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Remember the good old days of your youth, when you took the bus back and forth to school? "We had to wait in all kinds of weather, not like these spoiled kids today, whose moms schlep them back and forth in the latest fancy SUVs. Get off of my lawn you kids, and NO, you can't have your @#$% soccer ball back!" (OK, mean old Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace, that's enough out of you...) This niche industry stock yields 7.87% with a conservative 40% dividend payout ratio. Its contracts average three to eight years, with a 95% renewal rate. It reported record revenues and EBITDA in its most recent quarter.Analysts are forecasting consensus EPS growth of 16.7% for fiscal 2017 and 71% EPS growth for fiscal 2018.

Student Transportation (NASDAQ:STB) is in a unique position and represents a pure play - it's the only publicly traded school bus stock in the US market. It's based in Canada, but it pays its monthly dividends in US dollars since 90% of its revenues come from its US operations. Founded in 1997, Student Transportation Inc. is North America's largest independent provider of student transportation solutions, operating more than 13,000 vehicles. STB focuses on rural and suburban areas, and has over 300 contracts that average 3-8 years, renewable.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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What's not to love about dividend stocks? Dividends can generate income streams, and be reinvested to grow your total number of shares, which can power your total capital appreciation over the long term. Once you get past the somewhat higher-than-average dividend-yielders, however, the risk level among dividend stocks generally increases.

That's certainly true in the 5%-plus-yielding territory. However, there will always be some stocks among this group that are less risky than many of their brethren. Two such stocks that are worth buying -- or at least putting on your radar -- that have beaten the market over the last 10 years are Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN) and Iron Mountain (NYSE:IRM).

Source: Motley Fool

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A recent CNBC "Trading Nation" segment examined which high dividend yielding stocks investors should avoid if the Federal Reserve hikes its interest rates next week. Boris Schlossberg of BK Asset Management explained during the CNBC segment that interest rates are most certainly heading higher and once they do dividend yielding stocks will be "squeezed" - especially if the companies won't be able to grow their dividends moving forward. The four stocks are...

Frontier Communications Corp (FTR) 16.9%, Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT (IRM) 6.3%, Welltower Inc. (HCN) 5.2% and Ventas, Inc. (VTR) 5.1%. CNBC noted that big dividend paying stocks tend to move alongside bond prices, which is inversely correlated to yields. In other words, as bond yield rise, the prospect of dividend paying stocks are less enticing. The report added that the four stocks mentioned also contain above-market price-to-earnings valuations and a minimum dividend yield of 5 percent.

Source: Benzinga

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4 Top Warren Buffett Dividend Stocks

Posted by D4L | Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 0 comments »

Airline operators are no longer trying to undercut one another to death in the name of expansion. Instead, they’re now attempting to add value through strong profitability, robust cash flows, and healthy capital returns in the form of dividends and share repurchases–things that Buffett has always adored. Of course, those are also qualities that I constantly advise our Income Investors readers to look for in a company. So with that in mind, let’s take a glance at each one of Buffett’s airline purchases for possible dividend stock opportunities.

Berkshire bought in as airline stocks were flying high, seemingly running counter to Buffett’s “buy low” mantra. Well, Buffett isn’t exactly waiting for a pullback to buy more. Because according to a recent 13F filing, Berkshire not only added to holdings of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL), United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE:UAL), and American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ:AAL), but also purchased a new stake in Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV). That brings Berkshire’s total investment in major U.S. airlines to more than $9.0 billion. (Source: “Form 13F,” U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, last accessed February 17, 2017.)

Source: Income Investor

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The danger of a high yield that is, in fact, too high is that it may suggest the stock price has fallen dangerously low for a reason. Super-high-yield stocks whose prices have fallen precipitously because of some major problem within the company may herald that the yield is going to be cut back. The company may have liquidity problems. So here’s a look at the three stocks with the highest dividend yield to see if they are safe to invest in. Note that I exclude royalty trusts and shipping companies as these have special circumstances as securities...

Stage Stores Inc (NYSE:SSI) is a company I’ve never heard of, despite it having over 800 stores across 39 states. It has a direct-to-consumer business also, that operates under the brand names of Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal and Peebles (as well as Stage). I don’t see this dividend as sustainable. New York Mortgage Trust Inc (NASDAQ:NYMT) is an mREIT that invests in residential mortgage-backed securities, multifamily commercial mortgage-backed securities, and residential mortgage loans. NYMT trades at $6.37 and pays 96-cent-per-share per year, for an annualized yield of 15.1%. NYMT is trying to hold on to the idea of paying this high yield through a very expensive capital raise. TICC Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:TICC) is a Business Development Company. TICC trades at $7.32 and pays $1.16 per share, for a dividend yield of 15.9%, making it one of the top high-yield stocks in the market. I think we have a dividend cut coming.

Source: InvestorPlace

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