There are few businesses in the United States that are as shrewdly managed as American Express (NYSE:AXP) and Costco (NASDAQ:COST). But while both have proven to be long-term winners in terms of total shareholder returns, the dynamics of their quarterly dividends are far from similar.

I address this in the slideshow below, which compares how shares of American Express and Costco compare to each other based on the three most important dividend metrics: dividend yield, growth, and the payout ratio. These are both excellent stocks, but as you'll see, one is a clear winner over the other when it comes to dividends.

To learn more about these metrics and to see how American Express and Costco stack up with respect to them, simply scroll through the brief slideshow below.

 

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