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10 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Buy Now in 2020

10 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Buy NowPosted on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 by 10-dividend-aristocrat-stocks-to-buy-now

The stock market is having its worst week since the financial crisis. For some investors, a flight to safety has them getting out of the market. But other investors are taking a flight to quality. And when it comes to quality in equities, these are the moments when dividend stocks shine.

Already JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) are projecting that the coronavirus may wipe out corporate earnings growth for 2020. If investors can’t count on their equities to provide capital gains, they look to dividends to boost their total return.

But like any investment, not all dividend stocks are alike. Some of the best dividend stocks are the dividend aristocrats. By definition, for a company to become a dividend aristocrat, they must have at least 25 consecutive years of dividend growth (not just issued a dividend). These companies have a proven track record of weathering market turbulence and delivering solid performance. And, right now, there are only 64 of these companies. In this presentation, we’ll give you 10 dividend aristocrat stocks you can invest in right now.

#1 - Clorox (NYSE:CLX)

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Clorox (CLX) - I’m going to start with a couple of stocks that should give investors some capital gain in the short term in addition to its dividend. Clorox (NYSE:CLX) is surging as investors anticipate demand for the company’s hand sanitizers and disinfectants will increase. “Clorox is clearly positioned for a short-term gain as everyone needs additional disinfectant,” said William Susman, managing director at Threadstone Advisors to Bloomberg.

CLX stock was already rising during 2020. The cold and flu season is normally a catalyst for the stock. However, the stock has been moving in stark contrast to the broader market and is now up approximately 10% for the year. The stock reached a record high of $174.17 on February 27.

Clorox has a dividend yield of 2.5% and pays out an annual dividend of $4.24 per share. The company is averaging 8.93% dividend growth over the last three years. CLX currently has 42 consecutive years of dividend growth.

About Clorox
The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Cleaning, Household, Lifestyle, and International. The company offers laundry additives, including bleach products under the Clorox brand, as well as Clorox 2 stain fighter and color booster; home care products primarily under the Clorox, Formula 409, Liquid-Plumr, Pine-Sol, S.O.S, and Tilex brands; naturally derived products under the Green Works brand; and professional cleaning, disinfecting, and food service products under the Clorox, Dispatch, HealthLink, Clorox Healthcare, Hidden Valley, KC Masterpiece, and Soy Vay brands. It also provides charcoal products under the Kingsford and Match Light brands; bags, wraps, and containers under the Glad brand; cat litter products under the Fresh Step, Scoop Away, and Ever Clean brands; and digestive health products under the RenewLife brand. In addition, the company offers dressings and sauces primarily under the Hidden Valley, KC Masterpiece, Kingsford, and Soy Vay brands; water-filtration systems and filters under the Brita brand; natural personal care products under the Burt's Bees brand; and dietary supplements under the Rainbow Light, Natural Vitality, and Neocell brands. Further, it markets its products under the PinoLuz, Ayudin, Limpido, Clorinda, Poett, Mistolin, Lestoil, Bon Bril, Agua Jane, and Chux brands. The company sells its products primarily through mass retailers, grocery outlets, warehouse clubs, dollar stores, home hardware centers, third-party and owned e-commerce channels, military stores, and distributors, as well as a direct sales force and medical supply distributors. The Clorox Company was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Oakland, California.

Current Price: $173.19
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 7 Hold Ratings, 3 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $162.15 (-6.4% Upside)

#2 - Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

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Procter & Gamble (PG) - Another stock that is cleaning up as the market digests the impact of the coronavirus is Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG). A short-term catalyst for the stock is the company’s launch of a new brand that disinfects without wiping. The brand is Microban 24 includes a line of surface antibacterial cleaning products in both sanitizing spray and cleanser forms.

Unlike other household antibacterial products, Microban provides 24-hour protection from bacteria. This is because after consumers apply Microban they allow it to air dry. The solution releases small amounts of bacterial-resistant ingredients over the span of 24 hours.

Although the company has said the launch of Microban was not tied to the coronavirus (and realistically there’s no reason to believe it could have been), it will undoubtedly draw consumer interest to the stock.

