Best dividend-paying stocks

These four stocks offer better-than-average yields (3.4% for the S&P), have consistently raised their dividend for at least 25 years, and have dividends that equal about half of earnings (which means the risk of a future cut is low).

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Emerson Electric Co.
Ticker: EMR

Dividend yield: 4.0%

P/E ratio: 10.3

YTD return: -13.4%

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Last updated April 17 2009: 8:39 AM ET
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