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The Best Dividend Stocks In 2013

By Double Dividend Stocks:

Unlike many of our dividend stocks articles, this is not a "forecast" piece about a high dividend stock, but rather, it's a look back at what's happened so far in 2013 - which sectors upped their dividend ante; which stocks raised their dividend the most; and which dividend stocks performed the best.

Surprises: In researching this article, we encountered a few surprises along the way. Namely, that S&P 500 non-dividend paying stocks have seriously outperformed dividend payers over the past 12 months, year-to-date, and monthly:

(Data source: Standard & Poors)

Our initial reaction was one of disbelief, but looking at the numbers revealed, for example, that, of the top 10 performing stocks in the S&P 500, (which gained anywhere from over 100% to well over 300%), only two pay dividends - GameStop, (GME), which pays around 2%, and Lincoln National Corp., (LNC), which pays around 1%.

Year-to-date, as of

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