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!
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Bemis Company Inc.
CR Bard Inc.
Emerson Electric Company
Illinois Tool Works
Leggett & Platt Inc.
McGraw Hill Financial Inc.
Procter & Gamble Company
PPG Industries Inc.
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.