Rounding out the list of 19 qualifiers were Exxon Mobil (XOM), Conoco Phillips (COP), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Raytheon (RTN), Northrop Grumman (NOC), L-3 Communications (LLL), CSX (CSX) and Norfolk Southern (NSC), Travelers (TRV), Chubb (CB), McGraw Hill (MHP), Becton Dickinson (BDX) and Darden Restaurants (DRI).
Not all stock screens that I've devised and used during my career have stood the test of time; sometimes they are just lucky and the luck does not last. We'll have to see if the combination of dividend growth and stock buybacks can indeed stand the test of time.
At the time of publication, Heller had no positions in stocks mentioned.
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