S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats

This is the current list of Dividend Aristocrats. These are companies that have increased their dividend payment for at least 25 consecutive years. Additionally, to be a dividend aristocrat, a company must be a member of the S&P 500 and meet certain size and liquidity requirements. Understand why dividend aristocrats are amazing wealth-building investments.

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CompanyCurrent PriceDividend YieldAnnual PayoutPayout Ratio3-Year Dividend GrowthYears of Dividend GrowthEx-Dividend Date
3M stock logo
MMM
3M
$91.83
+0.4%
6.58%$6.04-47.82%0.68%67N/A
A. O. Smith Co. stock logo
AOS
A. O. Smith
$84.75
-0.4%
1.51%$1.2834.59%7.57%30N/A
Abbott Laboratories stock logo
ABT
Abbott Laboratories
$119.95
-0.1%
1.83%$2.2067.48%12.31%524/12/2024
Aflac Incorporated stock logo
AFL
Aflac
$79.99
+0.3%
2.50%$2.0025.81%14.47%N/AN/A
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. stock logo
APD
Air Products and Chemicals
$238.41
+1.0%
2.94%$7.0066.79%9.31%493/28/2024
Albemarle Co. stock logo
ALB
Albemarle
$119.51
-10.3%
1.34%$1.6011.99%1.28%293/14/2024
Amcor plc stock logo
AMCR
Amcor
$9.17
5.45%$0.50113.64%2.12%4N/A
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company stock logo
ADM
Archer-Daniels-Midland
$53.40
+0.3%
3.75%$2.0027.86%7.72%52N/A
Atmos Energy Co. stock logo
ATO
Atmos Energy
$115.01
+0.3%
2.80%$3.2251.11%8.78%40N/A
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. stock logo
ADP
Automatic Data Processing
$244.34
-0.8%
2.29%$5.6065.19%12.06%483/7/2024
Becton, Dickinson and Company stock logo
BDX
Becton, Dickinson and Company
$238.04
+1.0%
1.60%$3.8090.05%4.77%523/7/2024
Brown & Brown, Inc. stock logo
BRO
Brown & Brown
$83.60
-0.4%
0.62%$0.5216.99%10.98%30N/A
Brown-Forman Co. stock logo
BF.B
Brown-Forman
$60.44
+0.3%
1.44%$0.8753.70%N/A343/7/2024
Cardinal Health, Inc. stock logo
CAH
Cardinal Health
$113.12
+0.4%
1.77%$2.0078.74%1.00%273/28/2024
Caterpillar Inc. stock logo
CAT
Caterpillar
$336.03
-0.8%
1.55%$5.2025.82%6.67%29N/A
Chubb Limited stock logo
CB
Chubb
$248.26
-0.9%
1.39%$3.4415.76%3.34%303/14/2024
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. stock logo
CHD
Church & Dwight
$101.13
+0.2%
1.12%$1.1337.17%4.32%28N/A
Cincinnati Financial Co. stock logo
CINF
Cincinnati Financial
$112.69
+0.2%
2.66%$3.0025.71%7.72%643/18/2024
Cintas Co. stock logo
CTAS
Cintas
$629.24
+0.1%
0.86%$5.4039.19%12.52%41N/A
Colgate-Palmolive stock logo
CL
Colgate-Palmolive
$87.11
+0.3%
2.20%$1.9269.06%2.96%61N/A
Consolidated Edison, Inc. stock logo
ED
Consolidated Edison
$89.89
+0.9%
3.69%$3.3246.24%1.92%51N/A
Dover Co. stock logo
DOV
Dover
$167.87
+0.0%
1.22%$2.0427.13%1.01%69N/A
Ecolab Inc. stock logo
ECL
Ecolab
$225.14
-0.3%
1.01%$2.2847.60%4.55%323/18/2024
Emerson Electric Co. stock logo
EMR
Emerson Electric
$109.00
-0.5%
1.93%$2.1010.94%1.31%67N/A
Essex Property Trust, Inc. stock logo
ESS
Essex Property Trust
$242.95
-0.3%
3.80%$9.24146.43%3.60%303/27/2024
Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. stock logo
EXPD
Expeditors International of Washington
$119.50
-0.4%
1.15%$1.3827.60%10.25%29N/A
Exxon Mobil Co. stock logo
XOM
Exxon Mobil
$104.89
+0.5%
3.62%$3.8042.74%1.88%41N/A
Federal Realty Investment Trust stock logo
FRT
