FBR Director of Research David Hilal and team started with 250 dividend stocks tracked by the company, then narrowed it to 25 to own in a rising rate environment, and then further trimmed the list to a favored ten.
Among the requirements: A minimum yield of 3%, an extremely safe payout with the opportunity to go higher, and stable to improving fundamentals which might drive share price appreciation in addition to the dividend.
The highest yielder of the group is New Residential (NYSE:NRZ) at more than a 15% yield. Analyst Jessica Levi-Ribner figures the stock deserves something closer to a 9% yield given its growing book value and clear outlook into earnings and the dividend (which has been on the rise).
The lowest yielder on the list is James River Holdings (NASDAQ:JRVR) at just over a 2% yield, but that's not counting special dividends - FBR expects the yield is nearly 9% once those are factored in.
The rest: Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE:BXMT), Peak Resorts (NASDAQ:SKIS), Great Ajax (NYSE:AJX), Hospitality Properties (NYSE:HPT), Preferred Apartments (NYSE:APTS), Western Gas Partners (NYSE:WES), National CineMedia (NASDAQ:NCMI), Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC).