3 Leading Dividend Stocks With Yields Up To 6.7%

In recent sessions, US stock markets have experienced volatility as investors reacted to the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain interest rates, amidst ongoing concerns about inflation and economic stability. This backdrop of uncertainty makes it an opportune time to consider the resilience and potential steady returns of dividend stocks, particularly those with substantial yields.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks In The United States


Dividend Yield

Dividend Rating

Columbia Banking System (NasdaqGS:COLB)



Silvercrest Asset Management Group (NasdaqGM:SAMG)



Resources Connection (NasdaqGS:RGP)






Regions Financial (NYSE:RF)



Dillard’s (NYSE:DDS)



Citizens Financial Group (NYSE:CFG)



Ennis (NYSE:EBF)



Bank of Marin Bancorp (NasdaqCM:BMRC)



Union Bankshares (NasdaqGM:UNB)



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Simply Wall St Dividend Rating: ★★★★☆☆

Overview: Virginia National Bankshares Corporation serves as the holding company for Virginia National Bank, offering a variety of commercial and retail banking services, with a market capitalization of approximately $153.57 million.

Operations: Virginia National Bankshares Corporation generates its revenue through diverse commercial and retail banking services.

Dividend Yield: 4.5%

Virginia National Bankshares offers a consistent dividend yield of 4.48%, slightly below the top quartile in the US market. The company has demonstrated a stable and growing dividend over the past decade, with payments well-supported by a payout ratio of 41.4%. Despite recent financial results showing a decline in net interest income and net income from US$13.41 million and US$5.79 million to US$10.94 million and US$3.65 million respectively, its long-term dividend reliability remains intact due to prudent financial management evidenced by ongoing share buybacks .

NasdaqCM:VABK Dividend History as at May 2024

Simply Wall St Dividend Rating: ★★★★★☆

Overview: Financial Institutions, Inc., with a market cap of approximately $269.24 million, serves as the holding company for Five Star Bank, which offers banking and financial services to individuals, municipalities, and businesses throughout New York.

Operations: Financial Institutions, Inc. generates its revenues through Five Star Bank by providing banking and financial services across New York.

Dividend Yield: 6.7%

Financial Institutions, Inc. is currently undervalued by 63.8% and analysts expect a potential price increase of 20.6%. It offers a robust dividend yield of 6.73%, ranking in the top 25% of US dividend payers, supported by a payout ratio of 47.6%, indicating sustainability from earnings coverage over the past decade. However, recent financials reveal challenges: Q1 net interest income and net income fell to US$40.08 million and US$2.07 million from previous year’s figures, alongside increased charge-offs totaling US$3,121,000.

NasdaqGS:FISI Dividend History as at May 2024

Simply Wall St Dividend Rating: ★★★★☆☆

Overview: Global Ship Lease, Inc. operates globally, owning and chartering containerships to shipping companies under fixed-rate charters, with a market capitalization of approximately $801.74 million.

Operations: Global Ship Lease, Inc. generates its revenue primarily from the transportation and shipping segment, totaling $666.72 million.

Dividend Yield: 6.5%

Global Ship Lease has declared dividends recently, including $0.546875 per preferred share and $0.375 for common shares, reflecting its commitment to shareholder returns despite a volatile dividend history over nine years. The company’s financial performance shows resilience with revenue rising to US$674.8 million and net income at US$304.5 million in the past year, supported by a low payout ratio of 18%, ensuring dividend coverage from earnings and cash flows (23.7%). However, future earnings are expected to decline significantly by an average of 28.4% annually over the next three years, challenging the sustainability of future dividends amidst high debt levels.

NYSE:GSL Dividend History as at May 2024

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Companies discussed in this article include NasdaqCM:VABK NasdaqGS:FISI and NYSE:GSL.

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