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

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD - Free Report) : This atmospheric gases provider has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 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 1.05%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.56%.

DiamondRock Hospitality Company (DRH - Free Report) : This lodging focused real estate companyhas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 1% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 4.38%, compared with the industry average of 4.14%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.93%.

Lloyds Banking Group plc (LYG - Free Report) : This banking and financial services provider has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 12.9% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 3.74%, compared with the industry average of 2.58%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 1.35%.

Provident Financial Services, Inc. (PFS - Free Report) : This holding company for Provident Bankhas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 2.1% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.93%, compared with the industry average of 1.60%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.34%.

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