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The Dividend Aristocrats Ranked By Quality Score

Published Sun, 30 Jun 2019 11:08:56 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

David Van Knapp presented a simple and seemingly effective quality scoring system in this article on high-quality, high-yield dividend growth stocks.
The system employs five widely used quality indicators from independent sources and assigns 0-5 points to each quality indicator, for a maximum of 25 points.
In recent articles on the top holdings of dividend ETFs (here and here), I included quality scores along with key metrics of interest to dividend growth investors, including dividend yield and dividend growth rate.
Here, I'm using a slightly modified version of the quality scoring system to rank an elite group of stocks called the Dividend Aristocrats.
Dividend Aristocrats
Dividend Aristocrats are S&P 500 stocks that have increased their dividend payouts for 25 consecutive years or more.
In January, the Dividend Aristocrats expanded to 57 stocks with the addition of Chubb (CB), Caterpillar (CAT), People’s United Financial (PBCT), and United Technologies (UTX).
The Dividend Aristocrats are high-quality stocks of companies with strong and durable competitive advantages. On top of that, these companies have the desire and ability to pay shareholders increasingly higher dividends year after year.
The Dividend Aristocrats have outperformed the S&P 500 handily over the past 10 years:

Source: S&P Global
Please see this report for more details on the Dividend Aristocrats.
Quality Scores
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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
ABBVIE 68.32   19.6 3.49 4.28 6.09
AT&T 33.26   12.4 2.68 2.04 6.05
EXXON MOBIL 75.48   17.4 4.34 3.48 4.51
PEOPLE'S UNITED FINANCIAL 16.27   12.6 1.29 0.71 4.27
ARCHER-DANIELS-MIDLAND 40.31   13.8 2.91 1.40 3.35
WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE 54.52   10.7 5.10 1.83 3.15
COCA-COLA 52.18   33.2 1.57 1.60 3.07
EMERSON ELECTRIC 64.67   17.6 3.67 1.96 2.98
FRANKLIN RESOURCES 34.83   11.7 2.97 1.04 2.96
PEPSICO 132.78   14.7 9.02 3.82 2.85
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 131.86   21.9 6.03 3.80 2.82
T. ROWE PRICE GROUP 108.88   14.4 7.57 3.04 2.75
ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS 150.32   20.0 7.51 4.00 2.64
PROCTER & GAMBLE 115.94   27.6 4.20 2.98 2.58
CATERPILLAR 135.73   12.6 10.73 4.12 2.46
COLGATE PALMOLIVE 73.75   27.5 2.68 1.72 2.32
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES 130.10   20.0 6.49 2.94 2.21
GENERAL DYNAMICS 183.55   16.5 11.10 4.08 2.19
MCDONALDS 213.71   28.3 7.54 4.64 2.17
GRAINGER, W.W. 269.00   19.0 14.14 5.76 2.12
AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS 226.43   29.5 7.67 4.64 2.04
HORMEL FOODS 41.20   22.5 1.83 0.84 2.04
CHUBB 150.45   17.9 8.41 3.00 1.98
ADP 165.39   37.6 4.40 3.16 1.91
AFLAC 55.64   13.6 4.08 1.08 1.91
WAL-MART STORES 114.60   39.6 2.89 2.12 1.84
STANLEY BLACK & DECKER 142.84   33.5 4.26 2.64 1.80
LOWES COMPANIES 104.93   35.9 2.92 2.20 1.78
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS 456.85   39.2 11.66 4.52 0.95
CINTAS 260.37   32.6 7.98 2.05 0.84

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A Real Dividend Growth Machine: 2019 Mid-Year Portfolio Review
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Bunker Portfolio: A New Strategy And Our Latest Dividend Aristocrat
The Best Dividend Stocks To Buy During The Rate Cut Rally
My Dividend Growth Portfolio: Q2 2019 Summary
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Kiplinger Calls These July International Aristocrats The Most Reliable Dividend Stocks On Earth
The Most Undervalued And Overvalued Dividend Aristocrats - July 2019

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