The stock market’s relentless march upward has pushed the prices of many companies higher. As investors bid up good and bad businesses alike, that can make it hard to discern which companies are the best dividend growth stocks for long-term investors.
That’s especially true in the world of dividend stocks, where income-starved investors face great temptation to reach for high-dividend stocks that offer juicy yields.
Fortunately, Simply Safe Dividends identified the 10 best dividend growth stocks that investors can rely on for secure, fast-growing income.
These companies all have very healthy Dividend Safety Scores, which measure a firm’s most important financial metrics to gauge how likely it is to cut its dividend in the future.
Let’s take a look at 10 of the safest dividend growth stocks in the market. These companies generate excellent free cash flow, maintain safe payout ratios, are committed to rewarding shareholders with healthy dividend increases and have bright long-term outlooks.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Portland General Electric Company(POR)
- [By Shane Hupp]
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- [By Max Byerly]
Opus Investment Management Inc. lowered its holdings in Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) by 8.1% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 95,200 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 8,400 shares during the quarter. Opus Investment Management Inc. owned about 0.11% of Portland General Electric worth $3,857,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
- [By Logan Wallace]
ValuEngine upgraded shares of Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report issued on Friday.
Several other equities research analysts also recently commented on POR. Guggenheim reiterated a hold rating and set a $40.00 target price on shares of Portland General Electric in a research report on Friday, February 23rd. Bank of America downgraded shares of Portland General Electric from a neutral rating to an underperform rating and cut their target price for the stock from $41.00 to $39.00 in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut their target price on shares of Portland General Electric from $42.00 to $41.00 and set a neutral rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, March 27th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Portland General Electric from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $42.44.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc.(SWM)
- [By Logan Wallace]
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Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Intrepid Potash, Inc(IPI)
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Wednesday, the materials shares gained 0.17 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), up 20 percent, and Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SLGN), up 7 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Daré Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: DARE) shares climbed 54.2 percent to $1.25 on news that the company entered into worldwide license agreement for Juniper Pharmaceuticals' intravaginal ring technology platform.
Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO) climbed 21.3 percent to $9.40 following strong Q1 results.
Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI) gained 16.5 percent to $4.60.
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) shares rose 11.2 percent to $15.4206 following Q3 results.
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE: CBI) shares rose 11 percent to $15.3289. McDermott issued a release reiterating rejection of Subsea 7's offer.
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) shares gained 9.2 percent to $64.61 as the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) surged 8.5 percent to $46.00 as the company posted in-line quarterly earnings.
Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL) climbed 7.5 percent to $107.22 after reporting Q1 results.
Allena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNA) rose 6.1 percent to $14.78. B. Riley initiated coverage on Allena Pharmaceuticals with a Buy rating.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) rose 4.6 percent to $102.90 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS) rose 4.5 percent to $17.03 following strong Q1 results.
STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) rose 4.2 percent to $22.20 after reporting Q1 results.
Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Stocks rebounded on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing back from triple-digit losses early in the session to finish with a modest gain. Market participants were initially nervous because of the continued upward pressure on interest rates and their potential negative impact on the U.S. economy. But later in the day, confidence returned, and the steadfast market reversed course. Several individual stocks had much larger advances. Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC), Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE:SIX), and Intrepid Potash (NYSE:IPI) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Evolving Systems, Inc.(EVOL)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Evolving Systems (NASDAQ: EVOL) and Zscaler (NASDAQ:ZS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Taseko Mines Limited(TGB)
- [By Logan Wallace]
Taseko Mines (NYSEAMERICAN:TGB) (TSE:TKO) has earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company.
Best Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.(HPP)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Forestar Group (NYSE: FOR) and Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE:HPP) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE:HPP) EVP Sanford Dale Shimoda sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.96, for a total transaction of $179,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 89,478 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,217,628.88. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.
- [By Max Byerly]
Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE:HPP) EVP Sanford Dale Shimoda sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.72, for a total transaction of $71,440.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 94,478 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,374,754.16. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.
- [By Chris Lange]
Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. (NYSE: HPP) was started as a Buy at Merrill Lynch.
L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) was maintained as Overweight at Morgan Stanley and assigned a price target of $56 (versus a $35.22 close).