A Dividend Aristocrat isn’t a rich snob from the days before the French Revolution. The 2016 S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats list is 51 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.
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 a company makes a great investment. This list is a great starting point for potential investments, but you should always do some stock market research.
At the time of writing, the 10-year Treasury bond is less than 2.00%, and the best 5-year CD yield is currently 1.88% 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.
- Sigma-Aldrich Corp. – (SIAL)
- Pentair plc – (PNR)
- 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 2016
For the most up-to-date dividend rate, click on the ticker symbol.
(February 5, 2016)
|Automatic Data Processing Inc.||ADP||2.61%|
|Air Products and Chemicals Inc.||APD||2.72%|
|C.R. Bard Inc.||BCR||0.52%|
|Becton, Dickinson and Co.||BDX||1.82%|
|Franklin Resources Inc.||BEN||2.12%|
|Brown-Forman Corp. B||BF.B||1.60%|
|Cardinal Health Inc.||CAH||1.90%|
|Cincinnati Financial Corp.||CINF||3.35%|
|The Clorox Co.||CLX||2.41%|
|Consolidated Edison Inc.||ED||3.94%|
|Emerson Electric Co.||EMR||4.40%|
|Genuine Parts Co.||GPC||3.09%|
|W.W. Grainger Inc.||GWW||2.50%|
|Hormel Foods Corp.||HRL||1.53%|
|Illinois Tool Works Inc.||ITW||2.68%|
|Johnson & Johnson||JNJ||3.10%|
|The Coca-Cola Co.||KO||3.14%|
|Leggett & Platt Inc.||LEG||3.25%|
|Lowe’s Companies Inc.||LOW||1.59%|
|McGraw Hill Financial Inc.||MHFI||1.54%|
|McCormick & Co. Inc.||MKC||2.11%|
|The Procter & Gamble Co.||PG||3.43%|
|PPG Industries Inc.||PPG||1.55%|
|The Sherwin-Williams Co.||SHW||1.07%|
|Stanley Black & Decker Inc.||SWK||2.34%|
|T. Rowe Price Group Inc.||TROW||3.08%|
|Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.||WBA||1.78%|
|Wal-Mart Stores Inc.||WMT||3.13%|
|Exxon Mobil Corp.||XOM||3.81%|
Disclosure: Long XOM, JNJ, KO