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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 30.32   14.6 2.07 1.76 5.72
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL B 70.13   0.0 0.00 3.76 5.23
IBM 143.53   15.1 9.48 6.48 4.54
EXXON MOBIL 75.93   17.5 4.34 3.48 4.48
CHEVRON 124.76   17.3 7.23 4.76 3.78
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB 44.45   14.1 3.16 1.64 3.70
EATON 81.15   16.1 5.03 2.84 3.50
PFIZER 42.85   22.0 1.95 1.44 3.40
AMGEN 177.36   14.2 12.53 5.80 3.32
3M 176.49   18.7 9.43 5.76 3.32
PINNACLE WEST CAPITAL 93.30   20.0 4.67 2.95 3.15
COCA-COLA 52.14   33.2 1.57 1.60 3.07
EMERSON ELECTRIC 66.24   18.0 3.67 1.96 2.98
AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER 90.51   21.9 4.14 2.68 2.97
KIMBERLY-CLARK 138.52   27.3 5.08 4.12 2.97
FRANKLIN RESOURCES 35.32   11.9 2.97 1.04 2.96
WILLIAMS-SONOMA 70.26   16.7 4.21 1.92 2.93
PEPSICO 133.81   14.8 9.02 3.82 2.87
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 132.50   24.5 5.40 3.80 2.83
JPMORGAN CHASE 115.12   12.4 9.26 3.60 2.78
MERCK & CO 81.59   25.7 3.17 2.20 2.76
WISCONSIN ENERGY 86.14   25.0 3.45 2.36 2.76
T. ROWE PRICE GROUP 110.36   14.6 7.57 3.04 2.75
BLACKROCK 477.17   18.0 26.55 13.20 2.74
CUMMINS 172.35   11.2 15.43 5.24 2.67
XCEL ENERGY 61.00   24.3 2.51 1.62 2.66
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS 153.45   20.4 7.51 4.00 2.64
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS 118.73   21.6 5.51 3.08 2.60
PROCTER & GAMBLE 115.89   27.6 4.20 2.98 2.59
CATERPILLAR 139.09   13.0 10.73 4.12 2.49
HOME DEPOT 217.26   21.9 9.92 5.44 2.49
CISCO SYSTEMS 57.62   19.9 2.90 1.40 2.42
NEXTERA ENERGY 207.88   34.4 6.04 5.00 2.40
SNAP-ON 160.04   13.1 12.22 3.80 2.38
COLGATE PALMOLIVE 74.50   27.8 2.68 1.72 2.31
BOEING 362.75   20.8 17.48 8.22 2.25
GENERAL DYNAMICS 186.89   16.8 11.10 4.08 2.20
MEDTRONIC 99.87   29.2 3.42 2.16 2.18
GRAINGER, W.W. 272.91   19.3 14.14 5.76 2.14
TRAVELERS 154.59   15.7 9.85 3.28 2.14
ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL 59.07   15.9 3.72 1.24 2.12
RAYTHEON 180.06   16.8 10.73 3.77 2.10
PARKER HANNIFIN 171.04   15.7 10.91 3.52 2.08
UNION PACIFIC 175.15   21.4 8.18 3.52 2.02
CHUBB 151.44   18.0 8.41 3.00 2.01
ATMOS ENERGY 107.10   25.6 4.19 2.10 1.97
ADP 164.16   37.3 4.40 3.16 1.91
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL 174.78   19.4 9.02 3.28 1.85
WAL-MART STORES 114.76   39.7 2.89 2.12 1.85
PPG INDUSTRIES 117.85   21.6 5.45 1.92 1.64
TJX 56.22   23.0 2.44 0.92 1.62
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP 264.66   20.6 12.88 4.32 1.62
ORACLE 58.61   19.5 3.01 0.96 1.61
APPLE 204.40   17.2 11.89 3.08 1.51
ACCENTURE 194.25   27.0 7.20 2.92 1.49
MICROSOFT 137.08   30.5 4.50 1.84 1.32
J & J SNACK FOODS 162.85   35.1 4.64 2.00 1.22
WALT DISNEY 144.30   16.2 8.91 1.76 1.21
JACK HENRY & ASSOCIATES 140.43   36.7 3.83 1.60 1.14
STRYKER 205.40   22.2 9.27 2.08 1.01
NIKE 88.60   35.6 2.49 0.88 0.99
TOOTSIE ROLL INDUSTRIES 37.26   0.0 0.00 0.36 0.98
COSTCO WHOLESALE 280.68   34.4 8.15 2.60 0.93
AON 197.08   40.2 4.90 1.76 0.89
TORCHMARK 91.91   14.7 6.24 0.69 0.75
INTUIT 280.89   44.9 6.25 1.88 0.67
VISA 179.31   37.0 4.84 1.00 0.55
MASTERCARD 276.62   46.2 5.99 1.32 0.47

ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS - EPD
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