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Dividends offer a way for companies to entice investors to choose them and reward their involvement, usually to make up for slow growth or an anticipated rough patch. Sometimes that slow growth or rough patch never comes and the stock returns better than the market, the dividend providing extra upside.

Using the stock screener at finviz.com, we came up with a list of stocks that so far this year have done just that - in other words, they pay significant dividends (over 2%) and have returned more than 10% year-to date. The companies on this list are also priced well relative to future earnings, indicating that their upward trends may well continue.

Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL) is a life insurance company with a $2.26 billion market cap. The company is currently priced at 7.56 times its forward earnings and pays a 2.57% dividend yield. So far this year, PL has returned 10.24%, earning it an analyst recommendation of 2.5 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." It recently traded at $25.33 a share.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) is a life insurance company with a $26.88 billion market cap. The company is currently priced at 8.17 times its forward earnings and pays a 2.55% dividend yield. So far this year, PRU has returned 13.61%, earning it an analyst recommendation of 1.8 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." It recently traded at $57.45 a share.

Macy's, Inc. (NYSE:M) is a department store chain with a $15.04 billion market cap. The company is currently priced at 11.12 times its forward earnings and pays a 2.23% dividend yield. So far this year, M has returned 11.31%, earning it an analyst recommendation of 2.0 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." It recently traded at $35.54 a share.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:HIG) is a property and casualty insurance company with a $8.17 billion market cap. The company is currently priced at 5.46 times its forward earnings and pays a 2.18% dividend yield. So far this year, HIG has returned 12.86%, earning it an analyst recommendation of 2.3 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." It recently traded at $18.78 a share.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) is a newspaper publishing company with a $3.58 billion market cap. The company is currently priced at 6.85 times its forward earnings and pays a 2.13% dividend yield. So far this year, GCI has returned 12.27%, earning it an analyst recommendation of 2.2 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." It recently traded at $15.37 a share.

Corning, Inc. (NYSE:GLW) is a diversified electronics and glass company with a $22.71 billion market cap. The company is currently priced at 8.55 times its forward earnings and pays a 2.08% dividend yield. So far this year, GLW has returned 11.33%, earning it an analyst recommendation of 2.3 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." It recently traded at $14.49 a share.

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) is a life insurance company with a $37.88 billion market cap. The company is currently priced at 7.09 times its forward earnings and pays a 2.07% dividend yield. So far this year, MET has returned 14.88%, earning it an analyst recommendation of 1.8 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." It recently traded at $36.40 a share.

Source: 7 Dividend-Yielding Companies With Strong YTD Returns