Best Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

Here are the 100 dividend stocks that have the highest average rating among equities research analysts in the last 12 months. A score of 4.00 represents 100% "strong buy" ratings. Conversely, a score of 1.00 represents receiving 100% "sell" ratings. To qualify for this list, a company has to have received at least five ratings within the last 12 months and have a dividend yield of at least 2%. Learn how important stock ratings are when choosing dividend stocks.

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RankCompanyShare PriceConsensus Rating ScoreConsensus Price TargetPossible UpsideNumber of RatingsDividend Yield
1
MIXT
MiX Telematics
$7.69
+1.2%
3.50$19.33151.4 %52.32 %
2
STWD
Starwood Property Trust
$18.57
+1.9%
3.33$27.3847.4 %510.54 %
3
BANR
Banner
$60.69
+2.7%
3.33$66.259.2 %52.90 %
4
FRME
First Merchants
$39.52
+2.1%
3.33$47.7520.8 %53.31 %
5
BANR
Banner
$60.69
+2.7%
3.33$66.259.2 %52.98 %
6
NTST
NETSTREIT
$18.03
+1.2%
3.20$23.5030.3 %64.49 %
7
CADE
Cadence Bank
$25.94
+2.0%
3.20$31.3320.8 %73.46 %
8
ET
Energy Transfer
$11.34
+2.7%
3.17$14.6729.3 %78.34 %
9
PLD
Prologis
$104.36
+2.6%
3.17$169.7962.7 %163.11 %
10
EQH
Equitable
$27.33
+3.6%
3.09$41.6752.5 %123.04 %
11
TRGP
Targa Resources
$62.98
+4.2%
3.08$82.8331.5 %152.32 %
12
ABST
Absolute Software
$11.85
+2.0%
3.00$16.0035.0 %52.15 %
13
MDLZ
Mondelez International
$56.35
+2.7%
3.00$72.8529.3 %142.81 %
14
BSM
Black Stone Minerals
$16.23
+3.6%
3.00$19.7521.7 %610.73 %
15
CPLP
Capital Product Partners
$13.81
+3.0%
3.00$18.6735.2 %54.48 %
16
FTAI
Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors
$15.68
+4.4%
3.00$30.6395.3 %68.80 %
17
CALM
Cal-Maine Foods
$55.03
-1.0%
3.00$58.506.3 %55.40 %
18
FRG
Franchise Group
$26.00
+6.5%
3.00$55.00111.5 %510.29 %
19
KRG
Kite Realty Group Trust
$17.45
+1.3%
3.00$25.7547.6 %104.88 %
20
EGLE
Eagle Bulk Shipping
$44.23
+2.4%
3.00$71.3361.3 %920.38 %
21
VNOM
Viper Energy Partners
$30.21
+5.1%
3.00$37.6724.7 %1111.31 %
22
HHR
HeadHunter Group
$15.03
flat
3.00$70.50369.1 %54.75 %
23
BPOP
Popular
$73.66
+2.2%
3.00$109.6048.8 %63.05 %
24
AMSWA
American Software
$15.65
+2.1%
3.00$32.33106.6 %52.87 %
25
CSGS
CSG Systems International
$54.23
+2.5%
3.00$73.0034.6 %52.00 %
26
OLP
One Liberty Properties
$21.19
+0.8%
3.00$32.0051.0 %58.56 %
27
NXST
Nexstar Media Group
$172.74
+3.4%
