Any time is a great time to buy solid dividend stocks. The trick, of course, is figuring out which companies' payouts will be steady and reliable.

To aid you in your search for such stocks, here's a trio of companies that have strong underlying businesses and high-yielding dividends that should keep growing for a long time to come.

If you're looking for steadily increasing dividends, AbbVie(NYSE:ABBV) should definitely be on your list. It's a Dividend Aristocrat with a track record of 49 consecutive years of payout hikes. And the drugmaker's dividend yield -- 4.8% at current share prices -- is also quite attractive.

Some investors might be leery of AbbVie because the company's top-selling product, Humira, will lose patent protection in the U.S. in 2023. But will a rapid decline of that drug's sales once generic versions hit the market put AbbVie's dividend in jeopardy? Not at all. 

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