Top Fifteen Highest-Rated Dividend Companies in 2018

Posted on Sunday, October 21st, 2018 by MarketBeat Staff

MarketBeat tracks approximately 175,000 ratings each year and tracks more than 15,000 securities around the globe that pay dividends each month or quarter.

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 - Ag Growth International (TSE:AFN)

Dividend Yield: 4%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.1
Ratings Breakdown: 7 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$69.67 (17.1% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Ag Growth International (TSE:AFN)

Ag Growth International logoAg Growth International Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes grain handling, storage, and conditioning equipment in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company offers portable handling equipment, such as portable augers, portable belt conveyors, grainvacs, and storm seed treaters; and permanent handling equipment, including TA tapered auger vertical blend systems, high-tonnage conveying systems, distributors, bulk weigh hoppers, enclosed belt conveyors, bucket elevators, rail and truck probes, VIS micro dosing systems, chain conveyors, truss and towers, screw feeders and conveyors, and spout and connections. It also provides storage and conditioning equipment comprising storage bins, temporary storage systems, aeration and conditioning systems, dust collection systems, pneumatic conveying systems, heaters, unloads, petroleum and water storage systems, and bin monitoring systems. The company offers its products under the Batco, Wheatheart, Westfield, Storm, REM, Hutchinson, Mayrath, Hi Roller, Union Iron, HSI, Tramco, PTM, VIS, Nuvision, MMS, Yargus, Brownie, York, CMC, Junge Control, Twister, Grain Guard, Airlanco, Westeel, Frame, AGI Brasil, MFS, Stormor, Neco, GTS, Sentinel, and Guardian brand names. Ag Growth International Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in Winnipeg, Canada. Ag Growth International Inc. is a subsidiary of Benachee Resources Inc.

#2 - Exantas Capital (NYSE:XAN)

Dividend Yield: 5.5%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $12.50 (14.6% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Exantas Capital (NYSE:XAN)

Exantas Capital logoExantas Capital Corp., a real estate investment trust, primarily focuses on the origination, holding, and management of commercial mortgage loans and commercial real estate-related debt investments in the United States. It invests in commercial real estate-related assets, such as first mortgage loans, first priority interests in first mortgage loans, subordinated interests in first mortgage loans, mezzanine debt, and commercial mortgage-backed securities. The company is also involved in the investment of commercial finance assets, including asset-backed securities, debt tranches of collateralized debt and loan obligations, structured note investments, syndicated corporate loans, and preferred equity investment in a commercial leasing enterprise. It qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for federal income tax purposes. The company generally would not be subject to federal corporate income tax to the extent that it distributes 100% of its REIT taxable income. The company was formerly known as Resource Capital Corp. and changed its name to Exantas Capital Corp. in May 2018. Exantas Capital Corp. was founded in 2005 and is based in New York, New York.

#3 - Viper Energy Partners (NASDAQ:VNOM)

Dividend Yield: 6.45%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 13 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $37.2143 (0.0% Upside)

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

Viper Energy Partners logoViper Energy Partners LP owns, acquires, and exploits oil and natural gas properties in North America. The company holds mineral interests covering an area of approximately 43,843 net acres in the Permian Basin, West Texas. As of December 31, 2017, its estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves consisted of 38,246 thousand barrels of crude oil equivalent. Viper Energy Partners GP LLC operates as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Midland, Texas. Viper Energy Partners LP is a subsidiary of Diamondback Energy, Inc.

#4 - Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE:RHP)

Dividend Yield: 4.39%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 5 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $86.40 (11.7% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE:RHP)

Ryman Hospitality Properties logoRyman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP) is a REIT for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company's owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 8,114 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, a 192-room hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry (opry.com), the legendary weekly showcase of country music's finest performers for over 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; 650 AM WSM, the Opry's radio home; Ole Red, a country lifestyle and entertainment brand; and Opry City Stage, the Opry's first home away from home, in Times Square.

