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Having trouble finding dividend payers among small company stocks? Richard Moroney can end your search through his extensive analysis and stock recommendations. Read about Flagstar Bancorp (NYSE:FBC), BioReliance (NASDAQ:BREL), First Cash Financial (NASDAQ:FCFS), and Investors Financial Services (NASDAQ:IFIN). Click here for the full story exclusively on

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If you are investing in small-company stocks, limiting your search to dividend-paying companies can be problematic. For one thing, the average stock in the Russell 2000 Index yields less than 1%, compared to 1.5% for the average stock in the S&P 500 Index. Still, if you can find them, dividend-paying stocks can provide a winning combination of growth and income. At 2.8%, Flagstar Bancorp (NYSE:FBC) is the highest yielder. Moreover, the company has aggressively grown its dividend. September-quarter earnings per share were $1.42, up from 73 cents a year earlier.

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Earnings season has begun well for small-company stocks, with reported earnings beating expectations handily. In the following paragraphs, Upside reviews three high-quality companies with strong earnings momentum and bright year-ahead profit prospects.

BioReliance (NASDAQ:BREL), a leading supplier of testing, development, and manufacturing services to pharmaceutical companies, posted record September-quarter results. Per-share earnings reached 39 cents, up from 36 cents in 2002 and topping the consensus estimate by a penny. Revenue rose 13% to $24 million, with sales up 11% in the U.S. and 20% in Europe. Sales should benefit from the growing trend toward outsourcing biotech testing and product development.

First Cash Financial (NASDAQ:FCFS) exceeded consensus estimates by more than 15% in he September quarter. Per-share profits for this fast-growing operator of pawn and check-cashing stores soared 37% to 37 cents. Sales jumped 25%, spurred by 15% same-store sales growth. Management now expects full year earnings per share of $1.43 to $1.45, up from $1.14 in 2002. During the quarter, the company added 12 new locations, bringing the total store count to 224. First Cash remains on track to open a total of 45 stores by year-end.

Investors Financial Services (NASDAQ:IFIN) delivered outstanding September-quarter earnings of 40 cents per share, up 54% from a year earlier and 18% above the consensus estimate. Investors Financial provides asset servicing, including securities custody and accounting. Value-added services include mutual fund administration and foreign exchange. Looking ahead, Investors Financial stands to benefit from an improving operating environment and continued cost cutting.

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