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8 'Strong Buy' Analyst Favorites With Big, Dependable Dividends Are Ideal Q2 Picks

The Residential Lending segment operates a mortgage loan conduit that acquires residential loans from third-party originators for subsequent sale, securitization or transfer to its investment portfolio. This segment also offers derivative financial instruments to manage risks associated with residential loans.

The Business Purpose Lending segment operates a platform that originates and acquires business purpose loans, such as single-family rental and bridge loans for subsequent securitization or transfer into its investment portfolio.

The Third-Party Investments segment invests in residential mortgage-backed securities issued by third parties, as well as in K-Series multifamily loan securitizations and SLST reperforming loan securitizations. This segment also offers servicer advance and other residential and multifamily credit investments.

The company qualifies as a REIT for federal income tax purposes, and it intends to distribute at least 90% of its taxable income as dividends to shareholders.

Shareholders pocket an 8.80% distribution. The price target on Redwood Trust stock at Raymond James is $16.50. The $14.66 consensus target is a bit closer to Thursday’s final share price of $10.53.

Targa Resources

This top energy midstream company is structured as a C-corporation and is on many Wall Street top stock picks lists. Targa Resources Corp (NYSE: TRGP) is a leading provider of midstream services and one of the largest independent midstream energy companies in North America. Targa owns, operates, acquires and develops a diversified portfolio of complementary midstream energy assets.

The company is primarily engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and selling natural gas; storing, fractionating, treating, transporting and selling natural gas liquids and related products, including services to liquefied petroleum gas exporters; gathering, storing and terminaling crude oil; storing, terminaling and selling refined petroleum products.

Targa Resources has one of the premier asset positions in the Permian Basin. With solid management, a strong balance sheet and attractive exposure to some of the most attractive U.S. energy basins, it remains a top pick across Wall Street.

The dividend yield for Targa Resources stock is 1.94%. The Raymond James price objective of $80 compares with the $76.30 consensus figure and the most recent close at $72.88.

Valero Energy

This Wall Street favorite is a solid energy play for conservative investors looking for safer ideas. Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO) is one of the largest independent petroleum refining and marketing companies in the United States. It is based in San Antonio, Texas; owns 13 refineries in the United States, Canada and Europe; and has a total throughput capacity of around 2.5 million barrels per day.

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