Dividends have been in the news recently with Apple deciding to finally use some of its cash to reward shareholders with a dividend.
But some companies have to be asking: "what took you so long, Apple?"
There are a select group of S&P 500 companies that have been paying dividends consistently for decades. For some, it has been even longer. Some companies have been paying a dividend for over 100 years.
Think about what that means.
Some American companies have been rewarding shareholders through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the birth of rock-n-roll, the Kennedy assassinations, the Vietnam War, Woodstock, Watergate, the Gulf War, the dot-com boom and right into the new millennium.
The Dividend Superstar
Some companies have NEVER stopped paying them. No matter what happens.
Others have also not only paid them consistently, but have also raised those dividends year after year, for decades.
These companies are the "Dividend Superstars."
While the only guarantees in life may be death and taxes, the dividend on these companies comes pretty close.
But what if you could invest in a Dividend Superstar which also is a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy)? That is a powerful combination for those looking for income and growth.
3 Dividend Superstars Which Are Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) Stocks
Even though it's rare, Dividend Superstars which are also Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) DO exist.
The following companies, all which also are expected to have double digit earnings growth in 2012, met both criteria.
- PPG Industries
- Eaton Corporation
1. PPG Industries (PPG) just surprised on the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the first quarter by 5.2%. The company manufactures paints and coatings as well as specialty chemicals.
- Founded in 1883
- Has paid a dividend since 1899
- Dividend yield = 2.3%
2012 expected earnings growth = 13.6%
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2. Eaton Corporation (ETN) manufactures products used in power distribution and in power control, such as hydraulic systems.