Dividend Channel is a dividend stock research website, aimed at financial advisors and retail investors trying to maximize the opportunities in dividend payers. The site includes a number of ground-breaking features that allow investors to dig deeper into interesting dividend stocks, including the site's DividendRank system. Each week Dividend Channel sends a newsletter, after screening through its coverage universe of dividend paying stocks, and looking at a variety of data such as dividend history, current dividend yield, book value, and quarterly earnings, and comparing that fundamental data to the stock's trading data to come up with certain calculations about profitability and valuation. The top most interesting stocks as identified by the proprietary DividendRank formula are then presented neatly divided into 17 sectors/categories. Subscribers find these lists to be a great research tool for generating ideas that merit further research.

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This Stock Has A 9.40% Yield And Sells For Less Than Book

First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund has been named as a Top 25 dividend stock, according the most recent Dividend Channel ''DividendRank'' report. The report noted that among the coverage universe, FEI shares displayed both attractive valuation metrics and strong profitability metrics.

Enviva Partners Named Top Dividend Stock With Insider Buying and 8.00% Yield (EVA)

In this series, we look through the most recent Dividend Channel ''DividendRank'' report, and then we cherry pick only those companies that have experienced insider buying within the past six months. The officers and directors of a company tend to have a unique insider's view of the business, and presumably the only reason an insider would choose to take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock in the open market, is that they expect to make money — maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both.

RSI Alert: UMH Properties Now Oversold

The DividendRank formula at Dividend Channel ranks a coverage universe of thousands of dividend stocks, according to a proprietary formula designed to identify those stocks that combine two important characteristics — strong fundamentals and a valuation that looks inexpensive. UMH Properties Inc presently has an above average rank, in the top 50% of the coverage universe, which suggests it is among the top most "interesting" ideas that merit further research by investors.

Noteworthy Wednesday Option Activity: RCII, STMP, MANT

Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Rent-A-Center Inc. , where a total volume of 14,741 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 1.5 million underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares).

Noteworthy Wednesday Option Activity: LSI, SIEN, BAS

Among the underlying components of the Russell 3000 index, we saw noteworthy options trading volume today in Life Storage Inc , where a total of 5,662 contracts have traded so far, representing approximately 566,200 underlying shares. That amounts to about 81.3% of LSI's average daily trading volume over the past month of 696,410 shares.