Top Fifteen Highest-Rated Dividend Companies in 2017

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This slide show lists the 15 dividend-paying companies (having yields above 25%) that also have the highest average analyst recommendations from Wall Street's equities research analysts over the last 12 months.

#1 - ING Groep (NYSE:ING)

Dividend Yield: 3.27%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.2
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.


Insider Trades by Quarter for ING Groep (NYSE:ING)

ING Groep logoING Groep N.V. (ING) is a financial institution. The Company offers banking services. The Company's segments include Retail Netherlands, which offers current and savings accounts, business lending, mortgages and other consumer lending in the Netherlands; Retail Belgium, which offers products that are similar to those in the Netherlands; Retail Germany, which offers current and savings accounts, mortgages and other customer lending; Retail Other, which offers products that are similar to those in the Netherlands, and Wholesale Banking, which offers wholesale banking activities (a full range of products from cash management to corporate finance), real estate and lease. The Company's Retail Banking business lines provide products and services to individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-corporates. ING's banking activities in Australia are undertaken by ING Bank (Australia) Limited (trading as ING Direct) and ING Bank NV Sydney Branch.

#2 - SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical (NYSE:SHI)

Dividend Yield: 5.61%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 3.1
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.


Insider Trades by Quarter for SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical (NYSE:SHI)

SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical logoSinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited (Shanghai Petrochemical) is a petrochemical company. The Company and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in processing crude oil into synthetic fibers, resins and plastics, intermediate petrochemicals and petroleum products. The Company operates in five operating segments. The synthetic fibres segment produces polyester and acrylic fibers, which are used in the textile and apparel industries. The resins and plastics segment produces polyester chips, polyethylene resins and films, polypropylene resins and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) granules. The intermediate petrochemicals segment produces p-xylene, benzene and ethylene oxide. The petroleum products segment is equipped with crude oil distillation facilities used to produce vacuum and atmospheric gas oils used as feedstock of the Company's downstream processing facilities. The trading of petrochemical products segment is engaged in importing and exporting of petrochemical products.

#3 - Lazard (NYSE:LAZ)

Dividend Yield: 3.24%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.1
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $48.00 (-5.5% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Lazard (NYSE:LAZ)

Lazard logoLazard Ltd (Lazard) is a financial advisory and asset management company. The Company operates through two segments: Financial Advisory and Asset Management. It serves a range of clients around the world, including corporations, governments, institutions, partnerships and individuals. The Financial Advisory business segment offers corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients across the globe a range of financial advisory services regarding mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other strategic matters, restructurings, capital structure, capital raising and various other financial matters to corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients. The Asset Management business provides investment solutions and investment management services in equity and fixed income strategies, alternative investments and private equity funds to corporations, public funds and sovereign entities.

#4 - Wynn Macau (OTCMKTS:WYNMY)

Dividend Yield: 2.54%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.


Insider Trades by Quarter for Wynn Macau (OTCMKTS:WYNMY)

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#5 - Morneau Shepell (TSE:MSI)

Dividend Yield: 3.49%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$23.60 (4.9% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Morneau Shepell (TSE:MSI)

Morneau Shepell logoMorneau Shepell Inc. is a Canada-based company, which provides health and productivity, administrative and retirement solutions to assist employers in managing the financial security, health and productivity of their employees. The Company offers its services to organizations that are situated in Canada, the United States and internationally. The Company's services include consulting engagements, outsourcing engagements, employee and family assistance programs, and absence management solutions. The Company's administrative solutions practice is characterized by fixed contracts, which has 3 to 5 year terms. Its absence management solutions include attendance support and disability management. The Company's subsidiaries include Morneau Shepell Ltd., Morneau Shepell Limited, Morneau Shepell Asset & Risk Management Ltd., Morneau Shepell (Bahams) Ltd. and Morneau Shepell BDA Limited.

#6 - Western Forest Products (TSE:WEF)

Dividend Yield: 3.17%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$2.88 (14.3% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Western Forest Products (TSE:WEF)

Western Forest Products logoWestern Forest Products Inc. operates as an integrated softwood forest products company. The company’s activities include timber harvesting, reforestation, forest management, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips, and value-added lumber remanufacturing. It offers products of various tree species, such as western red cedar, hem-fir, douglas fir, yellow cedar, and sitka spruce. The company sells its products in approximately 25 countries worldwide. Western Forest Products Inc. was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

#7 - CyrusOne (NASDAQ:CONE)

Dividend Yield: 2.81%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 11 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $63.82 (7.4% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for CyrusOne (NASDAQ:CONE)

CyrusOne logoCyrusOne Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company is an owner, operator and developer of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, multi-tenant data center properties. The Company's data centers are generally purpose-built facilities with redundant power and cooling. The CyrusOne National IX Platform (the National IX Platform) delivers interconnection across states and between metro-enabled sites within its footprint and beyond. The Company has data centers in the United States, London and Singapore. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided mission-critical data center facilities for 932 customers in 35 data centers and two recovery centers in 11 distinct markets (nine cities in the United States, London and Singapore) with approximately 3,904,000 net rentable square feet (NRSF). The Company provides round the clock security guard monitoring with customizable security features. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had approximately 1,657,000 NRSF under development.

