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V.F. Corporation (VFC): A Beaten Down Dividend Aristocrat With Strong Brands

V.F. Corporation (VFC) has been in business for more than 115 years and owns some of the most famous consumer apparel brands in the world (e.g. The North Face, Vans, Wrangler, Lee, etc.).   Unseasonably warm winter weather, sluggish retail spending, unfavorable currency fluctuations, and several other transient factors have caused this dividend aristocrat to [...]

Ecolab (ECL): A High Quality Dividend Aristocrat With Great Growth Potential

Ecolab (ECL) is one of the most reliable businesses that money can buy. Although its dividend yield is low (1.4%), the company’s long-term growth outlook is outstanding and supported by ECL’s moat (90% recurring revenue in the form of essential consumables; entrenched customer relationships; twice as large as its next biggest competitor; 25,000 customer-facing employees). [...]

Parker-Hannifin (PH): 59 Straight Dividend Increases and Plenty of Runway for Growth

Parker-Hannifin (PH) is a high quality industrial business with entrenched market positions and excellent cash flow generation. The company has increased its dividend for 59 consecutive years, making it a Dividend King, and offers a 2.8% dividend yield today. Its dividend has also compounded at a double-digit annual rate over the last decade and should [...]

Becton Dickinson (BDX): A Healthcare Dividend Aristocrat With Consistent Double-Digit Dividend Growth

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) is a world leader in medication management and patient safety solutions. The company has been in operation for more than 115 years and has increased its dividend for 44 consecutive years.   With a diverse portfolio of medical products, meaningful exposure to emerging markets and a large acquisition under its [...]

Lowe’s (LOW): 50+ Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth

Lowe’s (LOW) has paid a dividend each quarter since going public in 1961. Even more impressive, the company has raised its dividend for 53 consecutive years – a feat achieved by fewer than 15 companies.   Not surprisingly, LOW has a handful of competitive advantages that have enabled it to enjoy meaningful growth. While the [...]

United Technologies (UTX): 10%+ Annual Total Return Potential…If Management Can Execute

United Technologies (UTX) is a diversified industrial business with a strong presence in the aerospace and building systems markets. While this blue chip dividend stock has numerous well-known brands and entrenched market positions dating back more than 80 years, it seems to have lost its way a bit in recent years.   Like many other [...]

December 16th, 2015|Dividend Stocks, High Growth, High Safety|

Medtronic (MDT): Double-Digit Dividend Growth for this Dividend Aristocrat

Medtronic (MDT) hiked its dividend by 25% earlier this year and has now increased its dividend for nearly 40 consecutive years. While MDT’s 2.0% dividend yield isn’t enough for investors living off dividends in retirement, the stock’s double-digit annual total return potential is attractive in today’s market environment, and we expect continued double-digit dividend growth [...]

December 15th, 2015|Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Illinois Tool Works (ITW): A Dividend Aristocrat With Double-Digit Dividend Growth

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) is one of the strongest, most diversified industrial conglomerates a dividend growth investor can find. While the stock only yields 2.4% today, the company raised its dividend by 13% last quarter and continued double-digit dividend growth isn’t out of the question.   ITW possesses many of the characteristics we look for [...]

Abbott Laboratories (ABT): A High Quality Dividend Aristocrat With Strong Dividend Growth Potential

Abbott (ABT) is a dividend aristocrat with excellent long-term growth potential. The company maintains a diversified mix of healthcare products that are sold around the world. Many of these products are recession-resistant and will enjoy more demand as consumer wealth increases in emerging markets, where ABT generates about half of its total sales.   The [...]

Target (TGT): A Dividend Aristocrat Yielding 3% With 20% Dividend Growth

It’s not too often that you find a dividend aristocrat with a 3% dividend yield and 20% annual dividend growth over the past decade.   Target (TGT) just so happens to be one of these stocks. The company has been in business for more than 100 years and will likely be around for the next [...]

International Flavors (IFF): Your Everyday Dividend Growth Stock

You probably use several products every day that are touched by IFF. The company has a presence in thousands of consumer products, yet it has largely flown under the radar operating in the chemicals industry. We like boring, durable businesses that can predictably pay us more income every year, and IFF certainly checks these boxes. [...]

November 20th, 2015|Dividend Stocks, High Growth, High Safety|

Omnicom (OMC) – A Dominant Dividend Payer

Rapid growth in digital advertising is sending ripples throughout the marketing landscape. This year has seen an unprecedented level of media reviews by some of the biggest advertisers in the world as they seek to optimize their marketing spend and partner with the most tech-savvy advertising agencies. Not surprisingly, the dominant advertising agencies are scrambling [...]

October 1st, 2015|Dividend Stocks, High Growth, High Safety|

T. Rowe Price (TROW) – A Dividend Aristocrat with Room to Run

TROW has raised its dividend each year for more than 25 consecutive years, qualifying it as one of the 52 dividend aristocrats. The stock has sold off with the market over the last six months, shedding more than 10%. While the stock is sensitive to the market's near-term gyrations, TROW's dividend is extremely safe and [...]

September 30th, 2015|Dividend Stocks, High Growth, High Safety|

Boeing’s (BA) Dividend Growth Continues Flying High

Building a large commercial jet is an unbelievable undertaking. While jet orders ebb and flow with the health of the global economy, we believe the long-term demand trajectory is up and to the right, and the jet industry’s competitive dynamics will ensure Boeing (BA) remains a key player in the market for decades to come. [...]

September 29th, 2015|Dividend Stocks, High Growth, High Safety|

Broadridge Financial Solutions (BR): A Boring but Excellent Dividend Growth Stock

Dick Grasso, the former CEO and chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, called Broadridge “the most important firm on Wall Street that you’ve never heard of.” Sometimes, the most boring, under-the-radar businesses prove to be the best long-term investments. We think BR could be one of them...

September 28th, 2015|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|