Why Telstra and these excellent ASX dividend stocks could be buys

Analysts have put buy ratings on these income stocks. Here's what sort of yields they are forecasting.

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If you're wanting to build an income portfolio, then it could be worth considering the four ASX dividend stocks listed below.

Here's why analysts think these buy-rated shares could be excellent options for income investors right now:

Coles Group Ltd (ASX: COL)

The first ASX dividend stock that could be a buy is Coles. It is of course a supermarket giant with over 800 stores across the country. In addition, it has a liquor network comprising almost 1,000 stores across several brands.

Morgans is a fan and has an add rating and $18.95 price target on its shares.

As for income, the broker is forecasting fully franked dividends of 66 cents per share in FY 2024 and 69 cents per share in FY 2025. Based on the current Coles share price of $17.01, this will mean dividend yields of 3.9% and 4.1%, respectively.

Telstra Group Ltd (ASX: TLS)

Goldman Sachs is feeling positive on this telco giant and sees it as an ASX dividend stock to buy. Particularly given the low risk earnings and dividend growth that is expected in the coming years.

The broker expects this to support the payment of fully franked dividends of 18 cents per share in FY 2024 and then 18.5 cents per share in FY 2025. Based on the current Telstra share price of $3.53, this equates to yields of 5.1% and 5.25%, respectively.

Goldman has a buy rating and $4.25 price target on Telstra's shares.

Transurban Group (ASX: TCL)

Analysts at Citi think that Transurban could be an ASX dividend stock to buy. It is a leading toll road operator, building and operating toll roads in Australia and North America. Among its portfolio are CityLink in Melbourne and the Eastern Distributor in Sydney.

Citi currently has a buy rating and $15.50 price target on its shares.

It is expecting dividends per share of 63.6 cents in FY 2024 and then 65.1 cents in FY 2025. Based on the current Transurban share price of $12.55, this will mean yields of 5.1% and 5.2%, respectively.

Universal Store Holdings Ltd (ASX: UNI)

A final ASX dividend stock that could be a buy is Universal Store. It is the youth fashion retailer behind the Universal Store, Perfect Stranger, Thrills, and Worship brands.

Morgans is positive on the company, noting that "UNI's focus on offering high quality, fashionable apparel in a well-presented store environment with high levels of service is paying off."

The broker expects this to underpin fully franked dividends per share of 26 cents in FY 2024 and then 29 cents in FY 2025. Based on the current Universal Store share price of $5.00, this will mean yields of 5.2% and 5.8%, respectively.

Morgans has an add rating and $6.50 price target on its shares.

Citigroup is an advertising partner of The Ascent, a Motley Fool company. Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has positions in Universal Store. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Goldman Sachs Group and Transurban Group. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Coles Group and Telstra Group. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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