The 2014 Dividend Aristocrats

Below is a list of the 54 members of the S&P 500 that have increased their dividends for at least the last 25 years.  Because of their long term dividend growth record, these are considered some of the best dividend stocks available to investors.  I’m slowly adding information about each of the companies.  If there’s a hyperlink, I’ve posted an overview for the company.

In order to qualify as an S&P Dividend Aristocrat, a four things must be true of a company:

(1) It must be a member of the S&P 500 index,

(2) It must have increased its regular quarterly dividends for 25 consecutive years (Note: special dividend payments are not included),

(3) It must have a market capitalization of at least $3 billion (the market capitalization is defined as the number of outstanding shares multiplied by the share price), and

(4) It must have an average daily value traded of at least $5 million over the last 3 months (the daily value traded is defined by the number of shares traded on a given day multiplied by the average share price).

With very few exceptions, criteria (3) and (4) above will be met by a company being a member of the S&P 500 index.

If there’s information that you’d like to see about any of these companies, or there’s one that you are particularly interested in, please let me know by leaving a comment!

Abbott Laboratories

AbbVie Inc.

Air Products & Chemicals Inc.

AFLAC Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

AT&T Inc.

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Brown-Forman Corporation

Bemis Company Inc.

Cardinal Health Inc.

The Chubb Corporation

Cincinnati Financial Corporation

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Chevron Corporation

Cintas Corporation

The Clorox Company

The Coca-Cola Company

Consolidated Edison Inc.

CR Bard Inc.

Dover Corporation

Ecolab Inc.

Emerson Electric Company

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Family Dollar Stores Inc. (See information about Dollar Tree’s acquisition of Family Dollar.)

Franklin Resources Inc.

Genuine Parts Company

HCP Inc.

Hormel Foods Corporation

Illinois Tool Works

Johnson & Johnson

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Leggett & Platt Inc.

Lowe’s Companies Inc.

McCormick & Company Inc.

McDonalds Corporation

McGraw Hill Financial Inc.

Medtronic Inc.

3M Company

Nucor Corporation

Pentair Inc.

Pepsico Inc.

Procter & Gamble Company

PPG Industries Inc.

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

Sysco Corporation

T. Rowe Price Group Inc.

Target Corporation

V.F. Corporation

W.W. Grainger Inc.

Walgreen Company

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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26 thoughts on “The 2014 Dividend Aristocrats

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    1. Jason Post author

      Thank you for the kind comment! I hope you continue to enjoy my posts. Please let me know if there’s any specific information that you’d like me to post about.

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      1. Suzanne

        Yes thank you for this site it has helped me to build a very nice dividend portfolio that I hope will be around when I am 70 so I do not have to eat cat food. Again TY

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        1. Jason Post author

          Thanks for the kind words, Suzanne! I’m glad I could help and that you find the website useful.

          Jason

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