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AbbVie (ABBV): A Cheap Dividend Aristocrat Yielding Over 4%

AbbVie (ABBV) is one of the more controversial dividend aristocrats for several reasons. As a relatively new spin-off (2013), the company has a much shorter dividend growth track record than traditional aristocrats.   The bigger challenge, however, is AbbVie’s profit drivers. Most dividend aristocrats possess the characters we desire when searching for safe dividend stocks. [...]

March 2nd, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Cardinal Health (CAH): A High-Growth Dividend Aristocrat in the Healthcare Sector

Cardinal Health (CAH) scores extremely well for Dividend Safety (95) and Dividend Growth (91). The company has increased its dividend by 15% per year over the last five years and is a dividend aristocrat that shows no signs of slowing down.   With a reasonable earnings multiple of 15.4x, now could be a good time [...]

February 24th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Franklin Resources (BEN): A Cheap Dividend Aristocrat…Or A Value Trap?

Franklin Resources (BEN) increased its dividend by a hefty 20% last week, continuing its dividend growth streak dating back to 1981.   This dividend aristocrat has recently fallen on hard times, causing its stock price to drop by 37% over the last year. BEN’s stock now has a dividend yield twice as high as its [...]

February 22nd, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Brown-Forman (BF-B): Serving Higher Dividends for over 30 Straight Years

Brown-Forman (BF-B) owns one of the most iconic alcoholic beverage brands in the world – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.   The company has enjoyed substantial growth over its rich operating history. The number of Jack Daniel’s cases sold by Brown-Forman increased from 600,000 in 1965 to roughly 15 million cases in 2015, and the stock’s [...]

February 16th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Chubb (CB): A Conservative Dividend Grower in the Insurance Industry

Chubb (CB) is one of the best managed insurance companies in the world. Prior to the merger of CB and ACE, these companies had raised their dividends for 33 and 22 consecutive years, respectively. With a forward-looking payout ratio below 30%, we expect the combined company's dividend growth to continue for many more years.   While [...]

February 12th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Pentair (PNR): 40 Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth

Pentair (PNR) is a lesser known dividend aristocrat that most recently boosted its dividend by 5%, representing its 40th consecutive year of dividend increases.   Weak energy markets, slumping commodity prices, and unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates are wreaking havoc on the company, which has seen its stock price plummet by more than 30% over [...]

February 11th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Air Products (APD): A Dividend Aristocrat Distributing Higher Dividends for 38 Straight Years

Air Products (APD) has rewarded shareholders with 38 consecutive years of dividend increases and is in the process of spinning off a non-core business to create further value.   This industrial gas business shares many competitive advantages with other stocks we own in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio, but is now the time to [...]

February 10th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Sherwin-Williams (SHW): A Dividend Aristocrat Painting High Returns

Sherwin-Williams (SHW) has annually increased dividends since 1979 and outperformed the market by nearly 14% per year over the last decade.   Watching paint dry has been quite rewarding with coatings producer SHW, but past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.   As we review SHW for potential inclusion in our Top 20 [...]

February 8th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats, High Growth|

PPG Industries (PPG): A Free Cash Flow Machine With 44 Straight Dividend Increases

PPG Industries (PPG) has rewarded its investors with higher dividend payments for 44 consecutive years. The company’s dividend appears to be one of the safest in the market with high growth potential as well.   What makes this blue chip dividend stock so special? Let’s take a closer look.   Business Overview PPG’s roots can [...]

February 5th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Leggett & Platt (LEG): 44 Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases and a 3.1% Yield

Leggett & Platt (LEG) is a blue chip dividend stock that has rewarded investors with 44 consecutive dividend increases.   With operations dating back to the 19th century and a 3.1% dividend yield, LEG is an interesting company for dividend investors to analyze.   Business Overview LEG was founded in 1883 and patented the first [...]

February 1st, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

McCormick & Company (MKC): Uninterrupted Dividends Since 1925 and a 30 Year Growth Streak

McCormick & Company (MKC) has increased its dividend for 30 consecutive years and paid uninterrupted dividends since 1925.   While the stock’s current dividend yield is just 2%, it has recorded a double-digit total return over each of the last 1-, 5-, 10- and 20-year periods. Very few companies have managed to create such consistent [...]

January 28th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats|

Cincinnati Financial (CINF): Over 50 Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth and a 3.4% Yield

Cincinnati Financial (CINF) has increased its dividend for 54 consecutive years, an impressive streak that only eight U.S. public companies can match.   With a 3.4% dividend yield, a large base of recurring revenue, and excellent free cash flow generation, CINF is the type of stock we like to own in our Top 20 Dividend [...]

Hormel (HRL): The Newest Dividend King

Hormel (HRL) is the most recent dividend king to be crowned. The company recently raised its dividend by 16%, marking its 50th consecutive dividend increase.   Any company that manages such an accomplishment is worth becoming familiar with, and HRL is no exception. The company has one of the safest dividends around and has grown [...]

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK): 139 Consecutive Years of Dividend Payments and Powerful Brands

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) has paid its dividend for 139 consecutive years and increased it for the past 48 consecutive years. In two years, SWK 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 rare and typically [...]

January 23rd, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

Nucor (NUE): A Dividend Aristocrat Yielding 4.3%

Nucor (NUE) has increased its dividend for 43 consecutive years – every year since it first began paying dividends in 1973. For a company operating in the often-challenging steel market, such consistency is remarkable.   The stock also offers the fifth highest dividend yield (4.3%) out of all the dividend aristocrats, perhaps making it an [...]

January 22nd, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Stocks, High Yield|