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Here are four stocks with buy rank and strong income characteristics for investors to consider today, May 4th:

AGNC Investment Corp. (AGNC - Free Report) : This real estate investment trusthas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings advancing 4.9% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 10.73%, compared with the industry average of 8.26%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 13.41%.

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT - Free Report) : This manufacturer of construction and mining equipmenthas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings jumping 31.9% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company has a dividend yield of 3.03%, compared with the industry average of 0.78%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.09%.

Eastman Chemical Company (EMN - Free Report) : This manufacturer of specialty additives, chemicals, and fibershas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings advancing 2.2% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.60%, compared with the industry average of 0.76%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.06%.

Methanex Corporation (MEOH - Free Report) : This methanol producing company has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings jumping more than 100% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.50%, compared with the industry average of 0.76%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.27%.

See the full list of top ranked stocks here.

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