's subsidiaries and affiliates and their licensees are engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States of America. Its products are sold in approximately 180 countries. Philip Morris currently offers investors an annual dividend of $3.08 per share for a yield of 3.65 percent.
Microsoft currently offers investors an annual dividend of $0.80 per share for a yield of 2.73 percent. Microsoft recently unveiled a major update to its Bing search engine that fundamentally transforms the way users search the Web. The update, the most significant since Microsoft launched Bing three years ago, is designed to help users act quickly by taking advantage of the Web's evolving fabric.
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