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6 High-Yielding Small and Mid-Cap Services Stocks for Dividend Investors

By  +Follow August 19, 2013 8:29AM
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Investors who are looking for dividend stocks may have some attractive options in the services industry, where a number of mostly shipping and transportation companies are weathering uncertain global economic conditions and posting strong sales figures, have plenty of money to keep operations going, and are managing to give back significantly to shareholders.

The following six small and mid-cap companies have been selected based on the following criteria:

-A high price-to-sales ratio (above 2). A high P/S ratio is a requirement for services companies, for whom sales are the main source of revenue.
-A healthy dividend yield (2 percent or more). If a company’s return rate is attractive, this can be an indication of a stability and strength.
-A high operating margin (over 25 percent). A strong operating margin can be an important metric for services companies, who must be able to pay their fixed costs without difficulty.
-Performance year-to-date. Each of these stocks can be said to be having a good year in terms of performance, as they have all advanced over 20 percent.

Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) – The well-known railroad shipping company has a market cap of $73.48 billion. Union Pacific has a price-to-sales ratio of 3.44, and is returning at a rate of 2 percent. With a 32.9 percent operating margin, the stock is up nearly 27 percent year-to-date, currently trading at $158.

Paychex Inc. (PAYX) – The Rochester, New York-based payroll processing company has a market cap of$14.34 billion. With a healthy price-to-sales ratio of 6.16, Paychex returns at a rate of 3.56 percent, and has a 39 percent operating margin. Shares are trading for $39.30, up 27.6 percent in 2013.

Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, S.A. de C.V. (OMAB) – The popular Mexican airline has a market cap of $1.39 billion, a price-to-sales ratio of 5.73, and an operating margin of nearly 40 percent. Shares are currently trading for $28, up 33 percent year-to-date, and are returning at a rate of 3.4 percent.

Costamare Inc. (CMRE) – The Greek container-ship company has a market cap of $1.26 billion. Costamare has a price-to-sales ratio of 3.3, a 27.4 percent operating margin, and is returning at a rate of 6.4 percent. Shares are currently trading for $16.90, up over 27 percent year-to-date.

Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NMM) – The Greek operator of dry cargo vessels has a market cap of $947.3 million. With a price-to-sales ratio of 4.56, the company has an impressive return rate of 12.6 percent, and an equally impressive operating margin of 52.6 percent. Shares are currently trading for $14.08, up 25.6 percent year-to-date.

Capital Product Partners L.P. (CPLP) – The Greek shipping company specializes in oil and chemicals transportation. With a market cap of $617.5 million, the company has a price-to-sales ratio of 3.9, an operating margin of 28.5 percent, and is returning at an annual rate of 10.3 percent. Shares are currently trading for $9, up nearly 49 percent year-to-date.

[Image: a shipping vessel in the San-Francisco Bay, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]