Federal Realty Investment Trust
$101.46
-0.2%
4.30%$4.36155.71%0.94%573/12/2024
Franklin Resources, Inc. stock logo
BEN
Franklin Resources
$27.71
-0.1%
4.47%$1.2465.26%-6.19%443/27/2024
General Dynamics Co. stock logo
GD
General Dynamics
$275.67
+0.3%
1.92%$5.2843.93%6.51%32N/A
Genuine Parts stock logo
GPC
Genuine Parts
$150.56
+0.4%
2.66%$4.0042.87%6.34%69N/A
Hormel Foods Co. stock logo
HRL
Hormel Foods
$33.84
+0.2%
3.34%$1.1377.40%5.76%58N/A
Illinois Tool Works Inc. stock logo
ITW
Illinois Tool Works
$259.07
-0.4%
2.16%$5.6057.49%7.03%543/27/2024
International Business Machines Co. stock logo
IBM
International Business Machines
$190.82
-1.2%
3.48%$6.6481.67%0.61%28N/A
Johnson & Johnson stock logo
JNJ
Johnson & Johnson
$160.82
+0.6%
2.96%$4.7634.47%5.70%62N/A
Kimberly-Clark Co. stock logo
KMB
Kimberly-Clark
$123.94
+0.4%
3.81%$4.7290.77%3.32%533/7/2024
Leggett & Platt, Incorporated stock logo
LEG
Leggett & Platt
$20.65
-0.9%
8.91%$1.84-184.00%4.39%533/14/2024
Linde plc stock logo
LIN
Linde
$457.40
+0.4%
1.11%$5.1040.48%N/AN/A3/13/2024
Lowe's Companies, Inc. stock logo
LOW
Lowe's Companies
$241.61
-0.2%
1.82%$4.4033.43%24.10%52N/A
McCormick & Company, Incorporated stock logo
MKC
McCormick & Company, Incorporated
$68.58
+0.1%
2.45%$1.6866.67%7.78%37N/A
McDonald's Co. stock logo
MCD
McDonald's
$290.02
-0.3%
2.30%$6.6857.74%7.32%48N/A
Medtronic plc stock logo
MDT
Medtronic
$85.34
+0.3%
3.23%$2.7687.90%6.45%47N/A
NextEra Energy, Inc. stock logo
NEE
NextEra Energy
$55.43
+0.8%
3.72%$2.0657.06%10.13%30N/A
Nucor Co. stock logo
NUE
Nucor
$185.38
-1.0%
1.17%$2.1612.01%8.68%513/27/2024
Pentair plc stock logo
PNR
Pentair
$78.28
-0.2%
1.18%$0.9224.53%5.01%64/18/2024
PepsiCo, Inc. stock logo
PEP
PepsiCo
$165.11
-0.2%
3.06%$5.0677.02%7.12%52N/A
PepsiCo, Inc. stock logo
PEP
PepsiCo
$165.11
-0.2%
3.06%$5.0677.02%7.12%52N/A
PPG Industries, Inc. stock logo
PPG
PPG Industries
$139.21
0.0%
1.87%$2.6048.69%6.55%53N/A
Realty Income Co. stock logo
O
Realty Income
$52.55
-0.3%
5.86%$3.08244.45%2.98%31N/A
Roper Technologies, Inc. stock logo
ROP
Roper Technologies
$543.16
-0.7%
0.55%$3.0023.27%N/AN/AN/A
S&P Global Inc. stock logo
SPGI
S&P Global
$423.74
-0.4%
0.86%$3.6444.23%10.34%52N/A
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. stock logo
SWK
Stanley Black & Decker
$89.60
0.0%
3.62%$3.24-155.77%5.02%573/7/2024
Sysco Co. stock logo
SYY
Sysco
$79.55
+0.1%
2.51%$2.0048.90%3.23%554/4/2024
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. stock logo
TROW
T. Rowe Price Group
$116.67
+0.1%
4.18%$4.8862.89%10.67%383/14/2024
Target Co. stock logo
TGT
Target
$167.68
+11.4%
2.62%$4.4056.12%29.66%53N/A
The Clorox Company stock logo
CLX
Clorox
$150.83
-0.1%
3.18%$4.80761.92%3.13%464/23/2024
The Coca-Cola Company stock logo
KO
Coca-Cola
$59.83
+0.0%
3.08%$1.8474.19%3.91%633/14/2024
The Sherwin-Williams Company stock logo
SHW
Sherwin-Williams
$337.10
+0.6%
0.85%$2.8630.92%10.64%47N/A
V.F. Co. stock logo
VFC
V.F.
$15.42
-2.0%
2.33%$0.36-18.27%-19.95%N/A3/8/2024
W.W. Grainger, Inc. stock logo
GWW
W.W. Grainger
$981.45
-0.6%
0.76%$7.4420.55%7.11%53N/A
Walmart Inc. stock logo
WMT
Walmart
$59.85
+0.9%
1.27%$0.7639.72%1.82%523/14/2024
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. stock logo
WST
West Pharmaceutical Services
$361.23
+0.7%
0.22%$0.8010.15%5.81%14/23/2024

