Wednesday, February 24, 2010

* The 2010 Dividend Stock Ideas List

Last year I introduced the Stock Ideas list and it has proven to be immensely popular. The list consists of Dividend Aristocrats, US Broad Dividend Achievers and U.S. Dividend Champions. Duplications in the above lists are eliminated and stocks are crossed out when I learn that they have either cut their dividend or fail to raise it. Here are some highlights on this year's changes:

Dividend Aristocrats: Companies in the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. As the name denotes, these are the best of the best – the blue blood stocks, including names like:

- Clorox Co (CLX) | Yield: 3.30%
- Coca-Cola Co (KO) | Yield: 2.90% | Analysis
- Emerson Electric (EMR)| Yield: 2.80% | Analysis
- Exxon Mobil (XOM)| Yield: 2.60%
- Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)| Yield: 3.10% | Analysis
- McDonald’s Corp (MCD)| Yield: 3.40% | Analysis
- Procter & Gamble (PG)| Yield: 2.80% | Analysis
- Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) | Yield: 2.00% | Analysis

US Broad Dividend Achievers: Is comprised of companies incorporated in the United States or its territories, trade on the NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX, and have increased their annual regular dividend payments for the last ten or more consecutive years. Notable names on this list include:

- Chevron Corporation (CVX) | Yield: 3.70%
- Donaldson Company (DCI) | Yield: 1.10%
- McCormick & Co. (MKC) | Yield: 2.80%
- Nucor Corp. (NUE) | Yield: 3.20% | Analysis
- Raven Industries, Inc. (RAVN) | Yield: 1.90% | Analysis

The U.S. Dividend Champions: Is maintained by Dave Fish of MoneyPaper. The list is updated monthly and located at the The Drip Investing Resource Center. Like the Dividend Aristocrats above the Dividend Champions list looks for companies that have increased their dividend for at least 25 consecutive years. However, since S&P 500 membership is not a requirement, the list is larger than the Dividend Aristocrats list and also includes small-cap companies.

- Bowl America (BWL.A) | Yield: 4.50%
- Conn. Water Service (CTWS) | Yield: 4.00%
- Weyco Group Inc. (WEYS) | Yield: 2.70%

Needless to say, last year saw many companies fall off the list. Overall the number of constituents fell to 218 stocks in 2010 from 319 in 2009. What made last year so unusual were the number of big-name companies that no longer qualified for inclusion on the list, some that had paid increasing dividends for decades, including:

- American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
- Bank of America Corporation (BAC)
- General Electric Co. (GE)
- The Home Depot, Inc. (HD)
- Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI)
- Pfizer Inc. (PFE)
- US Bancorp (USB)

The news wasn't all bad. Partially offsetting the 133 companies that fell off the list were 32 new companies joining the Dividend Stock Ideas List. For the most part, these aren't household names, not yet at least, but here are some names we will likely be seeing in the future:

- Arrow Financial Corporation (AROW) | Yield: 3.90%
- Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) | Yield: 7.80%
- Federated Investors, Inc. (FII) | Yield: 3.70%
- Getty Realty Corp. (GTY) | Yield: 8.50%
- Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. (HCBK) | Yield: 4.60%
- Investors Real Estate Trust (IRET) | Yield: 7.80%
- NSTAR (NST) | Yield: 4.60%
- Northeast Utilities (NU) | Yield: 3.80%
- Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA) | Yield: 6.80%
- Suburban Propane Partners LP (SPH) | Yield: 7.30%

You can see the entire Dividend Stock Idea List here. Remember, not every stock listed here is a great dividend investment, but virtually all great dividend investments are on this list.

Full Disclosure: Long CLX, KO, EMR, JNJ, MCD, PG, WMT, CVX, NUE. See a list of all my income holdings here.
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