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If you are looking to increase your exposure to dividend paying stocks, this list might provide you with an interesting starting point for your own analysis.

To compile this list we look for stocks with the following characteristics:

  • Market cap between $300M to $2B
  • Dividend yield above 3%
  • Experienced significant insider buying over the last six months

We consider insider buying to be significant when the amount of shares bought by these individuals, over the last six months, is greater than 0.5% of the floating shares.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.


We last wrote about this screen on April 21. On that day, the screen produced 5 companies. Since then, 3 out of 5 companies mentioned in that article have outperformed the S&P 500 index (a success rate of 60%). The screen averaged a price-weighted return of 7.5% vs. an index return of 0.5%. Click here to access a full breakdown of the screen's past performance.

Given the attractive yields and insider interest for these stocks, which of these securities are you most bullish about?

1. Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (NYSE:HPP): REIT. Market cap of $539.31M. Dividend yield at 3.11%. Over the last six months, insider purchased 1,210,070, on a net basis. This represents 5.49% of the floating shares.

2. Chesapeake Lodging Trust Common Shares of Beneficial Interest (NYSE:CHSP): REIT. Market cap of $569.88M. Dividend yield at 4.51%. Over the last six months, insider purchased 604,000, on a net basis. This represents 2.06% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 3.38% over the last year.

3. Eca Marcellus Trust I (NYSE:ECT): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $473.97M. Dividend yield at 6.38%. Over the last six months, insider purchased 209,312, on a net basis. This represents 1.64% of the floating shares.

4. Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (NASDAQ:LINC): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $333.73M. Dividend yield at 6.77%. Over the last six months, insider purchased 291,384, on a net basis. This represents 1.38% of the floating shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.17% (equivalent to 5.73 days of average volume).

5. The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI): Newspapers Industry. Market cap of $251.10M. Dividend yield at 12.2%. Over the last six months, insider purchased 318,799, on a net basis. This represents 0.81% of the floating shares. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 3.17). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 41.44% (equivalent to 22.98 days of average volume).

6. KKR Financial Holdings LLC (KFN): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $1.76B. Dividend yield at 6.48%. Over the last six months, insider purchased 1,144,000, on a net basis. This represents 0.77% of the floating shares. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.69). The stock has gained 26.54% over the last year.

7. Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR): REIT. Market cap of $390.52M. Dividend yield at 5.48%. Over the last six months, insider purchased 198,400, on a net basis. This represents 0.76% of the floating shares. The stock has lost 2.3% over the last year.

8. Crosstex Energy LP (XTEX): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $935.95M. Dividend yield at 6.26%. Over the last six months, insider purchased 176,490, on a net basis. This represents 0.68% of the floating shares. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 8.11% over the last week.

9. Inland Real Estate Corp. (NYSE:IRC): REIT. Market cap of $800.34M. Dividend yield at 6.32%. Over the last six months, insider purchased 430,922, on a net basis. This represents 0.5% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 15.64% over the last year.

*Dividend growth rates sourced from Reuters, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: Alpha Ideas: 9 High Dividend Yield Stocks Experiencing Insider Buying