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Here are four stocks with buy rank and strong income characteristics for investors to consider today, August 8th:

American National Bankshares Inc. (AMNB - Free Report) : This bank holding company has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 0.5% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.51%, compared with the industry average of 1.04%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.81%.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS - Free Report) : This content and commerce company 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 7.64%, compared with the industry average of 0.00%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.2%.

Flushing Financial Corporation (FFIC - Free Report) : This bank holding company has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 1.8% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.51%, compared with the industry average of 1.68%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.01%.

Mercury General Corporation (MCY - Free Report) : This insurance services provider has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 3.6% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company has a dividend yield of 4.19%, compared with the industry average of 1.46%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 5%.

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