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December 06, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KO , XOM , JNJ

According to 'world-stock-exchanges.net', The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is the the largest stock exchange in the world by dollar volume with over 2500 listed securities. NYSE is operated by NYSE Euronext, the holding company created by the combination of NYSE Group, Inc. and Euronext N.V.

The NYSE is closely followed by the Tokyo Stock Exchange with a total market capitalization of over 5 trillion USD and 2,271 domestic companies listed. Next up is the London Stock Exchange. It is the world's oldest stock exchange listing around 3000 companies.

When considering all the remaining stock exchanges, I couldn't begin to estimate how many different stocks are traded around the world. Like everything else, there are many participants, but few players.

Though the population of stocks may be large, there are only a precious few that are worthy dividend stocks. When spending my time looking for worthy investments, there are four primary places I look:

I. S&P 500 Dividend AristocratsThese stocks are the best of the best - the blue blood stocks. S&P maintains the list. Here is a description from their site:
S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats is designed to measure the performance of S&P 500 index constituents that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. This index is a member of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats index series.

Index constituents exhibit the following characteristics:

- Underlying Indices – S&P 500
- Weighting – Equally weighted; Constituents re-weighted quarterly
- Reconstitution – Reviewed annually in December

Members may be deleted during the December rebalance if calendar-year dividends did not increase from the previous year, or intra-year if the stock is removed from the underlying S&P 500.Among others, Dividend Aristocrats include these highly recognizable names:

- Coca-Cola Co (KO) | Yield: 1.9%
- Exxon Mobil (XOM) | Yield: 2.5%
- Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) | Yield: 3.7%
- McDonald's Corp (MCD) | Yield: 3.0%
- 3M Company (MMM)  | Yield: 2.9%
- Procter & Gamble (PG) | Yield: 3.4%
- Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) | Yield: 2.6%

II. US Broad Dividend Achievers™ IndexThis index is maintained by Idxis. Here is the description from their website:
The Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index is comprised of companies incorporated in the United States or its territories, trade on the NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX, and have increased their annual regular dividend payments for the last ten or more consecutive years. In addition, Indxis requires that a stock's average daily cash volume exceed $500,000 per day in the November and December prior to the annual reconstitution date on the last trading date in January.
The Index is calculated using a modified market capitalization weighting methodology and has been published by the American Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DAA since December 5, 2003.Here are several prominent companies that are Dividend Achievers:

- Chevron Corporation (CVX) | Yield: 3.5%
- Donaldson Company (DCI) | Yield: 1.0%
- Eaton Vance Corp. (EV) | Yield: 3.5%
- Owens & Minor Inc. (OMI) | Yield: 2.9%

III. International Dividend Achievers™ IndexThis index is maintained by Idxis. Here is the description from their website:
The International Dividend Achievers™ Index is designed to track the performance of dividend paying American Depositary Receipts and foreign common stocks trading on major US exchanges. To become eligible for inclusion in the International Dividend Achievers Index a stock must be incorporated outside the United States, trade on the NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX, and have increased its annual regular dividend payments for the last five or more consecutive years.

In addition, Indxis requires that a stock's average daily cash volume exceed $500,000 per day in November and December prior to each annual reconstitution in January. The Index is calculated using a dividend yield weighting methodology and is calculated by American Stock Exchange under the symbol DAT since August 1, 2005.

The International Dividend Achievers are filled with world renowned companies including these:

- Telefonica, S.A. (TEF) | Yield: 9.9%
- Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) | Yield: 3.8%
- Unilever N.V. (UN) | Yield: 3.3%
- China Mobile Limited (CHL) | Yield: 3.8%
- Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI) | Yield: 4.7%

IV. The U.S. Dividend ChampionsThis list is maintained by Dave Fish of MoneyPaper is regularly updated and located at the The Drip Investing Resource Center. Here is a description from the spreadsheet:
The initial goal was to identify companies that had increased their dividend in at least 25 consecutive years. But that definition was broadened to include additional companies that had paid higher dividends (without necessarily having increased the quarterly rate in every calendar year. Also included (under the Contenders tab) are companies that have increased increased the quarterly rate in every calendar year. Also included (under the Contenders tab) are companies that have increased their dividend for 10-24 straight years and (under the Challengers tab) companies that have increased their dividend for 5-9 straight years.
Some of the names on the U.S. Dividend Champions list may not be as familiar as those above, but it includes some smaller companies not found on the other lists such as:

- Bowl America (BWL.A) | Yield: 5.2%
- Connecticut Water Service Inc. (CTWS) | Yield: 3.5%
- Weyco Group Inc. (WEYS) | Yield: 2.9%

Bringing It All TogetherThe above four lists contain a significant number of companies, and unfortunately a great deal of duplication. I took the above lists, combined them into a single list and eliminated multiple entries for the same company. To that end, I have posted an aggregated list as Ideas on my site. It is still a work in process. Keep in mind that not every stock on the list is a great dividend investment, but virtually all great dividend investments are on the list.

Full Disclosure: Long KO, JNJ, MCD, MMM, PG, WMT, CVX, OMI. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.
 
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