Procter & Gamble stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.69% and pays an annual dividend of $2.98 per share. It has averaged 2.9% dividend growth over the last three years and has a whopping 63 consecutive years of annual dividend growth.

About Procter & Gamble
The Procter & Gamble Company provides branded consumer packaged goods to consumers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Greater China, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in five segments: Beauty; Grooming; health Care; fabric & Home Care; and Baby, Feminine & Family Care. The Beauty segment offers conditioners, shampoos, styling aids, and treatments; and skin and personal care products, such as antiperspirants and deodorants, and personal cleansing and skin care products under the Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Rejoice, Olay, Old Spice, Safeguard, and SK-II brands. The Grooming segment provides female and male blades and razors, pre- and post-shave products, and other shave care products; and appliances that include electric shavers and epilators under the Braun, Fusion, Gillette, Mach3, Prestobarba, and Venus brands. The Health Care segment offers toothbrushes, toothpastes, and other oral care products; and gastrointestinal, rapid diagnostics, respiratory, vitamin/mineral/supplement, and other personal health care products under the Crest, Oral-B, Metamucil, Prilosec, and Vicks brands. The Fabric & Home Care segment provides fabric enhancers, laundry additives, and laundry detergents; and air care, dish care, P&G professional, and surface care products under the Ariel, Downy, Gain, Tide, Cascade, Dawn, Febreze, Mr. Clean, and Swiffer brands. The Baby, Feminine & Family Care segment offers baby wipes, diapers, and pants; adult incontinence and feminine care products; and paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper under the Luvs, Pampers, Always, Tampax, Bounty, Charmin, and Puffs brands. The company sells its products through mass merchandisers, e-commerce, grocery stores, membership club stores, drug stores, department stores, distributors, wholesalers, baby stores, specialty beauty stores, high-frequency stores, and pharmacies. The Procter & Gamble Company was founded in 1837 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Current Price: $110.17
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 11 Buy Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $127.40 (15.6% Upside)

#3 - Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO)

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Coca-Cola (KO) - My case for Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) can be summed up as follows. If it’s good enough for Warren Buffett, it’s good enough for your portfolio. But Buffett’s investing style isn’t for everyone. And some investors will need more assurance than just a dividend, particularly with a company that appears to be in the crosshairs of healthy new alternatives.

However, while Coca-Cola did say they expect the coronavirus to affect first-quarter earnings, the company is confident it can offset that hit on earnings over the course of 2020. There is no question that Coca-Cola has exposure to China which is a market that accounted for 14% of the company’s 2019 revenue. But, you buy a stock like Coca-Cola for its dividend and KO’s dividend is rock solid and was just increased in February.

Coca-Cola stock currently has a dividend yield of 3% and pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share. The company has increased its dividend by an average of 3.48% over the past three years and has 57 consecutive years of annual dividend growth.

About The Coca-Cola
The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes various nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company provides sparkling soft drinks; water, enhanced water, and sports drinks; juice, dairy, and plant-based beverages; teas and coffees; and energy drinks. It also offers concentrates, syrups, beverage bases, source waters, and powders/minerals, as well as fountain syrups to fountain retailers, such as restaurants and convenience stores. The company sells its products primarily under the Coca-Cola, Diet Coke/Coca-Cola Light, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Fanta, Schweppes, Sprite, Thums Up, Aquarius, Dasani, glacéau smartwater, glacéau vitaminwater, Ice Dew, I LOHAS, Powerade, AdeS, Del Valle, innocent, Minute Maid, Minute Maid Pulpy, Simply, ZICO, Ayataka, Costa, FUZE TEA, Georgia, Gold Peak, and HONEST TEA brands. The Coca-Cola Company offers its beverage products through a network of company-owned or controlled bottling and distribution operators, as well as through independent bottling partners, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. The company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Current Price: $42.81
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 15 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $57.17 (33.5% Upside)

#4 - Walmart (NYSE:WMT)

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Walmart (WMT) Walmart (NYSE:WMT) went up in February even after the company missed on both earnings and revenue estimates in its fourth-quarter earnings report. One reason investors may have shrugged off this disappointing news was that the company’s net income for the fourth quarter was significantly higher on a year-over-year basis.