3.00$223.4329.3 %82.16 %
28
AEM
Agnico Eagle Mines
$44.08
+4.2%
3.00$73.0065.6 %123.79 %
29
DCP
DCP Midstream
$37.76
+0.5%
3.00$38.883.0 %114.58 %
30
RWAY
Runway Growth Finance
$11.35
-0.2%
3.00$14.8831.1 %811.61 %
31
IPAR
Inter Parfums
$76.28
+1.1%
3.00$105.0037.7 %62.65 %
32
ARCC
Ares Capital
$17.40
+3.0%
3.00$21.8825.7 %1010.19 %
33
FNB
F.N.B.
$11.89
+2.4%
3.00$14.2519.8 %64.14 %
34
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$16.89
+6.0%
3.00$32.1790.4 %92.52 %
35
CPG
Crescent Point Energy
$6.68
+7.8%
3.00$14.60118.6 %93.90 %
36
HWC
Hancock Whitney
$47.12
+2.8%
3.00$58.0023.1 %72.36 %
37
NVT
nVent Electric
$32.59
+3.0%
3.00$41.8028.3 %62.21 %
38
NSP
Insperity
$105.56
+3.3%
3.00$139.0031.7 %52.04 %
39
BIP
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
$36.70
+2.2%
3.00$46.8027.5 %104.01 %
40
REFI
Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance
$14.57
+1.1%
3.00$21.8049.6 %513.05 %
41
IGT
International Game Technology
$16.29
+3.0%
3.00$35.00114.9 %75.06 %
42
NTB
Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son
$33.03
+1.7%
3.00$41.7526.4 %55.42 %
43
CTO
CTO Realty Growth
$18.82
+0.4%
3.00$24.4029.6 %78.11 %
44
CRS
Carpenter Technology
$33.26
+6.4%
3.00$47.7543.6 %52.57 %
45
WD
Walker & Dunlop
$87.56
+4.4%
3.00$171.0095.3 %52.87 %
46
SAR
Saratoga Investment
$20.87
+0.5%
3.00$29.1339.6 %610.40 %
47
CTO
CTO Realty Growth
$18.82
+0.4%
3.00$24.4029.6 %78.11 %
48
VICI
VICI Properties
$30.54
+2.3%
3.00$36.7020.2 %125.23 %
49
KRP
Kimbell Royalty Partners
$17.64
+3.7%
3.00$21.4021.3 %612.96 %
50
RCKY
Rocky Brands
$20.52
+2.2%
3.00$45.67122.5 %53.09 %
51
LKQ
LKQ
$48.62
+3.0%
3.00$66.7537.3 %52.12 %
52
USPH
U.S. Physical Therapy
$78.02
+2.6%
3.00$121.5055.7 %52.16 %
53
GNK
Genco Shipping & Trading
$13.18
+4.9%
3.00$25.0089.7 %715.96 %
54
FIBK
First Interstate BancSystem
$40.84
+1.2%
3.00$46.5013.9 %64.06 %
55
RUTH
Ruth's Hospitality Group
$16.60
-1.6%
3.00$24.5047.6 %53.32 %
56
TCBK
TriCo Bancshares
$45.73
+2.4%
3.00$50.259.9 %52.69 %
57
SHEL
Shell
$52.33
+4.9%
3.00$67.0028.0 %124.02 %
58
LYTS
LSI Industries
$7.76
+0.9%
3.00$13.0067.5 %52.60 %
59
SBLK
Star Bulk Carriers
$17.94
+2.6%
3.00$32.0078.4 %537.76 %
60
GATX
GATX
$88.82
+4.1%
3.00$120.6735.9 %52.44 %
61
TCN
Tricon Residential
$8.96
+3.5%
3.00$16.8287.7 %112.68 %
62
CVE
Cenovus Energy
$16.41
+6.3%
3.00$25.9658.2 %152.08 %
63
RS
Reliance Steel & Aluminum
