Buy-Rated High Yield Stocks

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Many investors find buying stocks while the market is near all-time highs daunting to say the least. Obvious bargains are harder to come by. However, we can use the momentum to our advantage. I don't suggest finding stocks that will continue higher is a task to be taken lightly, but with the right approach, and well thought out risk control, outsized profit potential is available for those able to see through the fog and move forward.

Most would also agree that finding the time to scan and filter thousands of stocks to discover investments worth your attention is far from easy. There's a fine line between hero and zero; a line we all desperately want to stay on the correct side of.

I try to make your search easier by researching companies that I want to own in my longer term accounts. Historically, dividend paying stocks outperform nondividend payers, so that's where my focus is.

Companies cited in my last article highlighting rising dividend stars performed well. Of course, a rising tide lifts all boats, and so I am careful about how comfortable I should be. Here are the highlights on the returns, not including dividend payments:

Using the closing price on the day of the article and the closing price Monday, we can review the results:
  • AT&T (T) up 5.26%
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 14.75%
  • U.S. Bancorp (USB) up 3.25%
  • Seagate (STX) up 16.65%

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