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Union Pacific (UNP): High Dividend Growth and a Durable Moat

The railroad industry is extremely durable, and Union Pacific (UNP) has proven to be no exception since its founding in the 1860s.   Railcars are a critical mode of transportation and move about 40% of U.S. freight as measured in ton-miles (the length freight travels). Without companies like Union Pacific, the country’s supply chain could [...]

June 13th, 2016|High Safety|

Kraft Heinz (KHC): One of Warren Buffett’s Biggest Dividend Stocks

Kraft Heinz (KHC) accounts for nearly 20% of Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio and is one of Warren Buffett’s favorite dividend stocks.   The company maintains a wonderful portfolio of brands, sells recession-resistant products, generates dependable free cash flow, and is taking steps to further bolster its margins and earnings.   These are many of the qualities [...]

June 8th, 2016|High Safety, Warren Buffett|

Intel (INTC): A Technology Monopoly Paying Safe, Growing Dividends

Intel (INTC) is one of the most dominant and pervasive technology companies in the world.   The business essentially operates as a monopoly in its core computer and data center markets and has numerous competitive advantages that are virtually impossible to replicate by most companies.   Intel also offers a healthy dividend payment that scores [...]

April 11th, 2016|High Safety|

Cisco (CSCO): Safe, Strong Dividend Growth and a 3.7% Yield

Cisco (CSCO) has been nothing short of an impressive dividend growth stock since it began paying dividends in 2011.   The company’s quarterly dividend payment has increased from 6 cents per share in 2011 to 26 cents most recently, including management’s 24% boost to the dividend in February 2016.   With a low price-to-earnings multiple, [...]

April 7th, 2016|High Safety|

Flowers Foods (FLO): Predictable Dividend Growth and a 3.2% Yield

Flowers Foods (FLO) is a reliable company in the consumer staples sector that currently offers a reasonable valuation, a safe 3.2% dividend yield, and above-average dividend growth potential.   The business has been very good to shareholders over the last decade as well. FLO’s stock delivered a 12.9% annualized return from 2006-2015, handily beating the [...]

March 25th, 2016|High Safety|

Wells Fargo (WFC): Warren Buffett’s Biggest Holding Pays a High Quality Dividend

Wells Fargo (WFC) is Warren Buffett’s largest holding, and he first bought into the company in 1989. Buffett owns businesses with lengthy operating histories, durable competitive advantages, and excellent management teams, and Wells Fargo is no exception.   Warren Buffett even added to his stake in the company during the fourth quarter of 2015, making [...]

March 17th, 2016|High Safety|

Duke Energy (DUK): A Reliable High-Yield Dividend Stock

Duke Energy (DUK) is a favorite high-yield dividend stock for income investors, and it’s no wonder why. The company has paid uninterrupted quarterly dividends for 90 years and is set to increase its dividend for the ninth consecutive year in 2016.   Regulated utility companies such as Duke can provide safe retirement income with less [...]

March 15th, 2016|High Safety, High Yield|

Southern Company: Uninterrupted Dividends Since 1949 and a 4.4% Yield

Yield-starved investors should familiarize themselves with Southern Company (SO), a highly dependable business that has paid dividends every quarter for more than 65 consecutive years.   With a high yield of 4.4%, low stock price volatility, and a track record for outperforming the S&P 500 Index over the last 30 years, Southern Company is the [...]

March 11th, 2016|High Safety, High Yield|

General Dynamics (GD): Nearing Dividend Aristocrat Status With Double-Digit Dividend Growth

General Dynamics (GD) is a unique dividend growth stock because it has significant exposure to defense markets but is also a major manufacturer of business jets, resulting in a rather diversified stream of cash flow. The company has increased its dividend or 24 straight years and appears likely to join the dividend aristocrats list this spring. [...]

February 25th, 2016|High Safety|

The Walt Disney Company (DIS): A Premier Dividend Growth Stock

Walt Disney (DIS) is the type of business we like to own in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio. The company has some of the highest scores for Dividend Safety (96) and Dividend Growth (99) in our entire database, and we think Disney’s future is bright.   Despite its portfolio of extremely well-known consumer brands [...]

February 17th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth, High Safety|

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|

W.W. Grainger (GWW): Counter-Cyclical Cash Flow and 44 Straight Years of Dividend Growth

W.W. Grainger (GWW) is a time-tested business that has rewarded investors with 44 consecutive years of dividend increases. Like many other industrial companies, weak energy markets, sluggish growth in China, and foreign currency headwinds are challenging GWW’s current business trends.   As a result, the stock’s dividend yield sits at 2.6%, which is well above [...]

Dover (DOV): A Cheap Dividend King Hit by Energy Market Weakness

Dover (DOV) has increased its dividend for 60 consecutive years, trades at a dividend yield of 3.2%, and has a relatively low payout ratio of 30%. The stock also trades for just 13.5x forward earnings guidance. Why is this high quality industrial business looking so cheap? Energy markets.   DOV generated over 30% of its [...]

Clorox (CLX): A Reliable Dividend Aristocrat for any Economic Environment

Source: Los Angeles Times Clorox (CLX) has increased its dividend for nearly 40 straight years and owns some of the most well-known and recession-resistant consumer brands in the country. The company is a fraction of the size of P&G and has numerous growth opportunities to pursue over the coming years.   While the [...]

January 18th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

Genuine Parts Company (GPC): Dividend King With a Safe 3.1% Yield

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) has grown its sales in 63 of the last 65 years and increased its profit in 50 of the last 54 years. How many of your holdings can make those claims?   GPC also has a 3.1% dividend yield and has steadily increased its dividend for 59 consecutive years with dividend [...]