$182.09
+4.2%
3.00$222.2022.0 %82.01 %
64
VAC
Marriott Vacations Worldwide
$123.91
+1.7%
3.00$194.7557.2 %62.04 %
65
TSLX
Sixth Street Specialty Lending
$16.56
+1.3%
3.00$23.3841.2 %610.28 %
66
STAG
STAG Industrial
$29.18
+2.6%
3.00$43.6049.4 %75.14 %
67
WNC
Wabash National
$15.81
+1.6%
3.00$22.0039.2 %52.06 %
68
FANG
Diamondback Energy
$129.52
+7.0%
2.94$168.8930.4 %212.49 %
69
INVH
Invitation Homes
$34.93
+3.3%
2.93$44.2926.8 %142.61 %
70
VTR
Ventas
$40.61
+1.1%
2.93$60.4748.9 %164.48 %
71
OVV
Ovintiv
$50.24
+8.4%
2.93$70.2939.9 %182.17 %
72
CHK
Chesapeake Energy
$98.93
+4.8%
2.92$105.837.0 %152.34 %
73
CHK
Chesapeake Energy
$98.93
+4.8%
2.92$105.837.0 %152.34 %
74
WELL
Welltower
$65.38
+1.6%
2.92$91.7940.4 %153.79 %
75
NWG
NatWest Group
$5.15
+3.1%
2.92N/AN/A163.43 %
76
AVGO
Broadcom
$456.78
+2.8%
2.92$675.3347.8 %253.69 %
77
MET
MetLife
$62.62
+2.9%
2.92$76.9222.8 %153.29 %
78
VLO
Valero Energy
$112.31
+4.9%
2.91$130.2316.0 %163.67 %
79
MPC
Marathon Petroleum
$102.79
+3.4%
2.91$116.5413.4 %152.34 %
80
ADC
Agree Realty
$67.61
+0.0%
2.91$79.8618.1 %124.16 %
81
EOG
EOG Resources
$119.93
+6.8%
2.90$146.8522.4 %242.69 %
82
LEVI
Levi Strauss & Co.
$15.58
+7.1%
2.90$26.2768.6 %123.32 %
83
IRT
Independence Realty Trust
$17.43
+4.0%
2.90$26.7253.3 %123.35 %
84
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$13.41
+4.8%
2.90$20.1450.2 %112.82 %
85
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$13.41
+4.8%
2.90$20.1450.2 %112.82 %
86
BG
Bunge
$84.39
+2.2%
2.89$118.6740.6 %113.03 %
87
SRE
Sempra
$155.12
+3.3%
2.89$171.6710.7 %123.05 %
88
DIN
Dine Brands Global
$63.45
-0.2%
2.89$92.0045.0 %103.21 %
89
SNV
Synovus Financial
$38.65
+2.9%
2.89$53.0537.3 %113.63 %
90
NOG
Northern Oil and Gas
$29.55
+7.2%
2.89$42.7844.8 %113.65 %
91
NOG
Northern Oil and Gas
$29.55
+7.2%
2.89$42.7844.8 %113.65 %
92
BKR
Baker Hughes
$22.28
+5.9%
2.88$36.0561.8 %193.44 %
93
RCI
Rogers Communications
$39.84
+3.3%
2.88$75.0688.4 %123.94 %
94
SUI
Sun Communities
$137.89
+1.9%
2.88$201.2545.9 %112.60 %
95
SPB
Spectrum Brands
$40.72
+4.2%
2.88$87.00113.7 %104.30 %
96
PDCE
PDC Energy
$61.50
+6.0%
2.86$86.7541.1 %112.42 %
97
GIL
Gildan Activewear
$28.94
+2.3%
2.86$44.1152.4 %102.41 %
98
FUN
Cedar Fair
$40.69
-1.1%
2.86$59.0045.0 %102.92 %
99
WTRG
Essential Utilities
$43.75
+5.4%
2.86$53.3321.9 %82.77 %
100
CIB
Bancolombia
$25.86
+5.8%
2.86$44.0070.1 %812.15 %

