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If you’re considering stocks that pay dividend income, be sure to check company profitability. A company’s dividend is only as reliable as its profits.

We ran a screen on highly liquid dividend stocks with current ratios above 3. We screened these stocks for those with impressive profitability, beating their industry peers on gross, operating, and pretax margins.

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.

Do you think these stocks pay reliable dividends? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by dividend yield.

1. Grupo Aeroportuario Del Sureste SA de CV (NYSE:ASR): Holds concessions to operate, maintain, and develop airports in the southeast region of Mexico. Market cap of $1.71B. Dividend yield at 4.48%, payout ratio at 48.36%. Current ratio at 3.03. TTM gross margin at 55.16% vs. industry gross margin at 46.97%. TTM operating margin at 42.74% vs. industry operating margin at 27.96%. TTM pretax margin at 43.52% vs. industry pretax margin at 22.13%. The stock has gained 18% over the last year.

2. KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC): Engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries. Market cap of $7.89B. Dividend yield at 2.96%, payout ratio at 22.09%. Current ratio at 4.9. TTM gross margin at 62.17% vs. industry gross margin at 60.99%. TTM operating margin at 36.26% vs. industry operating margin at 26.56%. TTM pretax margin at 34.48% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.45%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 9.35% over the last week.

3. Calamos Asset Management Inc. (NASDAQ:CLMS): Provides investment advisory services to individuals including high net worth individuals, and institutions. Market cap of $259.88M. Dividend yield at 2.94%, payout ratio at 31.29%. Current ratio at 11.68. TTM gross margin at 57.35% vs. industry gross margin at 48.46%. TTM operating margin at 41.10% vs. industry operating margin at 35.04%. TTM pretax margin at 45.62% vs. industry pretax margin at 33.32%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 3.12). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 10.34% over the last week.

4. Linear Technology Corp. (NASDAQ:LLTC): Designs, manufactures, and markets a line of linear integrated circuits. Market cap of $7.68B. Dividend yield at 2.90%, payout ratio at 39.28%. Current ratio at 7.51. TTM gross margin at 80.22% vs. industry gross margin at 60.99%. TTM operating margin at 50.54% vs. industry operating margin at 26.56%. TTM pretax margin at 47.82% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.45%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.74% over the last week.

5. Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI): Engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing integrated circuits used in industrial, communication, computer, and consumer applications. Market cap of $11.29B. Dividend yield at 2.65%, payout ratio at 30.19%. Current ratio at 7.8. TTM gross margin at 70.93% vs. industry gross margin at 60.99%. TTM operating margin at 36.84% vs. industry operating margin at 26.56%. TTM pretax margin at 36.71% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.45%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.32% over the last week.

6. Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of custom engineered, and performance-critical products in the United States, Germany, and internationally. Market cap of $1.07B. Dividend yield at 2.42%, payout ratio at 48.62%. Current ratio at 7.35. TTM gross margin at 41.67% vs. industry gross margin at 33.10%. TTM operating margin at 17.50% vs. industry operating margin at 12.89%. TTM pretax margin at 16.53% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.92%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.88% (equivalent to 6.33 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 8.23% over the last week.

7. Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX): Designs, develops, and markets programmable platforms in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and Japan. Market cap of $8.80B. Dividend yield at 2.29%, payout ratio at 31.12%. Current ratio at 6.57. TTM gross margin at 66.92% vs. industry gross margin at 60.96%. TTM operating margin at 31.03% vs. industry operating margin at 26.57%. TTM pretax margin at 29.06% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.46%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 9.83% over the last week.

8. Makita Corp. (OTCPK:MKTAY): Manufactures and sells a range of electric power tools worldwide. Market cap of $5.52B. Dividend yield at 2.15%, payout ratio at 27.29%. Current ratio at 5.1. TTM gross margin at 41.19% vs. industry gross margin at 33.10%. TTM operating margin at 15.89% vs. industry operating margin at 12.89%. TTM pretax margin at 16.46% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.92%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.91% over the last week.

