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53 Best Dividend Stocks for 2018 and Beyond

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Dividend stocks that can be counted on to raise their payouts annually never go out of style, but they're even more compelling given today's investing landscape. Investment strategists at S&P Dow Jones Indices note that stocks with long histories of dividend growth can be an investor's best friend amid market volatility and rising interest rates.

"Dividend growth stocks tend to be of higher quality than those of the broader market in terms of earnings quality," write S&P strategists Tianyin Cheng and Vinit Srivastava. "Quite simply, when a company is reliably able to boost its dividend for years or even decades, this may suggest it has a certain amount of financial strength and discipline." And don't forget: steady dividend hikes not only make a stock more alluring to new income investors, but also reward existing investors with increasingly higher yields on shares purchased at lower prices in the past.

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The Dividend Aristocrats are companies in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index that have hiked their payouts every year for at least 25 consecutive years. They exemplify a winning formula for investing in dividend growth stocks.

Here are the current Dividend Aristocrats – a list of household names that offer size, longevity and familiarity, providing comfort amid market uncertainty. These are 53 of the best dividend stocks to start looking at for investors seeking out high-quality companies to add to their long-term portfolios.

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Data is as of May 8, 2018. Companies are listed in alphabetical order. The list of Dividend Aristocrats is maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Dividend history based on company information and S&P data. Analysts’ ratings provided by Zacks Investment Research. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

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