2018 S&P500 Dividend Aristocrats: 25+ years of dividend increases

US Dividend AristocratsThe S&P500 Dividend Aristocrats is the best list for filtering dividend stocks. This should be your starting point to create your core portfolio. Why should it be part of your core portfolio? It’s simple, the companies in the list must have increased their dividends every year for 25 years.

Many of those companies also exhibit consistent growth in value which is what you want along with dividend growth. Dividend investing can be many things and when I started, I looked for high yields but I have since adapted my strategy to look for dividend growth stocks with a double-digit dividend growth history. There are many other reasons why my filtering start with dividend companies, see my post on why I chose dividend investing.

S&P500 US Dividend Aristocrats Requirements

The following criteria must be met to become a S&P500 Dividend Aristocrat:

  1. Universe: Member of the S&P 500
  2. Financial Viability: Must have increased dividends for 25 consecutive years
  3. Size: Have at least 3B$ in market capitalization
  4. Liquidity: Must have an average trading volume of US$ 5 million in the past 6 months
Here are specifics about the list itself:
  1. Reconstitution: The index is reviewed annually
  2. Stock Diversification: At each review, there must be at least 40 companies
  3. Sector Diversification: No more than 30% of a sector weight in the index
Many of the companies you are going to see have paid dividends for longer the 25 years and some have increased dividends for more than 25 years as well. That’s quite a commitment to shareholders. Below is the complete sector breakdown for the aristocrats.

S&P US Dividend Aristocrats List

The constituents are listed below. See the Dividend Ambassadors for the best dividend growth aristocrats as not all dividend aristocrats grow their dividends at the same rate.

November 2018 Update

  • Praxair merged with Linde and the new ticker is LIN.

February 2018 Update

  • In 2018, C.R. Bard was removed from the S&P Aristocrat Index after it was acquired by Becton-Dickinson.
  • On January 24th, 2018, Praxair, Roper Technologies, and A.O. Smith were added to the USDividend Aristocrats Index.

JNJ - Small

Jonhson & Johnson

NYSE:JNJ

XOM - Small

Exxon Mobile

NYSE:XOM

WMT - Small

Walmart

NYSE:WMT

T - AT&T - Small

AT&T

NYSE:T

PG - Small

Procter & Gamble

NYSE:PG

CVX - Small

Chevron

NYSE:CVX

KO - Small

Coca-Cola

NYSE:KO

PEP - Small

Pepsi Co.

NYSE:PEP

MCD - Small

McDonald

NYSE:MCD

MDT - Small

Medtronics

NYSE:MDT

ABBV - Small

AbbVie

NYSE:ABBV

WBA - Small

Walgreens Boots Alliance

NASDAQ:WBA

ABT - Small

Abbott Laboratories

NYSE:ABT

Low - Lowes

Lowe’s Companies

NYSE:LOW

CL - Small

Colgate-Palmolive

NYSE:CL

GD - Small

General Dynamics

NYSE:GD

ADP - Small

Automatic Data Processing

NASDAQ:ADP

ITW - Small

Illinois Tool Works

NYSE:ITW

BDX - Small

Becton Dickinson & Co

NYSE:BDX

KMB - Small

Kimberley-Clark

NYSE:KMB

SPGI - S&P Global Inc

S&P Global Inc

NYSE:SPGI

EMR - Small

Emerson Electric

NYSE:EMR

ECL - Small

Ecolab Inc.

NYSE:ECL

AFL - Small

Aflac

NYSE:AFL

APD - Small

Air Products & Chemicals

NYSE:APD

SHW - Small

Sherwin-Williams

NYSE:SHW

TGT - Small

Target

NYSE:TGT

SYY - Small

Sysco Corporation

NYSE:SYY

PPG - Small

PPG Industries

NYSE:PPG

ED - Small

Consolidated Edison

NYSE:ED

VFC - Small

V.F. Corporation

NYSE:VFC

BEN - Small

Franklin Resources

NYSE:BEN

ADM - Small

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co

NYSE:ADM

SWK - Small

Stanley Black & Decker

NYSE:SWK

CAH - Small

Cardinal Health

NYSE:CAH

TROW - Small

T. Rowe Price Group

NASDAQ:TROW

BF.B - Small

Brown-Forman Corporation

NYSE:BF.B

NUE - Small

Nucor

NYSE:NUE

CLX - Small

Clorox

NYSE:CLX

CTAS - Small

Cintas Corp

NASDAQ:CTAS

DOV - Small

Dover Corp

NYSE:DOV

CINF - Small

Cincinnati Financial Corp

NASDAQ:CINF

MKC - Small

McCormick & Company

NYSE:MKC

GPC - Small

Genuine Parts

NYSE:GPC

PNR - Small

Pentair

NYSE:PNR

FRT - Small

Federal Realty Investment Trust

NYSE:FRT

LEG - Small

Legget & Plat

NYSE:LEG

PX - Praxair

Linde Praxair

NYSE:LIN

ROP - Roper Technologies

Ropper Technologies

NYSE:ROP

AOS - AO Smith

A.O. Smith Corp

NYSE:AOS

DISCLOSURE: Please note that I may have a position in one or many of the holdings listed. For a complete list of my holdings, please see my Dividend Portfolio.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this blog post represents my opinion and not an advice/recommendation. I am not a financial adviser, I am not qualified to give financial advice. Before you buy any stocks/funds consult with a qualified financial planner. Make your investment decisions at your own risk – see my full disclaimer for more details.
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