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What Are The Highest Quality Dividend Growth Stocks?

Published Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:02:27 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

About a year ago, I was surprised when I published an article on high-quality dividend growth stocks, and it went on to receive the most page views of anything I have ever published on Seeking Alpha.
This is a new version of that article.
Many dividend growth investors try to stick to really high-quality stocks. They prize quality as much as yield, dividend growth rate, and valuation when they are selecting stocks.
There are nearly infinite ways to define quality, of course, but many investors utilize independent gauges of quality as part of their process.
In this article, I employ five widely used quality indicators:
Value Line's Safety Rank Value Line's Financial Strength rating Morningstar's Moat rating S&P Credit ratings Simply Safe Dividends’ Dividend Safety scores The last factor is new this year. Last year I displayed Simply Safe Dividends’ scores, but I did not use them in the ratings. In the ensuing 12 months, I have come to see them as quality indicators in their own right, and so this year I added them to the scoring factors.
I applied the five quality indicators to stocks in the Dividend Champions, Contenders, and Challengers document [CCC], which requires five straight years of increasing dividend payouts for a stock to be listed. (Since last year’s article, David Fish, the CCC’s originator, passed away. Happily for all of us, Justin Law has picked up the mantle and now publishes the CCC monthly.)
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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS 28.68   12.4 2.31 1.76 6.13
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL B 70.13   0.0 0.00 3.76 5.23
EXXON MOBIL 71.98   17.3 4.15 3.48 4.83
IBM 143.62   14.8 9.68 6.48 4.47
CHEVRON 121.42   15.7 7.72 4.76 3.91
PFIZER 37.28   17.0 2.19 1.44 3.85
FRANKLIN RESOURCES 29.79   11.0 2.70 1.04 3.66
3M 170.58   20.6 8.28 5.76 3.41
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB 49.61   13.1 3.80 1.64 3.38
EATON 87.30   17.0 5.14 2.84 3.27
PINNACLE WEST CAPITAL 93.28   20.9 4.47 2.95 3.21
CUMMINS 165.05   10.1 16.38 5.24 3.20
CATERPILLAR 131.75   12.3 10.74 4.12 3.16
KIMBERLY-CLARK 133.58   25.8 5.18 4.12 3.14
BLACKROCK 434.75   16.5 26.34 13.20 3.08
EMERSON ELECTRIC 64.71   18.4 3.52 1.96 3.02
AMGEN 194.00   15.4 12.62 5.80 2.95
AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER 92.02   23.0 4.00 2.68 2.94
COCA-COLA 55.11   33.6 1.64 1.60 2.94
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 130.43   21.6 6.03 3.80 2.93
CISCO SYSTEMS 49.93   19.2 2.60 1.40 2.85
PEPSICO 137.29   15.2 9.02 3.82 2.81
WILLIAMS-SONOMA 67.26   15.4 4.38 1.92 2.77
JPMORGAN CHASE 117.91   12.0 9.79 3.60 2.74
MERCK & CO 83.31   23.3 3.57 2.20 2.69
WISCONSIN ENERGY 91.55   26.5 3.46 2.36 2.61
T. ROWE PRICE GROUP 118.12   14.9 7.95 3.04 2.58
XCEL ENERGY 63.07   25.7 2.45 1.62 2.57
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS 159.85   21.5 7.45 4.28 2.54
PROCTER & GAMBLE 122.77   90.3 1.36 2.98 2.49
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS 130.22   23.8 5.47 3.08 2.42
SNAP-ON 162.86   13.2 12.32 3.80 2.40
COLGATE PALMOLIVE 72.29   27.5 2.63 1.72 2.38
HOME DEPOT 233.80   23.3 10.04 5.44 2.33
UNION PACIFIC 167.71   19.9 8.42 3.88 2.32
NEXTERA ENERGY 220.74   31.7 6.96 5.00 2.29
TRAVELERS 148.30   14.8 10.03 3.28 2.24
BOEING 375.63   44.0 8.54 8.22 2.22
ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL 55.63   14.6 3.81 1.24 2.21
GENERAL DYNAMICS 189.41   16.8 11.25 4.08 2.17
MEDTRONIC 110.38   33.8 3.27 2.16 2.01
GRAINGER, W.W. 293.60   20.0 14.65 5.76 1.98
RAYTHEON 197.45   18.2 10.87 3.77 1.95
PARKER HANNIFIN 181.60   15.8 11.46 3.52 1.94
ATMOS ENERGY 109.44   25.9 4.23 2.10 1.93
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL 168.63   17.9 9.44 3.28 1.93
ADP 160.41   30.6 5.24 3.16 1.92
CHUBB 160.10   19.6 8.15 3.00 1.88
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP 230.10   17.3 13.32 4.32 1.86
WAL-MART STORES 116.92   26.3 4.44 2.12 1.83
PPG INDUSTRIES 118.21   23.3 5.08 2.04 1.74
ORACLE 53.89   17.6 3.07 0.96 1.73
TJX 56.75   22.9 2.48 0.92 1.62
ACCENTURE 195.52   27.2 7.20 2.92 1.54
APPLE 223.08   19.0 11.73 3.08 1.42
MICROSOFT 137.52   27.1 5.07 1.84 1.35
WALT DISNEY 137.50   17.3 7.93 1.76 1.30
JACK HENRY & ASSOCIATES 146.38   41.6 3.52 1.60 1.12
J & J SNACK FOODS 189.60   38.8 4.88 2.00 1.07
NIKE 87.67   35.2 2.49 0.88 1.01
TOOTSIE ROLL INDUSTRIES 37.68   0.0 0.00 0.36 0.99
STRYKER 220.04   23.6 9.34 2.08 0.97
AON 189.76   32.4 5.85 1.76 0.94
COSTCO WHOLESALE 289.89   35.6 8.15 2.60 0.88
TORCHMARK 88.10   13.9 6.32 0.69 0.80
INTUIT 268.25   45.5 5.90 2.12 0.70
VISA 177.98   34.2 5.21 1.00 0.57
MASTERCARD 276.40   42.6 6.49 1.32 0.48

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