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If you are looking to increase your portfolio’s income while investing in some of the market’s most sought after names, then you may find this article to be a good starting point for your own research.

To construct this list we looked for stocks with two characteristics:

  • Experiencing significant institutional buying
  • Being a Dividend Champion

Dividend champions are companies, identified by the DRIP Investing Resource Center, that have increased dividends for more than 25 consecutive years. There are about 100 of them, and we found fifteen experiencing significant institutional buying during the most recent quarter.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.


We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.


So, which of these dividend champions do you find most attractively priced?

1. Wesco Financial Corp. (WSC): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $2.73B. Dividend yield at 0.44%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 207.8K shares - this is equivalent to 15.51% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 12.88% over the last year.

2. Nordson Corporation (NDSN): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $3.51B. Dividend yield at 0.82%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 6.6M shares - this is equivalent to 11.66% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 62.67% over the last year.

3. Weyco Group Inc. (WEYS): Textile Industry. Market cap of $258.89M. Dividend yield at 2.81%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 734.4K shares - this is equivalent to 11.51% of the floating shares. The stock has lost 3.1% over the last year.

4. HCP, Inc. (HCP): REIT. Market cap of $14.77B. Dividend yield at 5.28%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 45.0M shares - this is equivalent to 11.16% of the floating shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.66% (equivalent to 7.37 days of average volume). The stock has gained 11.46% over the last year.

5. Clorox Corporation (CLX): Housewares & Accessories Industry. Market cap of $8.94B. Dividend yield at 3.58%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 7.0M shares - this is equivalent to 5.82% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 6.62% over the last year.

6. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): Drug Manufacturers Industry. Market cap of $183.93B. Dividend yield at 3.4%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 129.7M shares - this is equivalent to 4.73% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 17.57% over the last year.

7. CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL): Telecom Services Industry. Market cap of $24.09B. Dividend yield at 7.23%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 23.9M shares - this is equivalent to 4.0% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 23.99% over the last year.

8. Raven Industries Inc. (RAVN): Printed Circuit Boards Industry. Market cap of $933.11M. Dividend yield at 1.4%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 621.1K shares - this is equivalent to 3.61% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 52.47% over the last year.

9. AT&T, Inc. (T):
Telecom Services Industry. Market cap of $182.34B. Dividend yield at 5.59%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 211.4M shares - this is equivalent to 3.57% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 28.02% over the last year.

10. Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): Major Integrated Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $395.96B. Dividend yield at 2.34%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 173.8M shares - this is equivalent to 3.53% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 31.75% over the last year.

11. Procter & Gamble Co. (PG):
Personal Products Industry. Market cap of $180.76B. Dividend yield at 3.24%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 98.2M shares - this is equivalent to 3.52% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 7.92% over the last year.

12. ABM Industries Inc. (ABM):
Business Services Industry. Market cap of $1.19B. Dividend yield at 2.5%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 1.5M shares - this is equivalent to 3.39% of the floating shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 8.15% (equivalent to 13.79 days of average volume). The stock has gained 3.41% over the last year.

13. Brady Corp. (BRC): Technical Services Industry. Market cap of $1.72B. Dividend yield at 2.21%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 1.4M shares - this is equivalent to 2.93% of the floating shares. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 14.01%.

14. RLI Corp. (RLI): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $1.25B. Dividend yield at 2.02%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 499.2K shares - this is equivalent to 2.91% of the floating shares. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.21% (equivalent to 22.78 days of average volume). The stock has gained 23.05% over the last year.

15. Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM):
Farm Products Industry. Market cap of $19.32B. Dividend yield at 2.11%. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 16.3M shares - this is equivalent to 2.62% of the floating shares. The stock has gained 15.61% over the last year.

*Data sourced from Fidelity and Finviz.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: 15 Dividend Champions Being Snapped Up by the Big Money