For May, 2020, there are 211 qualified stocks in the Dividend System™ galaxy, little gems discovered out of 788 stars in our Dividend Investing Universe (those stocks returning a minimum of 5 years of annually increasing dividends.)

SECTOR LEADERBOARD

The top stocks in each sector are:

» Basic Materials: Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co (RS) ~ Steel [ 32.3 | 31.6 ] +

» Communication Services: The Walt Disney Co (DIS) ~ Media – Diversified [ -8 | 24.8 ]

» Consumer Cyclical: Packaging Corp of America (PKG) ~ Packaging & Containers [ 31.7 | 49.4 ]

» Consumer Defensive: Tyson Foods Inc (TSN) ~ Consumer Packaged Goods [ 53.1 | 42 ] +

» Financial Services: Visa Inc (V) ~ Credit Services [ 39.5 | 60.7 ]

» Healthcare: UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) ~ Healthcare Plans [ 44.1 | 59 ]

» Industrials: Lennox International Inc (LII) ~ Industrial Products [ 45.4 | 37 ] +

» Real Estate: CubeSmart (CUBE) ~ REITs [ 27.9 | 28.6 ]

» Technology: Accenture PLC (ACN) ~ Software [ 24.1 | 25.5 ]

» Utilities: Sempra Energy (SRE) ~ Utilities – Regulated [ 38.8 | 9.6 ] +

GROWTH LEADERS

Here are the top Growth Stocks, meeting our criteria, for the month of May, for each sector.» Basic Materials: Balchem Corp (BCPC) ~ Chemicals [ 19.1 | 28.8 ]

» Communication Services: Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI) ~ Interactive Media [ 20.4 | 13.1 ]

» Consumer Cyclical: Ross Stores Inc (ROST) ~ Retail – Cyclical [ 42.5 | 41.2 ] +

» Consumer Defensive: Church & Dwight Co Inc (CHD) ~ Consumer Packaged Goods [ 20.5 | 33.1 ]

» Financial Services: Visa Inc (V) ~ Credit Services [ 39.5 | 60.7 ]

» Healthcare: Stryker Corp (SYK) ~ Medical Devices & Instruments [ 19.4 | 22.9 ]

» Industrials: Badger Meter Inc (BMI) ~ Industrial Products [ 40.6 | 31.8 ] +

» Technology: Accenture PLC (ACN) ~ Software [ 24.1 | 25.5 ]

HIGH INCOME

Here are the top income producing stocks that meet our criteria, also for the month of May, for each sector.» Basic Materials: Hawkins Inc (HWKN) ~ Chemicals [ 11.3 | 5.1 ] +

» Consumer Cyclical: Superior Group Of Companies Inc (SGC) ~ Manufacturing – Apparel & Accessories [ 60.2 | 5.9 ] +

» Consumer Defensive: Ingredion Inc (INGR) ~ Consumer Packaged Goods [ 6.2 | 27.7 ]

» Financial Services: Hennessy Advisors Inc (HNNA) ~ Asset Management [ 49.4 | 23.2 ] +

» Healthcare: Pfizer Inc (PFE) ~ Drug Manufacturers [ 3.1 | 8.7 ]

» Industrials: HNI Corp (HNI) ~ Industrial Products [ 18.5 | -2.2 ] +

» Real Estate: Preferred Apartment Communities Inc (APTS) ~ REITs [ 40.1 | 0 ]

» Technology: Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO) ~ Hardware [ 22.9 | 7.5 ]

» Utilities: Avista Corp (AVA) ~ Utilities – Regulated [ 9.2 | 5.6 ] +

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 [ 19 | 25.9 ]

» Communication Services: Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI) ~ Interactive Media [ 20.4 | 13.1 ]

» Consumer Cyclical: Ross Stores Inc (ROST) ~ Retail – Cyclical [ 42.5 | 41.2 ] +

» Consumer Defensive: Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) ~ Retail – Defensive [ 30.3 | 22.9 ] +

» Financial Services: MarketAxess Holdings Inc (MKTX) ~ Capital Markets [ 47.1 | 48.4 ]

» Healthcare: UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) ~ Healthcare Plans [ 44.1 | 59 ]

» Industrials: Landstar System Inc (LSTR) ~ Transportation [ 46 | 12 ]

» Real Estate: CubeSmart (CUBE) ~ REITs [ 27.9 | 28.6 ]

» Technology: Intuit Inc (INTU) ~ Software [ 34.3 | 13.8 ]

» Utilities: Idacorp Inc (IDA) ~ Utilities – Regulated [ 22.6 | 9 ] +

OVERALL SUGARY GOODNESS

These are the top 10 stocks as ranked through a combo of quality, growth, safety, and stability, but not by sector.

1: Landstar System Inc (LSTR) ~ Transportation [ 46 | 12 ]

2: UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) ~ Healthcare Plans [ 44.1 | 59 ]

3: MarketAxess Holdings Inc (MKTX) ~ Capital Markets [ 47.1 | 48.4 ]

4: Visa Inc (V) ~ Credit Services [ 39.5 | 60.7 ]

5: Humana Inc (HUM) ~ Healthcare Plans [ 65.8 | 8.3 ]

6: Exponent Inc (EXPO) ~ Business Services [ 34.6 | 11.8 ]

7: Ross Stores Inc (ROST) ~ Retail – Cyclical [ 42.5 | 41.2 ] +

8: Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) ~ Retail – Defensive [ 30.3 | 22.9 ] +

9: Intuit Inc (INTU) ~ Software [ 34.3 | 13.8 ]

10: Badger Meter Inc (BMI) ~ Industrial Products [ 40.6 | 31.8 ] +

COMING UP: Stocks on Sale

Next week we will have the list of 109 stocks that are on sale, at PEs less than their 10 year median.

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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.