I. S&P 500 Dividend AristocratsThese stocks are the best of the best - the blue blood stocks. S&P maintains the list. Here is a description from their site:
S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats is designed to measure the performance of S&P 500 index constituents that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. This index is a member of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats index series.Among others, Dividend Aristocrats include these highly recognizable names:
Index constituents exhibit the following characteristics:
Members may be deleted during the December rebalance if calendar-year dividends did not increase from the previous year, or intra-year if the stock is removed from the underlying S&P 500.
- Underlying Indices – S&P 500
- Weighting – Equally weighted; Constituents re-weighted quarterly
- Reconstitution – Reviewed annually in December
- Clorox Co (CLX)
- Coca-Cola Co (KO)
- Exxon Mobil (XOM)
- Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
- McDonald's Corp (MCD)
- Procter & Gamble (PG)
- Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
II. US Broad Dividend Achievers™ IndexThis index is maintained by Idxis. Here is the description from their website:
The Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index is comprised of companies incorporated in the United States or its territories, trade on the NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX, and have increased their annual regular dividend payments for the last ten or more consecutive years. In addition, Indxis requires that a stock's average daily cash volume exceed $500,000 per day in the November and December prior to the annual reconstitution date on the last trading date in January. The Index is calculated using a modified market capitalization weighting methodology and has been published by the American Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DAA since December 5, 2003.Here are several prominent companies that are Dividend Achievers:
Select US companies with at least ten consecutive years of increasing regular dividends. US companies must be listed on the NYSE, AMEX or NASDAQ. US Companies must have a minimum average daily cash volume of US$500,000 per day for the November and December prior to each Annual Reconstitution Date.
- Chevron Corporation (CVX)
- Donaldson Company (DCI)
- McCormick & Co. (MKC)
- Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC)
III. International Dividend Achievers™ IndexThis index is maintained by Idxis. Here is the description from their website:
The International Dividend Achievers™ Index is designed to track the performance of dividend paying American Depositary Receipts and foreign common stocks trading on major US exchanges. To become eligible for inclusion in the International Dividend Achievers Index a stock must be incorporated outside the United States, trade on the NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX, and have increased its annual regular dividend payments for the last five or more consecutive years. In addition, Indxis requires that a stock's average daily cash volume exceed $500,000 per day in November and December prior to each annual reconstitution in January. The Index is calculated using a dividend yield weighting methodology and is calculated by American Stock Exchange under the symbol DAT since August 1, 2005.The International Dividend Achievers are filled with companies that touch our lives on a daily basis including:
To become eligible for inclusion, a company must be incorporated outside of the United States. The companies must be have an American Depository Receipt or common stock trading on NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX. Companies must have paid increasing regular annual dividends for five or more consecutive years. The average daily cash volume must exceed $500,000 in US$ in the November and December prior to reconstitution.
- Toyota Motor Corp. (TM)
- Panasonic Corp (PC)
- Nokia Corp. (NOK)
- BP p.l.c. (BP)
- Canadian National Railway Company (CNI)
IV. The U.S. Dividend ChampionsThis list is maintained by Dave Fish of MoneyPaper is regularly updated and located at the The Drip Investing Resource Center. Here is a description from the spreadsheet:
The initial goal was to identify companies that had increased their dividend for at least 25 consecutive years, but, as explained below, the definition was broadened to include additional companies that had paid higher dividends without having increased the quarterly payout in every calendar year. I also decided to follow companies that had increased their dividend for 20-24 straight years, since they are likely to join the 25-year "Champions" soon. It was also necessary to resolve discrepancies between the streak claimed by the company and information from outside sources, which is why the "(Per Company)" sub-title is included.All the U.S. Dividend Champions names may not be as familiar, but it includes some smaller companies not found on the other lists such as:
- Florida Public Utilities (FPU)
- Bowl America (BWL.A)
- Middlesex Water Co. (MSEX)
- Telephone & Data Sys. (TDS)
- Weyco Group Inc. (WEYS)
Bringing It All TogetherThe above four lists contain a significant number of companies, and unfortunately a great deal of duplication. I am in the process of building a single list that eliminates the multiple entries for the same company. It is my goal to eventually have a minimum amount of analysis on each company. To that end, I have posted an aggregated list as Stock Ideas under the Analysis section. It is still very rough around the edges, but keep checking in, it will get better as time passes.
Not every stock listed is a great dividend investment, but virtually all great dividend investments are on the list.
Full Disclosure: Long BP, CLX, CNI, CVX, JNJ, KO, MCD, PG, WMT
Tags: [BP] [BWL.A] [CLX] [CNI] [CVX] [DCI] [FPU] [JNJ] [KO] [MCD] [MKC] [MSEX] [NOK] [PC] [PG] [TDS] [TM] [WEYS] [WFC] [WMT] [XOM]