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After high political and economic drama in 2013, the year 2014 began on a soft note given the not-so-convincing emerging economies, the loss of steam in stock markets and a severe winter that locked consumers indoors. Last Friday, both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average shed approximately 0.2%, while The Nasdaq Composite Index has fallen about 0.1%.

Despite volatility in the indices, market analysts’ are hopeful that the U.S. economy will gain strength as the year progresses and register GDP growth of about 3%. Moreover, the scaling down of the monthly bond buying campaign is hinting at an economic recovery. However, the statements are not enough to boost investors’ confidence.

Thus, investors will obviously prefer to bet their bucks in the safer counters. Investors, in order to shield themselves from the upheavals the financial world is susceptible to, will diligently choose their portfolio of stocks that can give them the best returns. On that note, while building the portfolio, one should not ignore the Dividend Yield, which can also enhance the total return.

Investors prefer an income generating stock and a dividend paying stock is always a preferable option. Meanwhile, keeping the hard cash in the bank’s locker is a much safer alternative than investing in stocks, so offering higher return on stocks becomes obvious to compensate the risk undertaken. Higher dividend growth companies have a better chance to attract investors that in turn provides an impetus to the share price.

People looking for regular income from stocks are most likely to be inclined toward those companies that have a track record of consistent and incremental dividend payments. Although increasing the dividend remains one of the tools, the company’s fundamentals should also be factored in before arriving on an investment decision. It would be a good idea to look at the stocks’ Zacks Rank before investing in them, as a solid rank indicates favorable estimate revisions by analysts who are optimistic on the company's future performance.

Thus we provide you a Profitable Mix: Dividend + Zacks Rank #1 Stock. Here we discuss 3 Zacks Rank #1 stocks that can enrich your portfolio:

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (OZM - Snapshot Report) has a dividend yield of 33.06% with long-term earnings growth expectation of 16.5%. The company has witnessed favorable estimate revision in the last 30 days with the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2014 and 2015 surging 8.5% and 10.1%, respectively. This New York-based institutional alternative asset management company had registered positive earnings surprise over the trailing four quarters with an average beat of 43.1%.

Six Flags Entertainment Corp. (SIX - Snapshot Report) has a dividend yield of 4.70% with long-term earnings growth expectation of 10%. This Grand Prairie, Texas-based company has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2014 go up by 3.9%. This operator of regional theme, water, and zoological parks had registered a positive earnings surprise over the trailing four quarters with an average beat of 42.6%.

Calamos Asset Management Inc. (CLMS - Snapshot Report) has a dividend yield of 4.37% with long-term earnings growth expectation of 10%. The company has registered upward estimate revision in the last 30 days with the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2014 and 2015 increasing 1.9% and 7.1%, respectively. This Naperville, Illinois-based diversified global investment firm had registered positive earnings surprise over the trailing four quarters with an average beat of 55.1%.

Bottom Line

We believe that the above-mentioned stocks have strong fundamentals and growth prospects that can quench investors’ appetites for market winners. As U.S. stocks look for a survival strategy, a sneak peek into the space for some possible outperformers backed by a Zacks Rank #1 and a healthy dividend yield could be handy for investors.

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