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9 Best Dividend Champions To Buy Now - Cheaply Priced Growth Stocks

Over the weekend, I screened several Dividend Champions by a great number of criteria. I wanted a fresh overview of the most attractive stocks on the market.

I do a lot of research and I'm glad to say that I always find good looking stocks. The massive quantitative easing programs led stock prices rise and valuations explode, especially within the safe haven large cap space.

I haven’t bought any of them since 2014. For sure, during the small sell-off till February 2016, a few big names came on my watch list but before I could load my weapon, the markets recovered. 

Before you might ask me about which stocks I'm talking, I will tell it: Disney and Abbott Laboratories. Honeywell was also in my mind. Dandelion.

However, back to the results from my screen over the weekend, here are the 9 top Dividend Champions picks that offer a solid value for reasonable price in terms of modest growth.

Here are the 9 picks…

Old Republic -- Yield: 4.19%

Old Republic (NYSE:ORI) employs 8,200 people, generates revenue of $5,765.90 million and has a net income of $422.20 million. The current market capitalization stands at $4.68 billion.

Old Republic’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $700.30 million. The EBITDA margin is 12.15% (the operating margin is 11.68% and the net profit margin 7.32%).

Financials: The total debt represents 5.62% of Old Republic assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 24.78%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 10.82% was realized by Old Republic.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.46. Last fiscal year, Old Republic paid $0.74 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.18, the P/S ratio is 0.81 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.21. The dividend yield amounts to 4.19%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Old Republic (ORI)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Old Republic (ORI)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Old Republic (ORI)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Old Republic (ORI)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Old Republic (ORI)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Old Republic (ORI)



T. Rowe Price Group -- Yield: 3.01%



T. Rowe Price Group (NASDAQ:TROW) employs 5,999 people, generates revenue of $4,200.60 million and has a net income of $1,223.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $17.96 billion.

T. Rowe Price Group’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,025.20 million. The EBITDA margin is 48.21% (the operating margin is 45.21% and the net profit margin 29.11%).

Financials: The total debt represents 0.00% of T. Rowe Price Group assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 0.00%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 23.76% was realized by T. Rowe Price Group.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.66. Last fiscal year, T. Rowe Price Group paid $2.08 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.48, the P/S ratio is 4.23 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.78. The dividend yield amounts to 3.01%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of T. Rowe Price Group (TROW)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of T. Rowe Price Group (TROW)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of T. Rowe Price Group (TROW)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of T. Rowe Price Group (TROW)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of T. Rowe Price Group (TROW)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of T. Rowe Price Group (TROW)



Target Corporation -- Yield: 2.77%

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) employs 341,000 people, generates revenue of $73,785.00 million and has a net income of $3,321.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $47.46 billion.

Target Corporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $7,124.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 9.66% (the operating margin is 7.49% and the net profit margin 4.50%).

Financials: The total debt represents 31.69% of Target Corporation assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 98.48%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 24.64% was realized by Target Corporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.28. Last fiscal year, Target Corporation paid $2.20 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.11, the P/S ratio is 0.66 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.76. The dividend yield amounts to 2.77%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Target Corporation (TGT)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Target Corporation (TGT)



AFLAC Incorporated -- Yield: 2.57%

AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) employs 9,915 people, generates revenue of $21,025.00 million and has a net income of $2,533.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $27.23 billion.

AFLAC Incorporated’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $5,420.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 25.78% (the operating margin is 19.74% and the net profit margin 12.05%).

Financials: The total debt represents 4.24% of AFLAC Incorporated assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 28.30%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 14.05% was realized by AFLAC Incorporated.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.85. Last fiscal year, AFLAC Incorporated paid $1.58 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.95, the P/S ratio is 1.27 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.53. The dividend yield amounts to 2.57%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)



1st Source Corporation -- Yield: 2.29%

1st Source Corporation (NASDAQ:SRCE) employs 1,150 people, generates revenue of $184.68 million and has a net income of $57.49 million. The current market capitalization stands at $855.79 million.

