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If you are considering stocks that pay big dividends, here is a list that may give you some ideas for your search.

We ran a screen on stocks paying dividend yields above 4% and sustainable payout ratios below 50%. We screened these stocks for those with the highest 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 point for your own analysis.

List sorted by dividend yield.

1. White River Capital Inc (RVR): Engages in specialized indirect auto finance business. Market cap of $71.48M. Dividend yield at 4.94%, payout ratio at 38.28%. TTM gross margin at 49.24% vs. industry gross margin at 32.29%. TTM operating margin at 48.25% vs. industry operating margin at 30.20%. TTM pretax margin at 42.04% vs. industry pretax margin at 24.63%. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 20.59%.

2. Artio Global Investors Inc. (ART): A publicly owned asset management holding company. Market cap of $289.14M. Dividend yield at 4.72%, payout ratio at 18.63%. TTM gross margin at 49.32% vs. industry gross margin at 45.25%. TTM operating margin at 48.43% vs. industry operating margin at 35.79%. TTM pretax margin at 44.24% vs. industry pretax margin at 25.49%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.33% (equivalent to 8.82 days of average volume). The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 16.72%.

3. New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares Inc. (NHTB): Operates as the holding company for Lake Sunapee Bank that provides banking and other financial services in New Hampshire and Vermont. Market cap of $65.20M. Dividend yield at 4.60%, payout ratio at 39.73%. TTM gross margin at 78.73% vs. industry gross margin at 62.84%. TTM operating margin at 36.79% vs. industry operating margin at 33.58%. TTM pretax margin at 23.59% vs. industry pretax margin at 13.50%. The stock has lost 6.3% over the last year.

4. Grupo Aeroportuario Del Sureste SA de CV (ASR): Holds concessions to operate, maintain and develop airports in the southeast region of Mexico. Market cap of $1.68B. Dividend yield at 4.44%, payout ratio at 48.36%. TTM gross margin at 55.16% vs. industry gross margin at 46.87%. TTM operating margin at 42.74% vs. industry operating margin at 27.92%. TTM pretax margin at 43.52% vs. industry pretax margin at 24.27%. The stock has gained 3.34% over the last year.

5. Commercial National Financial Corp. (OTCQB:CNAF): Operates as a holding company for the Commercial Bank and Trust of PA that provides various commercial banking and trust services primarily in Pennsylvania. Market cap of $67.21M. Dividend yield at 4.43%, payout ratio at 43.12%. TTM gross margin at 89.50% vs. industry gross margin at 71.68%. TTM operating margin at 51.75% vs. industry operating margin at 39.35%. TTM pretax margin at 34.70% vs. industry pretax margin at 22.66%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 11.48%.

6. Deluxe Corp. (DLX): Provides various personalized printed products, promotional products and merchandising materials to small businesses and financial institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe. Market cap of $1.16B. Dividend yield at 4.27%, payout ratio at 36.91%. TTM gross margin at 70.64% vs. industry gross margin at 40.32%. TTM operating margin at 19.70% vs. industry operating margin at 14.47%. TTM pretax margin at 14.51% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.87%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.03). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.85% (equivalent to 14 days of average volume). The stock has gained 3.13% over the last year.

7. Norwood Financial Corp. (NWFL): Operates as the holding company for Wayne Bank, which provides various commercial banking products and services to individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and municipalities in Pennsylvania. Market cap of $90.38M. Dividend yield at 4.37%, payout ratio at 49.02%. TTM gross margin at 78.78% vs. industry gross margin at 71.68%. TTM operating margin at 48.25% vs. industry operating margin at 39.35%. TTM pretax margin at 30.43% vs. industry pretax margin at 22.66%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 13.51%.

8. Enersis S.A. (ENI): Engages in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Market cap of $11.51B. Dividend yield at 4.31%, payout ratio at 36.67%. TTM gross margin at 30.49% vs. industry gross margin at 27.15%. TTM operating margin at 24.23% vs. industry operating margin at 18.43%. TTM pretax margin at 21.16% vs. industry pretax margin at 13.94%. The stock has lost 21.19% over the last year.

9. Strayer Education Inc. (STRA): Provides various academic programs through traditional classrooms and the Internet. Market cap of $1.17B. Dividend yield at 4.27%, payout ratio at 43.76%. TTM gross margin at 60.17% vs. industry gross margin at 52.41%. TTM operating margin at 29.94% vs. industry operating margin at 21.36%. TTM pretax margin at 29.63% vs. industry pretax margin at 18.54%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 24.46% (equivalent to 16.32 days of average volume). The stock has lost 33.74% over the last year.

10. Community Trust Bancorp Inc. (CTBI): Operates as the holding company for Community Trust Bank, Inc. Market cap of $453.95M. Dividend yield at 4.21%, payout ratio at 49.37%. TTM gross margin at 78.68% vs. industry gross margin at 71.64%. TTM operating margin at 46.28% vs. industry operating margin at 39.36%. TTM pretax margin at 26.95% vs. industry pretax margin at 22.63%. The stock has gained 6.4% over the last year.

11. Greene County Bancorp, Inc. (GCBC): Operates as the holding company for the Bank of Greene County that provides various banking products and services in the Greene County, Columbia County, and southern Albany County, New York. Market cap of $70.59M. Dividend yield at 4.12%, payout ratio at 30.15%. TTM gross margin at 79.27% vs. industry gross margin at 62.70%. TTM operating margin at 42.43% vs. industry operating margin at 33.70%. TTM pretax margin at 28.23% vs. industry pretax margin at 14.31%. The stock has lost 9.09% over the last year.

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

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