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Why Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) is a Top Dividend Stock for Your Portfolio

Getting big returns from financial portfolios, whether through stocks, bonds, ETFs, other securities, or a combination of all, is an investor's dream. But when you're an income investor, your primary focus is generating consistent cash flow from each of your liquid investments.

While cash flow can come from bond interest or interest from other types of investments, income investors hone in on dividends. A dividend is that coveted distribution of a company's earnings paid out to shareholders, and investors often view it by its dividend yield, a metric that measures the dividend as a percent of the current stock price. Many academic studies show that dividends make up large portions of long-term returns, and in many cases, dividend contributions surpass one-third of total returns.

Dick's Sporting Goods in Focus

Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) is headquartered in Coraopolis, and is in the Retail-Wholesale sector. The stock has seen a price change of 17.98% since the start of the year. Currently paying a dividend of $0.28 per share, the company has a dividend yield of 2.99%. In comparison, the Retail - Miscellaneous industry's yield is 0.37%, while the S&P 500's yield is 1.93%.

Looking at dividend growth, the company's current annualized dividend of $1.10 is up 22.2% from last year. Dick's Sporting Goods has increased its dividend 4 times on a year-over-year basis over the last 5 years for an average annual increase of 13.30%. Any future dividend growth will depend on both earnings growth and the company's payout ratio; a payout ratio is the proportion of a firm's annual earnings per share that it pays out as a dividend. Right now, Dick's's payout ratio is 28%, which means it paid out 28% of its trailing 12-month EPS as dividend.

Earnings growth looks solid for DKS for this fiscal year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2019 is $3.26 per share, which represents a year-over-year growth rate of 0.62%.

Bottom Line

Investors like dividends for a variety of different reasons, from tax advantages and decreasing overall portfolio risk to considerably improving stock investing profits. It's important to keep in mind that not all companies provide a quarterly payout.

Big, established firms that have more secure profits are often seen as the best dividend options, but it's fairly uncommon to see high-growth businesses or tech start-ups offer their stockholders a dividend. Income investors have to be mindful of the fact that high-yielding stocks tend to struggle during periods of rising interest rates. With that in mind, DKS is a compelling investment opportunity. Not only is it a strong dividend play, but the stock currently sits at a Zacks Rank of 3 (Hold).


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