3 Stocks With Strong and Solid Dividends

Many investors love buying shares of highly profitable dividend-paying stockswith histories of giving their shareholders regular dividend increases over time. Such stocks don’t tend to attract those looking to get rich quickly, but they can be very attractive to those who have already built substantial wealth or for those willing to build wealth over an extended period of time, using the power of compounding to their advantage.

If you’re interested in such stocks, here are three companies that pay significant dividends today, have histories of consistent dividend increases, and whose businesses should support continued dividend growth for the foreseeable future…

McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD)Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), and PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP).

1. McDonald’s

Everyone knows McDonald’s. The chain is not only one of the most successful fast-food companies on the planet but also one of the most successful companies, period.

The company’s success can be measured in free cash flow — and a lot of it. Over the last 12 months, McDonald’s raked in $4.23 billion in free cash flow, translating into $5.38 in free cash flow per share.

The fast-food giant is very generous about distributing the wealth to its shareholders, dishing out a quarterly dividend of $1.16, or $4.64 per share on an annual basis. That translates into a dividend yield of 2.44% based on the share price as of writing.

Another thing to consider is that McDonald’s has a long track record of raising its dividend, with the company proudly pointing out on its investor relations website that it has “raised its dividend each and every year since paying its first dividend in 1976.”

McDonald’s isn’t the sexiest stock, but it’s a business that I think will be around — and hugely successful — for decades to come, something that’ll allow it to not only keep paying a dividend but to keep its dividend increase streak alive.

2. Coca-Cola

One company that you’ve surely heard of — and one that’s a favorite of esteemed investor Warren Buffett — is Coca-Cola. While you might know Coca-Cola for, well, its Coca-Cola product, the company also sells a whole host of other products under other brand names. Minute Maid, Honest Tea, Fanta, Sprite, and Dasani are just some of its other offerings.

Whether you’re a fan of its products or not, Coca-Cola is…

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