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At the end of the week, our top ten stocks on our watch list contains a very diverse group of companies. These dividend paying stocks are all within 20% of the 52-week low for April 16, 2010.

Symbol Name Price % Yr Low P/E EPS Div/Shr Yield Payout Ratio
MON Monsanto Co. 64.73 -0.69% 26.97 2.40 1.06 1.64% 44%
XOM Exxon Mobil Corp. 67.93 6.88% 17.08 3.98 1.68 2.47% 42%
FPL-OLD FPL Group, Inc. 48.43 6.93% 12.21 3.97 2.00 4.13% 50%
TMP Tompkins Financial Corp. 37.74 8.93% 12.75 2.96 1.36 3.60% 46%
DNB Dun & Bradstreet Corp. 76.31 10.43% 12.72 6.00 1.40 1.83% 23%
T AT&T Inc. 25.93 11.82% 12.24 2.12 1.68 6.48% 79%
FRS Frisch's Restaurants, Inc. 22.35 12.26% 9.93 2.25 0.52 2.33% 23%
FFIN First Financial Bankshares 52.61 13.24% 20.39 2.58 1.36 2.59% 53%
BRO Brown & Brown, Inc. 18.59 13.91% 17.23 1.08 0.31 1.67% 29%
LLY Eli Lilly and Co. 36.54 14.08% 9.27 3.94 1.96 5.36% 50%


Watch List Summary

The best performing stock from last week's list was Shenandoah Telecom (NASDAQ:SHEN) which rose 4.8%. The worst performing stock, once again, was Monsanto which fell another 6% (it fell 2.8% last week). Overall, the Dividend Achiever watch list gained 0.2% versus the Dow which was flat.

We revisited our watch list from three months ago (January 15, 2010) to see what result these companies produced. The average gain for the list was 13% compared to the gain in Dow of 3%. The biggest gainer was Southwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:OKSB) which rose 92%. The worse performer was Exxon which fell 1.7% and remains on our list. Although OKSB appeared to be speculative because of its sector, we mentioned that we will include regional banks that have payout ratios of less than 50%. OKSB's payout ratio is 16%.
The key to this list isn't to provide a winner but collectively, we hope that it can be a starting point for you to research these companies and hopefully provide lower volatility, a margin of safety and provide marginally higher return than the general market.

Disclosure: Long XOM, T, MON
Source: Top 10 Dividend Paying Stocks on Our Watch List