Review: Constituents of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index 2012

Standard & Poor’s publishes the widely followed S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. This index ” measures the performance of large cap, blue chip companies within the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years.”

The index is composed of 51 companies and the five-year total return is a decent 4.50%.

The Components of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index for 2012 are listed below:

S.No. Company Ticker
1 3M Co MMM
3 AT&T Inc T
4 Abbott Laboratories ABT
5 Air Products & Chemicals Inc APD
6 Archer-Daniels-Midland Co ADM
7 Automatic Data Processing ADP
8 Bard, C.R. Inc BCR
9 Becton, Dickinson & Co BDX
10 Bemis Co Inc BMS
11 Brown-Forman Corp BF-A
12 Chubb Corp CB
13 Cincinnati Financial Corp CINF
14 Cintas Corp CTAS
15 Clorox Co CLX
16 Coca-Cola Co KO
17 Colgate-Palmolive Co CL
18 Consolidated Edison Inc ED
19 Dover Corp DOV
20 Ecolab Inc ECL
21 Emerson Electric Co EMR
22 Exxon Mobil Corp XOM
23 Family Dollar Stores Inc FDO
24 Franklin Resources Inc BEN
25 Genuine Parts Co GPC
26 Grainger, W.W. Inc GWW
27 HCP Inc HCP
28 Hormel Foods Corp HRL
29 Illinois Tool Works Inc ITW
30 Johnson & Johnson JNJ
31 Kimberly-Clark KMB
32 Leggett & Platt LEG
33 Lowes Companies LOW
34 McCormick & Co MKC
35 McDonald's Corporation MCD
36 McGraw-Hill Cos Inc MHP
37 Medtronic Inc MDT
38 Nucor Corp NUE
39 PPG Industries Inc PPG
40 PepsiCo Inc PEP
41 Pitney Bowes Inc PBI
42 Procter & Gamble PG
43 Sherwin-Williams Co SHW
44 Sigma-Aldrich Corp SIAL
45 Stanley Black & Decker SWK
46 Sysco Corp SYY
47 T Rowe Price Group Inc TROW
48 Target Corp TGT
49 VF Corp VFC
50 Wal-Mart Stores WMT
51 Walgreen Co WAG

Source: Standard & Poor’s

Some observations:

  • McDonald’s Corp (MCD), Procter & Gamble (PG), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Colgate-Palmolive Co (CL), Coca-Cola Co (KO), Abbott Laboratories (ABT), 3M Co (MMM), PepsiCo Inc(PEP) are some of the excellent companies with a strong presence in overseas markets.
  • Electric utility Consolidated Edison Inc (ED) and Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM) are two of the stingy dividend payers.
  • As robust economic growth is unlikely in the near future, firms such as McDonald’s Corp (MCD), Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Family Dollar Stores Inc (FDO) should continue to perform well.

Download: You can download the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index 2012 list in excel format by clicking here.

Disclosure: Long ED

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