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The S&P 500 is up 5.05% YTD. But the financial sector component in the index has increased by 10.3%. Many of the beaten down banks have recovered nicely in the past year and continue to gain further traction.

Some of the community bank stocks currently offer high dividends. The following is a list of 33 banks trading in the NASDAQ markets that have over 5% dividend yields:

S. No. Name Ticker Dividend Yield as of March 16, 2010
1 BCB Bancorp, Inc. BCBP 5.33%
2 Britton & Koontz Capital BKBK 6.01%
3 Capital Bank Corporation CBKN 9.12%
4 Capital City Bank Group, Inc. CCBG 5.81%
5 Capitol Federal Financial CFFN 5.54%
6 Commercial National Financial Corp. CNAF 5.29%
7 Carver Bancorp, Inc. CARV 5.00%
8 ECB Bancorp, Inc. ECBE 6.43%
9 Elmira Savings Bank ESBK 5.03%
10 Fauquier Bankshares, Inc. FBSS 5.46%
11 FFD Financial Corporation FFDF 5.13%
12 The First Bancorp, Inc. FNLC 5.26%
13 First South Bancorp, Inc. FSBK 6.53%
14 First united corporation FUNC 7.36%
15 Harleysville Savings Financial Corp. HARL 5.53%
16 Independent Bank Corporation IBCP 5.56%
17 Merchants Bancshares,Inc. MBVT 5.09%
18 NB&T Financial Group, Inc. NBTF 7.25%
19 New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. NHTB 5.07%
20 Oneida Financial Corp. ONFC 5.20%
21 Premier Financial Bancorp, Inc. PFBI 5.35%
22 Princeton National Bancorp, Inc. PNBC 5.66%
23 Pulaski Financial Corp. PULB 5.59%
24 Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. PWOD 5.58%
25 Rurban Financial Corporation RBNF 5.41%
26 River Valley Bancorp RIVR 6.44%
27 United Bancorp, Inc. UBCP 6.63%
28 United Bancshares Inc UBOH 6.32%
29 Union Bankshares, Inc. UNB 5.41%
30 Brooklyn Federal Bancorp, Inc. BFSB 5.77%
31 United Community Bancorp. UCBA 6.15%
32 Porter Bancorp, Inc. PBIB 6.96%
33 Summit State Bank SSBI 5.69%
Source: 33 Community Banks Currently Yielding More Than 5%