Wednesday, January 27, 2010

* 10 Stocks With 100+ Years of Dividend Payments

Over the last couple of years we have seen companies fail to raise their dividend, cut their dividend and some even decided to stop paying their dividend. In some cases their financials did not warrant the change. One way to weed these out is to look for companies with a dividend culture. Below are 10 companies that have paid a dividend for over 100 years and have increased their dividend for at least 20 years. They are presented here in descending rank of how long they have paid a dividend:

#10 Chubb Corp. (CB) One of the largest U.S. property-casualty insurers, Chubb has carved out a number of niches, including high-end personal lines and specialty liability lines coverage.
Paid since: 1902 | Consecutive increases: 45 | Yield: 2.92%

#9 PPG (PPG) is a leading manufacturer of coatings and resins, flat and fiber glass, and industrial and specialty chemicals.
Paid since: 1899 | Consecutive increases: 36 | Yield: 3.55%

#8 Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) is a consumer products company, whose products are marketed throughout the world. Colgate’s Oral Care products include toothpaste, toothbrushes, oral rinses, dental floss and pharmaceutical products.
Paid since: 1895 | Consecutive increases: 45 | Yield: 2.13%

#7 The Coca-Cola Company (KO) is the world's largest soft drink company. It engages in the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates, fruit juices and syrups worldwide.
Paid since: 1893 | Consecutive increases: 47 | Yield: 3.02% | [Analysis]

#6 The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) is focused on providing branded consumer goods products. The Company markets its products in more than 180 countries.
Paid since: 1891 | Consecutive increases: 53 | Yield: 2.92% | [Analysis]

#5 UGI Corp. (UGI) operates propane distribution, gas and electric utility, energy marketing and related businesses through subsidiaries.
Paid since: 1885 | Consecutive increases: 23 | Yield: 3.20%

#4 Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED), through its subsidiaries, provides electric, gas, and steam utility services in the United States serving parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Paid since: 1885 | Consecutive increases: 36 | Yield: 5.42%

#3 Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) discovers, develops, manufactures and sells prescription drugs that offers a wide range of treatments for neurological disorders, diabetes, cancer, and other conditions. The company also sells animal health products.
Paid since: 1885 | Consecutive increases: 42 | Yield: 5.52% | [Analysis]

#2 Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is engaged in the exploration, production, and sale of crude oil, natural gas, petroleum products and petrochemicals. XOM is the world's largest publicly owned integrated oil company.
Paid since: 1882 | Consecutive increases: 27 | Yield: 2.51%

#1 Stanley Works (SWK) is a worldwide producer of tools, hardware and specialty hardware for home improvement, consumer, industrial and professional use.
Paid since: 1877 | Consecutive increases: 42 | Yield: 2.44%

A strong dividend culture is a great place to start looking, but before buying we must also consider other factors such as: dividend fundamentals, ability to cover their dividend and fair value.

Full Disclosure: Long KO, PG, ED, LLY. See a list of all my income holdings here.
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