It’s never a good thing for a company to see a decline in profits. And investors had to be hoping that Walmart stock would get some relief with a pause in the U.S.-China trade war. However, now the coronavirus has to be creating supply chain questions. The stock was basically flat for the year before the market correction began this week. Now the stock is down over 10% for the year.

But, as with many of the stocks in this presentation, you have to expect lower earnings for 2020. With these stocks, it’s the dividend that matters. And Walmart is a solid performer in that area.

WMT stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.99% and pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share. The company has increased its dividend by an average of 1.92% each year for the past three years and has 45 consecutive years of annual dividend growth.

About Walmart
Walmart Inc. engages in the retail and wholesale operations in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. It operates supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, discount stores, drugstores, and convenience stores; membership-only warehouse clubs; e-commerce Websites, such as walmart.com, jet.com, shoes.com, and samsclub.com; and mobile commerce applications. The company offers grocery products, including meat, produce, natural and organics, deli and bakery, dairy, frozen foods, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, floral and dry grocery, as well as consumables, such as health and beauty aids, baby products, household chemicals, paper goods, and pet supplies; and health and wellness products. It also provides electronics, cameras and supplies, photo processing services, wireless, movies, music, video games, and books; stationery, automotive, hardware and paint, sporting goods, and outdoor living and horticulture; apparel for women, girls, men, boys, and infants, as well as shoes, jewelry, and accessories; and home furnishings, housewares and small appliances, bedding, home decor, toys, fabrics, crafts, and seasonal merchandise, as well as brand name merchandise. In addition, the company offers fuel and financial services and related products, including money orders, prepaid cards, wire and money transfers, check cashing, and bill payment. It operates approximately 11,300 stores and various e-commerce Websites under the 58 banners in 27 countries. The company was formerly known as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and changed its name to Walmart Inc. in February 2018. Walmart Inc. was founded in 1945 and is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Current Price: $109.58
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 22 Buy Ratings, 8 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $125.24 (14.3% Upside)

#5 - Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA)

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Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Walgreens (NASDAQ:WBA) stock is off to a rough start in 2020, but now may be an opportunity for the stock to shine. In the first place, the company’s revenue is increasing. The company’s total revenue has grown at a CAGR of 5.4% between 2016 through 2019.  And this revenue was primarily driven through the company’s pharmacy business.

That looks to continue be a driver for the business in 2020 with the company expecting the pharmacy to contribute $84 billion to the company’s fiscal 2020 revenues. That would account for nearly 60%. It’s reasonable to expect that Walgreen’s may get a boost from ancillary sales as consumers stock up on other products as they fill prescriptions.

Walgreen’s Boots Alliance has a dividend yield of 4.10% and pays an annual dividend of $1.83 per share. The company has increased its dividend by an average of 5.69% annually for the past three years and has 44 consecutive years of annual dividend growth.

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. operates as a pharmacy-led health and wellbeing company. It operates through three segments: Retail Pharmacy USA, Retail Pharmacy International, and Pharmaceutical Wholesale. The Retail Pharmacy USA segment sells prescription drugs and an assortment of retail products, including health, beauty, personal care, consumable, and general merchandise products through its retail drugstores and convenient care clinics. It also provides specialty pharmacy services and mail services; and manages in-store clinics. As of August 31, 2018, this segment operated 9,560 retail stores under the Walgreens and Duane Reade brands in the United States; and 7 specialty pharmacies, as well as approximately 400 in-store clinic locations. The Retail Pharmacy International segment sells prescription drugs; and health, beauty, personal care, and other consumer products through its pharmacy-led health and beauty stores and optical practices, as well as through boots.com and an integrated mobile application. This segment operated 4,767 retail stores under the Boots, Benavides, and Ahumada in the United Kingdom, Thailand, Norway, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Chile; and 618 optical practices, including 167 on a franchise basis. The Pharmaceutical Wholesale segment engages in the wholesale and distribution of specialty and generic pharmaceuticals, health and beauty products, and home healthcare supplies and equipment, as well as provides related services to pharmacies and other healthcare providers. This segment operates in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Turkey, Spain, the Netherlands, Egypt, Norway, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania. The company has a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corporation. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. was founded in 1901 and is based in Deerfield, Illinois.

