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Top Ranked Income Stocks to Buy for May 2nd

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

Acme United Corporation (ACU): This supplier of cutting, measuring, first aid and sharpening products has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 0.7% over the last 60 days.

Acme United Corporation. Price and Consensus

Acme United Corporation. Price and Consensus

Acme United Corporation. price-consensus-chart | Acme United Corporation. Quote

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.4%, compared with the industry average of 0%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2%.

Acme United Corporation. Dividend Yield (TTM)

Acme United Corporation. Dividend Yield (TTM)

Acme United Corporation. dividend-yield-ttm | Acme United Corporation. Quote

Aflac Incorporated (AFL): This voluntary supplemental health and life insurance products provider has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 1.9% over the last 60 days.

Aflac Incorporated Price and Consensus

Aflac Incorporated Price and Consensus

Aflac Incorporated price-consensus-chart | Aflac Incorporated Quote

This Zacks Rank #2 company has a dividend yield of 2.2%, compared with the industry average of 1.3%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.4%.

Aflac Incorporated Dividend Yield (TTM)

Aflac Incorporated Dividend Yield (TTM)

Aflac Incorporated dividend-yield-ttm | Aflac Incorporated Quote

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. (CTBI): This bank holding company for Community Trust Bank has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 1.4% over the last 60 days.

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Price and Consensus

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Price and Consensus

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Quote

This Zacks Rank #2 company has a dividend yield of 3.4%, compared with the industry average of 1.7%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 3.2%.

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Dividend Yield (TTM)

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Dividend Yield (TTM)

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. dividend-yield-ttm | Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Quote

Ford Motor Company (F): This manufacturer of cars and trucks etc has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 9.1% over the last 60 days.

Ford Motor Company Price and Consensus

Ford Motor Company Price and Consensus

Ford Motor Company price-consensus-chart | Ford Motor Company Quote

This Zacks Rank #2 company has a dividend yield of 5.8%, compared with the industry average of 0%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 4.8%.

Ford Motor Company Dividend Yield (TTM)

Ford Motor Company Dividend Yield (TTM)

Ford Motor Company dividend-yield-ttm | Ford Motor Company Quote

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