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2 High Yield Dividend Stocks with a Bullish Outlook

While high yield is difficult to come by these days, here are 2 quality stocks with high dividend yields, reasonable valuations and projected growth next year.  Both of these stocks produced significant EPS growth last quarter and have equity summary scores indicating a Bullish outlook.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE: PMT) invests primarily in residential mortgage loans and mortgage-related assets.  PennyMac trades at a PE of 8 with a beta of 0.83.

PennyMac increased EPS by 33% last quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago.   The Company is projecting an increase in EPS of 7% next year.

PennyMac has a current dividend yield of 9.43% which has been increased 10% in the last year.

PennyMac is up 40% year to date and 9.3% in the last 4 weeks.  Shares pulled back in August after pricing an upsized underwritten public offering of 15 million shares at $20.93 each. The deal originally intended to sell 12 million shares. Underwriters received a 30-day option to purchase up to 2.25 million additional shares from the company.

PennyMac plans to spend the net proceeds to purchase residential whole mortgage loan portfolios as well as funding continued growth of its correspondent lending business and acquiring additional mortgage loans or other investments, including existing forward purchase agreements.

PennyMac has an equity summary score of 9.1 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.  PennyMac has a 12-month price target of $25.30.

Vanguard Natural Resources (NYSE: VNR) engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States.

Vanguard increased EPS by 88% last quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago.   The Company is projecting an increase in EPS of 39% next year.  Vanguard has a PEG ratio of 0.41.  Vanguard trades at a PE of 7.2 with a beta of 1.02.

Vanguard dividends are paid on a monthly basis.  Vanguard has a current dividend yield of 8.31% which has been increased 4.35% in the last year.

Vanguard just announced the closing of its previously announced public offering of 6,900,000 common units representing limited liability company interests in the Company at a price of$27.51 per unit.  The 6,900,000 common units include 900,000 common units purchased pursuant to the underwriters’ full exercise of their option to purchase additional common units.

Vanguard intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of approximately $182.3 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and estimated offering expenses, to repay a portion of its indebtedness outstanding under its senior secured revolving credit facility.

Vanguard has an equity summary score of 7.4 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.  Vanguard has a 12-month price target of $31.50.

Stocks with Dividend Yields Above 10%

The following table displays stocks with a high dividend yield of 10% or more.  These stocks are rated bullish or very bullish by their equity summary scores.  The complete list includes PZN, CXS, NYMT, ANH, DX, PMT, ARI, and NCT.  The top 3 yielding stocks are profiled below.

Pzena Investment Management, Inc. (PZN) is a publicly owned investment manager. It provides its services to individuals, typically high net worth individuals, investment companies, charitable organizations, corporations, state or municipal government entities, pension and profit sharing plans, and pooled investment vehicles. The firm launches and manages equity mutual funds and manages balanced mutual fund for its clients. The firm invests in the public equity markets across the globe. The firm employs fundamental analysis while making its investments. Pzena Investment Management, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is based in New York City.  PZN is trading at $4.96 with a dividend yield of 15.3%.   On February 8, 2012 PZN approved a
dividend of 0.19 per share payable on March 2, 2012.

On 02/08/12, the company announced quarterly earnings of 0.08 per share, a positive surprise of 11.1% above the consensus 0.07.  Over the past 4 quarters, the company has reported 3 positive (>2%), 0 negative (<-2%), and 1 in-line (within 2%) surprises.  The average surprise for this time period has been 4.7%.  PZN’s current quarter consensus estimate has increased over the past 90 days from 0.07 to 0.08, a gain of 17.1%.  This improvement is significantly greater than its Industry average of 0.0% during the same time period.  Over the past 90 days, the consensus price target for PZN has increased notably from 4.31 to 5.25, a gain of 21.8%.

CreXus Investment Corp. (CXS) is specialty finance company, which acquires, manages, and finances, directly or through its subsidiaries, commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate debt, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), and other commercial real estate-related assets. It also acquires subordinated commercial mortgage loans and mezzanine loans.  CXS is trading at $10.98 with a 13% yield.

On 02/23/12, the company announced quarterly earnings of 0.55 per share, a positive surprise of 63.2% above the consensus 0.34.  Over the past 4 quarters, the company has reported 3 positive (>2%), 1 negative(<-2%), and 0 in-line (within 2%) surprises.  The average surprise for this time period has been 26.2%.  CXS’s current quarter consensus estimate has remained relatively  unchanged over the past 90 days at 0.31.  Estimates within its Industry have moved an average of 1.0% during the same time period.  During the past four weeks, analysts covering CXS have made 2 upward and 0 downward EPS estimate revisions for the current quarter.

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc., (NYMT) operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, investing, financing, and managing mortgage-related assets.  While New York Mortgage Trust Inc.’s earnings have increased from $0.11 to an estimated $0.35 over the past 5 quarters, they have shown acceleration in quarterly growth rates when adjusted for the volatility of earnings. This indicates an improvement in future earnings growth may occur.  NYMT is trading at $7.02 with a 14% yield.  NYMT has an outperform rating from Zacks Investment Research.

