The 2017 S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats

Below is a list of the 50 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’ve have summaries on each of the companies’ dividend histories and you can go to there by clicking the hyperlinks.

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

The Brown-Forman Corporation

Cardinal Health Inc.

Cincinnati Financial Corporation

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Chevron Corporation

Cintas Corporation

The Clorox Company

The Coca-Cola Company

Consolidated Edison Inc.

C. R. Bard Inc.

Dover Corporation

Ecolab Inc.

Emerson

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Franklin Resources Inc.

General Dynamics Corporation

Genuine Parts Company

Hormel Foods Corporation

Illinois Tool Works

Johnson & Johnson

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Leggett & Platt Inc.

Lowe’s Companies Inc.

McCormick & Company Inc.

McDonalds Corporation

Medtronic plc

3M Company

Nucor Corporation

Pentair Inc.

Pepsico Inc.

Procter & Gamble Company

PPG Industries Inc.

The Sherwin-Williams Company

S&P Global Inc.

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

Sysco Corporation

T. Rowe Price Group Inc.

Target Corporation

V.F. Corporation

W.W. Grainger Inc.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

You can review all these stocks at finviz.com here.