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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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McGill Farms
1 Oct 14 11:02:03
@Seeger_d no but a few shares of your $UNP stock sure would
Jamie Raby
1 Oct 14 09:18:31
I mean, come on $UNP, $CSX and other railroad stock holders. How does Ebola affect the rails?
Jamie Raby
1 Oct 14 09:17:21
$UNP, $CSX down today due to Ebola. There's no rational reason. Do you think hobos from Africa will hop a freight train and spread Ebola?
Jamie Raby
1 Oct 14 08:45:01
Why are $DIS and $UNP down so much? How can people profit when stocks are so low?
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1 Oct 14 06:31:34
Union Pacific Receives Consensus Rating of "Buy" from Analysts (NYSE:UNP) $unp http://t.co/c5VhZwv369 http://t.co/1J3nlejlw7
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1 Oct 14 06:23:23
Analysts Give Average Rating of Buy to Union Pacific $UNP http://t.co/ISwANLZNwP
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1 Oct 14 05:58:31
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1 Oct 14 05:45:27
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1 Oct 14 04:25:09
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1 Oct 14 03:01:40
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30 Sep 14 17:11:57
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Alexander WJ
30 Sep 14 11:38:44
first $NSC and now $UNP does a commercial.... is it actually doing them any good to get their name out there to ordinary people?
Anthony
30 Sep 14 11:07:22
RT @OptionsHawk: $NSC, $KSU, $UNP, $CSX - strength in Rails continues
Bill Gunderson
30 Sep 14 10:03:21
Another new high for $UNP What a great stock. I am still long the stock. #39 overall!
Tracey Ryniec
30 Sep 14 09:58:38
Union Pacific owns the key hubs along the Mexico border. Forward P/E = 19. 2014 EPS growth = 17%. Zacks #2 (Buy). It's a beast. $UNP
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30 Sep 14 09:14:35
$UNP close to support and resistance zone between 108.57 and 108.63 http://t.co/mwiJqDp61z
Debbie
30 Sep 14 09:03:27
@DividendMaster Gas prices here in MD are not falling in tandem with oil. $UNP & BNSF shipping oil like crazy out of the Bakken
DecisionPlus
30 Sep 14 08:57:07
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30 Sep 14 08:51:39
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BOTD
30 Sep 14 08:23:01
... calls up 30%+ $UNP 109.64+1.11 (1.02%)
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30 Sep 14 08:04:38
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Jeff Davis
30 Sep 14 07:46:19
RT @OptionsHawk: $NSC, $KSU, $UNP, $CSX - strength in Rails continues
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30 Sep 14 07:46:04
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30 Sep 14 04:50:52
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29 Sep 14 11:39:58
$UNP 1750 Nov $105 puts bought at $1.69
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29 Sep 14 11:37:23
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BOTD
29 Sep 14 07:39:00
.... bought some $UNP Jan 110 calls (the transportation of stuff play) 🚂💨
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