General Mills: Only A Buy If...

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General Mills, Inc. (GIS) Dividend Stock Analysis 2017
If I could choose just one sector to invest in for the next 30 years, the consumer staples would be high on that list. Consumer staple companies are great because the products are naturally consumed over time leading to repeat sales. They also offer inflation protection over the long run.

General Mills (NYSE:GIS) has long been a staple in kitchens around the world. Some of the brands in their portfolio include Cheerios, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Yoplait, Nature Valley and many more. Over the years General Mills has grown into a company with a global reach generating around 40% of annual sales outside of the United States.
Dividend History
My primary investment focus is on dividend paying AND growing investments. I like capital gains, but I love getting cold, hard cash deposited to my account every month. As such, a company's dividend history is one of my first stops when analyzing a potential investment. Companies don't reach decades long dividend growth streaks on accident, rather it takes the combination of a defensible business model and a management that is committed to returning excess cash to shareholders.

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