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Chicago, IL – June 5, 2024 – Stocks in this week’s article are The Greenbrier Companies Inc. (GBX - Free Report) , Gen Digital Inc. (GEN - Free Report) , Leidos Holdings Inc. (LDOS - Free Report) , Cabot Corp. (CBT - Free Report) and Brady Corp. (BRC - Free Report) .

5 Top-Ranked Dividend Growth Stocks to Buy

The three major indices are near record highs with all of them touching new milestones last month. However, the rally might take a hit as inflation concerns have resurfaced, pushing back Fed rate cut bets. This has raised the appeal for dividend investing.

Dividend stocks are major sources of consistent income for investors to create wealth when returns from the equity market are at risk, even though these do not offer dramatic price appreciation. Dividend-paying stocks can also serve as a hedge against inflation.

In fact, stocks with a strong history of year-over-year dividend growth form a healthy portfolio with a greater scope of capital appreciation as opposed to simple dividend-paying stocks or those that have high yields. We have selected five dividend growth stocks — The Greenbrier Companies Inc., Gen Digital Inc., Leidos Holdings Inc., Cabot Corp. and Brady Corp. — that could be solid choices for your portfolio.

Why Dividend Growth Strategy?

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 a 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 seven stocks that fit the bill:

Oregon-based Greenbrier is a leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad and related industries. The company has an estimated growth rate of 42.4% for the fiscal year (ending August 2024). It delivered an average earnings surprise of 32.96% in the past four quarters.

Greenbrier has a Zacks Rank #1 and a Growth Score of B. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Arizona-based Gen Digital is one of the leading providers of cybersecurity solutions. The company is known for some of the popular brands in security and utilities, including Norton Anti-Virus, Norton Internet Security and Norton System Works. Gen Digital has an estimated earnings growth rate of 14.3% for the fiscal year (ending March 2025) and delivered an average earnings surprise of 0.52% in the last four quarters.

Gen Digital has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of B.

Delaware-based Leidos Holdings is a global science and technology leader that serves the defense, intelligence, civil and health markets. The stock saw a positive earnings estimate revision of 39 cents over the past 30 days for this year. The expected earnings growth rate is 14.7%.

Leidos Holdings has a Zacks Rank #1 and a Growth Score of B.

Morocco-based Cabot is a leading global specialty chemicals and performance materials company. The company offers a broad range of products and solutions, catering to major industries such as transportation, infrastructure, environment and consumer. Cabot saw a positive earnings estimate revision of 20 cents over the past 30 days for the fiscal year (ending September 2024), with an expected earnings growth rate of 26.02%.

Cabot has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of A.

Wisconsin-based Brady Corporation is a world leader in complete identification solutions that help companies improve productivity, performance, safety and security. Brady's products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. The company saw a positive earnings estimate revision of 13 cents over the past 30 days for the fiscal year (ending July 2024) with an expected earnings growth rate of 13.5%.

Brady Corporation has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of B.

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