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Do you prefer stocks that pay part of their returns in dividends? We ran a screen on dividend stocks that you might be interested in.

We began by screening for highly liquid dividend stocks: those paying dividend yields above 2%, sustainable payout ratios below 50%, and those with current ratios above 3. The current ratio is current assets/current liabilities, so ratios above 3 indicate the company has at least 3 times the liquid assets to cover their short-term liabilities.

Then to analyze these companies' profitability, we ran DuPont analysis on the names. DuPont analyzes profitability by breaking up return on equity (net income/equity) into three components:

ROE

= (Net Profit/Equity)

= (Net profit/Sales)*(Sales/Assets)*(Assets/Equity)

= (Net Profit margin)*(Asset turnover)*(Leverage ratio)

Because increases in net margin and asset turnover are considered good things, DuPont focuses on companies with these positive characteristics: Increasing ROE along with,

•Decreasing leverage, (i.e. decreasing Asset/Equity ratio)

•Improving asset use efficiency (i.e. increasing Sales/Assets ratio) and improving net profit margin (i.e. increasing Net Income/Sales ratio)

Those companies that pass DuPont are seeing positive trends in the sources of their increasing profitability, which adds further weight to the idea that the names are profitable.

For an interactive version of this chart, click on the image below. Market cap data sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

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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. FutureFuel Corp. (NYSE:FF): Engages in the manufacture and sale of specialty chemicals and bio-based products primarily in the United States. Market cap at $403.28M, most recent closing price at $9.76. Dividend yield at 4.09%, payout ratio at 42.12%. Current ratio at 6.28. MRQ net profit margin at 8.29% vs. 4.92% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.218 vs. 0.162 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.343 vs. 1.352 y/y.

2. Kronos Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:KRO): Engages in the production and marketing of titanium dioxide pigments in North America and Europe. Market cap at $2.06B, most recent closing price at $17.74. Dividend yield at 3.34%, payout ratio at 17.51%. Current ratio at 3.43. MRQ net profit margin at 24.39% vs. 14.34% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.272 vs. 0.236 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.955 vs. 2.323 y/y.

3. Flexsteel Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:FLXS): Manufactures, imports, and markets residential and commercial upholstered and wooden furniture products in the United States. Market cap at $148.92M, most recent closing price at $21.90. Dividend yield at 2.65%, payout ratio at 20.86%. Current ratio at 4.37. MRQ net profit margin at 3.65% vs. 2.89% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.522 vs. 0.519 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.288 vs. 1.318 y/y.

*Accounting data sourced from Google Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 3 Highly Liquid Dividend Stocks With Strong Sources Of Profitability