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Income investors are especially keen to this risk since they count on steady dividend growth to support their returns. Most companies that have earned their place as Dividend Aristocrats (by counting at least 25 consecutive years of annual payout boosts) can be reasonably expected to make it through another recession. Its larger competitor Home Depot (NYSE: HD) hasn't made the cut.
Home Depot (HD) has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, and belongs to a strong industry as well.
These companies got through COVID-19 with outsized sales growth, making them prime candidates for your portfolio.