Industrial Sector Short List – 30 Dividend Growth Stocks

Industrial Dividend Stocks - HeaderComparing dividend stocks by sector is an important step in my stock selection process. As your portfolio grows, you should have more than one dividend stock per sector to limit your exposure. As you get ready to invest more money either from dividends or from new money, which sector do you add to or which stock? It’s entirely possible that one of your holdings is underperforming and you want a replacement. It happens. Understanding your options by sector is a diligent and smart investing approach.

Sector Classifications

Sector classification is driven by a set of standards across North America, stock market and indexes. There is a specific company classification referred to as NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) managing a set of classifications. Statistic Canada is also a partner with defining the NAICS with company counts for different classifications.

While the company classification is critical to understand the evolution of industries, it is by far too detailed to manage for investors and all companies can be grouped under a sector. The best visual tree I could find is under Wikipedia's Global Industry Classification Standard.

Basic MaterialChemicals, Construction Materials, Containers & Packaging, Metals & Mining, Paper & Forest Products
Communication ServicesDiversified Telecommunication Services, Wireless Telecommunication Services
Consumer CyclicalAuto Components, Automobiles, Household Durables, Leisure Products, Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods, Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure, Diversified Consumer Services, Media, Distributors, Internet & Direct Marketing Retail, Multiline Retail, Specialty Retail
US Consumer Defensive SectorFood & Staples Retailing, Beverages, Food Products, Tobacco, Household Products, Personal Products
Canadian EnergyEnergy Equipment & Services, Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels
Financial ServicesBanks, Thrifts & Mortgage Finance, Diversified Financial Services, Consumer Finance, Capital Markets, Mortgage Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Insurance
US HealthcareHealth Care Equipment & Supplies, Health Care Providers & Services, Health Care Technology, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences Tools & Services
US Industrial SectorAerospace & Defense, Building Products, Construction & Engineering, Electrical Equipment, Industrial Conglomerates, Machinery, Trading Companies & Distributors, Commercial Services & Supplies, Professional Services, Air Freight & Logistics, Airlines, Marine, Road & Rail, Transportation Infrastructure
Canadian Real EstateEquity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Real Estate Management & Development
US TechnologiesInternet Software & Services, IT Services, Software, Communications Equipment, Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals, Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components, Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
UtilitiesElectric Utilities, Gas Utilities, Multi-Utilities, Water Utilities, Independent Power and Renewable Electricity Producers

Industrial Stocks

I have identified 30 industrial dividend growth stocks from the S&P 500 dividend achiever list. Of that list, 11 are S&P500 dividend aristocrats with 6 of them in the dividend king category. As a quick summary, here is what each of the classifications means:

  • Dividend Achiever: A stock that has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years.
  • Dividend Aristocrat: A stock that has increased its dividend for 25 consecutive years.
  • Dividend King: A stock that has increased its dividend for 50 consecutive years.

As you probably know, a longer streak doesn’t mean a better stock. There are many more criteria that must be evaluated but what a long streak tells us is the commitment to shareholder value the company has and its ability to manage the company’s cash.

There many more industrial stocks but the list below is a good start to find an industrial holding for your portfolio.

UNP - Union Pacific Corp

Union Pacific Corp.


UTX - United Technologoes

United Technologies


CAT - Caterpillar



LMT - Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lockheed Martin Corporation


GD - General Dynamics Corporation

General Dynamics


ITW - Illinois Tool Works

Illinois Tool Works


RTN - Raytheon Company

Raytheon Company


NOC - Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman


EMR - Emerson Electric

Emerson Electric


WM - Waste Management

Waste Management


CMI - Cummins



ROP - Roper Technologies

Roper Technologies


PH - ParkerParker-Hannifin Corporation


SWK - Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Stanley Black & Decker


RSG - Republic Services

Republic Services


LLL - L3 Technologies

L3 Technologies


GWW - W. W. Grainger, Inc. W.W. Grainger


FAST - Fastenal

Fastenal Company


DOV - Dover Corp

Dover Corp


CHRW - CH Robinson

CH Robinson Worldwide


PNR - Pentair



JBHT - JB Hunt Transport

JB Hunt Transport Services


EXPD - The Expeditors



AOS - AO Smith

AO Smith Corp.


NDSN - Nordson

Nordson Corporation


RHI - Robert Half

Robert Half International


Industrial Stocks By Industry

While they are all industrial stocks, understanding the industry they operate in can be useful as you may not have an affinity for the industry and not all industry perform the same. It may also be useful to compare by industries in some cases as opposed to the sector alone.

Industrial Dividend Stocks by Industry

Industrial Product Industry

The industrial products has some really large conglomerates with a good number of dividend aristocrats. This industry should get your attention for the industrial sector.

Transportation & Logistics Industry

The transportation is a solid industry with some oligopoly business in the mix. I find it to be another strong industry with dividend growth potential.

Aerospace & Defense Industry

This is the industry to invest in if you want to profit from the government spending in defense. It may be important to monitor the spending targets from the government to establish the your intended exposure and keep up with the elections.

Business Services Industry

A dependable industry and a necessary one as it tends to resolve problems outside of the core business of other companies.

Employment Services Industry

Another dependable industry and a necessary one to supply corporations with flexible manpower. It is however tied to the economy and something to be aware of.

Farm & Construction Machinery Industry

Farming is a necessity that will continue to require needs and so will constructions even if just for maintenance over many years.

Industrial Distribution Industry

Another industry dependent on the core industries generating products and needing parts. Maintenance and supply will still be needed and in place which means the economy could have less of an impact on this industry.

Waste Management Industry

An industry that’s almost a necessity. It doesn’t fall in the food, shelter and safety category but like utilities, it’s a by-product necessity of the develop world. In my book, that makes it a dependable industry with growth while somewhat regulated.

Airlines Industry

An interesting industry to have in the industrial sector as travel is almost tied to consumer cyclical where the travel industry included. It’s probably no surprise that you don’t see any stocks from this industry in the top 30 selected industrial dividend stocks.

Industrial Dividend Stocks – My Short List

You probably noticed that I favor some industries over others. With that said, here are the stocks on my short list based on my dividend growth investing rules. Railway is an oligopoly and a necessity to move our goods.

DISCLOSURE: Please note that I may have a position in one or many of the holdings listed. For a complete list of my holdings, please see my Dividend Portfolio.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this blog post represents my opinion and not an advice/recommendation. I am not a financial adviser, I am not qualified to give financial advice. Before you buy any stocks/funds consult with a qualified financial planner. Make your investment decisions at your own risk – see my full disclaimer for more details.

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