Friday, April 10, 2009

US Dividend Aristocrats.

Standard & Poors has devised an excellent list of "dividend aristocrats," which have a long history of paying steadily increasing cash flows to their shareholders. Currently, the list contains over 50 names, I have listed 20 of them below, taking care to eliminate a number of the US financial companies from the list due to our abundance of financial names in Canada:

1 3M Company
2 Abbott Labs
3 AFLAC Inc.
4 ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland
5 Automatic Data Processing Inc.
6 Avery Dennison Corp.
7 BB&T Corporation
8 Becton, Dickinson
9 Century Telephone
10 Clorox Co.
11 Coca Cola Co.
12 Consolidated Edison
13 Dover Corp.
14 Emerson Electric
15 Exxon Mobil Corp.
16 Family Dollar Stores
17 JNJ Johnson & Johnson
18 Kimberly-Clark
19 Lilly (Eli) & Co.
20 McDonald's Corp.

More information on the Dividend Aristocrats can be found at:,3,2,2,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0.html

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