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10 Best Income Stocks to Invest In

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In this article we will take a look at the 10 best income stocks to invest in. You can skip our detailed analysis of these stocks' outlook for 2021 and go directly to 5 Best Income Stocks to Invest In.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to massive job losses and financial volatility, investors seek steady and risk-free sources of income. If conducted well, dividend investing is one of the easiest ways to diversify your earnings and guarantee a steady income.

Data shows that dividends account for a big chunk of gains in the stock market. Jeremy Siegel, in his book titled The Future for Investors, mentions that around 97% of the total returns from stocks come from reinvested dividends. According to a report from Advantus, dividends accounted for 40% of the S&P 500 index's returns between 1926 and 2013. In addition, the report notes that reinvested dividends were less volatile than the broader S&P 500. Stocks with high-growth dividends have continually outperformed the rest of the market in higher inflationary periods since 1972.

Our readers know that we usually recommend stocks with decent yields and a history of consistent dividend hikes. For example, International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) is one of the top dividend-paying companies. Along with consistent dividend hikes, the company is also investing in its future. International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) recently announced a significant breakthrough in semiconductor design and process following the launch of the first chip with 2 nanometer (nm) nanosheet technology. International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) has also partnered with HCL Technologies (HCL) to streamline and improve threat management through a modernized security operation center (SOC) platform.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is also a decent dividend-paying tech stock. The company has been declaring dividends every year since 2011. The company has been ramping up its operations and expanding in other territories in a bid to tap into the growing demand for cloud solutions driven by the pandemic. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)'s expansion into Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan is expected to generate more than $21 billion in new revenue and create an additional 100,000 jobs within those countries.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) also has an impressive dividend payment history. The company paid quarterly dividends each quarter since 2013. The card payment processing company also has a strong balance sheet and impressive quarterly earnings with $5.7 billion in net revenues in Q1 2021. Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) has partnered with Airbnb, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABNB) to allow Airbnb hosts in select markets to access their earnings through the Visa Direct program quickly.

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In this article we will mention some of the best income stocks to invest in. These stocks have decent dividend yields and strong growth potential. Let's start the list right away.

Best Income Stocks to Invest In

10. Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE)

Dividend Yield: 8.7% Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 8

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE) is a finance company focusing on investing in and managing middle-market commercial real estate loans plus other real estate-related investments. The stock ranks 10th in the list of best income stocks to invest in now.

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE) recently reported GAAP net income of $15.7 million or $0.45 per diluted common share. Additionally, distributable earnings during by the quarter was $13.9 million or $0.40 per diluted common share. Total revenue during the quarter amounted to $21.2 million and beat projections by $3.44 million.

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share. The board also announced a supplemental cash dividend of $0.02/share for Q1 2021. The company has a record of increasing dividends since June 2012.

9. Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP)

Dividend Yield: 8.48% Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 22

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) specializes in the transportation, storage, and distribution of crude oil and refined petroleum products. The company has a record of increasing dividends since June 2001. The stock ranks 9th in the list of best income stocks to invest in now.

In its latest earnings report for Q1 2021, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) reported $221.3 million in net income compared to $287.6 million reported in Q1 2020.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) management has increased its annual project DCF for 2021 by $50 million to $1.07 billion on high Q1 financial results reported by the company. In addition, the company benefited from favorable commodity pricing for its gas liquids blending activities.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. has announced the sale of almost half of its stake in MVP Terminalling, LLC, a joint venture with operations in Pasadena. The deal is valued at $270 million and was completed on April 19. Following the sale, Magellan currently has a 25% holding in MVP Terminalling and is the main operator.

Like BP plc (NYSE: BP), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) and International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM), MMP is one of the best income stocks to invest in now.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) and Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) have, through their affiliates, reached an agreement for the delivery of crude oil in Houston and its environment. The move is in response to the higher market interest in Houston, price transparency, and flow assurance.

8. Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN)

Dividend Yield: 9.41% Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 3

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) has a network of subsidiaries that distributes and retails motor fuels in the United States. The company's businesses are grouped into segments Fuel Distribution and Marketing. The stock ranks 8th in the list of best income stocks to invest in now.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) recently reported GAAP EPS of $1.60 and beat projects by $0.97 for Q1 2021. In addition, revenues during the quarter increased by 6.1% to $3.47 billion compared to Q1 2020. Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN)'s revenue beat analysts' expectations by $130 million. Like BP plc (NYSE: BP), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) and International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM), SUN is one of the best income stocks to invest in now.

For the full-year 2021, Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) projects adjusted EBITDA guidance to range between $725 million and $765 million. During the year, Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) also hopes to expand its midstream footprint. The company has a record of increasing dividends since November 2012.

7. MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX)

Dividend Yield: 9.53% Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 13

MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) is an oil company that owns and operates logistics assets and midstream energy infrastructure in the U.S. It has increased dividend consistently over the last 7 years.

In the Q1 2021finacilal results, MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) reported $739 million in net income while adjusted EBITDA was $1.4 billion. The company generated $1.1 billion in net cash from operating activities. MPLX has declared a dividend of $0.6875/share for Q1 2021. Like BP plc (NYSE: BP), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) and International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM), MPLX is one of the best income stocks to invest in now.

According to MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) CEO Michael Hennigan, the company is likely to witness excess cash to buy back shares. The decision is yet to be made as the company continues to monitor market conditions.

6. BP Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: BPMP)

Dividend Yield: 9.95% Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 6

BP Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: BPMP) is a U.S-based oil company that owns, acquires, develops, and operates pipelines and other oil assets. The company is a subsidiary of oil giant BP plc (NYSE: BP).

BP plc (NYSE: BP)'s Midstream Partners LP recently reported strong financial results with $42.0 million or $0.39 per common unit in net income for Q1 2021. During the quarter, BP Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: BPMP)’s cash from operating activities amounted to $48.0 million. GAAP EPS during the quarter was $0.39 and beat projections by $0.01. The company has a record of increasing dividends since June 2018. In Q1 2021, the company recorded a 12% increase in offshore pipeline volumes. In addition, there was an 8% increase in crude oil and refined products shipped during the quarter.

BPMP's parent BP plc (NYSE: BP) itself has a yield of over 4%. The company paid a dividend in 2020 despite being unprofitable. Barclays recently gave bullish comments for BP plc (NYSE: BP), citing the 10% cash return to shareholders via dividends and buybacks at $60/bbl, which the investment firm said are the best in the sector. Barclays also called BP the most “misunderstood investment case.”

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