#8 - Triton International (NYSE:TRTN)

Dividend Yield: 4.97%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $43.20 (13.7% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Triton International (NYSE:TRTN)

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#9 - Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment (NYSE:CHMI)

Dividend Yield: 10.63%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $19.25 (4.5% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment (NYSE:CHMI)

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment logoCherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation is a residential real estate finance company. The Company is focused on acquiring, investing in and managing residential mortgage assets in the United States. Its principal objective is to generate attractive current yields and risk-adjusted total returns for its stockholders over the long term, primarily through dividend distributions and secondarily through capital appreciation. The Company focuses on attaining this objective, subject to market conditions and availability and terms of financing, by selectively constructing and managing a targeted portfolio of Servicing Related Assets, residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), prime mortgage loans and other cashflowing residential mortgage assets. The Company operates its business through segments, including investments in RMBS; investments in Servicing Related Assets, and All Other. The Company is externally managed by Cherry Hill Mortgage Management, LLC.

#10 - TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO)

Dividend Yield: 4.46%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $22.75 (54.8% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO)

TiVo logoTiVo Corporation is engaged in offering media and entertainment products. The Company operates through two segments: Intellectual Property Licensing and Product. The Company's Product segment includes a suite of component technologies that can be integrated into media service provider internally developed platforms or deployed as an integrated TiVo solution. The Company provides a range of intellectual property, cloud-based services and set-top box solutions that enable people to use online video, television, movies and music entertainment, including content discovery through device embedded and cloud-based interactive program guides (IPGs), digital video recorders (DVRs), natural language voice and text search, cloud-based recommendations services and its entertainment metadata (descriptive information, promotional images or other content that describes or relates to television shows, videos, movies, sports, music, books, games or other entertainment content).

#11 - Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP)

Dividend Yield: 3.97%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 7 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $50.50 (12.6% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP)

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners logoBrookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. owns and operates utilities, transport, energy and communications infrastructure businesses in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company's segments include utilities, transport, energy, communications infrastructure and other. The utilities segment consists of regulated businesses, including regulated distribution (electricity and natural gas connections), electricity transmission and a regulated terminal (coal export terminal). The transport segment consists of open access systems that provide transportation, storage and handling services for freight, bulk commodities and passengers. The Company's energy segment consists of systems that provide transportation, storage and distribution services. The Company's communications infrastructure segment provides services and infrastructure to the media broadcasting and telecommunication sectors.

#12 - Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust (NASDAQ:WHLR)

Dividend Yield: 12.15%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $15.40 (38.9% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust (NASDAQ:WHLR)

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust logoWheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. is a self-managed commercial real estate investment company. The Company focuses on acquiring and managing retail properties with a primary focus on grocery-anchored centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a portfolio consisting of 74 properties, including 59 retail shopping centers and five freestanding retail properties totaling 4,906,511 gross leasable square feet of which approximately 94% were leased, one office property, eight undeveloped land parcels totaling approximately 70 acres and one redevelopment project. Its properties are located in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Its properties include Alex City Marketplace, Berkley Shopping Center, Clover Plaza, Darien Shopping Center, Cypress Shopping Center, Harrodsburg Marketplace, LaGrange Marketplace, Riverbridge Shopping Center and Village of Martinsville.

#13 - Moelis & Co (NYSE:MC)

Dividend Yield: 3.1%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $43.40 (-9.9% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Moelis & Co (NYSE:MC)

Moelis & Co logoMoelis & Company is an investment banking advisory company. The Company provides strategic and financial advice to a client base, including corporations, governments and financial sponsors. The Company offers financial advisory services across various industry sectors. It advices its clients on decisions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), recapitalizations and restructurings, and other corporate finance matters. With 17 offices located in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, the Company provided information flow and cross-border solutions as of December 31, 2016. The Company offers advisory services in all industries, including consumer, retail and restaurants; energy, power and infrastructure; financial institutions; financial sponsors; general industrials; healthcare; real estate, gaming, lodging and leisure, and technology, media and telecommunications. It advises clients on all aspects of public and private debt and equity transactions.

#14 - SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM)

Dividend Yield: 2.59%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.


Insider Trades by Quarter for SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM)

SK Telecom logoSK Telecom Co., Ltd. provides wireless telecommunications in Korea. The Company is engaged in the commercial development and implementation of wireless and fixed-line technologies and services, as well as develop its platforms, including Internet of things (IoT) solutions, lifestyle enhancement and advanced media. It operates through three segments: cellular services, which include wireless voice and data transmission services, sales of wireless devices, IoT solutions platform services and lifestyle enhancement platform services; fixed-line telecommunication services, which include fixed-line telephone services, broadband Internet services, advanced media platform services (including Internet Protocol television (IPTV)) and business communications services, and other businesses, which include its commerce business, its hardware business and other operations. Its brands include SK Telecom, T-Roaming, 7Mobile, B phone, 00700, B tv, Syrup, UO Smart Beam Laser, Astell&Kern and Nate.

#15 - Yirendai (NYSE:YRD)

Dividend Yield: 3.72%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $55.00 (37.3% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Yirendai (NYSE:YRD)

Yirendai logoYirendai Ltd. is engaged in online consumer finance marketplace business in China. The Company conducts its business in China, through Yi Ren Heng Ye Technology Development (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (Heng Ye) and its consolidated variable interest entity, Heng Cheng Technology Development (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (Heng Cheng). Heng Cheng operates its Website, www.yirendai.com, and has an Internet content provider (ICP) license as an Internet information provider. Its online marketplace facilitates standard loan products, express loan products and vertical loan products to borrowers. Uses for these loan products include home remodels, durable good purchases, travel and continuing education. Its online marketplace provides investors with various investing tools, such as automated investing tool and self-directed investing tool. It maintains a secondary loan market on its marketplace where investors can transfer the loans they hold prior to maturity at the fair value of the remaining loans.







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