Packs a Punch -- and a Hefty Yield

This hasn't been a particularly good year for high-yielding stocks. Bond prices have plummeted since early May, sending rates skyward and giving investors a wider range of choices in the search for yield. Given these options, some have eschewed familiar high-yield stock names, and utility stocks have been the obvious victims. The damage has also seeped into some blue-chips like AT&T (T), which now yields at more than 5% as the stock hangs precariously on its 200-day moving average.

But, if you look around, you can still find high-yielding stocks that have great charts and decent fundamentals. First we need to focus on a strong sector, one that has outperformed the S&P 500 on a year-to-date basis. One example would be the oil-and-gas-equipment sector, which is represented here by the SPDR S&P Oil and Gas Equipment ETF (XES). Note how, since Jan. 1, the XES (in black) has outperformed the overall market, here represented by the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) (in green)....302 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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