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Dividend Aristocrats List

25 or More Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases

 

The Dividend Aristocrats List consists of the S&P 500 companies that have increased their dividend for 25 consecutive years or more.

S&P Global Inc. (formerly McGraw-Hill Financial) owns the S&P Dow Jones Indices and has maintained a Dividend Aristocrat Index (Symbol: SPDAUDP) since 2005. It is an equally weighted company index.

The Dividend Aristocrat index is considered one of the most prestigious because, unlike the Dividend Champions list, companies have to meet special requirements to be part of the S&P 500.

 

There  are 50 Companies on the 2018 Dividend Aristocrats List:

Company (Symbol)  – Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases

(sorted by consecutive years highest to lowest)

Dover  (DOV)  –  62

Emerson Electric (EMR)  –  61

Genuine Parts (GPC)  –  61

Procter & Gamble (PG)  –  61

3M (MMM)  –  59

Cincinnati Fin. (CINF)  –  57

Coca-Cola (KO)  –  55

Johnson &Johnson (JNJ)  –  55

Lowe’s Companies (LOW)  –  55

Colgate-Palmolive (CL)  –  54

Federal Realty Inv. Trust (FRT)  – 51

Hormel Foods (HRL)   –  51

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK)  –  50

Target (TGT)  –  50

Sysco (SYY)  –  48

Becton Dickinson (BDX)  –  46

Leggett & Platt (LEG)  –  46

PPG Industries (PPG)  –  46

W.W. Grainger (GWW)  –  46

Kimberly-Clark (KMB)  –  45

Nucor (NUE)  –  45

PepsiCo (PEP)  –  45

VF (VFC)  –  44

AbbVie (ABBV)  –  44

Abbott Laboratories (ABT)  –  44

S&P Global Inc. (SPGI)  –  44

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)  –  44

Automatic Data (ADP)  –  43

Consolidated Edison (ED)  –  43

Illinois Tool Works (ITW)  –  43

Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)  –  42

Walgreens Boots (WBA)  –  42

McDonald’s (MCD)  –  41

Pentair (PNR)  –  41

Clorox (CLX)  –  40

Medtronic (MDT)  –  40

Sherwin-Williams (SHW)  –  38

Franklin Resources (BEN)  –  36

Aflac (AFL)  –  35

Air Products & Chemicals  –  35

Exxon Mobil (XOM)  – 35

AT&T (T)  –  34

Brown-Forman (BF.B)  –  34

Cintas (CTAS)  –  34

McCormick & Co. (MKC)  –  32

Cardinal Health (CAH)  –  31

T. Rowe Price  (TROW)

Chevron (CVX)  –  29

Ecolab (ECL)  –  26

General Dynamics (GD)  –  26

Dividend Aristocrats & Stock Picking

These companies have been proven winners. They would not have been able to increase their dividends for more 25 consecutive years if they didn’t have advantages over their competitors.

One of the benefits of using the Dividend Aristocrats list is that you know you have found a company that has been successful over several economic cycles. However we must remember that investors have recognized this fact and have been willing to pay more, or bid their price up.

“A great company is not a great investment if you pay too much for the stock.” (pg. 181)
Benjamin Graham – The Intelligent Investor

Because the probability that a Dividend Aristocrat is high quality company and it’s price will be above average; the most important issue with buying Dividend Aristocrats is valuation. Valuation matters. The price you pay may not be the value you receive. You can buy a great company, but if you pay too much it is a bad investment.

Keep that important principle in mind as you use the Dividend Aristocrats List to find stocks for investment.

 

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