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29 "Safe" Dividend Stocks to Buy

June 28, 2016

I have some bad news, and I have some good news. The bad news is for yield seekers: Looking at dividend yields along won't cut it any more. With many multinationals' profits getting pinched by the strong dollar, last year's "safest" dividend stocks aren't looking so safe anymore. And, thanks to the recent "Brexit" vote, the energy and banking sectors are both under pressure.

But for those of you who are willing to dig a little deeper, there is good news. That is, there still are a select few "safe" dividend stocks that are benefitting from the ongoing flight to quality. During the half of this year, high-quality dividend stocks were some of the biggest gainers on Wall Street. And, with the market still yielding more than the bank, and even some Treasuries, there is upside potential here.

To get you started, I've screened 29 stocks that meet my qualifications for safe dividend stocks. That is, they are growing their dividends year-after-year, and they earn top marks in both my Dividend Grader rating tool, and my Portfolio Grader rating tool. I currently recommend a handful of these stocks in my newsletters, including Altria Group (MO), Extra Storage Space (EXR), Home Depot (HD) and others. Here's the complete list:

Ticker Company Name Dividend Yield Annual Dividend Growth Dividend Grader Rating Portfolio Grader Rating
AIZ Assurant Inc. 2.2% 19.0% A B
AMGN Amgen Inc. 2.4% 4.8% A B
CINF Cincinnati Financial Corp. 2.7% 8.1% B A
CME CME Group Inc. 2.2% 25.6% B B
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 3.2% 4.4% B B
DOW Dow Chemical Company 3.4% 2.8% A B
ELS Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. 2.1% 2.5% B A
EQR Equity Residential 3.3% 72.8% A B
ERIE Erie Indemnity Company 2.9% 24.4% B A
EXR Extra Space Storage Inc. 2.7% 4.7% B A
FRT Federal Realty Investment Trust 2.4% 2.4% B A
HD Home Depot Inc. 2.0% 3.2% A B
HON Honeywell International Inc. 2.0% 4.3% A B
HSY Hershey Company 2.4% 2.6% A B
IPG Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. 2.3% 4.6% A A
ITW Illinois Tool Works Inc. 2.1% 3.9% B B
LMT Lockheed Martin Corp. 2.7% 2.9% B A
MAC Macerich Company 3.3% 22.9% A B
MMP Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. 4.1% 3.1% B B
MO Altria Group Inc. 3.3% 2.5% B A
MSFT Microsoft Corp. 2.8% 4.6% B B
MSI Motorola Solutions Inc. 2.3% 5.8% A B
NLSN Nielsen Holdings Plc 2.3% 2.3% B B
OGE OGE Energy Corp. 3.4% 2.9% B B
RAI Reynolds American Inc. 2.9% 29.7% A A
RSG Republic Services Inc. 2.4% 2.1% B A
SYY Sysco Corp. 2.4% 20.5% A A
TRV Travelers Companies Inc. 2.2% 2.1% B B
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated 2.4% 3.4% B B

To ensure that you're positioned in the best dividend and growth stocks, please continue to run your positions through my Dividend Grader rating tool, and my Portfolio Grader rating tool.

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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