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Interested in stocks paying dividend income but don't know where to start? Here are some ideas you may find interesting.

We ran a screen on large-cap companies paying dividend yields above 1% and sustainable payout ratios below 50%. 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 point for your own analysis.

List sorted by difference between gross margin and industry average.

  1. Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU): Offers various financial products and services in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Market cap of $24.89 billion. Dividend yield at 2.75%, payout ratio at 18.78%. TTM gross margin at 26.76% vs. industry gross margin at 14.24%. TTM operating margin at 12.0% vs. industry operating margin at 11.36%. TTM pretax margin at 10.09% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.06%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.32). The stock might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.67, and P/FCF ratio at 2.04. The stock has lost 11.62% over the last year.

  2. Aon Corporation (NYSE:AON): Provides risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing services in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $14.92B. Dividend yield at 1.30%, payout ratio at 21.72%. TTM gross margin at 21.02% vs. industry gross margin at 14.25%. TTM operating margin at 16.0% vs. industry operating margin at 11.34%. TTM pretax margin at 12.14% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.02%. The stock has gained 3.99% over the last year.

  3. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (MHP): Provides various information services for financial, educational, and business information markets worldwide. Market cap of $13.50B. Dividend yield at 2.09%, payout ratio at 34.87%. TTM gross margin at 61.84% vs. industry gross margin at 42.20%. TTM operating margin at 23.45% vs. industry operating margin at 18.83%. TTM pretax margin at 22.02% vs. industry pretax margin at 15.01%. The stock has gained 24.59% over the last year.

  4. Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET): Operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. Market cap of $15.97B. Dividend yield at 1.59%, payout ratio at 9.19%. TTM gross margin at 29.65% vs. industry gross margin at 20.81%. TTM operating margin at 9.68% vs. industry operating margin at 8.35%. TTM pretax margin at 8.25% vs. industry pretax margin at 6.70%. The stock might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.78, and P/FCF ratio at 7.23. The stock has gained 38.93% over the last year.

  5. The Chubb Corporation (NYSE:CB): Provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Market cap of $19.26B. Dividend yield at 2.25%, payout ratio at 24.05%. TTM gross margin at 20.15% vs. industry gross margin at 14.25%. TTM operating margin at 18.01% vs. industry operating margin at 11.34%. TTM pretax margin at 18.01% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.02%. The stock has gained 20.95% over the last year.

  6. Hershey Co. (NYSE:HSY): Engages in manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing various chocolate and confectionery products, pantry items, and gum and mint refreshment products worldwide. Market cap of $13.66B. Dividend yield at 2.27%, payout ratio at 48.02%. TTM gross margin at 46.01% vs. industry gross margin at 32.59%. TTM operating margin at 17.78% vs. industry operating margin at 11.91%. TTM pretax margin at 15.93% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.38%. The stock has gained 29.85% over the last year.

  7. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (NYSE:HMC): Engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. Market cap of $58.20B. Dividend yield at 2.32%, payout ratio at 49.63%. TTM gross margin at 32.58% vs. industry gross margin at 23.10%. TTM operating margin at 3.67% vs. industry operating margin at 3.63%. TTM pretax margin at 5.37% vs. industry pretax margin at 4.95%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.24% over the last week.

  8. Kellogg Company (NYSE:K): Manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience food products primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. Market cap of $18.14B. Dividend yield at 3.41%, payout ratio at 37.47%. TTM gross margin at 44.70% vs. industry gross margin at 32.59%. TTM operating margin at 15.20% vs. industry operating margin at 11.91%. TTM pretax margin at 12.66% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.38%. The stock has gained 2.39% over the last year.

  9. Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE:CPB): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of branded convenience food products worldwide. Market cap of $10.02B. Dividend yield at 3.69%, payout ratio at 48.66%. TTM gross margin at 43.19% vs. industry gross margin at 32.46%. TTM operating margin at 17.22% vs. industry operating margin at 11.86%. TTM pretax margin at 14.82% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.35%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 8.38% (equivalent to 7.13 days of average volume). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 6.09% over the last week.

  10. Dover Corp. (NYSE:DOV): Manufactures and sells industrial products and components, and consumables. Market cap of $10.69B. Dividend yield at 2.19%, payout ratio at 25.25%. TTM gross margin at 41.88% vs. industry gross margin at 32.25%. TTM operating margin at 15.14% vs. industry operating margin at 12.95%. TTM pretax margin at 13.62% vs. industry pretax margin at 11.03%. The stock has gained 2.27% over the last year.

  11. Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE:CNI): Engages in the rail and related transportation business in North America. Market cap of $34.03B. Dividend yield at 1.67%, payout ratio at 23.90%. TTM gross margin at 46.82% vs. industry gross margin at 36.15%. TTM operating margin at 36.87% vs. industry operating margin at 26.19%. TTM pretax margin at 37.43% vs. industry pretax margin at 23.37%. The stock has gained 17.34% over the last year.

  12. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM): Provides various financial services worldwide. Market cap of $134.36B. Dividend yield at 2.83%, payout ratio at 17.55%. TTM gross margin at 80.51% vs. industry gross margin at 63.17%. TTM operating margin at 47.50% vs. industry operating margin at 39.89%. TTM pretax margin at 25.0% vs. industry pretax margin at 19.23%. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.92, and P/FCF ratio at 2.08. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.57% over the last week.

  13. General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS): Manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. Market cap of $25.83B. Dividend yield at 3.04%, payout ratio at 48.80%. TTM gross margin at 40.26% vs. industry gross margin at 32.59%. TTM operating margin at 16.10% vs. industry operating margin at 11.91%. TTM pretax margin at 14.55% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.38%. The stock has gained 14.98% over the last year.

  14. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap of $128.57B. Dividend yield at 3.33%, payout ratio at 30.30%. TTM gross margin at 74.58% vs. industry gross margin at 60.44%. TTM operating margin at 34.45% vs. industry operating margin at 25.30%. TTM pretax margin at 33.66% vs. industry pretax margin at 24.50%. The stock has gained 25.87% over the last year.

  15. St. Jude Medical Inc. (NYSE:STJ): Develops, manufactures, and distributes cardiovascular and implantable neurostimulation medical devices worldwide. Market cap of $11.04B. Dividend yield at 2.43%, payout ratio at 22.57%. TTM gross margin at 79.16% vs. industry gross margin at 65.58%. TTM operating margin at 25.94% vs. industry operating margin at 13.70%. TTM pretax margin at 20.46% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.45%. The stock has lost 13.04% over the last year.

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

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