Current Price: $44.00
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 13 Hold Ratings, 3 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $57.64 (31.0% Upside)

#6 - AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV)

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AbbVie (ABBV) AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) recently posted an earnings report that beat on both the top line and bottom line. The company posted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.21 on revenue of $8.70 billion. Heading into earnings, analysts were calling for earnings per share (EPS) of $2.19 on revenue of $8.68 billion.

AbbVie has a drug in its pipeline that is being used to treat the coronavirus. But the long-term story for AbbVie is that it has a sound pipeline of oncology and anti-viral drugs. And it has massive cash flow. Both of these are important as the company will be seeing its patents expire on Humira. The company is already seeing atrophy with Humira. European sales declined by 23% in the first quarter. However, in the United States, Humira sales grew 7% to $3.2 billion.

AbbVie stock has a dividend yield of 5.73% and pays out an annual dividend of $4.72 per share. The company has posted annual dividend growth of 22.62% over the last three years and has 47 years of consecutive dividend growth.

About AbbVie
AbbVie Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical products in the United States, Japan, Germany, Canada, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and internationally. The company offers HUMIRA, a therapy administered as an injection for autoimmune and intestinal Behçet's diseases; IMBRUVICA to treat adult patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), mantle cell lymphoma, waldenström's macroglobulinemia, marginal zone lymphoma, and chronic graft versus host disease; VENCLEXTA, a BCL-2 inhibitor used to treat adults with CLL or SLL; VIEKIRA PAK, an interferon-free therapy to treat adults with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV); TECHNIVIE to treat adults with genotype 4 HCV infection; and MAVYRET to treat patients with chronic HCV genotype 1-6 infection. It also provides KALETRA, an anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 medicine used with other anti-HIV-1 medications to maintain viral suppression in HIV-1 patients; NORVIR, a protease inhibitor indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents to treat HIV-1; and SYNAGIS to prevent respiratory syncytial virus infection at-risk infants. In addition, the company offers AndroGel, a testosterone replacement therapy for males; CREON, a pancreatic enzyme therapy for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency; Synthroid to treat hypothyroidism; and Lupron to treat prostate cancer, endometriosis, and central precocious puberty, as well as anemia. Further, it provides Duopa and Duodopa, a levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel to treat Parkinson's disease; Sevoflurane, an anesthesia product; and ORILISSA, a non-peptide small molecule gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist for women with moderate to severe endometriosis pain. It has collaborations with Alector, Inc.; Janssen Biotech, Inc.; Galapagos; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; and Calico Life Sciences LLC. The company was incorporated in 2012 and is headquartered in North Chicago, Illinois.

Current Price: $72.67
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 7 Buy Ratings, 6 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $91.83 (26.4% Upside)

#7 - Medtronic (NYSE:MDT)

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Medtronic (MDT) Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) operates at the intersection of two growing sectors: health care and technology. One area that the company is involved in is medical devices. This is a long-standing favorite of bullish investors and right now seems no different. Prior to the market correction MDT stock was up over 25% in the past 12 months compared to the industry average of 10%.

The company had a mixed earnings report that found them missing on revenue. And the company advised that 2020 earnings and revenue may be impacted by the coronavirus. But shares were largely unaffected. This may be because of Medtronic’s long-term investment in digital surgery. This brings together health care with artificial intelligence (AI). It’s an area that shows a high growth potential as only 2% of current surgeries worldwide are performed with the help of robotic systems.

MDT stock has a dividend yield of 2.21% and pays out an annual dividend of $2.16 per share. The company has posted annual dividend growth of 6.07% over the last three years and has 42 years of consecutive dividend growth.

