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Stocks with high dividend yields beat the overall market by an average of 1.36% per year between 1927 and 2009. We like high-dividend stocks since they generally perform better and usually increase dividend payments over the succeeding 5 to 10 years. In addition, we encourage investors to play defensively during the recent market turmoil by investing in high dividend-stocks, as we are concerned about the Fed’s inflationary monetary policy.

Below we compiled a list of top 14 high-dividend technology stocks. All companies have a market cap of over $10 billion and a dividend yield of at least 5%. Market data is sourced from Finviz.

Ticker

Company

Dividend Yield

YTD Return

(NYSE:BCE)

BCE, Inc.

5.52%

10.26%

(NYSE:CHT)

Chunghwa Telecom Co.

5.82%

36.16%

(NYSE:CTL)

CenturyLink, Inc.

8.53%

-22.29%

(FTE)

France Telecom

12.14%

-16.25%

(NYSE:MBT)

Mobile Telesystems

8.06%

-37.81%

(NYSE:NOK)

Nokia Corporation

10.45%

-43.72%

(NYSE:T)

AT&T, Inc.

6.07%

0.64%

(NYSE:TEF)

Telefonica, S.A.

10.45%

-13.74%

(NYSE:TI)

Telecom Italia SpA

7.96%

-13.54%

(NYSE:TI.A)

Telecom Italia S.P.A. New

10.57%

-6.50%

(NYSE:TMX)

Telefonos de Mexico, S.A.B.

5.67%

-1.23%

(NASDAQ:VIP)

VimpelCom Ltd.

7.96%

-32.36%

(NASDAQ:VOD)

Vodafone Group plc

5.68%

-0.43%

(NYSE:VZ)

Verizon Communications

5.50%

5.64%

Here are the stocks on the list with the best YTD returns:

Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. is a telecommunications service provider in Taiwan. CHT has a dividend yield of 5.82% and gained 36.16% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $31.6B and a P/E ratio of 18.04. Jim Simons had $22 million invested in CHT (check out Simons’ top stock picks).

BCE, Inc. is a Canadian communications company. BCE has a dividend yield of 5.52% and gained 10.26% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $29.2B and a P/E ratio of 16.6. Louis Navellier invested $43 million in BCE.

Verizon Communications Inc. is a provider of communications services. VZ has a dividend yield of 5.50% and gained 5.64% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $102.9B and a P/E ratio of 16.23. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, and Jim Simons had over $100 million invested in VZ.

AT&T is a provider of telecommunications services. T has a dividend yield of 6.07% and gained 0.64% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $167.9B and a P/E ratio of 8.59. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson invested over $300 million in T shares. Jim Simons also had nearly $100 million of T shares (check out Gross and Atchinson’s top stock picks).

Vodafone Group plc is a mobile communications company operating across the globe, providing a range of communications services. VOD has a dividend yield of 5.68% and lost 0.43% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $133.7B and a P/E ratio of 11. Boykin Curry and Mason Hawkins both invested more than $200 million in VOD (check out Curry’s top stock picks).

Telefonos de Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V. owns and operates a fixed-line telecommunications system in Mexico. TMX has a dividend yield of 5.67% and lost 1.23% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $13.8B and a P/E ratio of 13.92.

Telecom Italia S.P.A. is an Italy-based company that operates in the telecommunications sector. TI has a dividend yield of 10.57% and lost 6.50% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $18.3B.

Telefonica, S.A. operates in the telecommunications, media and contact center industries. TEF has a dividend yield of 10.45% and lost 13.74% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $86.2B and a P/E ratio of 2.21. Jim Simons had $13 million of TEF stocks.

France Telecom is a France-based telecommunications operator. FTE has a dividend yield of 12.14% and lost 16.25% since the beginning of this year. It has a market cap of $42.3B and a P/E ratio of 10.24.

Source: 14 High-Dividend Tech Stocks To Beat The Market