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If you’re looking for ideas on how to search for dividend paying stocks, you may be interested in this list.

We ran a screen on dividend stocks rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages, indicating that these stocks have significant technical momentum behind them. We screened these stocks for those with high profitability, beating their industry averages for 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.

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

List sorted by difference between gross margin and industry.

1. International Game Technology (IGT): Designs, manufactures, and markets electronic gaming equipment and systems worldwide. Market cap of $5.04B. Dividend yield at 1.42%, payout ratio at 27.78%. The stock is currently trading at 4.18% above its 20-Day SMA, 10.96% above its 50-Day SMA, and 2.81% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 66.40% vs. industry gross margin at 35.44%. TTM operating margin at 26.31% vs. industry operating margin at 18.62%. TTM pretax margin at 20.24% vs. industry pretax margin at 17.85%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 23.09%.

2. Arden Group Inc. (ARDNA): Operates supermarkets in southern California. Market cap of $268.93M. Dividend yield at 1.14%, payout ratio at 17.14%. The stock is currently trading at 6.90% above its 20-Day SMA, 7.63% above its 50-Day SMA, and 6.08% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 39.40% vs. industry gross margin at 24.79%. TTM operating margin at 6.63% vs. industry operating margin at 5.51%. TTM pretax margin at 7.30% vs. industry pretax margin at 5.17%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 10.02% over the last week.

3. Cleco Corporation (CNL): Engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in Louisiana. Market cap of $2.19B. Dividend yield at 3.41%, payout ratio at 36.83%. The stock is currently trading at 1.36% above its 20-Day SMA, 2.65% above its 50-Day SMA, and 6.24% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 36.56% vs. industry gross margin at 26.80%. TTM operating margin at 26.16% vs. industry operating margin at 18.57%. TTM pretax margin at 23.38% vs. industry pretax margin at 14.14%. The stock has gained 18.19% over the last year.

4. McCormick & Co. Inc. (MKC): Engages in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of flavor products and other specialty food products to the food industry worldwide. Market cap of $6.39B. Dividend yield at 2.33%, payout ratio at 39.63%. The stock is currently trading at 0.19% above its 20-Day SMA, 2.55% above its 50-Day SMA, and 1.57% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 44.52% vs. industry gross margin at 33.43%. TTM operating margin at 15.05% vs. industry operating margin at 12.15%. TTM pretax margin at 14.42% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.71%. The stock has gained 11.72% over the last year.

5. Canadian National Railway Company (CNI): Engages in the rail and related transportation business in North America. Market cap of $34.42B. Dividend yield at 1.67%, payout ratio at 23.90%. The stock is currently trading at 5.86% above its 20-Day SMA, 9.23% above its 50-Day SMA, and 6.38% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 46.82% vs. industry gross margin at 36.24%. TTM operating margin at 36.87% vs. industry operating margin at 26.74%. TTM pretax margin at 37.43% vs. industry pretax margin at 23.34%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 19.28%.

6. Arbitron Inc. (ARB): Provides media and marketing information services in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $1.05B. Dividend yield at 1.03%, payout ratio at 19.82%. The stock is currently trading at 1.93% above its 20-Day SMA, 6.94% above its 50-Day SMA, and 0.34% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 54.30% vs. industry gross margin at 42.57%. TTM operating margin at 20.16% vs. industry operating margin at 16.59%. TTM pretax margin at 21.77% vs. industry pretax margin at 12.27%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.83% (equivalent to 8.8 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 17.54%.

7. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW): Distributes facilities maintenance and other related products and services in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, India, Puerto Rico, China, Colombia, and Panama. Market cap of $11.83B. Dividend yield at 1.56%, payout ratio at 26.55%. The stock is currently trading at 5.01% above its 20-Day SMA, 9.07% above its 50-Day SMA, and 16.77% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 44.87% vs. industry gross margin at 36.87%. TTM operating margin at 13.26% vs. industry operating margin at 13.02%. TTM pretax margin at 13.23% vs. industry pretax margin at 12.82%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 17.91%.

8. Intel Corporation (INTC): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap of $125.50B. Dividend yield at 3.51%, payout ratio at 30.52%. The stock is currently trading at 1.62% above its 20-Day SMA, 9.15% above its 50-Day SMA, and 11.41% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 73.83% vs. industry gross margin at 60.97%. TTM operating margin at 33.63% vs. industry operating margin at 26.58%. TTM pretax margin at 33.55% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.47%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 15.91%.

9. AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (AFSI): Operates as a multinational specialty property and casualty insurance company in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $1.49B. Dividend yield at 1.45%, payout ratio at 11.0%. The stock is currently trading at 4.35% above its 20-Day SMA, 7.35% above its 50-Day SMA, and 18.44% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 19.23% vs. industry gross margin at 15.92%. TTM operating margin at 15.56% vs. industry operating margin at 12.29%. TTM pretax margin at 20.38% vs. industry pretax margin at 11.26%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.79% (equivalent to 10.19 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 15.23%.

10. Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NUS): Develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements worldwide. Market cap of $3.07B. Dividend yield at 1.30%, payout ratio at 24.44%. The stock is currently trading at 10.56% above its 20-Day SMA, 14.87% above its 50-Day SMA, and 35.74% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 84.38% vs. industry gross margin at 70.06%. TTM operating margin at 15.14% vs. industry operating margin at 12.25%. TTM pretax margin at 12.58% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.90%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 8.48% (equivalent to 5.39 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 24.78%.

