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Here are four stocks with buy rank and strong income characteristics for investors to consider today, August 2nd:

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD - Free Report) : This atmospheric gases provider has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 0.2% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.55%, compared with the industry average of 1.05%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.56%.

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT - Free Report) : This major manufacturer of construction and mining equipmenthas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 26.4% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.76%, compared with the industry average of 0.78%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.14%.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD - Free Report) : This biopharmaceutical companyhas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 8.5% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.75%, compared with the industry average of 0.00%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 0.87%.

TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (TESS - Free Report) : This value chain solutions provider has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 33.3% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 5.82%, compared with the industry average of 0.00%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.82%.

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