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Chicago, IL – February 2, 2023 – Stocks in this week’s article are Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. ADM, Agilent Technologies A, Republic Services Inc. RSG, Deere & Co. DE and Cardinal Health Inc. CAH.

5 Top Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy in the Month of Love

Dividend investing has remained the hottest segment of the stock market over the past year. Though U.S. stocks have resumed their strength this year on easing inflation and the Fed’s slower rate hike bets, recession worries persist. In such a scenario, dividends are major sources of consistent income for investors though they do not offer dramatic price appreciation. Stocks backed by regular dividends can reduce the volatility of a portfolio and tend to outperform in a choppy market.

In particular, focusing on the growth level in this strategy leads to higher returns. Honing in on stocks with a history of dividend growth leads to a healthy portfolio, with a greater scope of capital appreciation, as opposed to simple dividend-paying stocks or those with high yields.

We have selected five dividend growth stocks — Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Agilent Technologies, Republic Services Inc., Deere & Co. and Cardinal Health Inc. — that investors would love to buy this month.

Why is Dividend Growth Better?

Stocks that have a strong history of dividend growth belong to mature companies, which are less susceptible to large swings in the market, and thus act as a hedge against economic or political uncertainty as well as stock market volatility. At the same time, these offer downside protection with their consistent increase in payouts.

Additionally, these stocks have superior fundamentals that make dividend growth a quality and promising investment for the long term. These include a sustainable business model, a long track of profitability, rising cash flows, good liquidity, a strong balance sheet and some value characteristics. Further, a history of strong dividend growth indicates that dividend increase is likely in the future.

Although these stocks do not necessarily have the highest yields, they have outperformed for a longer period than the broader stock market or any other dividend-paying stock.

Here are five of the 21 stocks that fit the bill:

Illinois-based Archer-Daniels is one of the leading producers of food and beverage ingredients as well as goods made from various agricultural products. ADM delivered an average earnings surprise of 28.07%.

Archer-Daniels has a Zacks Rank #1 and a Growth Score of A. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

California-based Agilent Technologies is an original equipment manufacturer of a broad-based portfolio of test and measurement products serving multiple end markets. The company has an estimated earnings growth rate of 8% for the fiscal year (ending October 2023) and delivered an average earnings surprise of 6.74% for the past four quarters.

Currently, A has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of B.

Arizona-based Republic Services is the second largest provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, recycling, and energy services in the United States. It has an estimated earnings growth rate of 5.4%.

Republic Services has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of B.

Illinois-based Deere & Company is the world’s largest producer of agricultural equipment, manufacturing agricultural machinery since 1837 under the iconic John Deere brand with its signature green and yellow color scheme. The stock saw a solid earnings estimate revision of 3 cents over the past 30 days for the fiscal year (ending October 2023) and has an estimated earnings growth rate of 20.3%.

Deere & Company carries a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of A.

Ohio-based Cardinal Health is a nation-wide drug distributor and provider of services to pharmacies, healthcare providers and manufacturers. The company has an estimated earnings growth rate of 4.7% for the fiscal year (ending June 2023).

Cardinal Health has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of B.

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