#5 - PermRock Royalty Trust (NYSE:PRT)

Dividend Yield: 13.16%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $18.00 (50.5% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for PermRock Royalty Trust (NYSE:PRT)

PermRock Royalty Trust logoPermRock Royalty Trust owns 80% net profits interest in the oil and natural gas production properties acquired by Boaz Energy II, LLC in the Permian Basin, Texas. The company was founded in 2017 and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

#6 - Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR)

Dividend Yield: 3.65%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $62.3750 (100.4% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR)

Maxar Technologies logoMaxar Technologies Ltd., a space and geospatial intelligence company, provides satellites, earth imagery, geospatial data, and analytics for the commercial and government customers worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Space Systems, Imagery, and Services. The Space Systems segment supplies space and ground based infrastructure and information solutions, including communication and imaging satellites, payloads and antenna subsystems, space-based and airborne surveillance solutions, and associated ground infrastructure and support services for communications and surveillance and intelligence applications. This segment also offers a range of services, such as television and radio distribution, broadband Internet, and mobile communications in the communications market; and spacecraft and subsystems for the U.S. government and other customers, as well as robotic systems for the space and terrestrial markets. It serves government agencies, communication satellite operators, and communication satellite manufacturers. The Imagery segment supplies integrated electro-optical and radar imagery products for the U.S., Canadian, and other international government agencies, such as defense and intelligence, as well as commercial customers in various markets. The Services segment provides geospatial products and services for the U.S. government, as well as for other international governments for intelligence, global development organizations, and commercial customers. The company was formerly known as MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. and changed its name to Maxar Technologies Ltd. in October 2017. Maxar Technologies Ltd. was founded in 1969 and is based in Westminster, Colorado.

#7 - Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX)

Dividend Yield: 6.7%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 10 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $44.85 (29.4% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX)

Blackstone Group logoThe Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm also provides financial advisory services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations, retirees, sovereign wealth funds, and institutional and individual investors. The firm manages separate client focused portfolios for its clients. It launches fixed income mutual funds. The firm also launches and manages private equity funds, real estate funds, funds of hedge funds, and credit-focused funds for its clients. It invests in private equity, public equity, fixed income, and alternative investment markets. The Blackstone Group L.P. was founded in 1985 and is based in New York City with additional offices in San Francisco, California, London, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Beijing, China, Dubai, UAE, Dusseldorf, Germany, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Mexico City, Mexico, Paris, France, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Seoul, Korea, Shanghai, China, Singapore, Sydney, Australia, Copenhagen, Denmark, Toronto, Canada, Baltimore, Maryland, and Tokyo, Japan.

#8 - Nutrien (NYSE:NTR)

Dividend Yield: 2.87%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 13 Buy Ratings, 6 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $62.1875 (11.4% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Nutrien (NYSE:NTR)

Nutrien logoNutrien Ltd. produces and markets crop nutrients worldwide. The company offers potash, nitrogen, phosphate, and solid and liquid phosphate fertilizers; and phosphate feed, ammonium sulfate, and industrial acid products. It also retails seeds, crop protection and crop nutrient products, merchandise products, and agronomic services through operating 1,500 retail locations. The company was incorporated in 2017 and is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada.

#9 - Blue Hills Bancorp (NASDAQ:BHBK)

Dividend Yield: 3.33%
Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $22.50 (-6.3% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Blue Hills Bancorp (NASDAQ:BHBK)

Blue Hills Bancorp logoBlue Hills Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Blue Hills Bank that provides financial services to individuals, families, small to mid-size businesses, government, and non-profit organizations in Massachusetts. The company accepts passbook and statement savings, money market, commercial and regular checking, as well as certificates of deposit and IRAs. It also offers 1-4 family residential mortgage, commercial real estate, commercial business, construction, and consumer loans, as well as home equity loans and lines of credit; and investment securities. At December 31, 2017, the company operated through a network of 11 full-service branch offices located in Boston, Dedham, Hyde Park, Milton, Nantucket, Norwood, West Roxbury, and Westwood, Massachusetts. Blue Hills Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts.

#10 - CyrusOne (NASDAQ:CONE)

Dividend Yield: 2.95%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 15 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $69.5294 (11.7% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for CyrusOne (NASDAQ:CONE)

CyrusOne logoCyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is a high-growth real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The Company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for approximately 1,000 customers, including 200 Fortune 1000 companies. With a track record of meeting and surpassing the aggressive speed-to-market demands of hyperscale cloud providers, as well as the expanding IT infrastructure requirements of the enterprise, CyrusOne provides the flexibility, reliability, security, and connectivity that foster business growth. CyrusOne offers a tailored, customer service-focused platform and is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its 45 data centers worldwide.

