A Dividend Aristocrat isn’t a rich ruling snob from the French renaissance. The 2015 S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats list is 58 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.
We will update this page, whenever changes are made.
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.
- Albemarle – (ALB)
- CDK Global – (CDK)
- Essex Property Trust – (ESS)
- Expeditors International of Washington – (EXPD)
- Mercury General – (MCY)
- Realty Income – (O)
- Ross Stores – (ROST)
- United Bankshares – (WV)
- Diebold – (DBD)
- Pitney Bowes Inc. – (PBI)
- CenturyLink Inc. – (CTL)
- 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)
Dividend Aristocrats for 2013
For the most up-to-date dividend rate, click on the ticker symbol.
(September 24th 2013)
|Air Products & Chemicals Inc||APD||2.51%|
|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%|
|Cincinnati Financial Corp||CINF||3.49%|
|Colgate Palmolive Co.||CL||2.16%|
|Consolidated Edison Inc||ED||4.34%|
|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%|
|Hormel Foods Corporation||HRL||1.52%|
|Illinois Tool Works Inc.||ITW||1.99%|
|Johnson & Johnson||JNJ||2.85%|
|Leggett & Platt||LEG||3.86%|
|Lowe’s Cos Inc||LOW||1.40%|
|McCormick & Company||MKC||1.94%|
|McGraw Hill Financial Inc||MFHI||1.90%|
|PPG Industries Inc||PPG||1.47%|
|Procter & Gamble||PG||2.94%|
|Stanley Black & Decker||SWK||2.21%|
|T. Rowe Price Group||TROW||2.02%|
Disclosure: Long XOM, JNJ, KO