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Here are four stocks with buy rank and strong income characteristics for investors to consider today, May 10th:

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (AHGP - Free Report) : This producer of coalhas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings advancing 13.7% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company has a dividend yield of 7.51%, compared with the industry average of 0.00%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 8.31%.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY - Free Report) : This retailer of technology productshas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 0.3% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.62%, compared with the industry average of 0.60%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.84%.

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI - Free Report) : This restaurant chain company has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings advancing 1.5% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.57%, compared with the industry average of 0.00%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.74%.

Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK - Free Report) : This healthcare solutions provider has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 0.3% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.97%, compared with the industry average of 2.59%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.39%.

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