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Dividend Aristocrats

To be considered a dividend aristocrat you need to meet a few criteria’s. Start off by being a company in the S&P 500 index, have consistent dividend payout over the course of 25 years and have consistent dividend growth each year. Large and established companies tend to be a factor when joining this prestigious club. Stocks under this category are good picks as they are generally recession proof, providing stead profits and growth in dividend income during good and bad times.

 A good example would be 3M (MMM), we won’t do the full history but we’ll go back as far as 2013. Since 2013, they went from $0.6350 per quarter to $1.4900 per quarter (most recent).  That is a 134.65% increase over the course of 9 years. That is an impressive jump and that is what makes this stock worthy of the title of aristocrat. For any investor, this is a solid choice when looking for stocks to add to your portfolio. The market cap is currently $65.38B so the company is not going anywhere anytime soon.

There is not much difference between a dividend king and aristocrat. The main difference is a king has 50 years of consistent growth in dividends each year compared to 25 for aristocrats. 

3M Co. (MMM)Industrials643.70%
A.O. Smith Corp. (AOS)Industrials291.50%
Abbott Laboratories (ABT)Health care501.50%
AbbVie Inc. (ABBV)Health care504.50%
Aflac Inc. (AFL)Financials392.50%
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (APD)Materials402.60%
Albemarle Corp. (ALB)Materials280.70%
Amcor PLC (AMCR)Materials394.20%
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM)Consumer staples482.10%
Atmos Energy Corp. (ATO)Utilities352.60%
Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)Information technology472.00%
Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BDX)Health care501.30%
Brown & Brown Inc. (BRO)Financials280.60%
Brown-Forman Corp. (BF-B)Consumer staples381.10%
Cardinal Health Inc. (CAH)Health care353.60%
Caterpillar Inc. (CAT)Industrials282.20%
Chevron Corp. (CVX)Energy354.10%
Chubb Ltd. (CB)Financials291.60%
Church & Dwight Co. Inc. (CHD)Consumer staples261.00%
Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF)Financials622.20%
Cintas Corp. (CTAS)Industrials381.00%
The Clorox Co. (CLX)Consumer staples463.20%
The Coca-Cola Co. (KO)Consumer staples602.70%
Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL)Consumer staples602.20%
Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED)Utilities483.70%
Dover Corp. (DOV)Industrials661.20%
Ecolab Inc. (ECL)Materials301.10%
Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)Industrials602.10%
Essex Property Trust Inc. (ESS)Real estate282.70%
Expeditors International of Washington Inc. (EXPD)Industrials281.10%
ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM)Energy384.30%
Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT)Real estate503.50%
Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN)Financials413.70%
General Dynamics Corp. (GD)Industrials312.20%
Genuine Parts Co. (GPC)Consumer discretionary662.50%
Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL)Consumer staples562.20%
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW)Industrials512.20%
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)Information technology264.80%
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)Health care602.50%
Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB)Consumer staples493.50%
Linde PLC (LIN)Materials291.40%
Lowe’s Cos. Inc. (LOW)Consumer discretionary481.40%
McCormick & Co. (MKC)Consumer staples361.40%
McDonald’s Corp. (MCD)Consumer discretionary452.10%
Medtronic PLC (MDT)Health care442.50%
NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE)Utilities262.00%
Nucor Corp. (NUE)Materials491.70%
Pentair PLC (PNR)Industrials451.40%
People’s United Financial Inc. (PBCT)Financials293.40%
PepsiCo Inc. (PEP)Consumer staples492.50%
PPG Industries Inc. (PPG)Materials501.50%
Procter & Gamble Co. (PG)Consumer staples662.20%
Realty Income Corp. (O)Real estate274.40%
Roper Technologies Inc. (ROP)Industrials290.60%
S&P Global Inc. (SPGI)Financials490.80%
Sherwin-Williams Co. (SHW)Materials430.80%
Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (SWK)Industrials541.90%
Sysco Corp. (SYY)Consumer staples422.30%
T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW)Financials362.90%
Target Corp. (TGT)Consumer discretionary501.70%
VF Corp. (VFC)Consumer discretionary503.20%
W.W. Grainger Inc. (GWW)Industrials511.30%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA)Consumer staples463.80%
Walmart Inc. (WMT)Consumer staples491.60%
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (WST)Health care290.20%


Hello, my name is David and I have a passion for making money. But then again, who doesn't? I love the stock market because it gives you a chance to better yourself and your situation. My goal is to be financially free by the age of 55 so I can enjoy myself. Join me on my journey and learn a little bit along the way. Thanks for reading! DISCLAIMER – I am not a licensed tax advisor, lawyer or stock broker. I am simply a person who loves investing. Please consult a professional.

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