2013 Dividend Aristocrats List

A Dividend Aristocrat isn’t a rich ruling snob from the French renaissance. The 2013 S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats list is 54 companies that have increased dividends (not just remained the same) for 25 years straight. Keep in mind just because they are on this list now doesn’t mean in the future they will be forced to reduce their dividend.

Unfortunately, during our last recession in 2008, many investors found out their dividend was cut on their once stable stock. For example, Pfizer Inc. (PFE) and General Electric Company (GE) both cut their dividend and were removed from the Dividend Aristocrat list in 2009.

This list has been updated for July 2013.
We will update this page, whenever changes are made.

For 2013 a total of 4 companies were added from the list, and only one was removed. As you can see from the list of stocks, these aren’t exactly a list of highflying tech stocks like Apple (AAPL) or Google (GOOG). In fact most people consider these stocks boring, but boring is sometimes better.

Also keep in mind an increasing dividend does not necessarily mean they are great company to invest in. This list is a great starting point of possible companies to invest in, but you should always do some stock market research.

At the time of writing, the 10-year treasury is less than 2.00%, and the best 5 year CD yield is currently 2.4% APY. Many of these stocks have comparable or higher dividends. So not only do you have the chance for an increasing dividend, you also can benefit from a rising stock price. Members may be deleted during the December rebalance if during the calendar year dividends did not increase, or intra-year if the stock is removed from the underlying S&P 500. Included is the historical list of stocks added/removed from prior years.

Instead of investing in individual stocks, there is an ETF that closely matches the entire Dividend Aristocats index. SPDR S&P Dividend (SDY) is an alternative and is more a diverse option.

Index Changes

2013 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Pitney Bowes Inc. – (PBI)

Stocks Added:

  • AbbVie Inc. – (ABBV)
  • Chevron Corp. – (CVX)
  • Cardinal Health Inc. – (CAH)
  • Pentair Ltd. – (PNR)

2012 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • CenturyLink Inc. – (CTL)

Stocks Added:

  • AT&T Inc. – (T)
  • Colgate Palmolive Co. – (CL)
  • Franklin Resources Inc. – (BEN)
  • Genuine Parts Co. – (GPC)
  • HCP Inc. – (HCP)
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc. – (ITW)
  • Medtronic Inc. – (MDT)
  • Nucor Corp. – (NUE)
  • Sysco Corp. – (SYY)
  • T Rowe Price Group Inc. – (TROW)

2011 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Integrys Energy Group Inc – (TEG)
  • Lilly, Eli & Co – (LLY)
  • Supervalu Inc – (SUV)

Stocks Added:

  • Ecolab Inc. – (ECL)
  • Hormel Foods Corporation – (HRL)
  • McCormick & Company – (MKC)

Dividend Aristocrats for 2013

For the most up-to-date dividend rate, click on the ticker symbol.

Stock Ticker
Dividend Rate
(September 24th 2013)
3M Co MMM 2.06%
AFLAC Inc AFL 2.26%
Abbott Laboratories ABT 2.65%
AbbVie Inc ABBV 2.55%
Air Products & Chemicals Inc APD 2.51%
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co ADM 2.03%
AT&T Inc. T 5.23%
Automatic Data Processing ADP 2.38%
Bard, C.R. Inc BCR 0.69%
Becton, Dickinson & Co BDX 1.94%
Bemis Co Inc BMS 2.61%
Brown-Forman Corp B BF.B 1.45%
Cardinal Health Inc. CAH 2.05%
Chevron Corp CVX 3.03%
Chubb Corp CB 1.93%
Cincinnati Financial Corp CINF 3.49%
Cintas Corp CTAS 1.25%
Clorox Co CLX 3.18%
Coca-Cola Co KO 2.83%
Colgate Palmolive Co. CL 2.16%
Consolidated Edison Inc ED 4.34%
Dover Corp DOV 1.57%
Ecolab Inc. ECL 0.94%
Emerson Electric Co EMR 2.52%
Exxon Mobil Corp XOM 2.74%
Family Dollar Stores Inc FDO 1.34%
Franklin Resources Inc. BEN 0.75%
Genuine Parts Co. GPC 2.60%
Grainger, W.W. Inc GWW 1.29%
HCP Inc. HCP 4.98%
Hormel Foods Corporation HRL 1.52%
Illinois Tool Works Inc. ITW 1.99%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 2.85%
Kimberly-Clark KMB 3.31%
Leggett & Platt LEG 3.86%
Lowe’s Cos Inc LOW 1.40%
McCormick & Company MKC 1.94%
McDonald’s Corp MCD 3.17%
McGraw Hill Financial Inc MFHI 1.90%
Medtronic Inc. MTD 1.97%
Nucor Corp. NUE 2.94%
PPG Industries Inc PPG 1.47%
PepsiCo Inc PEP 2.73%
Pentair Ltd. PNR 1.44%
Procter & Gamble PG 2.94%
Sherwin-Williams Co SHW 1.04%
Sigma-Aldrich Corp SIAL 0.99%
Stanley Black & Decker SWK 2.21%
Sysco Corp. SYY 3.44%
T. Rowe Price Group TROW 2.02%
Target Corp TGT 2.34%
VF Corp VFC 1.72%
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 2.37%
Walgreen Co WAG 2.03%

Disclosure: Long XOM, JNJ, KO


  1. Krantcents says:

    Dividends are an indication of excess profits and there is nothing wrong with that. Shareholders love consistent performance of companies whether profit or dividends.

  2. Darwin's Money says:

    I’ve seen some data that over long periods of time, the Aristocrats outperform the major indices too. Good stuff.

    • Investor Junkie says:

      Yes. I’m an dividend lover also. Do you have a link on the aristocrats data?

  3. Mark says:

    Supervalu was a good deal while it lasted.

  4. John Rodosevich says:

    Do you have 25 year performance info for these dividend stocks?

    What has happened to Duke Energy dividends?
    They stopped paying a year ago.

  5. dan says:

    Love the simplicity of buying all these divy paying stocks through etf’s like dvy and sdy, but any ideas on how to get similar stable divi yields in intl stocks through etf’s or high quality/low cost MF’s?

    I have averaged into MAPIX, to try and get some steady dividends outside US(in Asia yielding over 4%). Also have a little PID. Any other good International ETFs with stable dividends?

    I am looking to have the bulk of my portfolio in stable dividend equities, spread across the world.

    ** I guess the real trick internationally is to get the dividends while limiting exposure to the european financial time bombs.

  6. Rick says:

    I am surprised IBM is not on this list. Boring is good for building long term wealth!

  7. Warren Kaplan says:

    Didn’t T cut its dividend in 2009? The S&P sheet shows that way.

  8. dw says:

    The turnover rate is alarming. Many people buy these stocks assuming their dividends will last forever. I doubt half of the stocks on the list will stay after 30 years. T, HCP, ED, LEG, CINF are probably on their way out soon.

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