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Results for UNP
Kym L
18 Apr 15 10:17:43
Earnings before open Thur part 2 $PG $RTN $UNP $UAL $USG $WBC
Ophir Gottlieb
18 Apr 15 08:40:05
RT @capitalmktlabs: Largest Transportation Assets 1: $DAL 2: $UNP 3: $AAL Chart: http://t.co/4x2BedtUMq http://t.co/8AxaBUZ338
Capital Market Labs
18 Apr 15 08:36:15
Largest Transportation Assets 1: $DAL 2: $UNP 3: $AAL Chart: http://t.co/4x2BedtUMq http://t.co/8AxaBUZ338
Sleek Money
18 Apr 15 05:50:32
Union Pacific Given A Credit Rating $UNP http://t.co/4wVVw8dJZe
ProVesting
18 Apr 15 04:15:17
$UNP $MU: Stocks Witness Heavy Selling On Strength: Micron Technology ...: http://t.co/jC1Q6QaVHK
#BUSINESSTOKEN
18 Apr 15 04:13:10
RT @ProVesting: $UNP $MU: Stocks Witness Heavy Selling On Strength: Union Pacific ...: http://t.co/rhkFNpSgjc
ProVesting
18 Apr 15 04:10:19
$UNP $MU: Stocks Witness Heavy Selling On Strength: Union Pacific ...: http://t.co/rhkFNpSgjc
Capital Market Labs
17 Apr 15 22:55:13
Largest Transportation Operating Margin 1: $UNP 2: $KSU 3: $NSC Chart: http://t.co/d6znaPKIc5 http://t.co/fbeuAZGCiY
leahanne
17 Apr 15 20:48:17
Volume Alert - UNP 108.42 Union Pacific Corp $UNP Hit a high today of 108.65 Closing the day 04/17/15 at 108.4 http://t.co/WdrXRXAJQj
leahanne
17 Apr 15 20:47:55
$UNP Volume Alert - UNP Stock 108.42 Union Pacific Corp $UNP Hit a high today of 108.65 Closing the day 04/17/15 at http://t.co/tlKwdz4ceX
gordon gekko is god
17 Apr 15 19:14:32
Lower speed limits part of U.S. safety proposal for oil trains http://t.co/wEMlDAEFqH $BRK.A, $BRK.B, $CSX, $UNP, $NSC, $KSU, $GWR, $CNI,
12Stocks.com
17 Apr 15 16:01:52
S&P100 #Stocks Performance $BMY $EMC $SLB $NSC $PM $UNP $SO $GE $DOW $JNJ $APC $BAX $PFE $ABBV $ABT $MO more@ http://t.co/cKkr8csQUU
Jason Olive
17 Apr 15 15:41:36
RT @SeekingAlpha: Why I Am Exiting My Position In General Electric. http://t.co/j8jZo4CGUb $FAST $PCP $PM $UNP $GE
Michael Faulkner
17 Apr 15 15:41:09
RT @SeekingAlpha: Why I Am Exiting My Position In General Electric. http://t.co/j8jZo4CGUb $FAST $PCP $PM $UNP $GE
Income Investing SA
17 Apr 15 15:39:17
Why I Am Exiting My Position In General Electric. http://t.co/ZV3AVbuT6z $FAST $PCP $PM $UNP $GE
Dividend Investing
17 Apr 15 15:39:17
Why I Am Exiting My Position In General Electric. http://t.co/qeWijOKbTR $FAST $PCP $PM $UNP $GE
Quantpost $GE
17 Apr 15 15:39:16
$GE News: "Why I Am Exiting My Position In General Electric. $FAST $PCP $PM $UNP …" http://t.co/0cjiHfEYqF Analyze: https://t.co/gcNV9EIKiw
Quantpost Industrial
17 Apr 15 15:39:16
$GE News: "Why I Am Exiting My Position In General Electric. $FAST $PCP $PM $UNP …" http://t.co/tRxP2ulD1X Analyze: https://t.co/uBLgpNLKMm
Seeking Alpha
17 Apr 15 15:39:16
Why I Am Exiting My Position In General Electric. http://t.co/j8jZo4CGUb $FAST $PCP $PM $UNP $GE
SA Breaking News
17 Apr 15 13:47:26
Lower speed limits part of U.S. safety proposal for oil trains http://t.co/zE3Pti7vii $BRK.A $BRK.B $CSX $UNP
Kyle Bazzy
17 Apr 15 13:34:30
RT @CML_VisualFeed: $UNP Assets are Rising. Here's the Chart: http://t.co/eJZsdDys9d http://t.co/nxoZkTR2vf
Capital Market Labs
17 Apr 15 13:30:29
$UNP Assets are Rising. Here's the Chart: http://t.co/eJZsdDys9d http://t.co/nxoZkTR2vf
Mark Mansfield
17 Apr 15 13:16:16
RT @LaMonicaBuzz: Choo-choo! $CSX was a runaway train today. Up 3% on tough day for rest of market & most transports. Although fellow rails…
Paul R. La Monica
17 Apr 15 13:14:29
Choo-choo! $CSX was a runaway train today. Up 3% on tough day for rest of market & most transports. Although fellow rails $UNP $NSC up too.
12Stocks.com
17 Apr 15 12:59:31
