VF Corporation

Investing: Dividend champs off the beaten track

When you think of mighty dividend payers, some big names instantly come to mind: Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and McDonald's, to name a few. But the list of dividend-raisers goes well beyond household names. These three stocks boast yields that are close to or more than Standard & Poor's 500-stock index's 2.0 percent yield. Each company has raised its dividend every year for the past 28 years or more. The outlook for each business is bright, increasing the likelihood it will boost its dividend for years to come.

BD (Becton, Dickinson) (symbol BDX)Share price: $127Dividend yield: 1.9 percentDividend streak: 42 years

BD makes syringes, IV catheters and other...