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In times like these it makes sense to get some form of compensation for the risk being taken by being in the markets. Of course there are a variety of ways to get compensated but one of the easiest ways is to simply focus on dividend paying stocks. Now given these extremely uncertain economic times, quarterly sales growth is a sound indicator of how well a firm is navigating these tough times and industry specific variables.

We started by running a screen on companies that paid a dividend of at least 4%. Next, we decided to screen for companies that had solid quarterly sales growth. (X>10%).

The list is ranked from highest to lowest dividend yield.

1. Health Care REIT Inc. (NYSE:HCN)

Sector

Financials

Industry

REIT - Healthcare Facilities

Market Cap

$16.4

Beta

0.9

Analyst Sentiment

10/18 – List Buy/Outperform (Bullish)


The company is a real estate investment trust that focuses on healthcare properties. The company’s Dividend yield is 6.26%. The Quarterly Sales growth is 49.16%.

Short Interest Note:
The short interest for the company is 5.6% as of 07/15/2011.

2. Reynolds American Corp. (NYSE:RAI)

Sector

Consumer Staples

Industry

Cigarettes

Market Cap

$18.9B

Beta

0.7

Analyst Sentiment

6/11 - List Buy/Outperform (Bullish)

The company is a global tobacco producer. The company’s Dividend yield is 6.17%. The Quarterly Sales growth is 13.86%.

Short Interest Note:
The short interest is 2.1% as of 07/15/2011.

3. FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE)

Sector

Utilities

Industry

Electric Utilities

Market Cap

$16.4

Beta

1.3

Analyst Sentiment

9/17 List Hold/Neutral (Neutral)

This is a holding company for eight subsidiary electric firms. The company’s Dividend yield is 5.32%. The Quarterly Sales growth is 12.53%.

Short Interest Note:
The short interest is .8% as of 07/15/2011.

4. Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE:PNW)

Sector

Utilities

Industry

Electric Utilities

Market Cap

$4.1B

Beta

0.6

Analyst Sentiment

14/17 – List Hold/Neutral (Neutral)

The company provides electricity for commercial, industrial, and residential real estate within the US. The company’s Dividend yield is 5.25%. The Quarterly Sales growth is 21.26%.

Short Interest Note:

The short interest is 1.7% as of 07/15/2011.

5. TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE:TE)

Sector

Utilities

Industry

Electric Utilities

Market Cap

$3.5B

Beta

0.8

Analyst Sentiment

9/17 List – Hold/Neutral

A holding company for subsidiary utility firms within the US and Guatemala. The company’s Dividend yield is 5.01%. The Quarterly Sales growth is 11.25%.

Short Interest Note:

The short interest is 2.2% as of 07/15/2011.

We hope this helps investors as they do their own due diligence on companies that aren't just paying a sound dividend but are also growing the top line by a good degree as well.

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

Source: 5 Dividend Stock Champions Growing the Top Line Despite Economic Uncertainty