Most investment advisers and financial information websites maintain lists of stocks that pay the highest dividends, including MarketWatch, TheStreet, Dividend.com and Value Stock Guide. These resources track dividend payouts and analyze indicators such as dividend yield and dividend growth over time, explains Shailesh Kumar for Value Stock Guide.
MarketWatch regularly publishes lists of stocks paying the highest dividends on its website. For example, in 2014, it compiled a list of the top 10 Standard & Poor's 1500 dividend stocks with yields up to 9.14 percent and a list of the top five dividend-paying stocks with the highest yields. An investor can go to the MarketWatch.com homepage to run a search for articles listing top dividend stocks, according to the company's website.
TheStreet, Dividend.com and the website for Value Stock Guide are easily accessible resources for lists of the highest-paying dividend stocks. Value Stock Guide publishes a list of the best dividend stocks by year, broken down into sectors. According to the 2015 list, Ford Motor Company, Tupperware Brands, Nu Skin Enterprises and Coach top the consumer goods sector. Dividend.com maintains a list of the highest dividend stocks by yield, while TheStreet maintains an annualized list that can be sorted by dividend rate or dividend yield.