The Results are In!

As we plow into the weather-burdened month of December, we take stock (literally!) of the 197 qualified stocks in the Dividend System™ galaxy. Derived from a total of 828 possible stocks in our Dividend Investing Universe (those stocks returning a minimum of 5 years of annually increasing dividends), our 197 candidates for further consideration all meet our stringent criteria for growth, safety, and stability. Below are a variety of lists to help get you started.

SECTOR LEADER BOARD

The top stocks in each sector are:

» Basic Materials: Air Products & Chemicals Inc (APD) ~ Chemicals [ 4.9 | 28.6 ]
» Communication Services: The Walt Disney Co (DIS) ~ Media – Diversified [ -8 | 24.8 ]
» Consumer Cyclical: Ross Stores Inc (ROST) ~ Retail – Cyclical [ 50.7 | 42.6 ] +
» Consumer Defensive: Tyson Foods Inc (TSN) ~ Consumer Packaged Goods [ 53.1 | 42 ] +
» Energy: Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC) ~ Oil & Gas [ 31.2 | 0 ]
» Financial Services: Visa Inc (V) ~ Credit Services [ 39.5 | 60.7 ]
» Healthcare: UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) ~ Healthcare Plans [ 46.5 | 72.2 ]
» Industrials: Heico Corp (HEI) ~ Aerospace & Defense [ 34.4 | 35.3 ]
» Real Estate: CubeSmart (CUBE) ~ REITs [ 34.1 | 21.2 ] +
» Technology: Accenture PLC (ACN) ~ Software [ 24.1 | 25.5 ]
» Utilities: UGI Corp (UGI) ~ Utilities – Regulated [ 7.4 | 13.9 ]

GROWTH LEADERS

Here are the top Growth Stocks, meeting our criteria, for each sector.
» Basic Materials: Ecolab Inc (ECL) ~ Chemicals [ 20.7 | 26.4 ]
» Communication Services: Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI) ~ Interactive Media [ 28.5 | 13.4 ]
» Consumer Cyclical: Ross Stores Inc (ROST) ~ Retail – Cyclical [ 50.7 | 42.6 ] +
» Consumer Defensive: Church & Dwight Co Inc (CHD) ~ Consumer Packaged Goods [ 21.6 | 38.6 ]
» Financial Services: Visa Inc (V) ~ Credit Services [ 39.5 | 60.7 ]
» Healthcare: UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) ~ Healthcare Plans [ 46.5 | 72.2 ]
» Industrials: Heico Corp (HEI) ~ Aerospace & Defense [ 34.4 | 35.3 ]
» Technology: Accenture PLC (ACN) ~ Software [ 24.1 | 25.5 ]

HIGH INCOME

Here are the top income producing stocks that meet our criteria for the month of December.
» Consumer Cyclical: Superior Group Of Companies Inc (SGC) ~ Manufacturing – Apparel & Accessories [ 64.9 | 2.8 ] +
» Consumer Defensive: Ingredion Inc (INGR) ~ Consumer Packaged Goods [ 12.7 | 19.1 ]
» Energy: Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC) ~ Oil & Gas [ 31.2 | 0 ]
» Financial Services: Isabella Bank Corp (ISBA) ~ Banks [ 6.9 | 6 ] +
» Healthcare: Pfizer Inc (PFE) ~ Drug Manufacturers [ 7 | 5.9 ] +
» Industrials: Resources Connection Inc (RECN) ~ Business Services [ 14 | 6.4 ]
» Real Estate: Manhattan Bridge Capital Inc (LOAN) ~ REITs [ 78.1 | 19.5 ]
» Utilities: Avista Corp (AVA) ~ Utilities – Regulated [ 28.7 | 7.1 ] +

OVERALL RANK by SECTOR

These are the top stocks ranked for a balance of quality, growth, safety, and stability, with the top choice for each sector.
» Basic Materials: Ecolab Inc (ECL) ~ Chemicals [ 20.7 | 26.4 ]
» Communication Services: Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI) ~ Interactive Media [ 28.5 | 13.4 ]
» Consumer Cyclical: Ross Stores Inc (ROST) ~ Retail – Cyclical [ 50.7 | 42.6 ] +
» Consumer Defensive: Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) ~ Retail – Defensive [ 30.3 | 22.9 ] +
» Energy: Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC) ~ Oil & Gas [ 31.2 | 0 ]
» Financial Services: Intercontinental Exchange Inc (ICE) ~ Capital Markets [ 58.7 | 13.3 ]
» Healthcare: UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) ~ Healthcare Plans [ 46.5 | 72.2 ]
» Industrials: The Toro Co (TTC) ~ Industrial Products [ 42.6 | 32.4 ] +
» Real Estate: Manhattan Bridge Capital Inc (LOAN) ~ REITs [ 78.1 | 19.5 ]
» Technology: Intuit Inc (INTU) ~ Software [ 34.3 | 13.8 ]
» Utilities: Idacorp Inc (IDA) ~ Utilities – Regulated [ 33.3 | 8.3 ] +

OVERALL SUGARY GOODNESS

These are the top stocks as ranked through a combo of quality, growth, safety, and stability, but not by sector.
1 : Intercontinental Exchange Inc (ICE) ~ Capital Markets [ 58.7 | 13.3 ]
2 : UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) ~ Healthcare Plans [ 46.5 | 72.2 ]
3 : Visa Inc (V) ~ Credit Services [ 39.5 | 60.7 ]
4 : Ross Stores Inc (ROST) ~ Retail – Cyclical [ 50.7 | 42.6 ] +
5 : Texas Roadhouse Inc (TXRH) ~ Restaurants [ 40.7 | 0 ]
6 : MarketAxess Holdings Inc (MKTX) ~ Capital Markets [ 44.1 | 17.4 ]
7 : Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) ~ Retail – Defensive [ 30.3 | 22.9 ] +
8 : Rollins Inc (ROL) ~ Personal Services [ 30.3 | 28.7 ] +
9 : Intuit Inc (INTU) ~ Software [ 34.3 | 13.8 ]
10 : The Toro Co (TTC) ~ Industrial Products [ 42.6 | 32.4 ] +

Coming Up: Stocks On Sale

Next week we will have the list of 35 stocks that area on sale.

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‘+’ indicates upward direction of DivSys™ score for stocks with positive 10 year dividend growth rates, basically giving us enough years of performance to mathematically determine if they are doing better or doing worse over time.

[ X | Y ] indicates X, the five year DivSys™ score, and Y, the 10 year DivSys score.

Note: Some sectors don’t have many qualified stocks, such as ‘Communication Services’ and ‘Energy’, so you may see one or two stocks appear many times in our lists, and that’s simply because it’s one fo the few to choose from. Further research is always prudent.