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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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ClosingBell
24 Oct 14 16:05:08
RT @LaMonicaBuzz: Eclectic mix of stocks at all-time highs today: $AAPL $FB $MMM $CVS $CSX $UNP $LOW $HD $CELG $AMGN $TRV $PANW $KR $GD $LB…
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24 Oct 14 16:01:47
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24 Oct 14 16:01:30
S&P100 #Stocks Performance $GILD $LLY $MSFT $EXC $MMM $PG $BMY $AEP $UNP $CMCSA $GS $PFE $BK $MRK $EMC $GD more@ http://t.co/n4QZIDxy7w
FlashRatings
24 Oct 14 15:46:30
The 10 BEST analyst rated stocks in the last 30 days: $FB $GOOG $AAPL $UNP $CELG $YELP $HAL $LB $SLB $MU https://t.co/41ikWZVkc1
US Banking News
24 Oct 14 15:18:05
Union Pacific Price Target Increased to $130.00 by Analysts at FBR Capital Markets $UNP http://t.co/uwLYKmFFRp
Despicable Draghi ™
24 Oct 14 14:31:27
@CthruHD $ORLY - HIGH $PG - HIGH $REGN - HIGH $SPG - HIGH $SRCL - HIGH $SWN - LOW $TRV - HIGH $UNH - HIGH $UNP - HIGH $XEL - HIGH
4-traders.com
24 Oct 14 13:50:07
UNION PACIFIC : Regulation FD Disclosure (form 8-K) http://t.co/LvbP0kVTvT $UNP
NASDAQ
24 Oct 14 13:49:18
$UNP - Current Report Filing (8-k) http://t.co/nR4YDwd9cT
WKRB News
24 Oct 14 13:43:55
Union Pacific Rating Reiterated by Deutsche Bank $UNP http://t.co/nLcysJ0Ezn
Tracey Ryniec
24 Oct 14 13:42:30
Union Pacific hits yet another record high today. Holds most of it into the close. $UNP
US Banking News
24 Oct 14 13:38:05
Union Pacific’s Buy Rating Reaffirmed at Deutsche Bank $UNP http://t.co/FKWnJUrmc7
US Consumer News
24 Oct 14 13:34:23
Union Pacific's buy rating reiterated at Deutsche Bank. $111.00 PT. http://t.co/paLVh8ZmhS $UNP #UNP
Analyst Ratings
24 Oct 14 13:34:14
Union Pacific's buy rating reiterated at Deutsche Bank. $111.00 PT. http://t.co/BHCWHBBOIo $UNP #UNP
InterCooler
24 Oct 14 13:33:17
FBR Capital Markets Increases Union Pacific Price Target to $130.00 $UNP http://t.co/7m89TWskqn
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24 Oct 14 13:19:53
FBR Capital Markets Increases Union Pacific Price Target to $130.00 $UNP http://t.co/WJ5AOZi7D9
Analyst Ratings
24 Oct 14 13:19:50
Union Pacific's PT raised by FBR Capital Markets to $130.00. outperform rating. http://t.co/gxKq8giFZv $UNP #UNP
US Consumer News
24 Oct 14 13:19:11
Union Pacific's PT raised by FBR Capital Markets to $130.00. outperform rating. http://t.co/zqV5miG1FI $UNP #UNP
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24 Oct 14 13:11:02
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Mr. Breakout
24 Oct 14 12:44:52
$UNP still chuggin' along
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24 Oct 14 12:00:07
RT @Stansberry: $UNP a tech co monitoring traction sensors to fix problems before they actually occur. #IoT info graphic here http://t.co/s…
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24 Oct 14 11:58:37
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24 Oct 14 11:55:09
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MICHAEL FILLOON
24 Oct 14 11:54:49
Union Pacific's overweight reiterated at Morgan Stanley $129 PT http://t.co/4jSckBct1O $UNP #UNP via @RatingsNetwork http://t.co/4cj2zpSOtN
MICHAEL FILLOON
24 Oct 14 11:54:29
Union Pacific's outperform reiterated at Credit Suisse. $126 PT http://t.co/nH7Bejiwa9 $UNP #UNP via @RatingsNetwork http://t.co/4cj2zpSOtN
Stansberry Research
24 Oct 14 11:50:56
$UNP a tech co monitoring traction sensors to fix problems before they actually occur. #IoT info graphic here http://t.co/s8lb5R3R4I
Market Trader Daily
24 Oct 14 11:15:20
$UNP 114.21 new high
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24 Oct 14 10:44:52
@TraceyRyniec $UNP how about a big wrap up the week, steaming down the track kinda Choo Choo! $KSU too!
FlashRatingsHOT
24 Oct 14 10:40:58
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Ticker Report
24 Oct 14 10:29:12
Union Pacific Price Target Increased to $135.00 by Analysts at RBC Capital $UNP http://t.co/Lcfy5HJdrn
Forex Insight
24 Oct 14 09:43:55
RT @Shaq48_Trading: short 1/2 size $UNP up here 114
Jeff Davis
24 Oct 14 09:37:28
short 1/2 size $UNP up here 114
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24 Oct 14 09:32:54
Union Pacific Price Target Raised to $135.00 $UNP http://t.co/IMqhsB9s1j
Sleek Money
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Analyst Ratings
24 Oct 14 09:14:02
Union Pacific's PT raised by RBC Capital to $135.00. outperform rating. http://t.co/26J1u6CzpI $UNP #UNP
Paul Johnson
24 Oct 14 08:56:36
$ORLY, $BJRI, $UNP, $EW a few of today's big earnings winners.
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Bill Gunderson
24 Oct 14 08:12:23
Nice, new high in $UNP again today. #60 overall. Not bad for a large cap railroad stock. I remain long.
Accounting Group
24 Oct 14 08:08:07
$DGLY $ISNS and $UNP on the up and up #201G15F14
Sleek Money
24 Oct 14 08:07:59
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InterCooler
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US Banking News
24 Oct 14 08:03:41
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Peter G.
24 Oct 14 07:54:20
? how many people can fit through the door to buy more $unp
Sleek Money
24 Oct 14 07:22:27
Union Pacific $UNP Posts Quarterly Results http://t.co/8gfFmV20fA
MarketScreener
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24 Oct 14 06:31:54
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WKRB News
24 Oct 14 06:22:01
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