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Do you prefer stocks that pay part of their return in dividend income? For a closer look at some interesting dividend stocks, we ran a screen.

We began by screening the S&P 500 for stocks paying dividend yields above 2% and sustainable payout ratios below 50%.

We then screened for those with strong profitability compared to industry peers, with higher gross, operating, and pretax margins than their industry averages by at least 5% on each margin. This indicates that these companies are taking a greater percentage of their revenues as profits, and they also have stronger control over their cost structures.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for six of the stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

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

List sorted by difference between pretax margin and industry average.

1. 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 at $10.83B, most recent closing price at $36.18. Dividend yield at 3.30%, payout ratio at 36.92%. TTM gross margin at 69.7% vs. industry average at 60.1%. TTM operating margin at 34.37% vs. industry average at 22.28%. TTM pretax margin at 33.74% vs. industry average at 20.53%.

2. McDonald's Corp. (NYSE:MCD): Operates as a foodservice retailer worldwide. Market cap at $92.92B, most recent closing price at $91.43. Dividend yield at 3.06%, payout ratio at 48.32%. TTM gross margin at 44.84% vs. industry average at 35.48%. TTM operating margin at 30.76% vs. industry average at 18.57%. TTM pretax margin at 29.74% vs. industry average at 17.46%.

3. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap at $133.32B, most recent closing price at $26.58. Dividend yield at 3.17%, payout ratio at 33.02%. TTM gross margin at 74.58% vs. industry average at 60.12%. TTM operating margin at 31.83% vs. industry average at 22.29%. TTM pretax margin at 31.86% vs. industry average at 20.54%.

4. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG): Operates in the energy industry primarily in the northeastern and mid Atlantic United States. Market cap at $16.B, most recent closing price at $31.75. Dividend yield at 4.49%, payout ratio at 48.61%. TTM gross margin at 36.12% vs. industry average at 27.23%. TTM operating margin at 27.% vs. industry average at 17.8%. TTM pretax margin at 21.15% vs. industry average at 12.55%.

5. Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX): Designs, develops, and markets programmable platforms in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and Japan. Market cap at $8.46B, most recent closing price at $32.29. Dividend yield at 2.72%, payout ratio at 36.82%. TTM gross margin at 67.4% vs. industry average at 60.1%. TTM operating margin at 28.85% vs. industry average at 22.28%. TTM pretax margin at 27.33% vs. industry average at 20.53%.

6. NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE): Engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in the United States and Canada. Market cap at $27.34B, most recent closing price at $65.57. Dividend yield at 3.66%, payout ratio at 44.60%. TTM gross margin at 34.66% vs. industry average at 26.27%. TTM operating margin at 24.68% vs. industry average at 17.62%. TTM pretax margin at 18.19% vs. industry average at 12.44%.

*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.

Source: 6 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks With Impressive Profitability