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Dividends: A World of Smart Yield Plays

As U.S. investors increasingly look overseas, S&P's latest screen finds 20 attractive foreign companies with market-beating yields

In the ongoing search for income investments, many U.S. investors are seeking yield instruments overseas. That's because foreign companies are increasingly initiating or boosting dividend payments.

As of Feb. 13, the dividend yield on the S&P Euro 350 index was 3.2%, vs. a 2.1% yield for the S&P 500. And it's not just Europe. Stocks in Asia and emerging markets are also increasingly paying dividends.