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Interested in stocks paying dividend income? For ideas on how to get started on your search, we ran a stock screen.

We screened the S&P 500 for stocks paying dividend yields above 1% and sustainable payout ratios below 50% for those with the most significant decreases in shares shorted month-over-month, indicating a bullish change in sentiment.

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 decrease in shares shorted as a percent of share float.

1. Expedia Inc. (EXPE): Operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $4.14B. Dividend yield at 1.80%, payout ratio at 16.27%. Shares shorted have decreased from 17.42M to 11.23M month-over-month, a change representing 5.37% of the company's 115.25M share float. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.81, and P/FCF ratio at 5.36. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.52% over the last week. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 23.41%.

2. Moody's Corp. (MCO): Provides credit ratings and related research, data, and analytical tools; risk management software; and quantitative credit risk measures, credit portfolio management solutions, and training services in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Market cap of $8.10B. Dividend yield at 1.75%, payout ratio at 23.79%. Shares shorted have decreased from 20.44M to 16.11M month-over-month, a change representing 2.46% of the company's 176.23M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.28% (equivalent to 7.06 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 12.6%.

3. Amgen Inc. (AMGN): Develops, manufactures, and markets human therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology for grievous illnesses primarily in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Market cap of $60.98B. Dividend yield at 2.07%, payout ratio at 6.53%. Shares shorted have decreased from 38.61M to 19.38M month-over-month, a change representing 2.20% of the company's 875.05M share float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 15.62%.

4. Ecolab Inc. (ECL): Develops and markets products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, and industrial markets primarily in the United States. Market cap of $14.02B. Dividend yield at 1.32%, payout ratio at 32.16%. Shares shorted have decreased from 10.94M to 6.30M month-over-month, a change representing 2.20% of the company's 210.56M share float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 11.59%.

5. V.F. Corporation (VFC): Designs and manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the United States and Europe. Market cap of $14.74B. Dividend yield at 2.16%, payout ratio at 40.16%. Shares shorted have decreased from 3.49M to 1.92M month-over-month, a change representing 1.43% of the company's 109.87M share float. The stock has gained 63.62% over the last year.

6. Titanium Metals Corporation (TIE): Mills, manufactures, and distributes titanium and titanium alloys. Market cap of $2.85B. Dividend yield at 1.84%, payout ratio at 24.63%. Shares shorted have decreased from 6.29M to 5.45M month-over-month, a change representing 1.15% of the company's 72.92M share float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 12.98%.

7. Corning Inc. (GLW): Manufactures and processes specialty glass and ceramics products worldwide. Market cap of $22.66B. Dividend yield at 2.08%, payout ratio at 9.33%. Shares shorted have decreased from 35.59M to 18.14M month-over-month, a change representing 1.11% of the company's 1.57B share float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 14.72%.

8. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (MHP): Provides various information services for financial, educational, and business information markets worldwide. Market cap of $13.57B. Dividend yield at 2.20%, payout ratio at 34.87%. Shares shorted have decreased from 13.14M to 10.33M month-over-month, a change representing 1.01% of the company's 278.67M share float. The stock has gained 26.01% over the last year.

*Short data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 8 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks With Bullish Short Trends