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Are Dividend Stocks in a Bubble?

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Aflac (NYSE:AFL), through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance. The company has raised dividends for 30 years in a row. Over the past decade, this dividend champion has managed to boost distributions by 20.40% per year. Aflac currently trades at 8.10 times earnings and yields 2.80%. (analysis)

Chevron (NYSE:CVX), through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company has raised dividends for 25 years in a row. Over the past decade, this dividend champion has managed to boost distributions by 8.80% per year. Chevron currently trades at 8.30 times earnings and yields 3.20%. (analysis)

Air Products and Chemicals (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company has raised dividends for 30 years in a row. Over the past decade, this dividend champion has managed to boost distributions by 11.10% per year. Air Products and Chemicals currently trades at 14.30 times earnings and yields 3.30%. (analysis)

Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company has raised dividends for 55 years in a row. Over the past decade, this dividend champion has managed to boost distributions by 6.40% per year. Emerson Electric currently trades at 14.50 times earnings and yields 3.30%. (analysis)

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) manufactures and sells device-based medical therapies worldwide. The company has raised dividends for 35 years in a row. Over the past decade, this dividend champion has managed to boost distributions by 15.80% per year. Medtronic currently trades at 12 times earnings and yields 2.50%. (analysis)

3M (NYSE:MMM) operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company has raised dividends for 54 years in a row. Over the past decade, this dividend champion has managed to boost distributions by 6.20% per year. 3M Company currently trades at 14.10 times earnings and yields 2.70%. (analysis)

Walgreen (NYSE:WAG), together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of drugstores in the United States. The company has raised dividends for 37 years in a row. Over the past decade, this dividend champion has managed to boost distributions by 18.90% per year. Walgreen currently trades at 14.50 times earnings and yields 3.50%. (analysis)

Full Disclosure: Long AFL, CVX, APD, EMR, MDT, MMM, WAG, JNJ, KO ,ED


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