Dividend aristocrats are an exclusive class of stocks that consist of the companies that have increased their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years. Investing in these companies is one of the most efficient ways for investors of all risk tolerances to build wealth over time. These companies demonstrate a commitment to building shareholder value by prioritizing raising the payout on their dividend. Currently there are 65 companies that are dividend aristocrats. This is up from 53 in 2018.

To achieve the status of dividend aristocrat a company must meet the following criteria:

  1. Their stock must be listed on the S&P 500
  2. They must have at least 25 consecutive years of dividend increases
  3. They must meet certain market cap and liquidity requirements. Currently, a company must have a float-adjusted market cap of at least $3 billion (meaning these are large-cap companies). In terms of liquidity, a dividend aristocrat should have an average trading volume of at least $5 million.

In this article we’ll explain the significance of dividends and why that makes dividend aristocrats an appealing option for investors.

Let’s start by briefly reviewing what a dividend is and its role in a balanced investment strategy. To do this, it helps to start with the basics. When you buy stock in a company, you are taking an ownership stake in the company. The company can reward you in several ways. The one that investors think about the most is share price appreciation (i.e. capital gains). You buy stock in a company at one price hoping that the stock price will be higher at the point in the future when you need the money. In a perfect world, you buy low and sell high.

But the stock market is far from a perfect world. As many shareholders know stock prices don’t move in the same direction all the time. And when they move lower, it can be difficult to watch the value of your portfolio fall sharply, even if it is only on paper.

That’s why it’s important to understand the role of dividends and dividend stocks as a way to build wealth. Another way that some companies reward shareholders is by paying them a portion of their profits in the form of a dividend.  Many companies pay a dividend every three months (i.e. a quarterly dividend). That means that investors earn this dividend on a regular schedule no matter what is happening with the company’s stock price.

Many of the companies that pay a dividend fit into the category of value stocks. These are companies that for a variety of reasons have some limits on their growth. For example many of these companies are what are known as large-cap companies. These companies have large market capitalizations. What that means to investors is that these are companies that generate consistent revenue and earnings per share (EPS). They generally have very sound balance sheets and generate significant free cash flow (FCF).

The downside of this consistency is that the companies don’t deliver the same growth as companies that are involved in disruptive technology. And for that reason the stock price of these companies tends to underperform the overall market.

To help offset this relative lack of stock price appreciation, these companies will help increase their shareholders total return by issuing a dividend.

The total return on an investment includes interest, capital gains, dividends and other distributions that an investment generates over a period of time. If a company doesn’t issue a dividend, the total return of that investment is almost exclusively limited to capital gains. When the market is going up, these stocks can outperform the market. However when the market is in a correction or a bear market, the total return on these stocks can be significantly lower than broader market.

By contrast, dividend stocks offer investors a dividend in addition to the opportunity for capital gains. This has a smoothing effect on many portfolios. While these stocks may not outperform the market in terms of capital gains, the dividends can help move them closer. But these stocks really shine in times of market downturns. In this case, the stocks tend to perform “less badly” than growth stocks. In addition, the “rent” that investors collect from the dividend can help trim losses even more.

That’s because in most cases, investors have the ability to reinvest their dividends. This increases the amount of stock an investor owns which increases their capital gains as well as increasing their dividend payout. This creates a wealth-building cycle.

Some companies pay consistent dividends. Utility companies, for example, are highly regulated so there is a ceiling on how much revenue and earnings they can generate. But a consequence of that is these companies may not generate enough of a profit margin to increase their dividend.

The best of both worlds for dividend investors is companies that are not only paying a consistent dividend, but also increasing that dividend. This helps boost an investor’s total return and can be a way to offset the effect of inflation on an investment.

Dividend aristocrats prioritize increasing its dividend over time. That makes them attractive to investors who have a low risk tolerance and are looking to build wealth slowly over time. And owning stocks of dividend aristocrats can also help investors generate income in retirement when wealth preservation becomes a primary goal.

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