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57 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2019

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Long-term income investors know that yield isn’t everything when it comes to dividend stocks. Steadily rising payouts pay off down the road, too.

Not only do rising dividends lift the yield on an investor’s original cost basis, they’re indicative of a firm’s ability to withstand the economy’s – and the market’s – inevitable ups and downs.

“Dividend growers tend to be quality franchises built to weather diverse market environments,” BlackRock portfolio manager Tony DeSpirito and now-retired BlackRock PM Robert Shearer wrote in a 2015 report. “If you think about it, these are generally high-quality businesses with ample free cash flow, and that’s precisely what’s needed to grow the dividend. So you have a very attractive combination of quality franchises, solid balance sheets and positive trends in cash flow and earnings.”

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The Dividend Aristocrats are companies in Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index that have raised their payouts every year for at least 25 consecutive years. They are a host of household names that offer size, longevity and familiarity, providing comfort amid market uncertainty.

Here are the current 57 Dividend Aristocrats – including several new faces that were just added in January 2019. These have been among the best dividend stocks for income growth over the past few decades, and they’re a great place to start if you’re looking to add new dividend holdings to your long-term portfolios.

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Data is as of Feb. 6 unless otherwise listed. Companies are listed by dividend yield, from lowest to highest. 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. Dividend-growth streaks include the current year if the company has announced a dividend hike in 2019. Analysts’ ratings provided by Zacks Investment Research.

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