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Investors want the safest and best stocks they can already get. An easy and very popular way to discover them is to hunt in major established indices like the Dow Jones Index. Income investors would prefer stocks with a high dividend yield. To get the best dividend stocks, you should not take only the highest yielding stocks from the index. Best dividends are more than the total amount of yield. More important are the years of dividend increases as well as the long-term growth rate of the dividend. However, I screened stocks from the Dow Jones Index by the best dividend stocks, rated by a mix of yield, growth and years of hikes. An additional condition is that the company needed to be a Dividend Champion (stocks with a history of consecutive dividend increases of at least 25 years). Here are the 8 best dividend stocks sorted by highest consecutive dividend growth:

1. Procter & Gamble (PG) has a market capitalization of $167.83 billion. The company employs 129,000 people, generates revenue of $82,559.00 million and has a net income of $11,797.00 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ((EBITDA)) amounts to $18,656.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 22.60 percent (operating margin 19.16 percent and the net profit margin 14.29 percent).

The total debt represents 23.14 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 47.33 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 18.32 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $3.94 of which $1.97 was paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year. The company raised dividends for 55 consecutive years. Dividends grew by 10.9 percent yearly over the past decade.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.50, Price/Sales 2.11 and Price/Book ratio 2.63. Dividend Yield: 3.32 percent. The beta ratio is 0.45.

2. 3M Company (MMM) has a market capitalization of $53.36 billion. The company employs 80,000 people, generates revenue of $26,662.00 million and has a net income of $4,163.00 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $7,038.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 26.40 percent (operating margin 22.20 percent and the net profit margin 15.61 percent).

The total debt represents 18.39 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 35.41 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 28.74 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $5.88 of which $2.10 was paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal. The company raised dividends for 53 consecutive years. Dividends grew by 6.1 percent yearly over the past decade.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.95, Price/Sales 2.12 and Price/Book ratio 3.66. Dividend Yield: 2.73 percent. The beta ratio is 0.86.

3. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has a market capitalization of $167.32 billion. The company employs 117,000 people, generates revenue of $61,587.00 million and has a net income of $13,334.00 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $20,243.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 32.87 percent (operating margin 27.52 percent and the net profit margin 21.65 percent).

The total debt represents 6.30 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 29.65 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 24.88 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $4.10 of which $2.11 was paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year. The company raised dividends for 49 consecutive years. Dividends grew by 13.0 percent yearly over the past decade.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.94, Price/Sales 2.83 and Price/Book ratio 3.09. Dividend Yield: 3.57 percent. The beta ratio is 0.55.

4. The Coca-Cola Company (KO) has a market capitalization of $147.04 billion. The company employs 139,600 people, generates revenue of $35,119.00 million and has a net income of $11,859.00 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $9,755.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 27.78 percent (operating margin 24.06 percent and the net profit margin 33.77 percent).

The total debt represents 32.11 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 75.53 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 42.32 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $5.43 of which $1.76 was paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year. The company raised dividends for 49 consecutive years. Dividends grew by 10.0 percent yearly over the past decade.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.93, Price/Sales 4.36 and Price/Book ratio 4.98. Dividend Yield: 2.79 percent. The beta ratio is 0.55.

5. Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) has a market capitalization of $196.08 billion. The company employs 2,100,000 people, generates revenue of $421,849.00 million and has a net income of $15,959.00 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $33,183.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 7.87 percent (operating margin 6.05 percent and the net profit margin finally 3.78 percent).

The total debt represents 27.60 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 72.75 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 22.09 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $4.44 of which $1.21 was paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year. The company raised dividends for 37 consecutive years. Dividends grew by 17.8 percent yearly over the past decade.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.81, Price/Sales 0.47 and Price/Book ratio 2.94. Dividend Yield: 2.55 percent. The beta ratio is 0.35.

6. McDonald's Corporation (MCD) has a market capitalization of $94.24 billion. The company employs 400,000 people, generates revenue of $24,074.60 million and has a net income of $4,946.30 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $8,585.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 35.66 percent (operating margin 31.04 percent and the net profit margin 20.55 percent).

The total debt representing 35.98 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 78.62 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 34.51 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $5.10 of which $2.26 was paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year. The company raised dividends for 35 consecutive years. Dividends grew by 26.5 percent yearly over the past decade.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.05, Price/Sales 3.94 and Price/Book ratio 6.68. Dividend Yield: 3.02 percent. The beta ratio is 0.46.

7. Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) has a market capitalization of $354.22 billion. The company employs 83,600 people, generates revenue of $383,221.00 million and has a net income of $31,398.00 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $67,978.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 17.74 percent (operating margin 13.82 percent and the net profit margin finally 8.19 percent).

The total debt representing 4.96 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 10.22 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 23.67 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $8.30 of which $1.74 was paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year. The company raised dividends for 29 consecutive years. Dividends grew by 7.1 percent yearly over the past decade.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 8.90, Price/Sales 0.97 and Price/Book ratio 2.64. Dividend Yield: 2.41 percent. The beta ratio is 0.50.

8. AT&T (T) has a market capitalization of $162.43 billion. The company employs 256,210 people, generates revenue of $124,280.00 million and has a net income of $19,400.00 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $38,952.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 31.34 percent (operating margin 15.75 percent and the net profit margin 15.61 percent).

The total debt represents 24.64 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 59.26 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 17.90 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $1.97 of which $1.69 was paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year. The company raised dividends for 27 consecutive years. Dividends grew by 5.3 percent yearly over the past decade.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.91, Price/Sales 1.37 and Price/Book ratio 1.52. Dividend Yield: 6.01 percent. The beta ratio is 0.60.

Source: The Best Dividend Stocks Of The Dow Jones