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We compiled a list of 24 large scale companies with tremendous market capitalization that also pay fat dividend checks regularly. All companies in this list have a market capitalization above $10 billion and dividend yield of at least 5% . These 24 stocks returned 14.2% (including dividends) during the past 12 months beating government bonds by a large margin.

1- AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T): One of the leading telecom companies in the US, AT&T recently traded at $27.81 and has a 6.18% dividend yield. The stock returned 16.39 percent during the past 12 months. During the fourth quarter of 2010, Berkowitz's $19 Billion Fairholme Fund bought $276 million T shares.

2- TOTAL SA (NYSE:TOT): One of the leading multinational energy companies, Total recently traded at $56.97 and has a 5.5% dividend yield. TOT gained 7.2 percent during the past 12 months.

3- Telefonica SA (NYSE:TEF): One of the leading multinational telecom companies, Telefónica recently traded at $24.18 and has a 7.2% dividend yield. The stock returned 9.93 percent during the past 12 months.

4- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ): One of the leading telecom companies in the US, Verizon recently traded at $34.87 and has a 5.6% dividend yield. The stock returned 25.24 percent during the past 12 months.

5- GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK): GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. Since 2005, dividends have increased each year with average growth of 8% over the five-year period. GSK recently traded at $37.61 and has a 5.42% dividend yield. The stock returned 7.92 percent during the past 12 months.

6- Banco Santander, SA (STD): The Santander Group is the 8th largest bank in the world by stock market capitalisation. STD recently traded at $11.65 and has a 5.34% dividend yield. The stock lost 12.46 percent during the past 12 months.

7- Eni SpA (NYSE:E): Eni is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. Currently E shares are trading at $47.21 and yields 5.63%. The stock gained 8.14 percent during the past 12 months.

8- Westpac Banking Corporation (NYSE:WBK): Westpac Banking Corporation is one of the world's leading financial companies which is operating in Australia and New Zealand. Currently WBK shares are trading at $112.35 and yields 5.9%. The stock gained 0.41 percent during the past 12 months.

9- AstraZeneca plc (NYSE:AZN): AstraZeneca is a global research-based biopharmaceutical company. AZN shares are trading at $46.33 and yields 5.5%. The stock gained 12.46 percent during the past 12 months.

10- France Telecom SA (FTE): France Telecom is one of the leading multinational telecom companies. FTE shares are trading at $20.88 and yields 8.66%. The stock lost 2.77 percent during the past 12 months.

11- Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO): Altria Group is the parent company of Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Philip Morris Capital Corporation. MO shares are trading at $24.71 and yields 6.15%. The stock gained 30.70 percent during the past 12 months.

12- Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY): Eli Lilly is the 10th largest pharmaceutical company in the world. LLY shares are trading at $34.1 and yields 5.75%. The stock gained 1.88 percent during the past 12 months.

13- Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE:EPD): Enterprise Products Partners is a North American midstream energy company. EPD shares are trading at $39.11 and yields 5.92%. The stock gained 27.01 percent during the past 12 months.

14- National Grid plc (NYSE:NGG): National Grid is an international electricity and gas company. NGG shares are trading at $44.26 and yields 6.32%. The stock lost 1.92 percent during the past 12 months.

15- Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK): Nokia is the world's leading mobile phone supplier. NOK shares are trading at $8.06 and yields 6.95%. The stock lost 41.01 percent during the past 12 months.

16- Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE:TI): Telecom Italia is one of the leading multinational telecom companies. TI shares are trading at $15.03 and yields 4.52%. The stock gained 11.76 percent during the past 12 months.

17- Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd (NYSE:CHT): Chunghwa Telecom is one of the leading multinational telecom companies. CHT shares are trading at $29.64 and yields 4.28%. The stock gained 65.02 percent during the past 12 months.

18- BCE Inc. (NYSE:BCE): BCE is Canada's largest communications company. BCE shares are trading at $34.85 and yields 5.23%. The stock gained 23.15 percent during the past 12 months.

19- Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK): Duke Energy Corporation is one of the largest electric power companies in the United States. DUK shares are trading at $17.9 and yields 5.47%. The stock gained 16.69 percent during the past 12 months.

20- Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE:KMP): Kinder Morgan is one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in North America. KMP shares are trading at $71.2 and yields 6.18%. The stock gained 19.07 percent during the past 12 months.

21- Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE:RAI): Reynolds American Inc. is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, American Snuff Co., LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc. and Niconovum AB. RAI shares are trading at $33.07 and yields 6.41%. The stock gained 35.35 percent during the past 12 months.

22- YPF SA (NYSE:YPF): YPF is one of the largest oil company storage companies in the World. YPF shares are trading at $47.19 and yields 6.11%. The stock gained 12.68 percent during the past 12 months.

23- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE): One of the leading telecom companies in the US, FirstEnergy recently traded at $37.23 and has a 5.91% dividend yield. The stock gained 2.32 percent during the past 12 months.

24- SeaDrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL): Seadrill is a leading offshore deepwater drilling company. SDRL shares are trading at $34.48 and yields 7.93%. The stock gained 64.17 percent during the past 12 months.

Disclosure: I am long T, FE.

Source: 24 Best Dividend Stocks for Strong Income