S&P100 #Stocks Performance $BMY $EMC $PM $SLB $SO $UNP $JNJ $NSC $BAX $MO $DOW $PFE $ABBV $MCD $GE $APA more@ http://t.co/cKkr8csQUU
Breaking News Now
17 Apr 15 12:04:45
$UNP: Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) a Buy: Stifel Nicolaus: http://t.co/2Dsmd21CLy
Capital Market Labs
17 Apr 15 10:49:14
Largest Transportation Assets 1. $DAL 2. $UNP 3. $AAL Full Chart: http://t.co/nHp3TxtXiA
Capital Market Labs
17 Apr 15 10:15:14
Largest Transportation Earnings 1. $UNP 2. $UPS 3. $AAL Full Chart: http://t.co/WPD6Opitza
Wyckoff SMI
17 Apr 15 10:04:58
We have updated our stop levels on the UNP and T short positions for our Theoretical Stock Portfolio $UNP $T
Capital Market Labs
17 Apr 15 09:31:52
Largest Transportation Cash from Operations 1. $UNP 2. $UPS 3. $FDX Full Chart: http://t.co/CzhsrSOrwo #CML
Hammer D. Lane
17 Apr 15 09:26:36
$UNP coming back! Long.
12Stocks.com
17 Apr 15 08:52:47
S&P100 #Stocks Performance $BMY $SLB $EMC $SO $KO $PM $GE $MDT $MO $JNJ $BAX $ABBV $NSC $T $UNP $DOW $SPG more@ http://t.co/cKkr8csQUU
Derald Muniz
17 Apr 15 08:39:29
adj S Calls in $UNP to May 08w $110 strike from S Jan 2016 $120 (covered calls). +8.22
Joe Cook
17 Apr 15 07:18:10
I'm surprised by the stability in rails $UNP and $CSX today.
Market Int Center
17 Apr 15 06:01:35
Potential Union Pacific $UNP Trade Has 6.32% Downside Protection ( http://t.co/4XAcyYGSFT )
StockEarnings.com
17 Apr 15 05:25:21
$UNP ER on 4/23 Before Open. SP were UP 13 times out of last 21 qtrs (61%) in Earnings reactions http://t.co/8GjMgfZACW
ProTradersNews
17 Apr 15 02:47:41
$UNP: Shares of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) Sees Large ...: http://t.co/ebPPE8fOM3
Capital Market Labs
17 Apr 15 01:07:31
Largest Transportation Revenue per Employee 1. $CHRW 2. $KEX 3. $UNP Full Chart: http://t.co/0uC4b3Dy5V #CML
Capital Market Labs
16 Apr 15 19:39:39
Largest Transportation Operating Margin 1. $UNP 2. $KSU 3. $NSC Full Chart: http://t.co/N14AGiQ1zR #CML
Hugh
16 Apr 15 18:01:51
RT @OptionsHawk: Been some wild May 29th (W) Iron Condors for Size this Week $GS $UNP $TEVA
Anthony
16 Apr 15 16:53:33
RT @OptionsHawk: Been some wild May 29th (W) Iron Condors for Size this Week $GS $UNP $TEVA
12Stocks.com
16 Apr 15 16:01:48
S&P100 #Stocks Performance $PM $UNH $C $AXP $CSCO $DIS $BAC $LOW $ABBV $UNP $MO $AMGN $FCX $AMZN $KO more@ http://t.co/cKkr8csQUU
#HelpYouGetGAINS
16 Apr 15 15:47:53
CSX - Strong Operational Performance And Shareholder Payouts Continue To Drive Appeal http://t.co/Lw3I00CAjn … $NSC $GWR $KSU $UNP $CSX
Joe Kunkle
16 Apr 15 15:42:55
Been some wild May 29th (W) Iron Condors for Size this Week $GS $UNP $TEVA
dailystockplays.com
16 Apr 15 15:40:04
NR4 Stocks http://t.co/GDwUocjfvG $ALU $CSX $ITUB $AIG $IPG $MRK $JNPR $GRPN $HBAN $UNP $LOW $PEP $JDSU $TJX $ERY $VIAB $ARAY $COF
Trading Derivatives
16 Apr 15 15:02:24
RT @ETFtrends: An Alternative View of Transportation ETFs http://t.co/vomhZvK9TU #ETF #oil #transport $USO $IYT $XTN $UNP $CSX $NSC
ETF Trends
16 Apr 15 14:50:14
An Alternative View of Transportation ETFs http://t.co/vomhZvK9TU #ETF #oil #transport $USO $IYT $XTN $UNP $CSX $NSC
Tom Lydon
16 Apr 15 14:45:17
An Alternative View of Transportation ETFs http://t.co/79piqRS1SW #ETF #oil #transport $USO $IYT $XTN $UNP $CSX $NSC
12Stocks.com
16 Apr 15 12:59:34
S&P100 #Stocks Performance $PM $UNH $C $BAC $AXP $MO $CSCO $DIS $LOW $AMGN $KO $ABBV $FCX $UNP $AMZN $GD more@ http://t.co/cKkr8csQUU
InvestProfits
16 Apr 15 12:23:50
Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) is -6% Away from 200 Day Moving Average http://t.co/rzamLugtEL $UNP #investor #stocks #investing
				
				
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