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A Dividend Aristocrat isn’t a rich snob from the days before the French Revolution. The 2017 S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats list is made up of 50 companies that have increased dividends (not just remained the same) for 25 years straight. Keep in mind, just because they are on this list now doesn’t mean in the future they will be forced to reduce their dividend.

Unfortunately, during our last recession in 2008, many investors found out their dividend was cut on their once stable-stock. For example, Pfizer Inc. (PFE) and General Electric Company (GE) both cut their dividend and were removed from the Dividend Aristocrat list in 2009.

This list has been updated for November 2017.
We will update this page whenever changes are made.

As you can see from the list of stocks, these aren’t exactly a list of highflying tech stocks like Apple (AAPL) or Alphabet (GOOGL). In fact, most people consider these stocks boring, but boring is sometimes better.

Also keep in mind, an increasing dividend does not necessarily mean a company makes a great investment. This list is a great starting point for potential investments, but you should always do some stock market research.

At the time of writing, the 10-year Treasury bond is less than 2.50%, and the best 5-year CD yield is currently 2.27% APY. Many of these stocks have comparable or higher dividends. So not only do you have the chance for an increasing dividend, you also can benefit from a rising stock price. Members may be deleted during the December rebalance if during the calendar year dividends did not increase, or intra-year if the stock is removed from the underlying S&P 500. Included is the historical list of stocks added/removed from prior years.

Instead of investing in individual stocks, there is an ETF that closely matches the entire Dividend Aristocats index. SPDR S&P Dividend (SDY) is an alternative and is more a diverse option.

Index Changes

2017 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Chubb Ltd. – (CB)
  • HCP Inc. – (HCP)
  • McGraw Hill Financial – (MHFI)
  • Exxon Mobil Corp. – (XOM)

Stocks Added:

  • Federal Realty Investment Trust – (FRT)
  • General Dynamics Corp. – (GD)
  • S&P Global – (SPGI)

2016 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Sigma-Aldrich Corp. – (SIAL)

Stocks Added:

  • Pentair plc – (PNR)

2015 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Diebold – (DBD)

2014 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Energen – (EGN)
  • Bemis – (BMS)
  • Family Dollar – (FDO)

2013 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Pitney Bowes Inc. – (PBI)

Stocks Added:

  • AbbVie Inc. – (ABBV)
  • Chevron Corp. – (CVX)
  • Cardinal Health Inc. – (CAH)
  • Pentair Ltd. – (PNR)

2012 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • CenturyLink Inc. – (CTL)

Stocks Added:

  • AT&T Inc. – (T)
  • Colgate Palmolive Co. – (CL)
  • Franklin Resources Inc. – (BEN)
  • Genuine Parts Co. – (GPC)
  • HCP Inc. – (HCP)
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc. – (ITW)
  • Medtronic Inc. – (MDT)
  • Nucor Corp. – (NUE)
  • Sysco Corp. – (SYY)
  • T Rowe Price Group Inc. – (TROW)

2011 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Integrys Energy Group Inc – (TEG)
  • Lilly, Eli & Co – (LLY)
  • Supervalu Inc – (SUV)

Stocks Added:

  • Ecolab Inc. – (ECL)
  • Hormel Foods Corporation – (HRL)
  • McCormick & Company – (MKC)

Dividend Aristocrats for 2017

For the most up-to-date dividend rate, click on the ticker symbol.

Company
Name
Stock Ticker
Symbol
Dividend Rate
(February 13, 2017)
AbbVie Inc. ABBV 3.0%
Abbott Laboratories ABT 1.9%
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. ADM 3.3%
Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP 2.3%
Aflac Inc. AFL 2.1%
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 2.4%
C.R. Bard Inc. BCR 0.3%
Becton, Dickinson and Co. BDX 1.3%
Franklin Resources Inc. BEN 2.0%
Brown-Forman Corp. B BF.B 1.2%
Cardinal Health Inc. CAH 3.4%
Cincinnati Financial Corp. CINF 2.7%
Colgate-Palmolive Co. CL 2.2%
The Clorox Co. CLX 2.5%
Cintas Corp. CTAS 1.1%
Chevron Corp. CVX 3.8%
Dover Corp. DOV 2.0%
Ecolab Inc. ECL 1.1%
Consolidated Edison Inc. ED 3.2%
Emerson Electric Co. EMR 3.2%
Federal Realty Investment Trust FRT 3.1%
General Dynamics Corp. GD 1.7%
Genuine Parts Co. GPC 3.1%
W.W. Grainger Inc. GWW 2.6%
Hormel Foods Corp. HRL 2.0%
Illinois Tool Works Inc. ITW 2.0%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 2.4%
Kimberly-Clark Corp. KMB 3.4%
The Coca-Cola Co. KO 3.3%
Leggett & Platt Inc. LEG 3.1%
Lowe’s Companies Inc. LOW 2.0%
McDonald’s Corp. MCD 2.4%
Medtronic plc MDT 2.3%
McCormick & Co. Inc. MKC 1.9%
3M Co. MMM 2.0%
Nucor Corp. NUE 2.7%
PepsiCo Inc. PEP 2.8%
The Procter & Gamble Co. PG 3.1%
Pentair plc PNR 2.0%
PPG Industries Inc. PPG 1.6%
The Sherwin-Williams Co. SHW 0.9%
S&P Global SPGI 1.0%
Stanley Black & Decker Inc. SWK 1.5%
Sysco Corp. SYY 2.4%
AT&T Inc. T 5.7%
Target Corp. TGT 4.3%
T. Rowe Price Group Inc. TROW 2.4%
V.F. Corp. VFC 2.6%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. WBA 2.3%
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 2.1%

Disclosure: Long XOM, JNJ, KO

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