Dividend Aristocrats List -The Best Dividend Paying Stocks

If you’re looking for a list of the best dividend paying stocks to invest in, you’ve found it.

The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats list is monitored closely by investors who prefer stocks that pay dividends. Each of the companies on the list has demonstrated a consistent and long term policy of dividend growth.

In order to be included on the Dividend Aristocrats list, a company must be a member of the S&P 500, have a market capitalization of $3 billion, and an average trading volume of $5 million.  Most importantly, they must have increased dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years.

It should be noted that even though these companies have all demonstrated a commitment to dividend growth, there is no guarantee they won’t freeze or eliminate their dividend in the future.  Companies are occasionally dropped from the list if they fail to increase dividends or if they are delisted from the S&P 500 index due to a merger or to make room for other stocks to join the index.dividend paying stocks

In recent years, companies like General Electric (GE) and CenturyLink (CTL) were removed from the list.  But other dividend paying companies were added to the list as they met the indexing criteria.

The good news is that the companies who remain managed to continue increasing dividends despite the recession and difficult economic times we have faced.  In my opinion that strength makes them some of the best dividend paying stocks you can choose from.

Current Dividend Aristocrats List

This list is current for 2013.  We’ll update it whenever a company is dropped from the list or when new dividend companies are added.

Company NameStock Symbol
3M CoMMM
AFLAC IncAFL
AT&T IncT
AbbVie Inc.ABBV
Abbott LaboratoriesABT
Air Products & Chemicals IncAPD
Archer-Daniels-Midland CoADM
Automatic Data ProcessingADP
Bard C.R. IncBCR
Becton Dickinson & CoBDX
Bemis Co IncBMS
Brown-Forman Corp BBF/B
Chubb CorpCB
Cincinnati Financial CorpCINF
Cintas CorpCTAS
Clorox CoCLX
Coca-Cola CoKO
Colgate-Palmolive CoCL
Consolidated Edison IncED
Dover CorpDOV
Ecolab IncECL
Emerson Electric CoEMR
Exxon Mobil CorpXOM
Family Dollar Stores IncFDO
Franklin Resources IncBEN
Genuine Parts CoGPC
Grainger W.W. IncGWW
HCP IncHCP
Hormel Foods CorpHRL
Illinois Tool Works IncITW
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ
Kimberly-ClarkKMB
Leggett & PlattLEG
Lowe’s Cos IncLOW
McCormick & CoMKC
McDonald’s CorpMCD
McGraw-Hill Cos IncMHP
Medtronic IncMDT
Nucor CorpNUE
PPG Industries IncPPG
PepsiCo IncPEP
Pitney Bowes IncPBI
Procter & GamblePG
Sherwin-Williams CoSHW
Sigma-Aldrich CorpSIAL
Stanley Black & DeckerSWK
Sysco CorpSYY
T Rowe Price Group IncTROW
Target CorpTGT
VF CorpVFC
Wal-Mart StoresWMT
Walgreen CoWAG

Some people look at the Dividend Aristocrats and say “Wow, what a boring bunch of companies.”

While you may not get the same growth potential that you would out of a fast-paced tech stock, these companies have stood the test of time and most are protected by wide moats.  Their longevity and commitment to growth makes them some of the best dividend paying stocks you can find.

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