Markets & Finance

Aiming for Royal Returns


One of Standard & Poor's favored investing approaches is to buy stocks of companies that regularly increase their dividends.

This way, as you hold the shares, your returns will grow, and the yield on your initial investments should continue to climb (see BW Online, 2/28/05, Bowing to "Dividend Aristocrats").

Investors should remember that about 40% of the total return over the history of the S&P 500-stock index was due to dividends and their reinvestment.

With that in mind, here's S&P's list of "dividend aristocrats" -- companies that have regularly upped their dividends for 25 or more consecutive years. The table also includes the dates of recent dividend boosts for stocks on the list.

As companies announce dividend changes during the year, please check back with us for future updates. (Note: May Department Stores was removed from the list in August, 2005, after its acquisition by Federated Department Stores.)

S&P DIVIDEND ARISTOCRATS

COMPANY

TICKER

RATE ($) (8-31-05)

YIELD (%) (8-31-05)

ACTION IN 2005

ACTION IN 2004

3M Co

MMM

1.68

2.4

Increased in February

Increased in February

Abbott Laboratories

ABT

1.10

2.4

Increased in February

Increased in February

ALLTEL Corp

AT

1.52

2.5

Increased in October

Altria Group

MO

3.20

4.5

Increased in August

AmSouth Bancorp

ASO

1.00

3.8

Increased in October

Anheuser-Busch Cos

BUD

1.08

2.4

Increased in July

Increased in July

Archer-Daniels-Midland

ADM

0.34

1.5

Increased in February

Increased in February

Automatic Data Proc

ADP

0.62

1.5

Increased in November

Avery Dennison Corp

AVY

1.52

2.8

Increased in October

Bank of America

BAC

2.00

4.6

Increased in June

Increased in June

Bard (C.R.)

BCR

0.52

0.8

Increaded in June

Increased in July

BB&T Corp

BBT

1.52

3.7

Increaded in June

Increaded in June

Becton, Dickinson

BDX

0.72

1.4

Increased in November

CenturyTel Inc

CTL

0.24

0.7

Increased in February

Increased in February

Chubb Corp

CB

1.72

2.0

Increased in March

Increased in March

Clorox Co

CLX

1.12

1.9

Increased in November

Coca-Cola Co

KO

1.12

2.5

Increased in February

Increased in February

Comerica Inc

CMA

2.20

3.6

Increased in January

Increased in January

ConAgra Foods

CAG

1.09

4.8

Increased in September

Consolidated Edison

ED

2.28

4.9

Increased in January

Increased in January

Donnelley(R.R.)& Sons

RRD

1.04

2.8

Dover Corp

DOV

0.68

1.7

Increased in August

Increased in August

Emerson Electric

EMR

1.66

2.5

Increased in November

Family Dollar Stores

FDO

0.38

1.9

Increased in January

Increased in January

First Horizon Natl

FHN

1.72

4.4

Increased in October

Gannett Co

GCI

1.16

1.6

Increased in July

Increased in August

Genl Electric

GE

0.88

2.6

Increased in December

Grainger (W.W.)

GWW

0.96

1.5

Increased in April

Increased in April

Jefferson-Pilot

JP

1.67

3.4

Increased in February

Increased in February

Johnson & Johnson

JNJ

1.32

2.1

Increased in April

Increased in April

Johnson Controls

JCI

1.00

1.7

Increased in November

KeyCorp

KEY

1.30

3.9

Increased in January

Increased in January

Kimberly-Clark

KMB

1.80

2.9

Increased in January and December

Leggett & Platt

LEG

0.64

2.6

Increased in May

Increased in August

Lilly (Eli)

LLY

1.52

2.8

Increased in December

Lowe's Cos

LOW

0.24

0.4

Increased in May

Increased in May

McDonald's Corp

MCD

0.55

1.7

Increased in September

McGraw-Hill Companies

MHP

0.66

1.4

Increased in January

Increased in January

Merck & Co

MRK

1.52

5.4

Increased in July

Nucor Corp

NUE

0.60

1.1

Increased in February

Increased in February and September

PepsiCo Inc

PEP

1.04

1.9

Increased in May

Increased in March

Pfizer, Inc

PFE

0.76

3.0

Increased in December

PPG Indus

PPG

1.88

3.0

Increased in April

Increased in April

Procter & Gamble

PG

1.12

2.0

Increased in April

Increased in March

Progressive Corp,Ohio

PGR

0.12

0.1

Increased in August

Regions Financial

RF

1.36

4.2

Increased in January

Increased in January and April

Rohm & Haas

ROH

1.16

2.7

Increased in May

Increased in May

Sherwin-Williams

SHW

0.82

1.8

Increased in February

Increased in February

Sigma-Aldrich

SIAL

0.76

1.2

Increased in February

Increased in February

Stanley Works

SWK

1.16

2.5

Increased in July

Increased in July

State Street Corp

STT

0.72

1.5

Increased in June

Increased in June and December

Supervalu Inc

SVU

0.65

1.9

Increaded in June

Increased in August

Target Corp

TGT

0.40

0.7

Increased in June

Increased in June

U.S. Bancorp

USB

1.20

4.1

Increased in December

VF Corp

VFC

1.08

1.8

Increased in October

Wal-Mart Stores

WMT

0.60

1.3

Increased in March

Increased in March

Walgreen Co

WAG

0.26

0.6

Increased in July

Increased in July


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