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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 28.59   13.8 2.07 1.75 6.05
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL B 70.13   0.0 0.00 3.76 5.23
IBM 135.12   14.2 9.48 6.48 4.82
EXXON MOBIL 75.90   17.5 4.34 3.48 4.58
CHEVRON 120.84   16.7 7.23 4.76 3.95
EATON 78.42   15.6 5.03 2.84 3.61
WILLIAMS-SONOMA 53.60   13.1 4.09 1.92 3.60
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB 46.31   14.7 3.16 1.64 3.50
PFIZER 41.59   21.3 1.95 1.44 3.47
AMGEN 168.39   13.4 12.53 5.80 3.41
3M 166.25   17.6 9.43 5.76 3.41
COCA-COLA 48.85   31.1 1.57 1.60 3.25
KIMBERLY-CLARK 130.11   25.6 5.08 4.12 3.20
FRANKLIN RESOURCES 33.33   11.2 2.97 1.04 3.13
AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER 86.60   20.9 4.14 2.68 3.12
PINNACLE WEST CAPITAL 96.59   20.7 4.67 2.95 3.07
EMERSON ELECTRIC 63.90   17.4 3.67 1.96 3.02
BLACKROCK 438.09   16.5 26.55 13.20 2.99
WISCONSIN ENERGY 81.27   23.6 3.45 2.36 2.92
T. ROWE PRICE GROUP 104.13   13.8 7.57 3.04 2.91
JPMORGAN CHASE 111.35   12.0 9.26 3.20 2.89
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS 104.73   19.0 5.51 3.08 2.88
CUMMINS 161.18   10.4 15.43 4.56 2.86
PEPSICO 129.99   14.7 8.86 3.82 2.84
HOME DEPOT 190.95   19.6 9.73 5.44 2.82
CATERPILLAR 122.43   11.4 10.73 4.12 2.80
MERCK & CO 78.88   24.9 3.17 2.20 2.79
PROCTER & GAMBLE 107.33   25.6 4.20 2.98 2.78
XCEL ENERGY 58.39   23.3 2.51 1.62 2.78
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS 149.42   19.9 7.51 4.00 2.66
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 138.42   25.6 5.40 3.80 2.60
NEXTERA ENERGY 199.35   33.0 6.04 5.00 2.51
CISCO SYSTEMS 56.01   19.3 2.90 1.40 2.48
GENERAL DYNAMICS 169.29   15.2 11.10 4.08 2.45
COLGATE PALMOLIVE 71.70   26.8 2.68 1.72 2.39
SNAP-ON 155.92   12.8 12.22 3.80 2.33
BOEING 352.79   20.2 17.48 8.22 2.32
MEDTRONIC 87.57   24.2 3.62 2.00 2.28
ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL 55.84   15.0 3.72 1.24 2.21
GRAINGER, W.W. 270.72   19.2 14.14 5.76 2.16
PARKER HANNIFIN 163.07   15.0 10.91 3.52 2.15
RAYTHEON 180.67   16.8 10.73 3.77 2.13
WAL-MART STORES 101.52   35.1 2.89 2.12 2.10
TRAVELERS 148.17   15.0 9.85 3.28 2.09
ATMOS ENERGY 102.85   24.6 4.19 2.10 2.05
UNION PACIFIC 174.74   21.4 8.18 3.52 2.02
CHUBB 145.75   17.3 8.41 3.00 2.01
ADP 161.34   36.7 4.40 3.16 1.95
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL 168.62   18.7 9.02 3.28 1.93
ORACLE 53.66   19.4 2.76 0.96 1.76
TJX 52.97   21.7 2.44 0.92 1.73
PPG INDUSTRIES 107.74   19.8 5.45 1.92 1.72
ACCENTURE 178.54   26.0 6.87 2.92 1.64
APPLE 183.09   15.4 11.89 3.08 1.63
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP 245.99   19.1 12.88 3.60 1.49
MICROSOFT 126.22   28.0 4.50 1.84 1.44
WALT DISNEY 133.91   15.0 8.91 1.76 1.30
J & J SNACK FOODS 162.99   35.1 4.64 2.00 1.22
JACK HENRY & ASSOCIATES 135.68   35.4 3.83 1.60 1.18
STRYKER 184.31   19.9 9.27 2.08 1.13
COSTCO WHOLESALE 248.90   31.9 7.80 2.60 1.05
NIKE 82.85   32.4 2.56 0.88 1.04
AON 178.53   36.4 4.90 1.76 0.97
TOOTSIE ROLL INDUSTRIES 40.31   0.0 0.00 0.36 0.89
TORCHMARK 88.30   14.2 6.24 0.69 0.79
INTUIT 243.69   43.4 5.62 1.88 0.77
VISA 163.47   33.8 4.84 1.00 0.61
MASTERCARD 253.49   42.3 5.99 1.32 0.52

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