The 9 Best Dividend Growth Stocks in the Dow

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been around since the late 19th century and consists of 30 of the largest publicly traded companies in America.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been around since the late 19th century and consists of 30 of the largest publicly traded companies in America. Most of these companies are proven leaders in their industries, and all of them are dividend stocks, with yields ranging from 0.7% to 4.6%.

However, not all these dividend-paying Dow stocks are equal.

Some of these companies are bound to run into hard times that can jeopardize the safety of their payouts, such as General Electric (GE (opens in new tab)) in 2017. Others are contending with dynamic competitive environments that could impair their long-term outlooks for earnings growth and meaningful dividend increases.

The nine dividend growth stocks in the Dow Jones featured today offer some of the best potential for long-term growth and maintain very healthy Dividend Safety Scores – a metric calculated by Simply Safe Dividends to evaluate how likely a company is to cut its divided in the future. In other words, the best days still seem to be ahead of these blue-chip businesses, providing dividend growth investors with the potential to capture higher payouts and capital gains as these companies grow in value over the coming years.

Let’s look at the best dividend growth stocks in the Dow.

Data is as of Jan. 12, 2017. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Companies are listed alphabetically. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

Brian Bollinger
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Brian Bollinger is President of Simply Safe Dividends, a company that provides online tools and research designed to help investors generate safe retirement income from dividend stocks without the high fees associated with many other financial products.