7 companies expected to graduate to contender status.
17 near-challengers about to graduate.
Is Darden's increase in danger?
In compiling the Dividend Champions list (found here) I get to see which companies are nearing the anniversaries of their previous dividend increases. Since most of these firms raise their payout about the same time every year, I can say with some confidence that they are likely to do so again. I have separated the Champions (25 or more years of higher dividends), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years) into distinct groupings, so please look for the other articles, which I hope will be published about the same time. Note that "CCC" refers to the combination of Champions, Contenders, and Challengers.
Summer Doldrums Continue
The pace of dividend increases dropped off in June, as expected, and July is likely to extend the periodic lull in dividend-increase activity before the pace picks up again in August. We're also likely see the usual spate of quarterly hikes in late July and early August by more than two dozen Master Limited Partnerships (or MLPs), particularly among the Contenders and Challengers. Meanwhile, the addition of new Challengers appears ready to take a break until late July. The table below coincides with the usual "forward look" of about 11 weeks for this article. Based on last year's announcements, I'm expecting the following companies to announce dividend increases between now and the anniversary of the Ex-Dividend Date of their previous increase:
Dividend Challengers (5-9 years):
StoneMor Partners LP
PetMed Express Inc.
Textainer Group Holdings
Duke Energy Corp.
Delta Natural Gas
Orange County Bancorp Inc.
Bob Evans Farms
MR=Most Recent; LY=Last Year
In addition, there's a slew of Near-Challengers that are on schedule to record their fifth year of increases by the end of August:
Northwest Bancshares Inc.
Calumet Specialty Prod. LP
BT Group plc
Ultrapar Holdings Inc.
Marathon Oil Corp.
Resources Connection Inc.
British American Tobacco
Marten Transport Ltd.
Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.
Cosan Ltd. A
CBOE Holdings Inc.
Group 1 Automotive Inc.
Not all of the above companies will meet the strict standards of every investor, but some may be appropriate for portfolio diversification. Potential investors should do more research before committing funds.
Every Picture Tells a Story
As a bonus, I'm inserting one of Chuck Carnevale's F.A.S.T. Graphs below, highlighting one of the companies listed above. When the stock's price line has moved into the green area, it indicates that the stock is undervalued in relation to its earnings. I'm attaching the chart below.
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