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What Determines A Dividend Stock's Yield

|Includes: BP, CSCO, CVX, HCP, KO, MSFT, O, PEP, Target Corporation (TGT), WMT, XOM

If income investing were as simple as picking the stock with the highest yield, everyone would be an expert. Most assume (rightfully so) that yield is heavily influenced by risk, but much more goes into determining yield. Below are several important factors that influence a stock's yield, along with some illustrative examples:

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