4 Attractively Valued Dividend Growth Stocks For Further Research

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Includes: ABT, AMP, UTX, VZ
by: Dividend Growth Investor

Summary

Many dividend investors I speak to are concerned that there are not a lot of opportunities. It is understandable, given the level of valuations out there.

I do believe that if a person has a process in place, they should be able to identify companies for further research. I also believe in investing every month.

After sharing a list of attractive dividend champions last week, I'm following up on a few dividend contenders that look attractive enough to be put on the list for research.

As US stocks are hitting all-time-highs, many dividend investors I speak to are concerned that there are not a lot of opportunities. I believe that if a person has a process in place, they should be able to identify companies for further research.

Last week I shared with you a list of nine dividend champions I believed were attractively valued. Today I am sharing a few more companies with you that I believe are attractively valued. These companies have managed to boost dividends for at least a decade, have a P/E ratio below 20, and a current yield above 2%, which is covered by earnings. These are companies that are good candidates for further research:

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) manufactures and sells health care products worldwide. Abbott is a dividend aristocrat that has managed to boost dividends for 43 years in a row.

The company split into Abbott and AbbVie in early 2013. I bought and held shares of the legacy Abbott for years now, but my last purchase was right before the spin-off. I received plenty of disagreement for this decision, but I stayed the course.

Due to the split, analyzing historical data for Abbott is a little more challenging. The information prior to 2013 includes results for both AbbVie and Abbott. The only information for Abbott only is for the years since early 2013.

Currently, Abbott is in talks to acquire medical device maker St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) for $25 billion in cash and stock, which could provide a strong tailwind to earnings going forward. The company has also announced a $5.80 billion acquisition of diagnostics test maker Alere early in 2016. Right now, the stock is selling at 19.60 times expected earnings and yields 2.40%. I may consider adding to the stock for the first time in over three years.

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company has raised dividends for 23 years in a row. The 10-year dividend growth rate is 11.30%/year. Currently, the stock is selling for 16.10 times forward earnings and yields 2.50%. Check out my analysis of United Technologies for more information.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP), through its subsidiaries, provides various financial products and services to individual and institutional clients in the United States and internationally. The company's stock was beaten badly on Brexit. A UK property fund managed by one of its international subsidiaries stopped redemptions. This is bad news, but it is likely overblown as well. It is also likely that Ameriprise has more sticky assets than mutual fund companies such as T. Rowe Price due to client-adviser relationships. The company has raised dividends for 12 years in a row. The 10-year dividend growth rate is 37.10%/year, but that was mostly as a result of the rapid expansion in the dividend payout ratio over the past decade. Future dividend growth will more closely trail growth in earnings per share. Currently, the stock is selling for 10.30 times earnings and yields 3.10%. Check out my analysis of Ameriprise Financial for more information.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. The company has slow earnings growth, but increased competition with its smaller rivals. However, it does have the scale and quality of service that makes existing customers loathe to go elsewhere. The company has raised dividends for 11 years in a row. The 10-year dividend growth rate is 3.30%/year. Currently, the stock is selling for 14.50 times forward earnings and yields 4%. Check out my analysis of Verizon for more information.

Disclosure: I am/we are long ABT, ABBV, UTX, AMP, VZ.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.