1st Source Corporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $118.99 million. The EBITDA margin is 47.63% (the operating margin is 35.45% and the net profit margin 23.01%).

Financials: The total debt represents 6.00% of 1st Source Corporation assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 48.34%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 9.05% was realized by 1st Source Corporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.17. Last fiscal year, 1st Source Corporation paid $0.67 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.47, the P/S ratio is 3.38 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.27. The dividend yield amounts to 2.29%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of 1st Source Corporation (SRCE)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of 1st Source Corporation (SRCE)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of 1st Source Corporation (SRCE)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of 1st Source Corporation (SRCE)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of 1st Source Corporation (SRCE)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of 1st Source Corporation (SRCE)



General Dynamics Corporation -- Yield: 2.29%

General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) employs 99,900 people, generates revenue of $31,469.00 million and has a net income of $2,965.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $40.91 billion.

General Dynamics Corporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4,660.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 14.81% (the operating margin is 13.28% and the net profit margin 9.42%).

Financials: The total debt represents 10.62% of General Dynamics Corporation assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 31.65%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 26.28% was realized by General Dynamics Corporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $9.08. Last fiscal year, General Dynamics Corporation paid $2.76 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.52, the P/S ratio is 1.30 and the P/B ratio is finally 3.87. The dividend yield amounts to 2.29%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of General Dynamics Corporation (GD)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of General Dynamics Corporation (GD)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of General Dynamics Corporation (GD)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of General Dynamics Corporation (GD)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of General Dynamics Corporation (GD)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of General Dynamics Corporation (GD)



Commerce Bancshares Incorporation -- Yield: 2.07%

Commerce Bancshares Incorporation (NASDAQ:CBSH) employs 4,391 people, generates revenue of $662.42 million and has a net income of $266.98 million. The current market capitalization stands at $4.25 billion.

Commerce Bancshares Incorporation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $429.94 million. The EBITDA margin is 39.51% (the operating margin is 35.25% and the net profit margin 24.53%).

Financials: The total debt represents 7.98% of Commerce Bancshares Incorporation assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 83.13%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 11.41% was realized by Commerce Bancshares Incorporation.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.58. Last fiscal year, Commerce Bancshares Incorporation paid $0.86 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.89, the P/S ratio is 3.86 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.91. The dividend yield amounts to 2.07%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Commerce Bancshares Incorporation (CBSH)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Commerce Bancshares Incorporation (CBSH)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Commerce Bancshares Incorporation (CBSH)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Commerce Bancshares Incorporation (CBSH)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Commerce Bancshares Incorporation (CBSH)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Commerce Bancshares Incorporation (CBSH)



Stepan Company -- Yield: 1.39%

Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) employs 2,073 people, generates revenue of $1,776.17 million and has a net income of $76.04 million. The current market capitalization stands at $1.24 billion.

Stepan Company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $186.91 million. The EBITDA margin is 10.52% (the operating margin is 6.91% and the net profit margin 4.28%).

Financials: The total debt represents 26.83% of Stepan Company assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 59.72%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.91% was realized by Stepan Company.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.32. Last fiscal year, Stepan Company paid $0.73 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.69, the P/S ratio is 0.69 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.19. The dividend yield amounts to 1.39%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Stepan Company (SCL)



Stepan Company -- Yield: 1.39%

Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) employs 2,073 people, generates revenue of $1,776.17 million and has a net income of $76.04 million. The current market capitalization stands at $1.24 billion.

Stepan Company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $186.91 million. The EBITDA margin is 10.52% (the operating margin is 6.91% and the net profit margin 4.28%).

Financials: The total debt represents 26.83% of Stepan Company assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 59.72%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.91% was realized by Stepan Company.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.32. Last fiscal year, Stepan Company paid $0.73 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.69, the P/S ratio is 0.69 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.19. The dividend yield amounts to 1.39%.

Stock Charts:


Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Stepan Company (SCL)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Stepan Company (SCL)

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