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Our economy goes through various business cycles and economic cycles that always result in a few sectors and industries outperforming the others during every bull and bear phase. 2017 was a bull market that was primarily driven by the technology, healthcare and aerospace and defense sectors.

Though certain sectors might do well in terms of capital appreciation, dividend investors don’t necessarily care about that. They care about security of capital and a yield that can replace their daily expenses. So while companies like Amazon and Tesla were the talk of 2017, they will never be on dividend investors’ radars, as they don’t pay a dividend.

Below we’ll focus on the sectors and industries that dividend investors loved this year. There were outperformers like Raytheon (RTN ) , Realty Income Corp. (O ) , Honeywell (HON ) and Union Pacific (UNP ); however, was this movement more stock-specific or driven by favorable sector or industry dynamics? We’ll find out below.

Our Most Watched Stocks List is a user-generated, interest-based ranking of dividend-paying stocks, giving you a real-time snapshot of buying interest in the market. Generated by our Premium members’ watchlists, it’s aggregated and ranked by the most-watched criteria.

The list has been designed to help income investors navigate the top dividend stocks being tracked by one of the world’s most advanced investing communities.

Check out last week’s article covering the most watched stocks here.

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