9. RPC Inc. (NYSE:RES): Provides a range of oilfield services and equipment to the oil and gas companies primarily in the United States. Market cap of $2.79B. Dividend yield at 2.13%, payout ratio at 13.60%. Current ratio at 3.05. TTM gross margin at 45.71% vs. industry gross margin at 34.88%. TTM operating margin at 27.21% vs. industry operating margin at 18.52%. TTM pretax margin at 26.95% vs. industry pretax margin at 16.08%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.4% over the last week.

10. Badger Meter Inc. (NYSE:BMI): Engages in manufacturing and marketing liquid flow measurement and control technology products worldwide. Market cap of $509.39M. Dividend yield at 1.90%, payout ratio at 36.10%. Current ratio at 3.98. TTM gross margin at 38.22% vs. industry gross margin at 33.10%. TTM operating margin at 13.17% vs. industry operating margin at 12.89%. TTM pretax margin at 13.08% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.92%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.92% (equivalent to 8.55 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 17.96% over the last week.

11. Domtar Corporation (NYSE:UFS): Engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of uncoated freesheet paper, papergrade, fluff, and specialty pulp products in North America. Market cap of $3.59B. Dividend yield at 1.65%, payout ratio at 6.54%. Current ratio at 3.07. TTM gross margin at 26.07% vs. industry gross margin at 23.12%. TTM operating margin at 13.19% vs. industry operating margin at 7.89%. TTM pretax margin at 9.83% vs. industry pretax margin at 7.75%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.66). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 9.21% over the last week.

12. Chico's FAS Inc. (NYSE:CHS): Operates as a specialty retailer of casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. Market cap of $2.23B. Dividend yield at 1.55%, payout ratio at 24.30%. Current ratio at 3.06. TTM gross margin at 61.11% vs. industry gross margin at 38.45%. TTM operating margin at 10.70% vs. industry operating margin at 10.16%. TTM pretax margin at 10.66% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.42%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.83% over the last week.

13. Patterson Companies Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO): Operates as a distributor serving the dental, companion-pet veterinarian, and rehabilitation supply markets in North America. Market cap of $3.84B. Dividend yield at 1.48%, payout ratio at 24.22%. Current ratio at 3.37. TTM gross margin at 34.16% vs. industry gross margin at 21.30%. TTM operating margin at 10.81% vs. industry operating margin at 8.32%. TTM pretax margin at 10.17% vs. industry pretax margin at 6.75%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.63% over the last week.

14. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO): Designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (NYSE:IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. Market cap of $99.57B. Dividend yield at 1.29%, payout ratio at 10.14%. Current ratio at 3.27. TTM gross margin at 66.24% vs. industry gross margin at 59.33%. TTM operating margin at 19.92% vs. industry operating margin at 16.51%. TTM pretax margin at 18.11% vs. industry pretax margin at 17.73%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.79% over the last week.

15. Albemarle Corp. (NYSE:ALB): Develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $4.89B. Dividend yield at 1.27%, payout ratio at 13.69%. Current ratio at 3.6. TTM gross margin at 37.43% vs. industry gross margin at 37.37%. TTM operating margin at 20.36% vs. industry operating margin at 17.17%. TTM pretax margin at 20.75% vs. industry pretax margin at 16.19%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 18.48% over the last week.

16. ADTRAN Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN): Designs, manufactures, markets, and services network access solutions that enable voice, data, video, and Internet communications across wireline and wireless networks worldwide. Market cap of $2.15B. Dividend yield at 1.08%, payout ratio at 16.12%. Current ratio at 4.77. TTM gross margin at 59.83% vs. industry gross margin at 59.33%. TTM operating margin at 27.27% vs. industry operating margin at 16.51%. TTM pretax margin at 29.63% vs. industry pretax margin at 17.73%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.73% over the last week.

17. Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (NASDAQ:SIAL): Develops, manufactures, purchases, and distributes a range of chemicals, biochemicals, and equipment worldwide. Market cap of $8.16B. Dividend yield at 1.06%, payout ratio at 19.21%. Current ratio at 3.02. TTM gross margin at 56.68% vs. industry gross margin at 37.37%. TTM operating margin at 25.68% vs. industry operating margin at 17.17%. TTM pretax margin at 24.59% vs. industry pretax margin at 16.19%. The stock has gained 7.91% over the last year.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 17 Highly Liquid Dividend Stocks With Impressive Profitability