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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 29.09   15.2 1.91 1.74 5.99
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL B 70.13   0.0 0.00 3.76 5.23
IBM 141.44   14.9 9.51 6.28 4.47
EXXON MOBIL 80.48   16.5 4.88 3.28 4.03
CHEVRON 123.09   15.9 7.74 4.76 3.82
COCA-COLA 45.93   30.6 1.50 1.60 3.51
EATON 79.02   16.1 4.90 2.84 3.50
KIMBERLY-CLARK 121.46   30.1 4.03 4.12 3.44
PFIZER 42.35   22.8 1.86 1.44 3.40
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB 48.16   15.9 3.03 1.64 3.33
AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER 85.14   21.8 3.90 2.68 3.23
PEPSICO 119.44   13.6 8.80 3.71 3.14
PINNACLE WEST CAPITAL 95.83   21.1 4.54 2.95 3.13
FRANKLIN RESOURCES 33.18   11.0 3.03 1.04 3.10
BLACKROCK 417.36   15.7 26.62 13.20 3.07
WISCONSIN ENERGY 78.77   23.5 3.35 2.36 3.04
AMGEN 186.70   14.8 12.60 5.80 3.03
WILLIAMS-SONOMA 59.22   14.5 4.09 1.72 3.03
T. ROWE PRICE GROUP 98.76   13.6 7.25 3.04 3.01
JPMORGAN CHASE 102.87   11.5 8.98 3.20 3.00
HOME DEPOT 189.97   19.5 9.73 5.44 2.95
XCEL ENERGY 56.48   22.9 2.47 1.62 2.91
CUMMINS 155.63   11.8 13.19 4.56 2.89
EMERSON ELECTRIC 66.86   18.6 3.59 1.96 2.87
PROCTER & GAMBLE 102.49   24.9 4.11 2.87 2.82
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS 109.68   19.6 5.60 3.08 2.81
3M 204.66   23.0 8.90 5.76 2.77
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS 146.47   19.3 7.60 4.00 2.74
MERCK & CO 82.95   35.8 2.32 2.20 2.69
NEXTERA ENERGY 191.91   13.8 13.95 5.00 2.65
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 138.10   24.6 5.61 3.60 2.60
CATERPILLAR 129.77   12.7 10.22 3.44 2.59
COLGATE PALMOLIVE 66.00   24.0 2.75 1.72 2.58
CISCO SYSTEMS 52.74   19.0 2.77 1.40 2.48
SNAP-ON 156.55   13.2 11.88 3.80 2.39
TRAVELERS 134.37   14.5 9.28 3.08 2.32
BOEING 362.17   20.3 17.88 8.22 2.19
UNION PACIFIC 162.61   20.5 7.93 3.52 2.19
GENERAL DYNAMICS 169.83   15.2 11.19 4.08 2.18
CHUBB 136.62   16.2 8.46 2.92 2.17
MEDTRONIC 92.10   25.4 3.62 2.00 2.16
WAL-MART STORES 99.06   43.4 2.28 2.12 2.12
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL 158.45   17.6 8.99 3.28 2.09
ATMOS ENERGY 102.81   25.9 3.97 2.10 2.07
ADP 153.81   37.3 4.12 3.16 2.05
RAYTHEON 181.93   17.9 10.15 3.47 1.93
ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL 66.37   18.6 3.57 1.24 1.86
GRAINGER, W.W. 304.98   22.2 13.73 5.44 1.82
ACCENTURE 165.24   25.4 6.51 2.92 1.76
PARKER HANNIFIN 169.51   16.2 10.47 3.04 1.76
PPG INDUSTRIES 112.64   20.3 5.54 1.92 1.73
WALT DISNEY 108.66   14.9 7.31 1.76 1.60
MICROSOFT 117.05   27.2 4.31 1.84 1.57
APPLE 191.05   15.7 12.16 2.92 1.55
TJX 52.49   21.5 2.44 0.78 1.49
ORACLE 54.04   19.6 2.76 0.96 1.41
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP 252.02   20.7 12.19 3.60 1.40
J & J SNACK FOODS 154.63   34.3 4.51 2.00 1.30
JACK HENRY & ASSOCIATES 135.77   34.0 3.99 1.60 1.18
STRYKER 198.00   21.2 9.34 2.08 1.06
NIKE 88.01   67.2 1.31 0.88 1.00
TOOTSIE ROLL INDUSTRIES 37.17   32.0 1.16 0.36 0.99
AON 166.31   36.4 4.57 1.60 0.97
COSTCO WHOLESALE 237.56   30.5 7.80 2.28 0.96
TORCHMARK 82.37   13.6 6.08 0.64 0.77
INTUIT 252.68   45.0 5.62 1.88 0.73
VISA 155.80   33.6 4.64 1.00 0.65
MASTERCARD 235.87   42.1 5.60 1.32 0.57

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