Thursday, April 21, 2016

Dividend Aristocrats List for 2016

S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats measure the performance S&P 500 companies that have increased dividends every year for the last 25 consecutive years. The Index treats each constituent as a distinct investment opportunity without regard to its size by equally weighting each company.

There are 50 dividend aristocrats today, with an average yield of 2.50%. Tomorrow, I would share a list of the 21 dividend aristocrats I would consider for further research if I were just starting out today.


TICKER
COMPANY
SECTOR
YEARS*
P/E - ttm
Yield
MMM
3M Co
Industrials
53
22.27
2.64
ABT
Abbott Laboratories
Health Care
43
14.83
2.39
ABBV
AbbVie Inc.
Health Care
43
19.01
3.85
AFL
AFLAC Inc
Financials
33
11.43
2.45
APD
Air Products & Chemicals Inc
Materials
33
23.97
2.37
ADM
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co
Consumer Staples
41
12.52
3.28
T
AT&T Inc
Telecommunication Services
31
16.26
5
ADP
Automatic Data Processing
Information Technology
41
28
2.35
BCR
Bard C.R. Inc
Health Care
45
116.83
0.47
BDX
Becton Dickinson & Co
Health Care
44
49.12
1.67
BF.B
Brown-Forman Corp B
Consumer Staples
31
29.36
1.6
CAH
Cardinal Health Inc
Health Care
28
20.49
1.84
CVX
Chevron Corp
Energy
28
39.69
4.37
CINF
Cincinnati Financial Corp
Financials
33
17.2
2.92
CTAS
Cintas Corp
Industrials
31
16.02
1.16
CLX
Clorox Co
Consumer Staples
39
24.42
2.43
KO
Coca-Cola Co
Consumer Staples
53
27.6
3.05
CL
Colgate-Palmolive Co
Consumer Staples
53
46.88
2.2
ED
Consolidated Edison Inc
Utilities
41
18.73
3.56
DOV
Dover Corp
Industrials
53
12.08
2.54
ECL
Ecolab Inc
Materials
30
34.64
1.21
EMR
Emerson Electric Co
Industrials
53
14.6
3.45
XOM
Exxon Mobil Corp
Energy
33
22.08
3.42
BEN
Franklin Resources Inc
Financials
34
12.66
1.81
GPC
Genuine Parts Co
Consumer Discretionary
53
21.47
2.67
GWW
Grainger W.W. Inc
Industrials
44
20.3
2
HCP
HCP Inc
Financials
29
FFO = 11
6.56
HRL
Hormel Foods Corp
Consumer Staples
47
28.59
1.48
ITW
Illinois Tool Works Inc
Industrials
44
20.44
2.1
JNJ
Johnson & Johnson
Health Care
53
20.11
2.73
KMB
Kimberly-Clark
Consumer Staples
43
49.27
2.71
LEG
Leggett & Platt
Consumer Discretionary
44
21.17
2.63
LOW
Lowe's Cos Inc
Consumer Discretionary
41
28.32
1.46
MKC
McCormick & Co
Consumer Staples
30
30.57
1.81
MCD
McDonald's Corp
Consumer Discretionary
39
26.62
2.79
MHFI
McGraw Hill Financial Inc
Financials
42
23.7
1.44
MDT
Medtronic plc
Health Care
38
44.06
1.96
NUE
Nucor Corp
Materials
42
44.6
3.04
PNR
Pentair PLC
Industrials
39
13.6
2.39
PEP
PepsiCo Inc
Consumer Staples
43
28.27
2.72
PPG
PPG Industries Inc
Materials
44
22.42
1.26
PG
Procter & Gamble
Consumer Staples
53
27.88
3.27
SHW
Sherwin-Williams Co
Materials
36
26.56
1.14
SWK
Stanley Black & Decker
Industrials
48
18.8
2.02
SYY
Sysco Corp
Consumer Staples
35
36.13
2.66
TROW
T Rowe Price Group Inc
Financials
29
16.53
2.82
TGT
Target Corp
Consumer Discretionary
44
15.54
2.74
VFC
VF Corp
Consumer Discretionary
43
22.49
2.32
WBA
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc
Consumer Staples
40
19.83
1.77
WMT
Wal-Mart Stores
Consumer Staples
39
15.11
2.91

I personally prefer the list of dividend champions however, because it includes more companies than the list of dividend aristocrats.  However, there is wider availability of historical data on the Dividend Aristocrats index. This is the reason why I started using it when I created this site and started investing in dividend growth stocks over eight years ago. The number of components in the index has ranged between 26 in 1989 to 64 in 2001. I used this list as a primary tool for identifying companies with strong brands, which have raised distributions through both good and bad economic conditions. Check this post Historical changes of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats Index for reference.

Either way, the list of Dividend Aristocrats has done better than the S&P 500 over the past decade.



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