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
Copa Holdings, S.A. stock logo
CPA
Copa
$97.72
-0.3%
3.50$146.3349.7%96.59%
2
ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. stock logo
CNOB
ConnectOne Bancorp
$19.31
-1.9%
3.25$25.2530.8%63.52%
3
Kemper Co. stock logo
KMPR
Kemper
$58.23
+1.1%
3.17$70.6721.4%72.13%
4
Kimbell Royalty Partners, LP stock logo
KRP
Kimbell Royalty Partners
$15.46
-1.3%
3.14$21.0035.9%713.20%
5
Atlas Energy Solutions Inc. stock logo
AESI
Atlas Energy Solutions
$19.37
+0.2%
3.10$24.9028.5%103.30%
6
Targa Resources Corp. stock logo
TRGP
Targa Resources
$100.98
+1.7%
3.10$106.565.5%121.98%
7
LKQ Co. stock logo
LKQ
LKQ
$52.09
+0.2%
3.00$63.5021.9%52.30%
8
Mondelez International, Inc. stock logo
MDLZ
Mondelez International
$71.51
-1.2%
3.00$81.3713.8%202.38%
9
First Mid Bancshares, Inc. stock logo
FMBH
First Mid Bancshares
$30.56
+1.5%
3.00$36.5019.4%53.01%
10
Alpine Income Property Trust, Inc. stock logo
PINE
Alpine Income Property Trust
$15.74
+2.1%
3.00$19.8025.8%76.99%
11
Silicon Motion Technology Co. stock logo
SIMO
Silicon Motion Technology
$72.29
+0.1%
3.00$84.5717.0%102.75%
12
Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc. stock logo
EPRT
Essential Properties Realty Trust
$24.49
+0.5%
3.00$27.9414.1%94.66%
13
GeoPark Limited stock logo
GPRK
GeoPark
$8.49
-3.3%
3.00$13.6761.1%56.36%
14
Archrock, Inc. stock logo
AROC
Archrock
$18.36
3.00$17.33-5.6%63.59%
15
First Busey Co. stock logo
BUSE
First Busey
$22.94
0.0%
3.00$24.506.8%64.18%
16
Viper Energy, Inc. stock logo
VNOM
Viper Energy
$37.22
+3.1%
3.00$37.581.0%92.90%
17
Regency Centers Co. stock logo
REG
Regency Centers
$62.90
+1.9%
3.00$71.8014.1%114.26%
18
Vitesse Energy, Inc. stock logo
VTS
Vitesse Energy
$22.74
-1.3%
3.00$27.1319.3%58.80%
19
Manulife Financial Co. stock logo
MFC
Manulife Financial
$23.99
+0.5%
3.00$33.3339.0%74.96%
20
Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. stock logo
DCOM
Dime Community Bancshares
$17.50
-6.8%
3.00$28.3361.9%55.71%
21
Centerra Gold Inc. stock logo
CGAU
Centerra Gold
$5.32
+2.3%
3.00$9.0770.6%93.76%
22
Bank of Montreal stock logo
BMO
Bank of Montreal
$91.38
+0.7%
3.00$131.0043.4%54.74%
23
Upbound Group, Inc. stock logo
UPBD
Upbound Group
$32.98
-1.5%
3.00$37.2012.8%64.49%
24
Perrigo Company plc stock logo
PRGO
Perrigo
$26.22
-0.4%
3.00$42.5062.1%54.16%
25
Royalty Pharma plc stock logo
RPRX
Royalty Pharma
$29.89
-0.1%
3.00$52.2574.8%62.81%
26
Crescent Point Energy Corp. stock logo
CPG
Crescent Point Energy
$7.44
-0.8%
3.00$13.7584.9%63.90%
27
Ladder Capital Corp stock logo
LADR
Ladder Capital
$10.70
-1.2%
3.00$12.0012.2%68.60%
28
Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc. stock logo
BRDG
Bridge Investment Group
$7.07
-5.2%
3.00$11.5062.7%59.62%
29
PHX Minerals Inc. stock logo
PHX
PHX Minerals
$3.04
-0.7%
3.00$5.5080.9%53.95%
30
Rithm Capital Corp. stock logo
RITM
Rithm Capital
$10.80
-1.6%
3.00$12.0011.1%99.26%
31
Credicorp Ltd. stock logo
BAP
Credicorp
$170.87
-0.6%
3.00$181.736.4%63.96%
32
Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. stock logo
FCPT
Four Corners Property Trust
$25.31
+2.6%
3.00$26.334.0%55.45%
33
Regency Centers Co. stock logo
REG
Regency Centers
$62.90
+1.9%
3.00$71.8014.1%114.26%
34
Jefferies Financial Group Inc. stock logo
JEF
Jefferies Financial Group
$42.45
+1.5%
3.00$39.67-6.6%52.83%
35
AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. stock logo
AB
AllianceBernstein
$33.00
+1.3%
3.00$39.4419.5%69.33%
36
National Fuel Gas stock logo
NFG
National Fuel Gas
$50.10
+2.7%
3.00$60.2520.3%53.95%
37
Cenovus Energy Inc. stock logo
CVE
Cenovus Energy
$17.45
-1.4%
3.00$25.0043.3%52.35%
38
Crescent Energy stock logo
CRGY
Crescent Energy
$11.12
-2.2%
3.00$16.4347.7%84.32%
39
Rogers Communications Inc. stock logo
RCI
Rogers Communications
$44.40
-0.3%
3.00$52.0017.1%53.31%
40
Cedar Fair, L.P. stock logo
FUN
Cedar Fair
$42.78
+0.8%
3.00$49.6716.1%102.81%
41
The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited stock logo
NTB
Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son
$29.56
-0.7%
3.00$33.5013.3%55.95%
42
NiSource Inc. stock logo
NI
NiSource
$26.61
+1.8%
3.00$29.009.0%83.98%
43
Essential Utilities, Inc. stock logo
WTRG
Essential Utilities
$35.45
+1.7%
3.00$47.0032.6%73.47%
44
Schlumberger Limited stock logo
SLB
Schlumberger
$49.42
+0.1%
3.00$70.6743.0%162.02%
45
MetLife, Inc. stock logo
MET
MetLife
$69.91
+0.3%
2.92$77.2310.5%152.98%
46
Prologis, Inc. stock logo
PLD
Prologis
$133.63
-0.7%
2.92$141.736.1%192.60%
47
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. stock logo
EPD
Enterprise Products Partners
$27.65
-0.4%
2.92$32.4217.2%157.45%
48
Sempra stock logo
SRE
Sempra
$70.73
+1.2%
2.91$81.8315.7%143.36%
49
American Tower Co. stock logo
AMT
American Tower
$206.15
+2.2%
2.91$219.006.2%133.30%
50
Rio Tinto Group stock logo