Stock research is an essential tool for every successful investor. Some investors are well-versed in reading a company’s balance sheet or have relevant experience with a certain sector. However, many do not. That’s where stock ratings can be helpful.

In this article, we’ll explain the ratings process including what each rating means. We’ll also explain how analysts arrive at their rating and why analysts may change their ratings.

Why Stock Ratings Matter

Stock ratings matter because they convey to investors the reasoned and objective analysis of experienced professionals. Analysts and brokerage firms have access to corporate management. This gives them the ability to see things that won’t be apparent in the headline numbers of an earnings report. Analysts can give individual investors insight into competitive advantages and/or pitfalls that may not be obvious to individual investors.

Analysts spend significant time and effort to provide accurate stock ratings. If an analyst misses badly on a stock rating, it can affect their reputation in the industry as well as the commissions they earn for such pieces of information. With that said, no analyst ever gets it 100% right.

Understanding the Types of Stock Ratings

An analyst rating is an opinion about a stock’s price movement over time (usually about 12 months). It is not indicative of an analyst’s opinion on a specific trading day. Here are the most common ratings and what they mean:

Buy Rating: This is a bullish signal expressing an analyst’s opinion that a stock’s price is likely to increase and therefore is worth buying at its current market price. Some analysts will use the phrase ‘strong buy’ to indicate a high confidence that a stock will move higher. Generally speaking, analysts who give a strong buy rating will have a higher price target than the consensus price.

Sell Rating: This is a bearish signal expressing an analyst’s opinion that a stock’s price is likely to decline and therefore should be sold at its current market price. When an analyst issues a “strong sell” rating they are telling investors that they should liquidate their position in the security as it may fall much further or may be in danger of being delisted.

Hold Rating: This is a neutral signal expressing an analyst’s opinion that a stock’s price is likely to perform at the same pace as other stocks in its sector. A hold rating is particularly significant for dividend stocks because a reliable, and/or growing, dividend will help increase an investor’s total return whether the stock increases in price or not.

Underperform Rating:  An underperform rating is a bearish signal that says a stock is likely to perform worse than the overall market. Analysts may also use the term underweight. Investors can think of this as between a sell and a hold. While it may not be time to sell the stock, the analyst believes the stock is losing upside momentum.

Outperform Stock Rating:  An outperform rating is a bullish signal that a stock is likely to perform much better than the overall market. Analysts may also use the term overweight. Investors can think of this as between a neutral and a buy. Investors may not want to buy the stock, but the analyst believes that an uptrend is gaining momentum.

Stock Ratings Tend to Change During Earnings Season

Every quarter, publicly traded companies deliver earnings reports. These are progress reports for investors. Companies report the prior quarter’s revenue and profit or loss. In some cases, they will issue future guidance for revenue and earnings. And just as importantly, these earnings reports give companies a chance to review their company’s strategy and objectives.

This is also a time when company management answers questions from market analysts. These analysts, in turn, issue ratings for the stock. Analysts take the information they hear from the company’s management team and they compare that to what is being reported on the company’s balance sheet. At that point, they issue a rating for the stock based on where they expect the price to move in the next 12 months.

Do Stock Ratings Change?

Absolutely they do. Publicly traded companies are affected by what’s going on in the broader economy. For example, inflation can lead to higher producer costs. Ideally a company could pass along these costs to consumers to protect their profit margins. However, this isn’t always possible. Geopolitical events can impact companies that have an international supply chain. And sometimes, companies just miss on revenue and earnings forecasts for no discernible reason.

In any of these cases, analysts are challenged to reconsidering their rating. In some cases, an analyst may raise or lower their price target without changing their rating.

Some Final Thoughts on Stock Ratings

No investor should blindly accept the opinion of any analyst. There are outside factors that can weigh on the short term revenue and earnings. Additionally, stock ratings are, at least in part, subjective. That’s why it’s not uncommon for a stock to receive contrary outlooks from different analysts.

However, they do provide a useful starting point for investors who may not be an expert in corporate finance. And stock ratings provide a general sense of the sentiment of institutional investors. It’s up to every investor to decide if that sentiment and timeline matches their own risk tolerance and investment timeline.

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