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Dividends are always a great way to increase the total return of a portfolio. Unfortunately, this view took way too long to be accepted by some. Just remember, it’s never too late to join the dividend party when the market is sinking and a company’s earnings are still growing.

The one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is a metric that shouldn't be overlooked when the economy remains so uncertain. Sure, top-line growth is great, but forgetting the bottom-line growth is a rookie mistake. After all, this type of growth illustrates a company's profitability per unit of shareholder ownership.

We ran a screen for financial companies that have strong liquidity (current ratio>2) and an interesting dividend yield (X>4). From this narrowed pool we then screened for firms that were growing the bottom line by a strong degree (one-year fiscal EPS growth>20%).

The list is ranked from lowest to highest the one-year fiscal EPS growth rate.

1. Knightsbridge Tankers, Ltd. (VLCCF)

Sector

Industrials

Industry

Shipping & Ports

Market Cap

$424M

Beta

1.01

Analyst Sentiment

3/5-List Hold/ Neutral (Neutral)

The company offers oceanic transportation of crude oil and dry bulk cargoes worldwide. The firm’s dividend yield is 11.53%. VLCCFs’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 59.06%. The firm’s current ratio is 6.79. The short interest for the firm is 9% as of 8/15/2011.

2. Southern Copper Corporation (SCCO)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Copper

Market Cap

$25262M

Beta

1.6

Analyst Sentiment

7/14-List Buy/Outperform (Bullish)

The company engages in mining and refining minerals, primarily copper, in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. The firm’s dividend yield is 7.33%. SCCO’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 67.89%. The firm’s current ratio is 4.69. The short interest for the firm is 3.1% as of 8/15/2011.

3. Mattel, Inc. (MAT)

Sector

Consumer Cyclical

Industry

Leisure

Market Cap

$8120M

Beta

0.99

Analyst Sentiment

12/16-List Buy/Outperform (Bullish)

The company manufactures and markets toys worldwide. The firm’s dividend yield is 5.45%. MAT’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 28.28%. The firm’s current ratio is 2.82. The short interest for the firm is 2% as of 8/15/2011.

4. Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (AHGP)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Industrial Metals & Minerals

Market Cap

$2642M

Beta

0.87

Analyst Sentiment

2/4-List Hold/Neutral (Neutral)

The company produces and markets coal to utilities and industrial users in the US. The firm’s dividend yield is 4.9%. AHGP’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 52.36%. The firm’s current ratio is 3.12. The short interest for the firm is 0.6% as of 8/15/2011.

5. Grupo Aeroportuario del Surest (ASR)

Sector

Industrials

Industry

Airports & Air Services

Market Cap

$1570M

Beta

1.37

Analyst Sentiment

4/5 List-Buy/Outperform (Bullish)

The company operates and develops airports in Mexico. The firm’s dividend yield is 4.88%. ASR’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 59.77%. The firm’s current ratio is 3.13. The short interest for the firm is not available as of 8/15/2011.

6. Microchip Technology, Inc. (MCHP)

Sector

Technology

Industry

Semiconductors

Market Cap

$5642M

Beta

1.07

Analyst Sentiment

9/17-List Hold/Neutral (Neutral)

The company manufactures and markets semiconductor products for embedded control applications. The firm’s dividend yield is 4.67%. MCHP’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 89.66%. The firm’s current ratio is 6.39. The short interest for the firm is 12% as of 8/15/2011.

7. Cinemark Holdings Inc. (CNK)

Sector

Consumer Cyclical

Industry

Leisure

Market Cap

$2210M

Beta

1.22

Analyst Sentiment

11/17-List Buy/Outperform (Bullish)

The company operates 436 theatres with in 39 states in the US. The firm’s dividend yield is 4.34%. CNK’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 48.28%. The firm’s current ratio is 2.4. The short interest for the firm is 4.80% as of 8/15/2011.

8. Pacific Airport Group (PAC)

Sector

Industrials

Industry

Airports & Air Services

Market Cap

$2101M

Beta

1.2

Analyst Sentiment

3/6-List Hold/Neutral (Neutral)

The company operates and develops airports in Mexico. The firm’s dividend yield is 4.19%. PAC’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 25.57%. The firm’s current ratio is 4.4. The short interest for the firm is not available as of 8/15/2011.

9. Watsco, Inc. (WSO)

Sector

Technology

Industry

Electronics Distribution

Market Cap

$1765M

Beta

0.79

Analyst Sentiment

6/12-List Hold/Neutral (Neutral)

The company distributes air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment and supplies in the US. The firm’s dividend yield is 4.07. WSO’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 77.86%. The firm’s current ratio is 2.43. The short interest for the firm is 9% as of 8/15/2011.

10. Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM)

Sector

Technology

Industry

Semiconductors

Market Cap

$6265M

Beta

1.15

Analyst Sentiment

16/25-List Hold/Neutral (Neutral)

The company manufactures and markets a linear and mixed-signal integrated circuits across the globe. The firm’s dividend yield is 4%. MXIM’s one-year fiscal EPS growth rate is 302.5%. The firm’s current ratio is 4.29. The short interest for the firm is not available as of 8/15/2011.

We hope this list helps as investors do their own due diligence on dividend stocks that look appealing.

Source: 10 Dividend Stocks Boosting Profitability In Uncertain Times