11. Columbia Banking System Inc. (COLB): Operates as the bank holding company for Columbia State Bank, which provides a range of banking products and services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals in the states of Washington and Oregon. Market cap of $716.13M. Dividend yield at 1.77%, payout ratio at 12.98%. The stock is currently trading at 8.90% above its 20-Day SMA, 13.80% above its 50-Day SMA, and 2.73% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 86.91% vs. industry gross margin at 72.36%. TTM operating margin at 46.18% vs. industry operating margin at 39.66%. TTM pretax margin at 23.86% vs. industry pretax margin at 23.56%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.63% (equivalent to 12.91 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 8.76% over the last week.

12. The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of branded food products in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $8.80B. Dividend yield at 2.49%, payout ratio at 42.21%. The stock is currently trading at 3.21% above its 20-Day SMA, 5.73% above its 50-Day SMA, and 6.95% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 39.99% vs. industry gross margin at 33.43%. TTM operating margin at 18.61% vs. industry operating margin at 12.15%. TTM pretax margin at 14.78% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.71%. The stock has gained 23.71% over the last year.

13. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSM): Engages in the computer-aided designing, manufacturing, packaging, testing, and selling integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices; and manufacturing masks. Market cap of $64.53B. Dividend yield at 4.16%, payout ratio at 48.60%. The stock is currently trading at 2.36% above its 20-Day SMA, 4.11% above its 50-Day SMA, and 2.0% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 70.95% vs. industry gross margin at 60.99%. TTM operating margin at 36.91% vs. industry operating margin at 26.56%. TTM pretax margin at 39.22% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.45%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.08%.

14. NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE): Engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in the United States and Canada. Market cap of $23.36B. Dividend yield at 3.97%, payout ratio at 48.28%. The stock is currently trading at 0.50% above its 20-Day SMA, 0.85% above its 50-Day SMA, and 1.21% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 31.11% vs. industry gross margin at 26.80%. TTM operating margin at 19.61% vs. industry operating margin at 18.57%. TTM pretax margin at 14.40% vs. industry pretax margin at 14.14%. The stock has gained 5.83% over the last year.

15. Entergy Corporation (ETR): Operates as an integrated energy company in the United States. Market cap of $12.09B. Dividend yield at 4.89%, payout ratio at 46.76%. The stock is currently trading at 1.36% above its 20-Day SMA, 3.74% above its 50-Day SMA, and 1.82% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 31.07% vs. industry gross margin at 26.80%. TTM operating margin at 19.54% vs. industry operating margin at 18.58%. TTM pretax margin at 16.83% vs. industry pretax margin at 14.15%. The stock has lost 4.39% over the last year.

16. OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. (OB): Provides specialty insurance products and services in the United States. Market cap of $1.39B. Dividend yield at 5.75%, payout ratio at 28.35%. The stock is currently trading at 3.40% above its 20-Day SMA, 7.81% above its 50-Day SMA, and 14.0% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 17.96% vs. industry gross margin at 15.92%. TTM operating margin at 17.16% vs. industry operating margin at 12.29%. TTM pretax margin at 14.36% vs. industry pretax margin at 11.26%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.44% (equivalent to 10.31 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.69%.

17. Hudson Valley Holding Corp. (HVB): Operates as the holding company for Hudson Valley Bank, which provides banking and related services to businesses, professionals, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals in New York. Market cap of $358.93M. Dividend yield at 3.94%, payout ratio at 40.33%. The stock is currently trading at 5.16% above its 20-Day SMA, 8.69% above its 50-Day SMA, and 0.15% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 81.12% vs. industry gross margin at 72.36%. TTM operating margin at 40.10% vs. industry operating margin at 39.66%. TTM pretax margin at 26.12% vs. industry pretax margin at 23.56%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.57% over the last week.

18. International Bancshares Corporation (IBOC): Provides commercial and retail banking services in south, central, and southeast Texas; and Oklahoma. Market cap of $1.16B. Dividend yield at 2.21%, payout ratio at 32.98%. The stock is currently trading at 1.40% above its 20-Day SMA, 13.35% above its 50-Day SMA, and 3.35% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 80.98% vs. industry gross margin at 72.36%. TTM operating margin at 48.78% vs. industry operating margin at 39.66%. TTM pretax margin at 31.61% vs. industry pretax margin at 23.56%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 8.19% (equivalent to 13.73 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 37.39%.

19. Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO): Designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. Market cap of $94.37B. Dividend yield at 1.36%, payout ratio at 10.14%. The stock is currently trading at 1.63% above its 20-Day SMA, 7.45% above its 50-Day SMA, and 4.20% above its 200-Day SMA. 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 good month, gaining 16.26%.

20. White River Capital Inc (RVR): Engages in specialized indirect auto finance business. Market cap of $75.59M. Dividend yield at 4.78%, payout ratio at 43.78%. The stock is currently trading at 8.19% above its 20-Day SMA, 8.15% above its 50-Day SMA, and 14.75% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 46.63% vs. industry gross margin at 42.20%. TTM operating margin at 45.61% vs. industry operating margin at 41.39%. TTM pretax margin at 39.62% vs. industry pretax margin at 24.12%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 10.91% over the last week.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, 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.

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