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10 Dividend Growth Stocks For February 2019

Feb. 07, 2019 8:00 AM ETABC, AMGN, ELV, CAH, CVS, DGX, GILD, JNJ, MDT, PFE, RMD, SYK, UNH33 Comments
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  • I rank a selection of the CCC stocks and present the top 10 for consideration.
  • Given increased market volatility, I'm focusing on defensive sectors.
  • This month I'm ranking CCC stocks in the Health Care sector.

Top dividend growth stocks

The CCC list is a great resource for dividend growth investors. The list contains 861 stocks trading on U.S. exchanges with the distinction of having paid higher dividends for at least 5 consecutive years. The list is maintained by Justin Law.

In this article, I rank a subset of CCC stocks and present the 10 top-ranked stocks for further research. My ranking system assigns letter grades to stocks relative to their performance among sector peers.

Given increased market volatility, I'm focusing on defensive sectors. This month I decided to rank CCC stocks in the Health Care sector.

The CCC List: Health Care

The latest CCC list (dated 01/31/19) contains 861 stocks. There are 132 Dividend Champions — stocks trading on U.S. exchanges with higher dividend payments for 25 or more consecutive years; 205 Dividend Contenders (10-24 year streak); and 524 Dividend Challengers (5-9 year streak).

The CCC spreadsheet contains 37 Health Care sector stocks. I ranked 22 of these stocks after excluding stocks with yields below 1%, stocks with market capitalization below $1 billion, and stocks trading over the counter.

Collectively, the stocks have a fair value upside of 6.3% and an average dividend yield of 2.3%. An equal-weighted portfolio would have returned 5.4% in the past year. Over the last five years, 2 of the stocks have outperformed the S&P 500 by about 29%!

Overview of My Ranking System

I ranked the 22 Health Care sector stocks using data available in the CCC spreadsheet and additional sources like Morningstar, F.A.S.T. Graphs, finbox.io, and Simply Safe Dividends.

My ranking system assigns letter grades to each stock relative to its performance among sector peers, in each of the following four categories:

  1. Consistency and rate of past earnings growth
  2. Dividend Safety and sustainability of payments
  3. Financial Health of the company and

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FerdiS invests in dividend growth stocks and writes options to boost dividend income. He manages DivGro, a portfolio of mainly dividend growth stocks created in January 2013. With investment and trading experience spanning nearly 20 years, FerdiS enjoys writing articles about dividend growth investing, options trading, stock selection, portfolio management, and passive income generation. His DivGro blog hosts more than 1,000 posts and a live, public spreadsheet with full details of his DivGro portfolio, allowing readers to follow along in his investment journey. FerdiS is collaborating with the founders of Portfolio Insight, an online platform for portfolio management and investment analysis. Together, we maintain and publish Dividend Radar, a free spreadsheet of dividend growth stocks, on a weekly basis.

Analyst’s Disclosure: I am/we are long AMGN, CVS, DGX, GILD, JNJ, MDT, PFE, UNH. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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