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5 Analyst Favorite 'Strong Buy' Stocks All Pay 5% and Higher Dividends

The CO2 segment produces, transports and markets CO2 to recover and produce crude oil from mature oil fields, and it owns interests in or operates oil fields and gasoline processing plants, as well as operates a crude oil pipeline system in West Texas. It owns and operates approximately 83,000 miles of pipelines and 144 terminals.

Shareholders receive a 5.62% dividend. Mizuho has set a $21 target price. The consensus target for Kinder Morgan stock is $17.95, and Tuesday’s closing share price was $18.92.

Williams Companies

This is another top energy company and a solid pick for investors who are more conservative and looking for exposure to LNG. Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE: WMB) operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States.

Its Transmission & Gulf of Mexico segment comprises Transco and Northwest natural gas pipelines, as well as natural gas gathering and processing, and crude oil production handling and transportation assets in the Gulf Coast region. The Northeast G&P segment engages in the midstream gathering, processing and fractionation activities in the Marcellus Shale region, primarily in Pennsylvania and New York, and the Utica Shale region of eastern Ohio.

The West segment comprises gas gathering, processing and treating operations in the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado and Wyoming, the Barnett Shale region of north-central Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas, the Haynesville Shale region of northwest Louisiana and the Mid-Continent region, which includes the Anadarko, Arkom, and Permian basins. It also includes NGL and natural gas marketing operations, as well as storage facilities.

The company owns and operates 30,000 miles of pipelines, 34 processing facilities, nine fractionation facilities and approximately 23 million barrels of NGL storage capacity.

Shareholders receive a 5.04% dividend. The target price for Williams Companies stock at Raymond James is $36, and the firm’s rating is Strong Buy. The consensus target is $33.14, and shares closed on Tuesday at $32.98 apiece.


These are two very solid energy plays and three other companies that dominate to a degree their respective business silos. All of them are solid ideas for nervous investors who want to stay in the game but are worried the game is now a little rougher than it has been over the past five to 10 years.

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