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With interest rates set to rise this year, many dividend investors are likely worried that their stocks will slip as bond yields become more attractive. While some dividend stocks will inevitably decline, investors can still find some low-risk income plays that have high yields and cheap valuations. Let’s take a look at three such stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI).

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The Dividend Aristocrat: AT&T

AT&T’s forward yield of 4.8% is much higher than the S&P 500’s 2.1% yield, and it’s comfortably supported by a payout ratio of 81%. It spent 72% of its free cash flow over the past 12 months on dividends. AT&T has hiked its dividend annually for over three decades, surpassing the 25-year threshold for becoming a Dividend Aristocrat.

In addition to being a rock-solid income play, AT&T is becoming a growth play again with its acquisition of DirecTV and proposed takeover of Time Warner. Bundling its pay TV, wireless, and broadband internet services together gives the telco giant tremendous leverage in delivering media content across multiple platforms — especially if it excludes that content from data charges across its own networks.

stock mutual funds: Microbot Medical Inc. (MBOT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares shot up 51 percent to $7.76 after reporting a significant technology patent allowance in the U.S. The patent allowance covers a device for the prevention of shunt stenosis.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares dropped 34 percent to $2.50. Microbot Medical reported a $10 million registered direct offering

    Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK) were down 12 percent to $11.13 after the company reported that indoximod + PROVENGE resulted in statistically significant improvement in rPFS for patients with mCRPC in Phase 2 trial.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ: MBOT) got a boost, shooting up 15 percent to $8.77 after the company reported a 700,000 share direct offering for $3.5 million.

stock mutual funds: Lockheed Martin Corporation(LMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    The second dividend stock on our list is defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT). While its dividend yield is not as spectacular as Arlington’s, it pays investors $2 every quarter for each share they own. That’s good for a 2.5% dividend yield, which still beats 10-year Treasuries and does not even include LMT’s growth potential.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    As we’ve learned with Boeing (BA) , Lockheed Martin (LMT) , General Motors (GM) and countless others, the correct response is to start buying.

    This is not the first time Trump has been critical of drugmakers and drug pricing. But the fact remains that to make any substantive changes, the President will need Congress, and Congress’ track record against drug companies clearly shows that this is a battle that cannot be won.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Let’s start with Lockheed Martin (LMT) , Boeing (BA) and Northrop Grumman (NOC) .

    As major manufacturers of combat jets and military planes, these three U.S.-based behemoths monopolize the global military aircraft business. They are mega-cap blue chips that are positioned to reap the lion’s share of the spoils.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Five teams are expected to compete for the contract: Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has joined with Saab to offer a clean-sheet design; Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has teamed up with BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL) on another clean-sheet design; Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are going with a modified KAI T-50; Raytheon Corp. (NYSE: RTN) has joined with Italy’s Leonardo and Canada’s CAE Inc. (NYSE: CAE) on a version of Leonardo’s M-346 trainer that it calls the T-100; and privately held Sierra Nevada has partnered with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on another clean-sheet design.

stock mutual funds: Paradise, Inc. (PARF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Paradise Inc. (OTCPK:PARF)

    This company is focused on producing candied fruit, which is the basic ingredient of fruitcakes a dessert popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US. They also produce their own plastic containers for these. While this product might not be wildly popular or its demand increasing, the company has a commanding portion of the market share (as mentioned by the management) and its sales have been stable and the company is able to be profitable.

stock mutual funds: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.(NOG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tesco Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ: TESO), down 7 percent, and Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 8 percent.

stock mutual funds: Liberty Interactive Corporation(QVCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    QVC (QVCA) was upgraded to buy from neutral at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $25 price target. The company can turn its sales around and deserves a higher multiple, analysts said. 

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