Dividend Aristocrats: YTD Raisers vs. Cutters
Despite Avery Dennison's recent dividend cut, the dividend aristocrats index appears to be business as usual in 2009. The dividend aristocrats represent S&P 500 members which have consistently raised their dividends for more than 25 consecutive years. At the end of 2008, there were 52 constituents in the index. Dividend growth investors typically use the Dividend Aristocrats and the Dividend Achievers Indexes as a starting point in their additional stock research.
There were 28 dividend increases in the elite dividend index so far in 2009. The companies raising distributions this year include: (Continue Reading...)