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Here we offer a way to find companies that have recently outperformed in a persistent way. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, winning streaks may indicate upward momentum and positive sentiment.

We ran a screen on low-debt stocks paying dividend yields above 2% and sustainable payout ratios below 35%. We screened these stocks for those that have seen a persistence of days in which the stock beat the S&P 500 benchmark over the last month and little persistence in underperforming the S&P 500, i.e. long winning streaks and short losing streaks, as measured by a ratio of the longest winning streak to the longest losing streak.

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 also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.



List sorted by win streak/lose streak ratio.

1. Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:AXS): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $3.78B. Dividend yield at 3.16%, payout ratio at 30.42%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.05. The stock's longest winning streak over the last month was 6 days, while the longest losing streak was 2 days, or a win streak/lose streak of 3. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.87, and P/FCF ratio at 3.92. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 6.65% over the last week.

2. Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT):
Semiconductor Equipment & Materials Industry. Market cap of $15.08B. Dividend yield at 2.80%, payout ratio at 21.57%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.02. The stock's longest winning streak over the last month was 6 days, while the longest losing streak was 3 days, or a win streak/lose streak of 2. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.94, and P/FCF ratio at 10.57. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 5.3% over the last week.

3. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $9.69B. Dividend yield at 2.28%, payout ratio at 16.77%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.12. The stock's longest winning streak over the last month was 6 days, while the longest losing streak was 3 days, or a win streak/lose streak of 2. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.2). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 11.42% over the last week.

4. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM):
Major Integrated Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $348.32B. Dividend yield at 2.63%, payout ratio at 21.61%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.05. The stock's longest winning streak over the last month was 4 days, while the longest losing streak was 2 days, or a win streak/lose streak of 2. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 7.97% over the last week.

5. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (NYSE:WWE): Entertainment Industry. Market cap of $731.71M. Dividend yield at 4.87%, payout ratio at 23.20%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.01. The stock's longest winning streak over the last month was 4 days, while the longest losing streak was 2 days, or a win streak/lose streak of 2. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 13.06% (equivalent to 13.41 days of average volume). The stock has lost 26.21% over the last year.

6. Union First Market Bankshares Corporation (NASDAQ:UBSH): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $315.74M. Dividend yield at 2.31%, payout ratio at 28.97%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.08. The stock's longest winning streak over the last month was 4 days, while the longest losing streak was 2 days, or a win streak/lose streak of 2. The stock has lost 5.31% over the last year.

Price data sourced from Yahoo Finance, dividend data and total debt to assets data sourced from Screener.co, 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: 6 Dividend Stocks With Low Debt and a Recent History of Winning Streaks