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For Immediate ReleaseChicago, IL – April 15, 2024 – Stocks in this week’s article are NetApp NTAP, Caterpillar Inc. CAT, Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. DKS, KB Home KBH and Applied Materials Inc. AMAT.5 Top Dividend Growth Stocks to Counter VolatilityWith volatility back on the stock market due to uncertainty over the timing of Fed rate cuts and increased geopolitical tension, the appeal for dividend investing has risen. The strategy focuses on companies that not only pay dividends but also consistently increase them over time. This approach offers a unique blend of income and growth, appealing to a broad range of investors. Additionally, it can provide a sense of security in times of market uncertainty or downturns, as dividend-paying stocks can reduce the volatility of a portfolio and tend to outperform in a choppy market.Stocks with a strong history of year-over-year dividend growth form a healthy portfolio with a greater scope of capital appreciation, as opposed to simple dividend-paying stocks or those that have high yields. We have selected five dividend growth stocks — NetApp, Caterpillar Inc., Dick's Sporting Goods Inc., KB Home and Applied Materials Inc. — that could be solid choices for your portfolio amid volatility.Dividend Growth: A Winning StrategyStocks that have a strong history of dividend growth belong to mature companies, which are less susceptible to large swings in the market and thus act as a hedge against economic or political uncertainty as well as stock market volatility. At the same time, these offer downside protection with their consistent increase in payouts.Additionally, these stocks have superior fundamentals that make dividend growth a quality and promising investment for the long term. These include a sustainable business model, a long track of profitability, rising cash flows, good liquidity, a strong balance sheet and some value characteristics. Further, a history of strong dividend growth indicates that a dividend increase is likely in the future.Although these stocks do not necessarily have the highest yields, they have outperformed for a longer period than the broader stock market or any other dividend-paying stock.As a result, picking dividend growth stocks appears as a winning strategy when some other parameters are also included.Here are five of the 11 stocks that fit the bill:California-based NetApp provides enterprise storage as well as data management software and hardware products and services. It assists enterprises in managing multiple cloud environments, adopting next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence, Kubernetes, and contemporary databases, and navigating the complexity brought about by the quick development of data and cloud usage.NetApp saw a positive earnings estimate revision of 4 cents for the fiscal year (ending April 2024) over the past 30 days, with an estimated earnings growth rate of 15.7%. NetApp currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 and has a Growth Score of B. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Illinois-based Caterpillar, known for its iconic yellow machines, is the largest global construction and mining equipment manufacturer. The company saw a solid earnings estimate revision of 10 cents over the past 30 days for this year and has an estimated growth rate of 0.6%.Caterpillar has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of B.Pennsylvania-based Dick's Sporting Goods operates as a major omni-channel sporting goods retailer, offering athletic shoes, apparel, accessories and a broad selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, fishing, tennis, golf, water sports, etc. The company saw a solid earnings estimate revision of 25 cents over the past 30 days for the fiscal year (ending January 2025) and has an estimated earnings growth rate of 2.94%.Dick's Sporting Goods has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of A.California-based KB Home is a well-known homebuilder in the United States and one of the largest in the state. The company saw a solid earnings estimate revision of 42 cents over the past 30 days for the fiscal year (ending November 2024) and has an estimated earnings growth rate of 13.94%.KB Home has a Zacks Rank #1 and a Growth Score of A.California-based Applied Materials is one of the world’s largest suppliers of equipment for the fabrication of semiconductors, flat panel liquid crystal displays, and solar photovoltaic cells and modules. The company delivered an average earnings surprise of 9.43% for the last four quarters.Applied Materials has a Zacks Rank #2 and a Growth Score of B.You can get the rest of the stocks on this list by signing up now for your 2-week free trial to the Research Wizard and start using this screen in your own trading. Further, you can also create your own strategies and test them first before taking the investment plunge.The Research Wizard is a great place to begin. It's easy to use. Everything is in plain language. And it's very intuitive. Start your Research Wizard trial today. And the next time you read an economic report, open up the Research Wizard, plug your finds in, and see what gems come out.Click here to sign up for a free trial to the Research Wizard today.For the rest of this Screen of the Week article please visit at: us on Twitter: us on Facebook: Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.Contact: Jim GiaquintoCompany: Zacks.comPhone: 312-265-9268Email: pr@zacks.comVisit: provides investment resources and informs you of these resources, which you may choose to use in making your own investment decisions. Zacks is providing information on this resource to you subject to the Zacks "Terms and Conditions of Service" disclaimer. performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double" From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all.It’s an American AI company that’s riding low right now, but it has rounded up clients like BMW, GE, Dell Computer, and Bosch. It has prospects for not just doubling but quadrupling in the year to come. Of course, all our picks aren’t winners but this one could far surpass earlier Zacks’ Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in little more than 9 months and NVIDIA which boomed +175.9% in one year.Free: See Our Top Stock And 4 Runners UpWant the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Caterpillar Inc. (CAT): Free Stock Analysis Report NetApp, Inc. (NTAP): Free Stock Analysis Report DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. (DKS): Free Stock Analysis Report Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT): Free Stock Analysis Report KB Home (KBH): Free Stock Analysis ReportTo read this article on click here.Zacks Investment ResearchWeiter zum vollständigen Artikel bei Zacks

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19.05.2023Applied Materials BuyJoh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG (Berenberg Bank)
19.11.2021Applied Materials KaufenDZ BANK
16.08.2019Applied Materials HoldCraig Hallum
16.08.2019Applied Materials OutperformCowen and Company, LLC
17.05.2019Applied Materials BuyB. Riley FBR
19.05.2023Applied Materials BuyJoh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG (Berenberg Bank)
19.11.2021Applied Materials KaufenDZ BANK
16.08.2019Applied Materials OutperformCowen and Company, LLC
17.05.2019Applied Materials BuyB. Riley FBR
17.05.2019Applied Materials OutperformCowen and Company, LLC
16.08.2019Applied Materials HoldCraig Hallum
16.11.2018Applied Materials NeutralB. Riley FBR
29.10.2018Applied Materials NeutralB. Riley FBR
01.10.2018Applied Materials HoldDeutsche Bank AG
16.02.2017Applied Materials Sector PerformRBC Capital Markets
05.10.2015Applied Materials UnderperformRBC Capital Markets
22.07.2013Applied Materials verkaufenExane-BNP Paribas SA
26.03.2013Applied Materials verkaufenExane-BNP Paribas SA
12.12.2012Applied Materials underperformExane-BNP Paribas SA
19.11.2012Applied Materials underperformExane-BNP Paribas SA

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