The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is the primary benchmark for comparison to portfolios. Over 370 of those five hundred stocks pay dividends. The following is a list of the top six, all of which yield over 6%. Please note, in the interest of full disclosure, that I own two out of the six (the top two).
Frontier Communications Corp (FTR) 8.69% PE ratio: 20
Windstream Corporation (WIN) 8.15% PE ratio: 18
CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) 7.29% PE ratio: 14
Pitney Bowes Inc. (PBI) 6.62% PE ratio: 13
Altria Group, Inc. (MO)6.19% PE ratio: 15
Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI) 6.09% PE ratio: 14
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Disclosure: Author owned FTR and WIN at the time the article was written.