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  • S&P Capital IQ analysts pointed out that the 2.1% total return in the S&P 500 during 2011 was helped by dividends. Without that yield, the index would have been flat.
  • S&P analysts also noted that dividend paying stocks outperformed stocks without dividends.
  • Dividend payers rose 1.4% on average in 2011, compared to the 7.6% average loss for S&P 500 components that didn’t pay dividends.
  • Around 75% of S&P 500 companies are expected to raise dividends in 2012, USA Today reports.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.