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Data Mining The CCC List: Part 3 - The Champions

Feb. 01, 2016 2:55 PM ETADP, APD, ATO, BDX, AMCR, CL, CLX, CVX, DOV, MS, HP, JNJ, KMB, LOW, MMM, MO, T, TROW, VFC, XOM22 Comments
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  • Can the CCC list give us any insight into ideal portfolio sector allocation?
  • Which sectors have the highest representation on the Dividend Champions list?
  • Which one has the highest dividend growth rate?
  • Highlighting some Champions that look appealing as potential investments or further research candidates.

This is Part 3 of my series examining the CCC list in regards to portfolio allocation. This article will cover the Dividend Champions as found on the CCC list provided by David Fish that was downloaded on January 12, 2016. Once again, thank you to David Fish for maintaining this vital resource.

Part 1: The Challengers

Part 2: The Contenders

The Champions are the creme de la creme. In order to reach Champion status these companies had to raise their dividend payouts each year for the last 25 years. That's a huge feat as these companies have been able to consistently raise dividends through all sorts of market and economic cycles. A 25-year streak encompasses the financial crisis in 2008/9, the dot-com boom and bust of the late 1990s/early 2000s, September 11th and a whole assortment of other economic catastrophes of the day.

All charts/images reference data found in the CCC Spreadsheet downloaded on January 12, 2016.

Sector Breakdown

The Champions list is currently comprised of 107 companies across all the sectors. That's a healthy list of options although it's a far cry from the 396 Challengers and 250 Contenders.

The Champions have historically been some of the best companies to invest in as there's no way to fake your way through 25 consecutive years of dividend growth. That means each company on this list of Champions is a best of breed within their niche. Here's the breakdown of the Champions by sector.

Just as with the Challengers and Contenders, the Financials lead the way again as the largest representative of the Champions. There's a total of 24 Financials, which account for 22% of the entire Champions list. I can honestly say I was shocked to see how represented the Financials were on all three lists.

The second-largest sector representation

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