There are several reasons why a stock may yield high dividends, according to Trendshare.com. These reasons include that the company may just simply be a good company, the company may want to attract more investors to increase the price of its shares or it may also be a sign that the company may be in jeopardy. Based on the 25 highest yielding dividend stocks of 2014, high-yield dividend stocks can come from a wide range of different industries.
As of June 2015, the average dividend pay in the United States is between 2 to 2.5 percent per share each year. This means that any dividend pay that is higher than 2.5 percent can be considered as a high-yield stock. In 2014, the 25th highest yield stock was paid by Crown Castle International Corporation, which was at 4.27 percent per share, according to an article at InverstorPlace.com.
The article entitled, "America's 25 Highest-Yielding Large-Cap Dividend Stocks," lists 25 of the companies that pay out the highest dividend rates in 2014. The list includes different companies from the energy, real estate, telecommunications, investment and even toy industries. The highest paying stock in the list was from the Annaly Capital Management Inc., which paid a dividend rate of 10.42 percent per share.