NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- There's about 6,000 U.S.-listed stocks trading on the major exchanges on any given day. Of those, TheStreet Ratings has rated 5,744 and only 106 issues -- less than 2% -- have received an 'A+,' our highest rating.
Five of these exceptional companies are well-known Dow dividend stocks:
- American Express
- Home Depot
- Kraft Foods
Collectively, these five stocks yield 2.04% -- considerably less than the Dow Jones Industrial Average as a whole. However, TheStreet Ratings' stock model projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends.
Our Buy, Hold or Sell ratings designate how we expect these stocks to perform against a general benchmark of the equities market and interest rates.We consider each of these stocks to be strong buys. As always, stock ratings should not be treated as gospel -- rather, use them as a starting point for your own research. A detailed analysis of each stock's rating appears on the following pages: