Top Fifteen Highest-Rated Dividend Companies in 2018

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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 - Morneau Shepell (TSE:MSI)

Dividend Yield: 3.29%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$23.60 (-0.8% 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.

#2 - Triton International (NYSE:TRTN)

Dividend Yield: 6.32%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $43.20 (53.4% Upside)

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

Triton International logoTriton International Limited engages in the acquisition, leasing, re-leasing, and sale of various intermodal containers and chassis to shipping lines, and freight forwarding companies and manufacturers. It operates in two segments, Equipment Leasing and Equipment Trading. The company primarily leases dry freight containers, refrigerated containers, special containers, tank containers, and chassis, as well as manages containers owned by third parties. As of December 31, 2016, its total fleet consisted of 3,098,198 containers and chassis representing 5,085,344 twenty-foot equivalent units. The company also purchases containers from shipping line customers and other sellers, and resells these containers to container retailers and users for storage and one-way shipments. It operates in Asia, Europe, North America/South America, Bermuda, and internationally. The company was founded in 1980 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

#3 - New Residential Investment (NYSE:NRZ)

Dividend Yield: 12.09%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $18.88 (14.1% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for New Residential Investment (NYSE:NRZ)

New Residential Investment logoNew Residential Investment Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on investing in, and managing, investments related to residential real estate. The Company's segments include investments in excess mortgage servicing rights (Excess MSRs); investments in mortgage servicing rights (MSRs); investments in servicer advances; investments in real estate securities; investments in residential mortgage loans; investments in consumer loans, and corporate. Its portfolio includes mortgage servicing related assets, residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans and other investments. The Company's servicing related assets include its investments in Excess MSRs, MSRs and servicer advances. The Company invests in agency RMBS and non-agency RMBS. The Company's other investments consist of consumer loans.

#4 - Viper Energy Partners (NASDAQ:VNOM)

Dividend Yield: 7.86%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 11 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $25.91 (10.7% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Viper Energy Partners (NASDAQ:VNOM)

Viper Energy Partners logoViper Energy Partners LP is engaged in owning, acquiring and exploiting oil and natural gas properties in North America. The Company's assets are located in the Permian Basin of West Texas. As of December 31, 2016, the Permian Basin consisted of approximately 85,000 square miles. As of December 31, 2016, its assets consisted of mineral interests underlying 107,568 gross acres in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, there were 545 vertical wells and 190 horizontal wells producing on this acreage. As of December 31, 2016, its estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of its assets was 31,435 thousand barrels of crude oil equivalent (MBOE). As of December 31, 2016, the Company's proved reserves were approximately 68% oil, 18% natural gas liquids and 14% natural gas. In addition to its mineral interests, the Company owns a minor equity interest in an entity that owns mineral, overriding royalty, net profits, leasehold and other similar interests.

#5 - Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO)

Dividend Yield: 2.81%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 32 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $304.80 (22.2% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO)

Broadcom logoBroadcom Limited is a designer, developer and global supplier of a range of semiconductor devices with a focus on digital and mixed signal complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-based devices and analog III-V based products. The Company operates through four segments: Wired Infrastructure, Wireless Communications, Enterprise Storage, and Industrial & Other. It offers a range of products that are used in end-products, such as enterprise and data center networking, home connectivity, set-top boxes (STBs), broadband access, telecommunication equipment, smartphones, data center servers and storage systems, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, and electronic displays. Its product portfolio ranges from discrete devices to complex sub-systems that include multiple device types, and also includes firmware for interfacing between analog and digital systems. Its products include mechanical hardware that interfaces with optoelectronic or capacitive sensors.

#6 - Muenchener Rckvrrgs Gsllcht Mhn (OTCMKTS:MURGY)

Dividend Yield: 5.55%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.


Insider Trades by Quarter for Muenchener Rckvrrgs Gsllcht Mhn (OTCMKTS:MURGY)

Muenchener Rckvrrgs Gsllcht Mhn logoMuenchener Rueckversicherungs Gesellschaft AG in Muenchen is a Germany-based company engaged in reinsurance and insurance business. The Company divides its operations into reinsurance, primary insurance, and Munich Health and Asset management. The Reinsurance business comprises five divisions: Life; Europe and Latin America; Germany, Asia Pacific and Africa; Special and Financial Risks, and Global Clients and North America. The business covers a range of products from traditional reinsurance products to solutions for risk assumption. The Company's primary insurance activities are combined into the ERGO Insurance Group (ERGO), which offers direct insurance, life, property-casualty, health, legal expenses and travel insurance products. It covers the Company's international health reinsurance business and health primary insurance outside Germany and engages the risk management services. The Asset management business handles the investment activities of Munich Re and ERGO.

#7 - Western Forest Products (TSE:WEF)

Dividend Yield: 2.86%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$3.25 (15.7% 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.