About Medtronic
Medtronic plc develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells device-based medical therapies to hospitals, physicians, clinicians, and patients worldwide. It operates through four segments: Cardiac and Vascular Group, Minimally Invasive Therapies Group, Restorative Therapies Group, and Diabetes Group. The Cardiac and Vascular Group segment offers implantable cardiac pacemakers, cardioverter defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices; AF ablation product; insertable cardiac monitor systems; mechanical circulatory support; TYRX products; and remote monitoring and patient-centered software. It also provides aortic valves; percutaneous coronary intervention stents, surgical valve replacement and repair products, endovascular stent grafts, percutaneous angioplasty balloons, and products to treat superficial venous diseases in the lower extremities. The Minimally Invasive Therapies Group segment offers surgical products, including surgical stapling devices, vessel sealing instruments, wound closure, electrosurgery products, hernia mechanical devices, mesh implants, and gynecology products; hardware instruments and mesh fixation device; and gastrointestinal, inhalation therapy, and renal care solutions. The Restorative Therapies Group segment offers products for spinal surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management specialists, anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons, urologists, colorectal surgeons, urogynecologists, interventional radiologists, and ear, nose, and throat specialists; and systems that incorporate energy surgical instruments. It also provides image-guided surgery and intra-operative imaging systems; and therapies for vasculature in and around the brain. The Diabetes Group segment offers insulin pumps and consumables, continuous glucose monitoring systems, and therapy management software. The company was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

Current Price: $89.89
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 22 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $119.62 (33.1% Upside)

#8 - Lowe's (NYSE:LOW)


Lowe’s (LOW) Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) is coming off a solid year in 2019. The company is managing to reinvent its business in the face of competitive threats such as it receives from Home Depot (NYSE:HD). To that end the company has been trying to change both the physical footprint of its stores and its e-commerce presence.

The company’s most recent earnings report suggests it might still have some work to do. The company’s revenue came in below the FactSet estimate. But of more concern, it was driven largely by the brick-and-mortar stores. The company is about a year behind Home Depot in its e-commerce efforts. However, it was only in its most recent quarter that Home Depot showed evidence that those efforts were paying off.  

Lowe’s stock has a dividend yield of 2.11% and pays out an annual dividend of $2.20 per share. The company has posted annual dividend growth of 13.12% over the last three years and has 57 years of consecutive dividend growth.

About Lowe's Companies
Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company offers a line of products for construction, maintenance, repair, remodeling, and decorating. It provides home improvement products in various categories, such as lumber and building materials, appliances, seasonal and outdoor living, tools and hardware, fashion fixtures, rough plumbing and electrical, paint, millwork, lawn and garden, flooring, and kitchens. It also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories; extended protection plans; and in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services. The company sells its national brand-name merchandise and private branded products to homeowners, renters, and professional customers. As of February 1, 2019, it operated 2,015 home improvement and hardware stores. The company also sells its products through online sites comprising Lowes.com and Lowesforpros.com; and through mobile applications. Lowe's Companies, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Current Price: $86.98
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 22 Buy Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $126.71 (45.7% Upside)

#9 - McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD)


McDonald’s (MCD) Will people really eat less fast food because of the coronavirus? That’s the question you have to consider if you’re going to overlook McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) stock. The company was enjoying a nice gain of nearly 10% for the year before the market correction.

But when something like the coronavirus hits, it may very well turn out to be a validation of the company’s transition to partnering with food delivery apps. While I’ve tended to be a skeptic of having McDonald’s conveniently delivered, the momentum speaks for itself. Is this really safer? Who knows, but perception is reality.

To be fair, prior to the market correction, there were probably some other restaurant stocks that may be better than MCD. And over the long run, those may still turn out to be better. But as an investor, trading in the here and now, the safety and virtual guarantee of the company’s dividend is too good to ignore.

MCD stock has a dividend yield of 2.62% and pays out an annual dividend of $5.00 per share. The company has posted annual dividend growth of 9.62% over the last three years and has 43 years of consecutive dividend growth.

