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.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Las Vegas Sands Corp.(LVS)
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
FAANG stocks are attempting to rebound today after a brutal sell-off hit the Nasdaq components Tuesday. The social media giant Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) will report earnings after the bell, but it’s likely that analysts are more interested in the company’s ongoing response to a data scandal that rocked investor sentiment and spurred privacy fears during the first quarter. Wall Street forecasts EPS of $1.36 on top of $11.45 billion in revenue.
Right now, the 10-year interest rate is sitting on the border of 3%. And this news has many investors jittery about the impact on the stock market and the broader economy. Of course, many people forget that interest rates remain historically low for this stage of an economic expansion. And inflation targets remain stubbornly elusive for members of the U.S. Federal Reserve. The truth is that investors have little to worry about regarding interest rates. Instead, they should listen to Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, who offered his insight to Fox Business Network earlier this week. Here’s what Keith had to say.
Three Stocks to Watch Today: TWTR, CS, GE
General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) is under pressure to fire its auditor of 109 years, KPMG (for perspective, GE began its longtime relationship with KPMG a year after the first Model-T was built). Shareholder rights firms Glass-Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services are spearheading the change and will push for adjustments during the firm’s annual shareholder meeting. The move comes after a calamitous year for GE, which saw the company become the worst-performing Dow component of 2017.
Twitter Inc. (NYSE TWTR) will lead a very busy day of earnings reports. The social media giant is expected to report EPS of $0.12 on top of $609.8 million in revenue.
Shares in Credit Suisse (ADR) (NYSE: CS) rallied more than 4% today after the Swiss financial giant beat earnings expectations before the bell. This was a significant milestone for Cr
- [By Leo Sun]
The stock market has been volatile over the past few months, partly thanks to President Donald Trump’s proposals for new tariffs aimed at China and other trading partners. However, patient investors can ride out the storm with three of my favorite dividend stocks — AT&T (NYSE:T), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), and Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS).
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
In September, I said that if you’re going to go BIG on international gaming, you should take a look at Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).
I expect this large-cap casino giant will be a major player in the Japanese gambling markets in the wake of legalization in the country. The company also remains a leader in the Las Vegas and Macau, China markets.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Citigroup Inc.(C)
- [By Alexander Bird]
Some of the reform’s positive impacts are already appearing. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) announced it would use its savings to bolster a $60 million payout to shareholders over the next several years.
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The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan-based nonprofit that, like the Freedom Foundation, is a member of the State Policy Network and has received funding from Donors Trust, has launched a “My Pay, My Say” website that by Wednesday afternoon was informing public employees of their rights under the Supreme Court decision. The website offers an automated system for workers to generate letters to their unions opting out of paying fees or dues. Prior to Wednesday's ruling, the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the 501(c)3 tied to the Koch-backed American for Prosperity, had already launched paid Facebook ads announcing that “Workers’ rights may soon be restored” and promoting the mypaymysay.com website.
- [By Chris Lange]
Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) short interest increased to 23.62 million from the previous level of 18.31 million. Shares were trading at $68.60, in a 52-week range of $59.87 to $80.70.
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Toronto Dominion Bank lowered its holdings in shares of Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) by 3.0% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 1,869,017 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 57,811 shares during the quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank’s holdings in Citigroup were worth $126,426,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
- [By Eric Volkman]
The underwriting syndicate is large and star-studded. It is led by Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), JPMorgan Chase’s (NYSE:JPM)J.P. Morgan Securities, Barclays (NYSE: BCS) Capital, and Citigroup (NYSE: C) Global Markets.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) has detailed expansion plans in China. According to CNBC:
Citibank is closing down branches in its fastest-growing region — but the American banking group said that’ll actually help it do better than ever.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.(HII)
- [By Lou Whiteman]
Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) reported a choppy fourth quarter, beating earnings estimates thanks to lower taxes and a reduced share count but generating an operating profit that was below expectations. This is a company with a lot of long-term trends developing in its favor, but the quarter made clear that potential will take time to materialize.
- [By Max Byerly]
Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) and Marine Products (NYSE:MPX) are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.
- [By Lou Whiteman]
Shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) plunged more than 8% on May 3 after the company reported first quarter earnings that came in well below analyst estimates. The shipbuilder had been climbing steadily higher leading up to earnings season, propelled by increased Pentagon spending and calls from the Trump Administration to dramatically expand the U.S. Navy.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)
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Here Are 3 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now Futures point to the Dow and S&P 500 continuing to edge higher, while the Nasdaq is expected to fall at opening. Earnings from the U.S.’s big banks kick off Friday with Action Alerts PLUS holding JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) and Citigroup Inc. (C) European markets were mixed with France’s Cac 40 and Germany’s Dax up and London’s FTSE 100 on the back foot as the pound edged higher. Markets Overview
Global markets struggled to stay in positive territory on Friday, April 13, and U.S. futures were under pressure at President Donald Trump and allies weighed action in Syria.
- [By Max Byerly]
Blueport Capital L.P. lifted its holdings in Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) by 94.5% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 15,463 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 7,513 shares during the quarter. Wells Fargo & Co accounts for approximately 8.3% of Blueport Capital L.P.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 6th largest position. Blueport Capital L.P.’s holdings in Wells Fargo & Co were worth $810,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
- [By Jim Crumly]
As for individual stocks, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) fell following the release of the bank’s latest quarterly results, and Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO) plummeted after presenting turnaround plans that were less than convincing.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
U.S. sanctions of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) may last longer than expected. According to The Wall Street Journal:
Wells Fargo & Co. will remain constrained by a regulator-imposed limit on growth for longer than expected, its chief executive said Thursday, as the bank continues to address the ramifications of risk-management failures.
- [By Matthew Frankel]
It’s been an eventful week in the financial markets. Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) scandals are in the headlines (again), the two largest investment banks reported excellent earnings, and there’s another data breach consumers should know about.