Our Ratings

Dividata provides unofficial proprietary ratings for dividend-paying stocks in the NYSE and NASDAQ exchanges. These ratings should not be considered investment advice or endorsement of rated stocks, but more as a general indicator as to the relative performance of such stocks. Please see below for a detailed explanation on how these ratings are calculated.


Dividend Yield

This indicator measures a stock's current dividend yield, and compares it to similar stocks and historical yields.

A stock's rating on its dividend yield is calculated by evaluating similar stocks in the same sector, and ranking it compared to its peers.

This rating, on a scale of 1 (Poor) to 5 (Excellent) comprises 50% of the total score:

CriteriaRating
Top 20% of yields in the stock's sector
Excellent (5)
Top 40% of yields in the stock's sector
Above Average (4)
Top 60% of yields in the stock's sector
Average (3)
Top 80% of yields in the stock's sector
Fair (2)
Top 100% of yields in the stock's sector
Poor (1)

Dividend History

The rating for dividend history is determined by looking back at the frequency of historical dividend payments.

This rating, on a scale of 1 (Poor) to 5 (Excellent) comprises 16.7% of the total score:

CriteriaRating
20 or more years of dividend payments
Excellent (5)
10 or more years of dividend payments
Above Average (4)
5 or more years of dividend payments
Average (3)
2 or more years of dividend payments
Fair (2)
Less than 2 years of dividend payments
Poor (1)

Dividend Stability

This indicator measures a stock's history of dividend increases; consistent payments (without a decrease) over time will produce a favorable rating.

This rating, on a scale of 1 (Poor) to 5 (Excellent) comprises 33.3% of the total score:

CriteriaRating
20 or more years without a dividend decrease
Excellent (5)
10 or more years without a dividend decrease
Above Average (4)
5 or more years without a dividend decrease
Average (3)
2 or more years without a dividend decrease
Fair (2)
Less than 2 years without a dividend decrease
Poor (1)

Overall Rating

The overall rating is a weighted average of the three other rated categories listed below. It is a general indication of a dividend's history.

CriteriaRating
Overall score from 4.50 to 5.00
Excellent (5)
Overall score from 3.50 to 4.49
Above Average (4)
Overall score from 2.50 to 3.49
Average (3)
Overall score from 1.50 to 2.49
Fair (2)
Overall score from 1.00 to 1.49
Poor (1)