16 Dividend Growth Stocks With Low Volatility Or Beta And Growth At A Reasonable Price

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 |  Includes: ABT, AFL, GPC, MCD, PEP, XOM
by: Richard Shaw

Dividend investing works. GARP (growth at a reasonable price) investing works. Low volatility or low beta investing works, particularly in difficult times. Wouldn't it make sense for conservative investors to look for stocks that fit all three methods. So we looked.

We found 16 stocks that are either Dividend Champions or Dividend Contenders, with more than 2% yield, that are also found in the Russell 1000 GARP sub-index and also in either the Russell 1000 low volatility sub-index or the Russell 1000 low Beta sub-index.

Here they are:

CAT Caterpillar
OXY Occidental Petroleum
AFL AFLAC
UTX United Technologies
WAG Walgreen
BEN Franklin Resources
MCD McDonald's Corpor
PG Procter & Gamble
XOM Exxon Mobil
MMM 3M Company
GPC Genuine Parts
ADP Automatic Data Processing
PEP Pepsico
ABT Abbott Labs
CL Colgate-Palmolive
WMT Wal-Mart
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Overall, long-term, that's a pretty darn good looking list.

Based on July 3, 2012 data, this table shows their yield, the ratio of the 12-month Street Consensus target price divided by the market price, and the Thompson Reuters StarMine rating (1-10, higher is better) based on their assessment of the best analysts for each stock. Also shown in the table is an "X" to show membership in the GARP, LVOL or LBTA sub-indexes, and for membership in the Dividend Champions or Dividend Contenders lists.

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Disclosure: QVM has positions in MCD, PEP, and ABT as of the creation date of this article (July 8, 2012).

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