Our Dividend Safety Scores analyze a company’s debt levels, payout ratios, free cash flow generation, recession performance, earnings trends, and more to rate the safety of its current dividend payment. Scores range from 0 to 100, and a score of 50 is average, 75 or higher is excellent, and 25 or lower is weak. Conservative investors should focus on stocks that score at least 40 for Dividend Safety.
to help you avoid companies that are more likely to cut their dividends. Kinder Morgan, BHP Billiton, and ConocoPhillips are several major stocks that scored in the bottom 10-20% for Dividend Safety prior to announcing their dividend cuts.
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