9 Dow Dividend Stocks Get an A+ Buy-Rating

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 5,774 and only 121 issues -- about 2% -- have received an "A+," our highest rating.

Nine of these exceptional companies are well-known Dow dividend stocks:

American Express
Coca-Cola
Disney
DuPont
Home Depot
International Business Machines
Kraft Foods
Merck
Pfizer

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. It's also worth noting that these nine stocks, when held collectively, have a higher dividend yield than the 10-year U.S. Treasury note.

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:

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