About Mcdonald's
McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants in the United States and internationally. Its restaurants offer various food products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menu. As of December 31, 2018, the company operated 37,855 restaurants, including 35,085 franchised restaurants comprising 21,685 franchised to conventional franchisees, 7,225 licensed to developmental licensees, and 6,175 licensed to foreign affiliates; and 2,770 company-operated restaurants. McDonald's Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Current Price: $164.01
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 24 Buy Ratings, 7 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $219.96 (34.1% Upside)

#10 - AT&T (NYSE:T)

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AT&T (T) - Shares of AT&T (NYSE:T) have followed the path of most stocks during this correction. No more, but unfortunately no less. Nevertheless, the stock is still in positive territory over the last 12 months.

One reason why I like AT&T stock right now is that telecom stocks are good defensive stocks. This means they perform well regardless of what is happening in the broader economy. Certainly AT&T is expecting to get a boost from the 5G revolution, and the company was also forecasting a boost in retail sales with the launch of 5G offerings from Apple and other companies.

Both of those scenarios may be delivering less profit than AT&T was hoping for. Nevertheless, the company has diligently invested in other revenue streams. In 2018, AT&T paid $33 billion to acquire content from Time-Warner. This new business unit, Warner Media, which includes HBO, puts AT&T into the streaming wars.

And although there is some concern about the company’s future relationship with DirecTV, the company should still benefit this year. DirecTV will have the contract for the NFL Sunday Ticket through the 2020 season. And the Sunday Ticket is a significant profit driver for the company.

AT&T stock has a dividend yield of 6.04% and pays out an annual dividend of $2.08 per share. The company has posted annual dividend growth of 2% over the last three years and has 35 years of consecutive dividend growth.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. provides telecommunication, media, and technology services worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Communications, WarnerMedia, Latin America, and Xandr. The Communications segment provides wireless and wireline telecom, video, and broadband and Internet services; video entertainment services using satellite, IP-based, and streaming options; and audio programming services under the AT&T, Cricket, AT&T PREPAID, and DIRECTV brands to residential and business customers. This segment also sells handsets, wirelessly enabled computers, and wireless data cards manufactured by various suppliers for use with company's voice and data services, as well as various accessories, such as carrying cases and hands-free devices through the company-owned stores, agents, and third-party retail stores. The WarnerMedia segment primarily produces, distributes, and licenses television programming and feature films; distributes home entertainment products in physical and digital formats; and produces and distributes mobile and console games, and consumer products, as well as offers brand licensing services. It also operates cable networks, multichannel premium pay television, and over-the-top services; and digital media properties. The Latin America segment offers video entertainment and audio programming services under the DIRECTV and SKY brands primarily to residential customers; pay-TV services, including HD sports video content; and postpaid and prepaid wireless services under the AT&T and Unefon brands, as well as sells various handsets through company-owned stores, agents, and third-party retail stores. The Xandr segment provides digital advertising services. The company was formerly known as SBC Communications Inc. and changed its name to AT&T Inc. in November 2005. AT&T Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Current Price: $29.84
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 8 Buy Ratings, 13 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $38.92 (30.4% Upside)

Markets hate uncertainty. And there is no question that the coronavirus is delivering a level of uncertainty to global supply chains. Already many companies are issuing travel bans to China and consumers are debating whether to follow through with travel plans. But for most investors, now is not a time to panic. But it may require making some prudent adjustments.

When “Black Swan” events such as the coronavirus occur, it’s easy to identify the sectors that are under pressure. Travel stocks and energy stocks are under pressure as investors try to ascertain the long-term effect on travel and tourism. Airline stocks and hotel stocks are eagerly waiting for business travel to return to normal. Even a stock like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is under pressure because of their manufacturing exposure in China. This continues even as CEO Tim Cook is attempting to reassure investors.

It can be harder to see the silver linings. But you don’t have to wait on the sidelines or park your money in U.S. Treasuries that are seeing their yield drop to historic lows. It’s unlikely for you to expect the same total return you got in 2019. However, the prudent addition of some of these dividend aristocrats can provide some much-needed stability to your portfolio.

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