As a dividend growth investor, I try to maintain a disciplined approach to buying attractively valued companies. I do maintain a list with entry criterion, which I apply against a list of dividend growth stocks. I usually use the dividend champions and dividend achievers groups of stocks in my screening process. However, I try to get familiar with the story of as many companies as possible, which would help me pull the trigger once price goes into my buy territory. One process I follow in order to learn more about dividend stocks is by focusing on the weekly group of companies with consistent dividend histories which have recently announced increases in distributions. By reading the press releases indicating a dividend hike, I get to gauge the companies’ sentiment and learn more about their business.