A total of 24 stocks matched our Dividend Income criteria, out of this month’s universe of 788 dividend stocks with five years or more of increasing dividends. The average yield of these 24 candidates is 3.63%. It doesn’t sound like much but that’s 36.3 times higher than the average bank interest rate of 0.1%, and infinitely higher than stocks that pay no dividend at all.

We like to focus our further research on stocks that are above their sector’s averages. So if the average DivSys5 score is 10, look for stocks that have a DivSys5 rating higher than 10. Items in brackets are the Dividend System ratings for five and ten years; higher is better. [ DivSys Score 5y/10y ]

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BASIC MATERIALS

Sector Average | DivSys5 Score: 32.3

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

CONSUMER CYCLICAL

Sector Average| DivSys5 Score: 19.1

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

» (MCD) McDonald’s Corp ~ Restaurants [ 16.4 | 13.7 ] +

» (PLOW) Douglas Dynamics Inc ~ Vehicles & Parts [ 9.1 | 12.7 ]

CONSUMER DEFENSIVE

Sector Average| DivSys5 Score: 10.4

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

» (SJM) JM Smucker Co ~ Consumer Packaged Goods [ 14.6 | 20.3 ]

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Sector Average| DivSys5 Score: 18.4

» (EIG) Employers Holdings Inc ~ Insurance [ 34.2 | 30.4 ] +

» (AFG) American Financial Group Inc ~ Insurance [ 28.3 | 28.3 ]

» (TRV) The Travelers Companies Inc ~ Insurance [ 21.2 | 22.8 ]

» (CB) Chubb Ltd ~ Insurance [ -.1 | 13 ]

» (AFL) Aflac Inc ~ Insurance [ 8.3 | 4.6 ] +

HEALTHCARE

Sector Average | DivSys5 Score: 13.4

» (JNJ) Johnson & Johnson ~ Drug Manufacturers [ 13.4 | 11.5 ] +

INDUSTRIALS

Sector Average | DivSys5 Score: 20.3

» (HON) Honeywell International Inc ~ Industrial Products [ 22.9 | 20.3 ] +

» (MSM) MSC Industrial Direct Co Inc ~ Industrial Distribution [ 23.3 | 19 ] +

» (CHRW) C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc ~ Transportation [ 14.7 | 17.3 ]

REAL ESTATE

Sector Average | DivSys5 Score: 12.6

» (ESS) Essex Property Trust Inc ~ REITs [ 19.4 | 7.6 ] +

» (NHI) National Health Investors Inc ~ REITs [ 13.1 | 6.9 ] +

» (AVB) AvalonBay Communities Inc ~ REITs [ 11.3 | 6.4 ] +

» (EGP) EastGroup Properties Inc ~ REITs [ 12 | 3.5 ] +

» (NNN) National Retail Properties Inc ~ REITs [ 9.4 | 3.2 ] +

» (MPW) Medical Properties Trust Inc ~ REITs [ 10.4 | 2.8 ] +

TECHNOLOGY

Sector Average | DivSys5 Score: 26.5

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

» (HCKT) The Hackett Group Inc ~ Software [ 30.2 | 0 ]

UTILITIES

Sector Average | DivSys5 Score: 22.6

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

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Please Note: This information is not an offer to buy stocks, but just a list that has been narrowed down as starting point for your further research. We always recommend further due diligence before making your decision to invest or not.

‘+’ 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.