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Altria (MO) Drops Nearly 20% on FDA Announcement: What Dividend Investors Need to Know

The U.S. tobacco industry has long been a favorite space for conservative income investors to find some of the best high dividend stocks.   The tobacco business is known for its stability thanks largely to the addictive nature of its products, which has given cigarette manufacturers significant pricing power and predictable, steadily growing cash flows over the [...]

July 28th, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Lowe’s Companies (LOW): A Fast-Growing Dividend King Worth Reviewing

When it comes to steady dividend growth, dividend kings, 22 companies that have raised payouts for 50+ consecutive years, are standouts that generally mark a great place to start shopping for long-term income investments.   However, a problem that many dividend growth investors have is that most dividend kings are very slow growing companies with [...]

July 27th, 2017|Dividend Kings|

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK): 140 Consecutive Years of Dividend Payments and Powerful Brands

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) has paid dividends for 140 consecutive years and increased its payout for the past 49 consecutive years.   Next year, Stanley Black & Decker will join the exclusive dividend kings list, which consists of companies that have raised their dividend for at least 50 straight years.   These businesses are [...]

July 26th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Tootsie Roll Industries (TR): A Dividend King With a Safe Payout and Iconic Brands

Dividend kings, stocks with 50+ consecutive years of dividend growth, are a rare and prized collection of generally low risk income growth investments.   Many of these companies have established leadership positions in the markets they serve through some combination of economies of scale, intellectual property, and customer relationships.   In the case of Tootsie [...]

July 26th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Genuine Parts Company (GPC): A Dividend King Trading at an 18-Month Low

Many income investors, especially those focused on the best high dividend stocks, often rely on slow but steadily growing companies to make up the core of their diversified dividend portfolios.   And among such companies, certain dividend kings, stocks with 50+ consecutive years of payout growth, represent some of the best time-tested, low risk names you can [...]

July 26th, 2017|Dividend Kings|

Nordson (NDSN): A Premier Dividend King Dispensing Higher Dividends for 53 Straight Years

Nordson (NDSN) has the 14th longest dividend growth streak among U.S. public companies with 53 consecutive years of increases, but many investors have never heard of this member of the dividend kings list here.   However, Nordson is certainly a business that's worth getting to know.   The company has sticky customer relationships, a large base of [...]

July 21st, 2017|Dividend Kings|

C.H. Robinson (CHRW) Drops on Earnings Report: What Dividend Investors Need to Know

C.H. Robinson (CHRW) reported second-quarter earnings results after the market closed yesterday.   The company announced that diluted earnings per share came in at 78 cents, which was well short of the 90 cents that analysts were expecting.   As a result, CHRW's stock price dropped more than 9% in after-hours trading before recovering for [...]

July 20th, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Aflac (AFL): A Cheap Dividend Aristocrat or Value Trap?

Over the past decades boring old insurance specialist Aflac (AFL) has done a remarkable job of enriching long-term income growth investors thanks to its impressive 34-year dividend growth streak.   That's courtesy of its strong, cash-rich business model, which has allowed it to grow its dividend by 14.6% annually over the past quarter century, resulting in annual [...]

July 20th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Medtronic (MDT): A Dividend Aristocrat With Double-Digit Payout Growth Potential

Medtronic (MDT) is one of the largest medical device makers in the world and, with 39 consecutive years of dividend growth, one of the venerable dividend aristocrats here.   Even more impressive? Over the last 39 years, Medtronic has rewarded income investors with 18% annual dividend growth, making it not only highly reliable, but also one [...]

July 18th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Ecolab (ECL): A High Quality Dividend Aristocrat Held by Bill Gates

Ecolab (ECL) is arguably one of the most reliable businesses that money can buy, which is perhaps why the company is a large holding in Bill Gates' dividend portfolio here.   Although Ecolab's dividend yield is low (1.1%), the company’s long-term growth outlook is excellent and supported by its impressive moat (90% recurring revenue in [...]

July 18th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Illinois Tool Works (ITW): A Dividend King With Double-Digit Total Return Potential

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) is one of the strongest, most diversified companies that a dividend growth investor can find in the industrial sector.   While the stock only yields close to 2% today, the company has consistently raised its dividend at a double-digit pace for many years.   In fact, Illinois Tool Works has been growing [...]

July 14th, 2017|Dividend Kings|

Lancaster Colony (LANC): A Small Cap Dividend King Worth Reviewing

Despite growing its dividend every year since 1963, Lancaster Colony (LANC) is a relatively unknown company with most income investors.   Lancaster Colony is one of the dividend kings here thanks to its 50+ consecutive years of payout growth, but it is unlike many of the other kings, which are generally large and relatively slow-growing companies.   [...]

July 12th, 2017|Dividend Kings|

Colgate-Palmolive (CL): A Dividend King That Hasn’t Missed a Payment in 122 Years

While dividend growth investing is arguably one of the best ways for people to build long-term income and wealth over time, that doesn't necessarily mean that selecting quality companies is easy.   After all, the key to long-term success involves finding companies with strong management teams, consistent and growing cash flows, safe debt levels, and dividend-friendly corporate [...]

July 12th, 2017|Dividend Kings|

Thomson Reuters (TRI): Paying Higher Dividends for 24 Consecutive Years

Thomson Reuters (TRI) has raised its dividend for 24 straight years and is arguably one of the safest sources of income in the market for investors living on dividends in retirement.   The company’s business benefits from selling mission-critical solutions and generates significant amounts of recurring revenue (86% of sales), which results in very predictable [...]

July 7th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM): A Dividend Aristocrat Trading at Some of the Best Valuations in 20 Years

Historically, dividend growth investing has been one of the best ways for regular people to compound their wealth and income over time.   Of course, the trick is to be able to carefully select the best quality companies, those with high-quality management teams, strong balance sheets, predictable businesses, and dividend-friendly corporate cultures.   That's why dividend aristocrats have [...]

July 7th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|