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SandP 500 Dividend Aristocrats

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The Dividend Aristocrats are S&P 500 constituents that have increased their dividend payouts for 25 consecutive years.

The companies that make up the Dividend Aristocrats span ten different business sectors with both growth and value holdings. This composition contrasts with most other dividend-yield based portfolios, which tend to be heavily weighted toward financials and utilities, and often have a strong value tilt.

The list declined from 52 companies in 2009 to 42 companies in 2010, as many companies cut their dividend payouts.

It then held steady in 2011, with three companies being dropped, and three companies (ECL, HRL, MKC) being added.

For 2012, one company (CenturyLink; CTL) was removed from the index while ten companies (T, CL, BEN, GPC, HCP, ITW, MDT, NUE, SYY, TROW) were added. CenturyLink was removed after reducing its dividend from 72.5 to 54 cents per share per quarter. The ten companies added were:

  1. AT&T (T)
  2. Colgate-Palmolive (CL)
  3. Franklin Resources (BEN)
  4. Genuine Parts (GPC)
  5. HCP (HCP)
  6. Illinois Tool Works (ITW)
  7. Medtronic (MDT)
  8. Nucor (NUE)
  9. Sysco (SYY)
  10. T. Rowe Price (TROW)

In 2013 Pitney Bowes (PBI) was removed after slashing the dividend from 37.5c to 18.75c per quarter per share.

In 2013 the list grew to 54 companies and didn't change in 2014.

In 2015, Family Dollar Stores (FDO) was removed from the list due to its purchase by Dollar Tree.

In 2015, Sigma-Aldrich Corp (SIAL) was removed from the list due to its acquisition by Merck.

In 2016 Chubb Corp (CB) was removed upon acquisition by ACE Limited (ACE).

In 2017 General Dynamics (GD) and the REIT Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT) were added to the list and the REIT HCP, Inc. was removed from the index due to spinning off HCR Manor Care and reducing their dividend.

The full list of 53 companies follows:

  1. 3M Company (MMM)
  2. AFLAC Inc. (AFL)
  3. AbbVie Inc. – (ABBV)
  4. Abbott Laboratories (ABT)
  5. Air Products & Chemicals Inc (APD)
  6. Archer-Daniels-Midland Co (ADM)
  7. AT&T (T)
  8. Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
  9. C. R. Bard (BCR)
  10. Becton Dickinson (BDX)
  11. Bemis Company (BMS)
  12. Brown-Forman (Class B shares BF/B)
  13. Cardinal Health Inc. – (CAH)
  14. Chevron Corp. – (CVX)
  15. Cincinnati Financial Corp (CINF)
  16. Cintas Corp (CTAS)
  17. The Clorox Company (CLX)
  18. Coca-Cola Co (KO)
  19. Colgate-Palmolive (CL)
  20. Consolidated Edison Inc (ED)
  21. Dover Corp (DOV)
  22. Ecolab Inc (ECL)
  23. Emerson Electric (EMR)
  24. Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM)
  25. Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT)
  26. Franklin Resources (BEN)
  27. General Dynamics (GD)
  28. Genuine Parts Company (GPC)
  29. W. W. Grainger (GWW)
  30. HCP (HCP)
  31. Hormel Foods Corp (HRL)
  32. Illinois Tool Works (ITW)
  33. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
  34. Kimberly-Clark (KMB)
  35. Leggett & Platt (LEG)
  36. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW)
  37. McCormick & Company (MKC)
  38. McDonald's (MCD)
  39. Medtronic (MDT)
  40. Nucor (NUE)
  41. PPG Industries (PPG)
  42. PepsiCo (PEP)
  43. Pentair – (PNR)
  44. Procter & Gamble (PG)
  45. S&P Global (formerly McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. SPGI)
  46. Sherwin-Williams (SHW)
  47. Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (SWK)
  48. Sysco (SYY)
  49. T. Rowe Price (TROW)
  50. Target Corporation (TGT)
  51. VF Corporation (VFC)
  52. Walmart (WMT)
  53. Walgreen Boots Alliance (WBA)

See also


The exchange-traded fund SPDR S&P Dividend (SDY) tracks the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index. The fund is a competitor to the popular iShares Select Dividend (DVY) which tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index. The ProShares S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL) is tracking the S&P 500 dividend aristocrats since 10/9/13. Historical performance for the NOBL ETF has mildly outperformed the S&P 500 since its inception.


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