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Williams Partners, Altria Offer Safe Yields Says Meritage Manager


Natural gas supplier Williams Partners offers a steady and growing dividend stream for yield-seeking investors, said Mark Eveans, portfolio manager for the Meritage Yield-Focus Equity Fund. Eveans is also bullish on cigarette-seller Altria, saying that the tobacco company may not be increasing its top-line, but its free cash flow continues to grow so its hefty dividend is secure. Finally, he is positive on shares the real estate investment trust EPR Properties. Eveans said that while movie audiences may slowly be declining, the company is creating entertainment complexes around movie theaters that are huge draws.