#8 - McDonald's (NYSE:MCD)

Dividend Yield: 2.51%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 24 Buy Ratings, 6 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $186.04 (15.8% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for McDonald's (NYSE:MCD)

McDonald's logoMcDonald's Corporation (McDonald's) operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants. The Company's restaurants serve a locally relevant menu of food and drinks sold at various price points in over 100 countries. The Company's segments include U.S., International Lead Markets, High Growth Markets, and Foundational Markets and Corporate. The U.S. segment focuses on offering a platform for authentic ingredients that allows customers to customize their sandwiches. Its High Growth Markets segment includes its operations in markets, such as China, Italy, Korea, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and related markets. The International Lead markets segment includes the Company's operations in various markets, such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and related markets. The Foundational markets and Corporate segment is engaged in operating restaurants and increasing convenience to customers, including through drive-thru and delivery.

#9 - Stellus Capital Investment (NYSE:SCM)

Dividend Yield: 11.53%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $14.50 (23.0% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Stellus Capital Investment (NYSE:SCM)

Stellus Capital Investment logoStellus Capital Investment Corporation is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company originates and invests primarily in private middle-market companies through first lien, second lien, unitranche and mezzanine debt financing, with corresponding equity co-investments. The Company's investment objective is to maximize the total return to its stockholders in the form of current income and capital appreciation. It invests in various sectors, such as business services, energy, general industrial, government services, healthcare, software and specialty finance. Its investment advisor is Stellus Capital Management, LLC (Stellus Capital Management). Stellus Capital Management is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities, conducting research and performing due diligence on investments, negotiating and structuring the Company's investments, originating prospective investments, and monitoring its investments and portfolio companies on an ongoing basis.

#10 - Rocky Mountain Dealerships (TSE:RME)

Dividend Yield: 3.64%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$14.50 (14.6% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Rocky Mountain Dealerships (TSE:RME)

Rocky Mountain Dealerships logoRocky Mountain Dealerships Inc. is an agriculture equipment dealer with a network of full-service agriculture and industrial equipment stores across the Canadian Prairie Provinces. The Company operates in two segments: agriculture segment and industrial segment. The agriculture segment primarily includes sales of agricultural equipment, parts and services, and the industrial segment includes sales of industrial equipment, parts and services. Through its subsidiaries, the Company sells, leases, and provides product and warranty support for a range of agriculture and industrial equipment in Western Canada. The Company's operations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are conducted through Rocky Mountain Equipment Canada Ltd., under the name Rocky Mountain Equipment. It offers its customers a solution for their equipment needs through new and used equipment sales, parts sales, repairs and maintenance services, and third-party equipment financing and insurance services.

#11 - Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD)

Dividend Yield: 2.71%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 12 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $181.77 (11.8% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD)

Air Products & Chemicals logoAir Products and Chemicals, Inc., is an industrial gases company. The Company's Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. The Company is also a supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company operates through five segments: Industrial Gases-Americas, Industrial Gases-Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Industrial Gases-Asia, Industrial Gases-Global, and Corporate and other.

#12 - ING Groep (NYSE:ING)

Dividend Yield: 3.33%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 0 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.

#13 - Education Realty Trust (NYSE:EDR)

Dividend Yield: 5.04%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $40.70 (31.4% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Education Realty Trust (NYSE:EDR)

Education Realty Trust logoEducation Realty Trust, Inc. (EdR) is a self-managed and self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Trust is engaged in developing, acquiring, owning and managing collegiate housing communities located near university campuses. The Trust operates through three segments: collegiate housing leasing, development consulting services and management services. The Trust develops collegiate housing communities for its own account and also provides third-party development consulting services on collegiate housing development projects for universities and other third parties. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust owned 64 collegiate housing communities located in 22 states containing 32,729 beds in 12,294 apartment units on or near 38 university campuses. As of December 31, 2016, the Trust provided third-party management services for 22 collegiate housing communities located in 11 states containing 11,767 beds in 4,214 apartment units on or near 17 university campuses.

#14 - NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE)

Dividend Yield: 2.92%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 12 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $159.71 (4.9% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE)

NextEra Energy logoNextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE) is a holding company. The Company is an electric power companies in North America and, through its subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (NEER) and its affiliated entities, is the generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. NEE also owns and/or operates generation, transmission and distribution facilities to support its services to retail and wholesale customers, and has investments in gas infrastructure assets. Its segments include FPL and NEER. Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is a rate-regulated electric utility engaged primarily in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electric energy in Florida. NEER is a diversified clean energy company with a business strategy that emphasizes the development, acquisition and operation of long-term contracted assets with a focus on renewable projects. NEER owns, develops, constructs, manages and operates electric generation facilities in wholesale energy markets.

#15 - International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT)

Dividend Yield: 2.9%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 5 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $31.08 (17.3% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT)

International Game Technology logoInternational Game Technology (IGT) is a global gaming company specializing in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of casino-style gaming equipment, systems technology, and game content across multiple platforms: land-based, online real-money and social gaming. The Company is a supplier of gaming entertainment products worldwide. IGT operates in two segments: North America and International. North America consists of the Company's operations in the United States and Canada, which comprised 78% of the revenue during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013 (fiscal 2013). International consists of its operations in all other jurisdictions worldwide, which consists of 22% of the consolidated revenues in fiscal 2013. The Company recognized revenues in three categories, which includes Gaming Operations, Product Sales and Interactive.







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