RIO
Rio Tinto Group
$64.85
-0.4%
2.91$72.0011.0%135.44%
51
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. stock logo
BIP
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
$28.67
-1.2%
2.90$39.1136.4%115.65%
52
East West Bancorp, Inc. stock logo
EWBC
East West Bancorp
$73.22
+1.5%
2.90$77.085.3%143.00%
53
FTAI Aviation Ltd. stock logo
FTAI
FTAI Aviation
$58.21
+0.0%
2.89$46.95-19.3%122.06%
54
Sysco Co. stock logo
SYY
Sysco
$79.51
-0.6%
2.88$85.447.5%122.52%
55
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. stock logo
ARE
Alexandria Real Estate Equities
$126.01
+1.4%
2.88$137.138.8%94.03%
56
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited stock logo
AEM
Agnico Eagle Mines
$51.96
+4.7%
2.88$63.7122.6%103.08%
57
CVS Health Co. stock logo
CVS
CVS Health
$73.89
+0.1%
2.88$90.0021.8%253.60%
58
Redwood Trust, Inc. stock logo
RWT
Redwood Trust
$6.03
-1.8%
2.88$8.0333.2%1010.62%
59
Mplx Lp stock logo
MPLX
Mplx
$39.51
+1.3%
2.88$42.507.6%98.61%
60
Kodiak Gas Services, Inc. stock logo
KGS
Kodiak Gas Services
$26.54
+2.1%
2.86$23.57-11.2%75.73%
61
The Coca-Cola Company stock logo
KO
Coca-Cola
$59.82
+0.5%
2.86$67.0012.0%123.08%
62
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. stock logo
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$11.82
-3.0%
2.86$12.697.3%123.05%
63
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. stock logo
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$11.82
-3.0%
2.86$12.697.3%123.05%
64
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. stock logo
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$11.82
-3.0%
2.86$12.697.3%123.05%
65
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. stock logo
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$11.82
-3.0%
2.86$12.697.3%123.05%
66
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. stock logo
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$11.82
-3.0%
2.86$12.697.3%123.05%
67
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. stock logo
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$11.82
-3.0%
2.86$12.697.3%123.05%
68
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. stock logo
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$11.82
-3.0%
2.86$12.697.3%123.05%
69
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. stock logo
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$11.82
-3.0%
2.86$12.697.3%123.05%
70
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. stock logo
ARIS
Aris Water Solutions
$11.82
-3.0%
2.86$12.697.3%123.05%
71
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. stock logo
RHP
Ryman Hospitality Properties
$118.50
-0.6%
2.86$116.71-1.5%83.71%
72
Webster Financial Co. stock logo
WBS
Webster Financial
$47.21
-0.1%
2.85$56.2319.1%173.39%
73
Blackstone Secured Lending Fund stock logo
BXSL
Blackstone Secured Lending Fund
$29.70
+0.2%
2.83$30.422.4%610.37%
74
Old National Bancorp stock logo
ONB
Old National Bancorp
$16.13
-0.7%
2.83$18.0011.6%83.47%
75
Synovus Financial Corp. stock logo
SNV
Synovus Financial
$38.36
+1.1%
2.83$38.801.1%183.96%
76
California Resources Co. stock logo
CRC
California Resources
$53.10
-1.6%
2.83$65.3323.0%82.34%
77
Trinity Capital Inc. stock logo
TRIN
Trinity Capital
$14.62
+0.9%
2.83$15.083.2%613.68%
78
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
79
Kontoor Brands, Inc. stock logo
KTB
Kontoor Brands
$58.46
-1.0%
2.83$70.4020.4%63.42%
80
Scorpio Tankers Inc. stock logo
STNG
Scorpio Tankers
$64.70
-3.6%
2.83$74.0014.4%72.16%
81
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
82
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
83
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
84
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
85
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
86
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
87
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
88
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
89
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
90
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
91
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
92
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
93
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
94
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
95
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
96
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
97
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
98
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
99
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%
100
Pan American Silver Corp. stock logo
PAAS
Pan American Silver
$13.37
+3.7%
2.83$20.4252.7%72.99%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Find out why slow and steady wins the race with DividendStocks.com.