With U.S. corporate profit increasing at the fastest rate in two decades, more stocks are paying dividends higher than bond yields than at any time in the past 15 years. Shares in Johnson & Johnson, the world's biggest health-product company, pay a 3.66% dividend, compared with a 2.66% interest rate on the company's 10-year debt sold last month. Companies increased payout by 6.8% in the second quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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