S&P 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.[1]

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 being added. For 2012, one company (CenturyLink; CTL) was removed from the index while ten companies were added.

These ten include:

  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 Group (TROW)

The full list of 51 companies follows:

  1. 3M Co (MMM)
  2. AFLAC Inc (AFL)
  3. Abbott Laboratories (ABT)
  4. Air Products & Chemicals Inc (APD)
  5. Archer-Daniels-Midland Co (ADM)
  6. AT&T (T)
  7. Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
  8. Bard, C.R. Inc (BCR)
  9. Becton, Dickinson & Co (BDX)
  10. Bemis Co Inc (BMS)
  11. Brown-Forman Corp B (BF/B)
  12. Chubb Corp (CB)
  13. Cincinnati Financial Corp (CINF)
  14. Cintas Corp (CTAS)
  15. Clorox Co (CLX)
  16. Coca-Cola Co (KO)
  17. Colgate-Palmolive (CL)
  18. Consolidated Edison Inc (ED)
  19. Dover Corp (DOV)
  20. Ecolab Inc (ECL)
  21. Emerson Electric Co (EMR)
  22. Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM)
  23. Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO)
  24. Franklin Resources (BEN)
  25. Genuine Parts (GPC)
  26. Grainger, W.W. Inc (GWW)
  27. HCP (HCP)
  28. Hormel Foods Corp (HRL)
  29. Illinois Tool Works (ITW)
  30. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
  31. Kimberly-Clark (KMB)
  32. Leggett & Platt (LEG)
  33. Lowe’s Cos Inc (LOW)
  34. McCormick & Co (MKC)
  35. McDonald’s Corp (MCD)
  36. McGraw-Hill Cos Inc (MHFI)
  37. Medtronic (MDT)
  38. Nucor (NUE)
  39. PPG Industries Inc (PPG)
  40. PepsiCo Inc (PEP)
  41. Pitney Bowes Inc (PBI)
  42. Procter & Gamble (PG)
  43. Sherwin-Williams Co (SHW)
  44. Sigma-Aldrich Corp (SIAL)
  45. Stanley Black & Decker (SWK)
  46. Sysco (SYY)
  47. T. Rowe Price Group (TROW)
  48. Target Corp (TGT)
  49. VF Corp (VFC)
  50. Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
  51. Walgreen Co (WAG)



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.


  1. ^ http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2009/01/07/the-sp-500-dividend-aristocrats/?WT.qs_osrc=FBS-FCN-19
  2. ^ http://www.forbes.com/sites/moneybuilder/2012/01/06/sp-dividend-aristocrats-for-2012

External Links[edit]

  • US Dividend Champions List An excel spreadsheet prepared by David Fish. The list provides an abundance of stock information for companies that have increased their dividend for consecutive years in a row. The list is broken into three categories separated by the dividend streak length: Dividend Champions (>24 years), Contenders (10 to 24 years) and Challengers (5 to 9 years).
  • Canadian Dividend All-Star List The Canadian Dividend All-Star List is a list of Canadian companies that have increased their dividend for five or more calendar years in a row. The excel spreadsheet which can be downloaded for free provides a variety of stock and dividend information. Beyond regular stock information like the price, dividend yield, or P/E the list provides more than 10 years worth of dividend payments for each company and the lowest price each year for the past decade.
  • Dividend Aristocrats List