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Kimberly-Clark (KMB): A Quality Dividend Aristocrat for Long-term Income and Growth

Kimberly-Clark has provided investors with reliable income increases for decades.   In fact, the company is one of the 51 dividend aristocrats, which can all be seen here.   Kimberly-Clark pays one of the safest dividends in the market, yields close to 3%, offers mid-single digit payout growth, and sells recession-resistant products.   All of [...]

February 27th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Hormel (HRL) Lowers Outlook, Stock Drops 7%: What You Need to Know

Hormel (HRL) released new quarterly earnings results and updated its 2017 guidance this morning.   The company's earnings grew for the 15th consecutive quarter to reach a new record, and adjusted sales and volume increased by 3% and 5%, respectively. Not bad!   However, management lowered the company's 2017 earnings per share guidance to $1.65 to $1.71.   [...]

February 23rd, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Abbott Laboratories (ABT): A Top Dividend Aristocrat Down 15% From Its High

When it comes to dividend growth stocks there are few better choices than the legendary dividend aristocrats, S&P 500 companies which have raised their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years.   Investors can read analysis on all of the dividend aristocrats here.   Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is a dividend aristocrat with a long track [...]

February 9th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Consolidated Edison (ED): A High Yield Dividend Aristocrat Down 10% Since July

When it comes to high-yield dividend stocks, regulated utilities are a favorite among conservative investors living off dividends in retirement and for good reason.   They usually offer generous, secure, and consistently (albeit slowly) growing yields; as well as some of the lowest volatility you can find in the stock market.   But nearly a [...]

January 23rd, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Target (TGT) Drops 8% on Another Disappointing Report – An Update for Dividend Investors

Target (TGT) is a popular holding across many dividend growth investors' portfolios.   After all, few companies can match Target's impressive track record.   With over 100 years of operating history, Target has proven to be one of the most durable companies in the world.   The company also holds the title of being a [...]

January 20th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Cincinnati Financial (CINF): Will Catastrophe Events Jeopardize Its Dividend?

Catastrophes such as hurricanes, tornados, and floods are never pleasant, and they can make or break insurance companies.   The year 2016 saw its fair share of disasters, including record-breaking snowfall throughout the East Coast in January, severe flooding in Louisiana, wildfires in California, and Hurricane Matthew.   Cincinnati Financial (CINF) is an insurer that [...]

January 16th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

T. Rowe Price (TROW): A Quality Dividend Aristocrat Trading at a Discount

Asset management is a great business, given that the stock market has historically risen by a 9.1% CAGR since 1871.   In other words, the assets from which management fees are derived are generally rising, allowing for exponential growth in earnings and cash flow - the building blocks of any great dividend growth stock.   [...]

January 13th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

PepsiCo (PEP): A Top Dividend Growth Stock for Long-term Investors

PepsiCo (PEP) is one of the best dividend growth stocks in the market and a core holding in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio.   The company has paid dividends for more than 50 years while rewarding shareholders with 44 consecutive dividend increases, making it a member of the exclusive dividend aristocrats list.   Sporting [...]

December 7th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Stocks|

Target (TGT) Lowers 2016 Guidance. What About the Dividend?

Target (TGT) reported disappointing second-quarter earnings results this morning, sending the stock down more than 5%.   The company lowered its full-year guidance and, like many other brick-and-mortar retailers, remains challenged as it tries to navigate the evolving consumer landscape.   With Warren Buffett recently reducing his stake in Wal-Mart by nearly 30%, many dividend investors [...]

August 17th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Automatic Data Processing (ADP): 41 Straight Years of Dividend Increases

With more than four consecutive decades of dividend increases, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) is one of my favorite dividend aristocrats.   The company’s excellent dividend growth track record is the result of its reliable business model.   ADP benefits from providing mission-critical services, generating a high percentage of recurring revenues, maintaining a strong client retention [...]

July 23rd, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats, High Growth|

Sherwin-Williams to Acquire Valspar in $11.3 Billion Deal

News broke this weekend that Valspar (VAL) agreed to be acquired by Sherwin-Williams (SHW) for $113 per share, representing a premium of 35% to Valspar's closing price on Friday. We own Valspar in our Long-term Dividend Growth portfolio and were pleased with this development.   We had previously analyzed the coatings industry and published research on Sherwin-Williams and [...]

March 20th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA): A Healthcare Dividend Aristocrat Growing Through Acquisitions

Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has steadily grown its dividend for 40 straight years and has an operating history that dates back more than 100 years.   Few businesses have demonstrated such durability, and the ones that have are always worth a look for our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio. After all, it takes meaningful competitive [...]

March 10th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

C.R. Bard (BCR): Over 40 Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth & Recession-Resistant Products

C.R. Bard (BCR) is a member of the dividend aristocrats list that has nearly doubled the market’s performance over the last decade.   The company’s dependable business model has resulted in steady earnings growth and dividend increases.   We love buying these types of companies for our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio, but let’s take [...]

March 8th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

HCP is a Dividend Aristocrat with a 7% Yield. Is the Dividend Safe?

HCP Inc. (HCP) is the only real estate investment trust (REIT) in the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. With a dividend yield in excess of 7%, it’s no surprise that this stock has been a popular holding for investors living off dividends in retirement.   Generally speaking, dividend aristocrats are some of the most reliable [...]

March 7th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI): Famous S&P Brand Supports This Dividend Aristocrat

McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) owns one of the most important brands in the financial services market and has grown into a powerhouse provider of mission-critical information.   The company’s many strengths have enabled helped it grow its dividend for more than 25 consecutive years, making it a member of the dividend aristocrats list and a [...]

March 4th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|