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AT&T Connects Investors to Solid Dividends, Long-Term Value

Telecommunications giant AT&T (T - Get Report) hasn't delivered the sort of gains investors expected of late, especially since its now-finalized merger with DirecTV. Its shares are up less than 1% in 2015, and down about 2% over the past twelve months.

Nonetheless, AT&T is now putting plans in motion to separate itself not just from rival Verizon (VZ - Get Report) , but also from the rest of the market by generating the sort of cash flow it will need to fuel growth in the years ahead.

Dallas-based AT&T reports third-quarter earnings results after the closing bell Thursday, and it's a company that seemingly has all the qualities a value-hungry investor would be looking for. For starters, it pays a robust a 47-cent quarterly dividend that yields 5.80% annually. That's almost three percentage points higher than the average 2.00% yield offered by dividend payers in the S&P 500 (SPX) index.

Plus, with AT&T projecting...


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