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Cintas (CTAS): 32 Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth

Cintas (CTAS) is one of the highest scoring dividend stocks in our database for Dividend Safety (98) and Dividend Growth (99). The company has proven to be an extremely durable business with roots dating back nearly 90 years, and it has rewarded its shareholders with higher dividend payments for 32 consecutive years.   This is [...]

January 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Nordson (NDSN): Dispensing Higher Dividends for 52 Straight Years

Nordson (NDSN) has the 14th longest dividend growth streak among U.S. public companies with 52 consecutive years of increases, but many investors have never heard of this dividend king.   The company has sticky customer relationships, a large base of recurring revenue, extremely diversified end markets, low payout ratios, and even trades at about 15 [...]

January 25th, 2016|Dividend Kings, Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

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|

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|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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). [...]

A Guide to Investing in Closed-End Funds

Closed-end funds can provide dividend investors with significantly more income compared to basic mutual funds, ETFs, and common stocks. However, closed-end funds are not well known by most investors and come with several complexities.   A closed-end fund is a type of investment company whose shares are traded on a stock exchange or in the [...]

January 14th, 2016|Dividend Investing|

General Motors (GM) Raises Dividend by 6%, Increases Earnings Outlook for 2016

Favorable macro trends and company-specific improvement have helped General Motors (GM) remain a strong performing holding in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio.   Earlier this morning, the company announced some good news for shareholders. GM raised its 2016 earnings outlook by 5%, boosted its dividend by 6%, and increased its share repurchase plan by [...]

January 13th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield, Retirement Income|