Dividend Achievers Index: Cream of the Crop

Here is a list of dividend achievers that have managed to payout and increase dividend payments to their shareholders every year for at least the last 25 years!

My fellow dividend investors, this is the S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats Index as of March 23, 2012:

Company Name - Stock Symbol

3M Co - MMM

AFLAC Inc - AFL

AT&T Inc - T

Abbott Laboratories - ABT

Air Products & Chemicals Inc - APD

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co - ADM

Automatic Data Processing - ADP

Bard, C.R. Inc - BCR

Becton, Dickinson & Co - BDX

Bemis Co Inc - BMS

Brown-Forman Corp B - BF/B

Chubb Corp - CB

Cincinnati Financial Corp - CINF

Cintas Corp - CTAS

Clorox Co - CLX

Coca-Cola Co - KO

Colgate-Polmolive Co - CL

Consolidated Edison Inc - ED

Dover Corp - DOV

Ecolab Inc - ECL

Emerson Electric Co - EMR

Exxon Mobil Corp - XOM

Family Dollar Stores Inc - FDO

Franklin Resources Inc - BEN

Genuine Parts Co - GPC

Grainger, W.W. Inc - GWW

HCP Inc - HCP

Hormel Foods Corp - HRL

Illinois Tool Works Inc - ITW

Johnson & Johnson - JNJ

Kimberly-Clark - KMB

Leggett & Platt - LEG

Lowe's Cos Inc - LOW

McCormick & Co - MKC

McDonald's Corp - MCD

McGraw-Hill Cos Inc - MHP

Medtronic Inc - MDT

Nucor Corp - NUE

PPG Industries Inc - PPG

PepsiCo Inc - PEP

Pitney Bowes Inc - PBI

Proctor & Gamble - PG

Sherwin-Williams Co - SHW

Sigma-Aldrich Corp - SIAL

Stanley Black & Decker - SWK

Sysco Corp - SYY

T Rowe Price Group Inc - TROW

Target Corp - TGT

VF Corp - VFC

Wal-Mart Stores - WMT

Walgreen Co - WAG

This is a great place to start when looking for a list of dividend paying stocks to add to your portfolio. These are rock solid companies that have stood the test of time.

Not all of them will make the cut so it’s important to do your homework before you buy! Investigate the company’s financial ratios, management quality and competitive advantage using what we learned in our selection criteria for dividend paying stocks.

Before you buy anything, however, you should first learn how to get them for the right price. Don't pay too much... your future returns depend on it!  The next section on strategy will show you how we go about purchasing these dividend growth stocks.

Alright so you now have a list of dividend achievers to start your research. Let’s keep moving and learn our dividend investing strategy for success!

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