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Are you a dividend investor interested in finding stocks that are on the verge of multiplying their earnings per share? Today we searched for companies with impressive projections for growth and then narrowed our focus to those that received a recent rating of 'Buy' or 'Strong Buy' by analysts. We came up with a diverse list of dividend stocks that met this criteria. Take a look to see if any capture your interest.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for dividend stocks. We then looked for companies that analysts rate as "Buy" or "Strong Buy" (mean recommendation < 3). We then screened for businesses that have high future earnings per share growth forecasts(1-year projected EPS Growth Rate>25%). We did not screen out any market caps or sectors.

Do you think these stocks should be priced higher? Use our screened list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1) Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Oil & Gas Pipelines
Market Cap:$37.06B
Beta:-

Kinder Morgan, Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 3.92%, a Payout Ratio of 73.37%, an Analysts' Rating of 2.20, and a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 34.91%. The short interest was 2.23% as of 08/02/2012. Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets in the United States and Canada. The company operates in six segments: Products Pipelines-KMP, Natural Gas PipelinesKMP, CO2KMP, TerminalsKMP, Kinder Morgan CanadaKMP, and NGPL PipeCo LLC. The Products PipelinesKMP segment delivers gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and natural gas liquids to various markets through approximately 8,400 miles of refined petroleum products pipelines; and operates approximately 60 associated product terminals and petroleum pipeline transmix processing facilities.

2) Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ:CPLP)

Sector:Services
Industry:Shipping
Market Cap:$591.31M
Beta:1.10

Capital Product Partners L.P. has a Dividend Yield of 11.60%, a Payout Ratio of 59.08%, an Analysts' Rating of 2.30, and a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 85.71%. The short interest was 0.32% as of 08/02/2012. Capital Product Partners L.P., a shipping company, provides seaborne transportation services of crude oil, refined petroleum products, edible oils, and soft chemicals. The company provides marine transportation services under short-term voyage charters and medium to long-term time and bareboat charters. Its vessels carry crude oil, and refined oil products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, and jet fuel, as well as edible oils and chemicals comprising ethanol.

3) Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE:GXP)

Sector:Utilities
Industry:Electric Utilities
Market Cap:$3.02B
Beta:0.71

Great Plains Energy Incorporated has a Dividend Yield of 3.84%, a Payout Ratio of 70.80%, an Analysts' Rating of 2.50, and a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 28.35%. The short interest was 2.73% as of 08/02/2012. Great Plains Energy Incorporated, a public utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity. It also provides regulated steam service to customers in the St. Joseph, Missouri area.

4) Atlas Energy, L.P (NYSE:ATLS)

Sector:Utilities
Industry:Gas Utilities
Market Cap:$1.62B
Beta:2.66

Atlas Energy, L.P has a Dividend Yield of 3.16%, a Payout Ratio of 57.20%, an Analysts' Rating of 2.30, and a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 96.69%. The short interest was 3.11% as of 08/02/2012. Atlas Energy, L.P. engages in the development and production of natural gas and oil in the Appalachian basin, Illinois basin, and the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. It is also involved in the provision of natural gas gathering, processing, and treating services in the Anadarko and Permian basins located in the southwestern and mid-continent regions of the United States; natural gas gathering services in the Appalachian basin in the northeastern region of the United States; and natural gas liquids transportation services in the southwest region of the United States.

5) Costamare Inc. (NYSE:CMRE)

Sector:Services
Industry:Shipping
Market Cap:$872.59M
Beta:-

Costamare Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 8.39%, a Payout Ratio of 76.24%, an Analysts' Rating of 2.50, and a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 25.74%. The short interest was 1.28% as of 08/02/2012. Costamare, Inc. owns and charters containerships to liner companies. Its fleet consists of 56 containerships with a total capacity of approximately 324,000 TEU. The company was founded in 1975 and is based in Athens, Greece.

6) Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ:STLD)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Steel & Iron
Market Cap:$2.82B
Beta:1.85

Steel Dynamics Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 3.11%, a Payout Ratio of 53.51%, an Analysts' Rating of 2.30, and a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 67.82%. The short interest was 4.53% as of 08/02/2012. Steel Dynamics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Steel Operations, Metals Recycling and Ferrous Resources Operations, and Steel Fabrication Operations. The Steel Operations segment provides a range of sheet steel products, including hot rolled, cold rolled, and coated steel products; structural steel beams, pilings, and rails; special bar quality and merchant bar quality rounds and round-cornered squares; billets and merchant steel products comprising angles, plain rounds, flats, and channels; and merchant beams and specialty structural steel sections.

7) NYSE Euronext, Inc. (NYSE:NYX)

Sector:Financial
Industry:Diversified Investments
Market Cap:$6.33B
Beta:1.65

NYSE Euronext, Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 4.81%, a Payout Ratio of 57.71%, an Analysts' Rating of 2.50, and a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 26.42%. The short interest was 2.08% as of 08/02/2012. NYSE Euronext, through its subsidiaries, operates securities exchanges. It operates various stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE Amex LLC in the United States; and five European-based exchanges that comprise Euronext N.V.

*Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz.

Source: 7 Dividend Stocks Favored By Analysts And Set To Grow