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By Jeremy Glaser | 12-15-2009 01:02 PM

What Makes a Dividend Stock Tick

Morningstar's Josh Peters on considering yield and growth when looking for dividend-stock opportunities.

Jeremy Glaser: I'm Jeremy Glaser with Morningstar.com. I'm here today with Josh Peters, editor of Morningstar DividendInvestor, to find out exactly what makes a dividend stock tick. Thanks for joining me, Josh.

Josh Peters: Happy to come around and talk about my favorite subject.

Glaser: Which is dividend stocks.

Peters: Is dividend stocks. That's pretty much what I eat, sleep, and breathe.

Glaser: So what exactly should investors be thinking about if they're going to invest in dividend-paying stocks?

Peters: I think that the main point is you don't want to think just in terms of yield, although yield is very important. You don't want to think just in terms of growth, whether that's growth of the dividend, growth of earnings, growth of the share price. You want the yield and the growth, yield and growth both, in other words.

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