Best Of The Buy-Rated Dividend Stocks: Top 4 Companies: CPT, RDS.B, VVC, ARE

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TheStreet Ratings' stock model projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Our Buy, Hold or Sell ratings designate how we expect these stocks to perform against a general benchmark of the equities market and interest rates.

While plenty of high-yield opportunities exist, investors must always consider the safety of their dividend and the total return potential of their investment. It is not uncommon for a struggling company to suspend high-yielding dividends and subsequently result in precipitous share price declines.

TheStreet Ratings' stock rating model views dividends favorably, but not so much that other factors are disregarded. Our model gauges the relationship between risk and reward in several ways, including: the pricing drawdown as compared to potential profit volatility, i.e. how much one is willing to risk in order to earn profits?; the level of acceptable volatility for highly performing stocks; the current valuation as compared to projected earnings growth; and the financial strength of the underlying company as compared to its stock's valuation as compared to its stock's performance.

These and many more derived observations are then combined, ranked, weighted, and scenario-tested to create a more complete analysis. The result is a systematic and disciplined method of selecting stocks. As always, stock ratings should not be treated as gospel — rather, use them as a starting point for your own research.

The following pages contain our analysis of 4 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Buy."

Camden Property

Dividend Yield: 4.30%

Camden Property (NYSE: CPT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.30%.

Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.71.

The average volume for Camden Property has been 555,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Camden Property has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Camden Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CPT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CAMDEN PROPERTY TRUST has improved earnings per share by 25.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CAMDEN PROPERTY TRUST increased its bottom line by earning $1.82 versus $0.17 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.82 versus $1.82).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 130.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $30.70 million to $70.72 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $128.58 million or 17.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CAMDEN PROPERTY TRUST has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.55%.

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Royal Dutch Shell

Dividend Yield: 4.80%

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.B) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.80%.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.43.

The average volume for Royal Dutch Shell has been 917,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $235.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • RDS.B's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $10,409.00 million or 9.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 0.96%.
  • RDS.B's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.21 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.82 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC's earnings per share declined by 34.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC reported lower earnings of $8.50 versus $9.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($13.59 versus $8.50).

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Vectren

Dividend Yield: 4.10%

Vectren (NYSE: VVC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.10%.

Vectren Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides energy delivery services to residential, commercial, and industrial and other contract customers in Indiana and west central Ohio. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.22.

The average volume for Vectren has been 315,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Vectren has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vectren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • VECTREN CORP has improved earnings per share by 8.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, VECTREN CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.93 versus $1.72 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.06 versus $1.93).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 128.66% to $134.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, VECTREN CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 26.59%.
  • The stock price has risen over the past year, but, despite its earnings growth and some other positive factors, it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Dividend Yield: 4.20%

Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE: ARE) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.20%.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, operation, management, development, acquisition, and redevelopment of properties for the life sciences industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.41.

The average volume for Alexandria Real Estate Equities has been 420,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alexandria Real Estate Equities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • ARE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 80.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $17.48 million to $31.49 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $93.30 million or 9.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ALEXANDRIA R E EQUITIES INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.55%.
  • ALEXANDRIA R E EQUITIES INC has improved earnings per share by 45.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ALEXANDRIA R E EQUITIES INC reported lower earnings of $0.97 versus $1.55 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.48 versus $0.97).
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ALEXANDRIA R E EQUITIES INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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