NYMT’s current quarter consensus estimate has decreased over the past 90 days from 0.34 to 0.33, a loss of -5.0%.  Consensus estimates for the Specialty Financials Industry have moved an average 1.0% during the same time period.  During the past four weeks, analysts covering NYMT have made no upward or downward EPS estimate revisions for the current quarter.

Best Dividend Stocks for 2012 – Mortgage REITs

Attractive Returns to Continue, Prefer Non-Agency REITs

Prefer non-Agency: Heading into 2012 we think that the hybrid/non-Agency REITs generally offer more attractive value with the potential for more capital appreciation plus a more stable dividend outlook given the attractive reinvestment environment.

TWO remains top pick: Against this framework Two Harbors remains our top pick among the mortgage REITs.  The company has been opportunistically adding to its non-Agency position at incrementally accretive risk-adjusted yields.  This combined with the Agency portfolio with favorable prepayment characteristics gives us confidence in the sustainability of the current 16.8% yield.

Agency MBS: While the net interest spread opportunity in the Agency MBS space contracted during 2011 the returns remain attractive by historical standards.  In addition the reduced uncertainty around the prepay environment, specifically government actions, should make for a more predictable return path than in 2011.

Non-Agency MBS: In 2012 we continue to see the spread environment remaining attractive on a risk-adjusted basis with incremental spreads higher than the existing realized spreads.  It is more challenging to know how the securities will perform on a mark to market basis, which will be dependent on the broader
market risk appetite over the short-term.

Capital Raising: Given the attractive level of returns we see that the mortgage REITs will continue to have an appetite to raise additional capital.  The current gating factor is stock prices; current valuations would generally not allow the mortgage REITs to raise new stock at a price below book value.  We see the need for 6-7% premium in the group for offerings to become more likely.

Valuation: The relationship between price to book and ROE is less correlated today than it has been in the past as investors are putting a greater premium on safety versus returns.  This results in higher price to book multiples for the Agency REITs versus the broader group of hybrids.

The table below displays the mortgage REITs with the highest equity score (compellation of analyst opinions with 10 being Very Bullish).

Mortgage REITs for 2012, getrichinvestments.com

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Quality Stocks with High Yield Dividends

With so investors seeking high yield, it’s important for income investors to find dependable high yield dividend payers that they can count on.  With projections for a slower growth economy amid historically low  interest rates, it’s now more important than ever to find these solid dividend paying companies as there are fewer places to turn to for high yielding investments without taking on unwelcomed risk.  By screening for stocks with market beating yields, double digit growth rates, above median increasing cash flows and a strong balance sheet, this screen seeks to do just that by finding those companies that could turn into long-term core holdings for an income producing portfolio.  And with a Zacks Recommendation of a Buy or at least a Hold, these stocks have the potential to become total return winners as well.

Dividend paying stocks can help you build out a well diversified portfolio.  And if projections for a slower growth economy come true, the investment vehicles with ‘something extra’, i.e., solid and dependable dividends, will become even more highly sought after as investors seek out the best total returns while keeping a watchful eye on risk.

This list is filled with high yield stocks, many above 10%, that are ranked buy or hold by Zachs Investment Research.  Some of the popular names include: FUN that is being recommenmded by Jim Cramer; FSC & MAIN that are monthly dividend payers, CXS & PMT that offer mortgage REIT yields; and several energy stocks for continuing dividends.  The table belows displays the list of high yield dividend stocks.

high yield dividend stock with high quality ratings

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Dividends from High Quality, High Yield Stocks

With so many companies being affected by the financial crisis, it’s important for income investors to find dependable dividend payers that they can count on. With projections for a slower growth economy amid historically low interest rates, it’s now more important than ever to find these solid dividend paying companies as there are fewer places to turn to for high yielding investments without taking on unwelcomed risk.  By screening for stocks with market beating yields, double digit growth rates, above median increasing cash flows and a strong balance sheet, this screen seeks to do just that by finding those companies that could turn into long-term core holdings for an income producing portfolio.

If you have not heard of TWO, then take note as this is a 9 on a 10 point scale.  Two Harbors Investment (TWO) is a holding company. The company operates as a real estate investment trust focused on investing in, financing and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), and related investments. The company is externally managed and advised by PRCM Advisers LLC. The company’s target assets include the following: Agency RMBS, Non-Agency RMBS, and Financial assets other than RMBS, which include asset-backed securities and certain hedging transactions.

TWO is trading at $9.23 with a high dividend yield of 17%.  Yes, yields this high are scary but TWO is similar to Annaly as a mortage REIT.  EPS increased from $1.09 to an estimated $1.43 over the past 5 quarters indicating an improving growth rate. Analyst forecasts have recently been raised.  Company recently reported better than expected results.

Screening Criteria:
Dividend Yield Greater than or Equal to 5.00%; EPS Growth (Proj this Yr vs. Last Yr) – Greater than or Equal to 10.00%; P/E (This Year’s Estimate)Less than or Equal to 20.0; Cash Flow Growth Rate (TTM vs. Prior TTM) Greater than or Equal to 0.06%; Interest Coverage (Most Recent Qtr) Greater than or Equal to 3.0x; Security Price Greater than or Equal to $5.00.

 

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