Screening for dividend growth names

|By:, SA News Editor

Dividend payers may be a good place to hide out from rising interest rates, but those stocks sporting the highest yields - telecoms and utilities - tend to have slow payment growth, making them less-attractive as rates rise. Checking back to the 1994 bond bear market, telecoms and utilities were among the market's worst performers.

Better to shop for modest payers, but above-average payment growth. Barron's screens for those characteristics combined with reasonable overall valuation and turns up three names: Boeing (BA), CVS Caremark (CVS), and GE.

Certain dividend ETFs employ this strategy as well, with Vanguard's Dividend Appreciation (VIG) - almost zero exposure to telecoms and utilities  - and WisdomTree's U.S. Dividend Growth ETF (DGRW) coming to mind. Others include DGRS, DNL, EMDG, DGRE.

Other dividend ETFs: FDL, FVD, MDIV, QDF, QDYN, QDEF, DIV, CVY, DVY, HDV, IYLD, PEY, PFM, SCHD, SDY, SDYL, DVYL, VYM, DHS, DTD, SYLD, KBWD, SPHD, DLN, DON, HILO.

Telecom and utility ETFs: IYZ, XTL, VOX, LTL, TLLIDU, PUI, XLU, VPU, RYU, FXU, PSCU, UPW, SDP, UTLT.