Dividend Contenders Smackdown XXXV – Seeking Alpha
In the most recent installments of the Smackdown series, I screened the Dividend Champions (which can be found here: http://dripinvesting.org/Tools/Tools.asp) using a high (2011) Dividend Growth Rate with low Beta and, last month, by combining a high (2012) Dividend Growth Rate with low Free Cash Flow Payout and high Return on Equity, two columns that were added at the end of December.
(Note that I have separated the Champions, Contenders, and Challengers into different articles to fit more closely into the format preferred by Seeking Alpha. Champions are companies that have paid higher dividends for at least 25 straight years; Contenders have streaks of 10-24 years; Challengers have streaks of 5-9 years. I use the same Roman numeral for all three articles.)