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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 70.83   26.0 2.72 4.28 6.28
AT&T 38.38   16.1 2.38 2.04 5.43
EXXON MOBIL 71.98   17.3 4.15 3.48 4.83
PEOPLE'S UNITED FINANCIAL 16.06   12.3 1.31 0.71 4.52
FRANKLIN RESOURCES 29.79   11.0 2.70 1.04 3.66
ARCHER-DANIELS-MIDLAND 41.45   17.8 2.33 1.40 3.47
WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE 55.56   10.9 5.10 1.83 3.22
CATERPILLAR 131.75   12.3 10.74 4.12 3.16
EMERSON ELECTRIC 64.71   18.4 3.52 1.96 3.02
COCA-COLA 55.11   33.6 1.64 1.60 2.94
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 130.43   21.6 6.03 3.80 2.93
PEPSICO 137.29   15.2 9.02 3.82 2.81
T. ROWE PRICE GROUP 118.12   14.9 7.95 3.04 2.58
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
COLGATE PALMOLIVE 72.29   27.5 2.63 1.72 2.38
MCDONALDS 212.15   27.9 7.61 4.64 2.21
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES 137.46   22.4 6.13 2.94 2.20
AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS 220.67   28.6 7.72 4.64 2.17
GENERAL DYNAMICS 189.41   16.8 11.25 4.08 2.17
AFLAC 51.47   12.6 4.10 1.08 2.12
GRAINGER, W.W. 293.60   20.0 14.65 5.76 1.98
ADP 160.41   30.6 5.24 3.16 1.92
HORMEL FOODS 44.00   24.3 1.81 0.84 1.92
LOWES COMPANIES 113.88   35.6 3.20 2.20 1.91
CHUBB 160.10   19.6 8.15 3.00 1.88
STANLEY BLACK & DECKER 147.12   31.3 4.70 2.76 1.87
WAL-MART STORES 116.92   26.3 4.44 2.12 1.83
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS 538.95   43.3 12.44 4.52 0.87
CINTAS 246.51   30.9 7.98 2.05 0.82

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