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Dividend Aristocrats List 2011

Hello Dividend Readers,

I know I’m a bit late on this, but I figured it would still be beneficial to get this out there, and I tried to provide a nice format. You’ll notice a new column that I’ve added this year which is the “New/Removed” column. It is pretty self-explanatory, but anything that was added since 2010 is denoted in this column, and anything that was present in the 2010 list, but now removed is denoted as well.

To make it a quicker read, I’ve also made the new additions bold & green, and the removed ones are struck-through and red. This should help make scanning the list easy for those who are only interested in the changes to the 2011 Dividends Aristocrats List. If you are unsure of what this list means, please scroll down below the list and read the description I’ve made for it.

Constituent NameConstituent SymbolNew/Removed
Abbott LaboratoriesABT 
Air Products & Chemicals IncAPD 
Archer-Daniels-Midland CoADM 
Automatic Data ProcessingADP 
Bard, C.R. IncBCR 
Becton, Dickinson & CoBDX 
Bemis Co IncBMS 
Brown-Forman Corp BBF/B 
CenturyLink IncCTL 
Chubb CorpCB 
Cincinnati Financial CorpCINF 
Cintas CorpCTAS 
Clorox CoCLX 
Coca-Cola CoKO 
Consolidated Edison IncED 
Dover CorpDOV 
Ecolab IncECLNew
Emerson Electric CoEMR 
Exxon Mobil CorpXOM 
Family Dollar Stores IncFDO 
Grainger, W.W. IncGWW 
Hormel Foods CorpHRLNew
Integrys Energy Group IncTEGRemoved
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ 
Leggett & PlattLEG 
Lilly, Eli & CoLLYRemoved
Lowe’s Cos IncLOW 
McCormick & CoMKCNew
McDonald’s CorpMCD 
McGraw-Hill Cos IncMHP 
PPG Industries IncPPG 
PepsiCo IncPEP 
Pitney Bowes IncPBI 
Procter & GamblePG 
Sherwin-Williams CoSHW 
Sigma-Aldrich CorpSIAL 
Stanley Black & DeckerSWK 
Supervalu IncSVURemoved
Target CorpTGT 
Wal-Mart StoresWMT 
Walgreen CoWAG 

What is a Dividend Aristocrat?

A Dividend Aristocrat is a blue chip stock who has increased its dividend annually for the past 25+ years consecutively. These aren’t stocks that have done something cool in the last year, this is a list of stocks that have made a commitment to consistently raise their dividends, and have for the past 25+ consecutive years.

If you had purchased these stocks 25 years ago, you probably would have been treated quite well over the course of that time! This is a great research starting point for anyone who is considering dividend investing. Don’t forget, there are a lot of Tax benefits to dividend investing right now.

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