2018 US Dividend Aristocrats

Dividend AristocratsThe US Dividend Aristocrats is the best list for filtering US 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&P US Dividend Aristocrats Requirements

The following criteria must be met to become a U.S. 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.
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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.

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


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PG - Small

Procter & Gamble


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WBA - Small

Walgreens Boots Alliance


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ABT - Small

Abbott Laboratories


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Low - Lowes

Lowe’s Companies


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CL - Small



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GD - Small

General Dynamics


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ADP - Small

Automatic Data Processing


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ITW - Small

Illinois Tool Works


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BDX - Small

Becton Dickinson & Co


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KMB - Small



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SPGI - S&P Global Inc

S&P Global Inc


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EMR - Small

Emerson Electric


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APD - Small

Air Products & Chemicals


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SHW - Small



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SYY - Small

Sysco Corporation


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PPG - Small

PPG Industries


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ED - Small

Consolidated Edison


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VFC - Small

V.F. Corporation


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BEN - Small

Franklin Resources


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ADM - Small

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co


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SWK - Small

Stanley Black & Decker


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CAH - Small

Cardinal Health


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TROW - Small

T. Rowe Price Group


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BF.B - Small

Brown-Forman Corporation


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CINF - Small

Cincinnati Financial Corp


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MKC - Small

McCormick & Company


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FRT - Small

Federal Realty Investment Trust


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ROP - Roper Technologies

Ropper Technologies


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AOS - AO Smith

A.O. Smith Corp


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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.