While they may not be the highest-yielding stocks around, dividend-growth stocks--those that have a history of increasing their payouts over time--have plenty going for them.
For starters, the management teams at these companies are focused on delivering a growing cash stream to their shareholders--and income is a key component of total return. That's a shareholder-friendly mindset.
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Susan Dziubinski does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.