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Energy sector stocks were among the best performers in 2010. IShares S&P Global Energy (NYSEARCA:IXC) gained 22.3% during the last 12 months, beating the SPY by a large margin. We prepared a list of 15 energy companies which pay fat dividend checks regularly. All companies in this list have a market capitalization above $1 billion, P/E ratio lower than 26, and dividend yield of at least 5%. These 15 stocks returned 29.4% (including dividends) during the past 12 months, beating government bonds by a large margin.

1. TOTAL SA (ADR) (NYSE:TOT): Total is one of the leading multinational companies in the oil and gas industry. TOT recently traded at $57.58 and has a 5.4% dividend yield. TOT gained 6.8% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $135 billion and P/E ratio of 8.7.

2. Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE:E): Eni is one of the leading multinational integrated energy companies. E recently traded at $47.07 and has a 5.6% dividend yield. Eni gained 8.7% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $94 billion and P/E ratio of 9.6.

3. YPF SA (ADR) (NYSE:YPF): YPF SA is an Argentinean integrated oil and gas company. YPF recently traded at $46.85 and has a 6.2% dividend yield. YPF gained 17.1% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $18 billion and P/E ratio of 12.4.

4. Plains All American Pipeline, LP (NYSE:PAA): One of the leading energy companies in the U.S., PAA is operating in the transportation, storage, terminalling and marketing of crude oil, refined products and liquefied petroleum gas and other natural gas related petroleum products. PAA recently traded at $61.5 and has a 6.2% dividend yield. PAA gained 18.8% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $9.1 billion and P/E ratio of 25.64.

5. Magellan Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:MMP): One of the leading energy companies in the U.S., MMP engages in the transportation, storage and distribution of refined petroleum products. MMP recently traded at $57.4 and has a 5.3% dividend yield. MMP gained 32.3% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $6.5 billion and P/E ratio of 20.1.

6. Pengrowth Energy Trust (USA) (NYSE:PGH): Pengrowth Energy Corporation is a Canadian resource company. PGH recently traded at $13.4 and has a 6.4% dividend yield. PGH gained 29.6% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $4.4 billion and P/E ratio of 17.

7. NuStar Energy LP (NYSE:NS): NuStar Energy is operating in storage, transportation and asphalt and fuels marketing. NS recently traded at $65.4 and has a 6.6% dividend yield. NS gained 19.9% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $4.2 billion and P/E ratio of 20.6.

8. Natural Resource Partners LP (NYSE:NRP): Natural Resource Partners L.P. is owning and managing coal properties in the United States. NRP recently traded at $35.4 and has a 6.1% dividend yield. NRP gained 43.3% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $3.75 billion and P/E ratio of 23.2.

9. Sunoco Logistics Partners LP (NYSE:SXL): Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. is transporting and storing refined products and crude oil. SXL recently traded at $83.2 and has a 5.7% dividend yield. SXL gained 29.7% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $2.8 billion and P/E ratio of 9.

10. AmeriGas Partners, LP (NYSE:APU): AmeriGas is one of the major propane companies in the U.S. APU recently traded at $45.1 and has a 6.3% dividend yield. APU gained 19.8% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $2.6 billion and P/E ratio of 17.

11. BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE:BPT): BPT is an oil and natural gas royalty trust in the U.S. BPT recently traded at $116.1 and has a 7.6% dividend yield. BPT gained 48.1% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $2.5 billion and P/E ratio of 13.5.

12. Provident Energy Trust (USA) (PVX): Provident Energy Trust has high quality upstream oil and gas assets in Canada. PVX recently traded at $8.62 and has a 6.4% dividend yield. PVX gained 24% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $2.3 billion and P/E ratio of 22.3.

13. Suburban Propane Partners, LP (NYSE:SPH): Suburban Propane Partners is delivering heating oil, propane, natural gas, electricity and power fuels in the U.S. SPH recently traded at $53.7 and has a 6.4% dividend yield. SPH gained 24.8% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $1.9 billion and P/E ratio of 17.4.

14. EV Energy Partners, LP (NASDAQ:EVEP): EV Energy Partners, L.P. operates in the oil and gas sector in the U.S. EVEP recently traded at $47.9 and has a 6.3% dividend yield. EVEP gained 66% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $1.6 billion and P/E ratio of 13.7.

15. Teekay Offshore Partners LP (NYSE:TOO): Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. is providing marine transportation and storage services to the offshore oil industry. TOO recently traded at $28.8 and has a 6.6% dividend yield. TOO gained 51.4% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $1.6 billion and P/E ratio of 23.4.

These 15 stocks are quite different from the 8 energy companies hedge funds are insanely bullish about. If you are interested in investing in energy companies, then you should also check out T. Boone Pickens' favorite energy stocks.

Source: 15 Energy Stocks for Dividend Lovers