The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats

Posted by D4L | Friday, February 08, 2013 | | 0 comments »

Over the past year, I (along with many other investors) have recognized the awesome beauty of dividend stocks. Once considered the stodgy old men of the investing world, dividend-paying companies have become young and hip, and very, very attractive. One of the most famous lists of high-quality dividend-paying companies is the S&P 500 list of Dividend Aristocrats, defined as large-cap, blue chip companies within the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of increasing dividends every year for the past 25 years.

The top companies of the Dividend Aristocrats, in terms of market cap, are Abbvie (which is already included in my Dividend Portfolio), Lowe’s Companies (which I recently reviewed and rejected), McGraw-Hill (recently reviewed and rejected), Medtronic (recently reviewed and rejected), Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE), Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG), Pentair (rejected for a low dividend yield of 1.7%), W.W. Grainger (recently reviewed and rejected), Family Dollar Stores (rejected for low yield of 1.4%), Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR), Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH) and Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK).

Source: Insider Monkey

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