#11 - Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

Dividend Yield: 2.91%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 22 Buy Ratings, 7 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $48.6154 (7.2% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

Cisco Systems logoCisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. The company offers switching products; routing products that interconnect public and private wireline and mobile networks; data center products; and wireless access points for use in voice, video, and data applications. It also provides collaboration products comprising unified communications, TelePresence, and conferencing, as well as the Internet of Things and analytics software. In addition, the company offers security products, including network and data center security, advanced threat protection, Web and email security, access and policy, unified threat management, advisory, integration, and managed services; and other products, such as service provider video software and solutions, and cloud and system management products. Further, it offers technical support services and advanced services; and hyperconvergence software, cloud calling and contact center solutions, and AI-driven relationship intelligence platform. The company serves businesses of various sizes, public institutions, governments, and service providers. It sells its products directly, as well as through channel partners, such as systems integrators, service providers, other resellers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

#12 - NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE)

Dividend Yield: 2.56%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 11 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $168.9231 (-2.6% Upside)

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

NextEra Energy logoNextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric power to retail and wholesale customers in North America. The company generates electricity through wind, solar, nuclear, and natural gas-fired facilities. It also provides risk management services related to power and gas consumption. As of February 16, 2018, the company operated approximately 46,790 megawatts of net generating capacity. As of December 31, 2017, it served approximately 10 million people through approximately 5 million customer accounts in the east and lower west coasts of Florida with approximately 75,000 circuit miles of transmission and distribution lines and approximately 620 substations. The company was formerly known as FPL Group, Inc. and changed its name to NextEra Energy, Inc. in 2010. NextEra Energy, Inc. was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida.

#13 - SANDS CHINA Ltd/ADR (OTCMKTS:SCHYY)

Dividend Yield: 5.73%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.


Insider Trades by Quarter for SANDS CHINA Ltd/ADR (OTCMKTS:SCHYY)

SANDS CHINA Ltd/ADR logoSands China Ltd., an investment holding company, develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts and casinos in Macao. It owns and operates The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, the Sands Cotai Central resort, The Parisian Macao resort, The Plaza Macao, and Sands Macao casino; the CotaiExpo, an convention and exhibition hall; the Cotai Arena, an entertainment venue; and luxury and mid-market retail malls with approximately 800 shops. As of December 31, 2017, the company had 12,605 suites and hotel rooms, 19 Paiza Mansions, 1,660 table games, 5,293 slot machines, and approximately 140 restaurants and food outlets, as well as other integrated resort amenities. It also offers ferry transportation and leasing services, and pontoon leasing; security services; human resources administration services; financing; mall management services; travel and tourism agency services; and procurement, marketing, and administrative services, as well as outsourcing services, including information technology, accounting, hotel reservation, and marketing. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Taipa, Macau. Sands China Ltd. is a subsidiary of Venetian Venture Development Intermediate II.

#14 - New Residential Investment (NYSE:NRZ)

Dividend Yield: 11.17%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 5 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $19.85 (10.8% Upside)

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

New Residential Investment logoNew Residential Investment Corp., a real estate investment trust, focuses on investing in and managing residential mortgage related assets in the United States. It operates through Servicing Related Assets, Residential Securities and Loans, and Other Investments segments. The company invests in excess mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) on residential mortgage loans; and in servicer advances, including the basic fee component of the related MSRs. It also invests in real estate securities, residential mortgage loans, investments in consumer loans, and corporate. In addition, the company has an interest in a portfolio of consumer loans, including unsecured and homeowner loans. The company qualifies as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. It generally would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in New York, New York.

#15 - Shaw Communications (TSE:SJR.B)

Dividend Yield: 4.75%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 7 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$29.72 (17.9% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Shaw Communications (TSE:SJR.B)

Shaw Communications logoShaw Communications Inc. (Shaw) is a diversified connectivity provider. The Company operates through four divisions: Consumer, Wireless, Business Network Services and Business Infrastructure Services. Under the Consumer division, the Company offers Cable telecommunications and Satellite video services to residential customers. Its Business Network Services division offers data networking, Cable telecommunications, Satellite video and fleet tracking services to businesses and public sector entities. Its Business Infrastructure Services division offers data center colocation, cloud technology and managed information technology (IT) solutions to businesses. The Company offers wireless services for voice and data communications through its Wireless division. Its wireline services offer approximately 120 high definition (HD) channels and over 10,000 on-demand, pay-per-view and subscription movie and television programming titles.





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