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Here are four stocks with buy rank and strong income characteristics for investors to consider today, January 12th:

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (AQN - Free Report) : This electric power utility company has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 3.9% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 4.37%, compared with the industry average of 3.18%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 4.56%.

Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (APLE - Free Report) : This publicly traded REIT has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 0.6% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 6.16%, compared with the industry average of 4.33%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 6.14%.

BCE Inc. (BCE - Free Report) : This telecom company has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 0.4% over the last 60 days.

BCE, Inc. Price and Consensus

BCE, Inc. Price and Consensus

BCE, Inc. price-consensus-chart | BCE, Inc. Quote

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 4.80%, compared with the industry average of 0.90%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 4.87%.

BCE, Inc. Dividend Yield (TTM)

BCE, Inc. Dividend Yield (TTM)

BCE, Inc. dividend-yield-ttm | BCE, Inc. Quote

BRT Apartments Corp. (BRT - Free Report) : This REIT has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings rising 11.8% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company has a dividend yield of 5.46%, compared with the industry average of 4.04%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 0.44%.

BRT Realty Trust Dividend Yield (TTM)

BRT Realty Trust Dividend Yield (TTM)

BRT Realty Trust dividend-yield-ttm | BRT Realty Trust Quote

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