Dividend Aristocrats

There is a special group of dividend stocks that renown for their commitment to returning cash to their shareholders. These companies are known as dividend aristocrats due to their illustrious dividend history. To join the elite ranks of the dividend aristocrats, a stock must have increased their dividend payments for a minimum of 25 consecutive years. The dividend aristocrats club is made up of the finest dividend-paying stocks in America that are typically considered to be safer than most other investment choices.

March 1, 2012

Walmart Increases Dividend for 39th Consecutive Year

Since last year’s 21 percent dividend increase, WMT shares have gained 14 percent and have outpaced the 6 percent gain in the Dow Jones index.

July 7, 2011

5 Manufacturing Stocks Experiencing Rising Demand

Mad Money host Jim Cramer recently identified 5 manufacturing stocks that are experiencing rising demand for their products.

May 25, 2011

6 Blue Chip Dividend Stocks for the Next 6 Months

We have identified 6 blue chip dividend stocks that we expect to outperform the Dow Jones index over the next 6 months. All 6 of these dividend stocks are currently Dow components and a couple of our stock picks will probably surprise you.

April 29, 2011

Johnson & Johnson Rolls Out Dividend Increase

This marks the 49th consecutive year that the dividend aristocrat has raised their quarterly dividend.

April 28, 2011

7 Hot Dow Stocks in 2011

Here is a look at 7 hot Dow stocks that have seen their stock prices climb each month in 2011.

March 18, 2011

Air Products Gives Dividend Increase for 29th Straight Year

Air Products & Chemicals announced today that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 18% to $.58 per share. This marks the 29th straight year that Air Products has given their shareholders a dividend increase.

March 4, 2011

Walmart Rolls Out Big Dividend Increase As Stock Price Treads Water

Wal-Mart Stores announced yesterday that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 21% to $.365 per share. Walmart’s dividend yield has taken on greater importance in recent years as their stock price has lagged the broader market indices.

March 3, 2011

Family Dollar Stores Is Substantially Undervalued

Family Dollar Stores has seen their stock price climb 19% since the end of January after receiving a takeover bid from Trian Group. However, the discount retailer still believes their stock is substantially undervalued.

February 17, 2011

Coca Cola Lifts Dividend for 49th Consecutive Year

The dividend increase just adds to Coca Cola’s legacy as a dividend aristocrat and reflects the company’s confidence in their long-term cash flows.

February 16, 2011

Is Family Dollar Stores Going Private?

Shares in Family Dollar Stores spiked over 21% today on news that Trian Capital wants to take the discount retailer private.

Sherwin Williams Raising Dividend Again

The dividend increase is nothing new for Sherwin-Williams, the dividend aristocrat has now raised their dividend for 32 consecutive years.

Pitney Bowes Is Becoming an Exciting Dividend Stock

According to Jim Cramer, Pitney Bowes is transitioning from a good dividend stock and is fast becoming an exciting dividend stock.

February 5, 2011

Aetna Will Finally Start Paying a Meaningful Dividend

Aetna announced on Friday that the company is significantly increasing their dividend and moving from a nominal annual dividend to a quarterly payment cycle.

January 3, 2011

The Dow 10 Strategy for 2011

For dividend investors wanting to capitalize on the Dow 10 strategy this year, here are the 10 highest yielding Dow stocks to add to your portfolio.

December 17, 2010

AT&T Raising Dividend Even Higher

AT&T is already the highest yielding stock in the Dow Jones index. Today’s dividend announcement will increase that dividend yield to 5.9% based on yesterday’s closing price.

December 16, 2010

AT&T Dividend Forecast

AT&T is already the highest yielding stock in the Dow Jones index, so investors shouldn’t expect a significant dividend increase this year.

December 8, 2010

Bank of America Hoping to Raise Dividend Early In 2011

CEO Brian Moynihan commented yesterday that Bank of America would raise their dividend as soon as they pass the Federal Reserve stress test.

December 7, 2010

Dividend Tax Rates Extended For 2 More Years

President Obama announced that a framework agreement is in place with Congressional Republicans that will extend the Bush tax rates for 2 more years.

December 2, 2010

Steve Jobs Gives Himself A 14% Pay Raise

Steve Jobs dividend income from his Disney stock is increasing 14% to a cool $55 million.

December 1, 2010

Walt Disney Increases Dividend for 55th Consecutive Year

Walt Disney Company announced today that the company is increasing their annual dividend by 14% to $.40 per share.

November 12, 2010

Intel Raising Dividend By 15%

Intel Corporation announced today that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 15% to $.18 per share.

November 9, 2010

15 Stocks That Can’t Stop Raising Their Dividends

Annual dividend increases may be fine for regular dividend stocks, but these premier dividend stocks are rewarding investors with multiple dividend increases this year.

October 12, 2010

How Safe Is Verizon’s Dividend?

Once Verizon begins paying dividends to Vodafone, Wall Street is concerned that Verizon may not have the cash flow to sustain their dividend.

October 5, 2010

Can Microsoft Become A Top 20 Dividend Stock?

Microsoft needs to dramatically ramp up their dividend program to where they become one of the top 20 dividend stocks in the S&P 500.

Dividend Jump in Third Quarter

Through the first nine months of the year, dividend payments have increased $18.5 billion.

October 4, 2010

Looking For a Big Dividend Increase from JP Morgan

A recent Barron’s report suggested that JP Morgan Chase could boost their dividend next year by as much as 45 percent.

September 24, 2010

Why Yahoo Can’t Pay a Dividend

Yahoo was once a darling of the dot-com world. Now it seems that Yahoo’s days as a publicly trading company may be numbered.

September 22, 2010

Microsoft Finally Raises Dividend

Microsoft initiated their dividend program in 2003, but this marks the first dividend increase from the tech giant since September 2008.

September 10, 2010

3 Dividend Stocks for Any Market

Here are 3 dividend aristocrat stocks that have proven capable of posting strong performances in any market.

September 2, 2010

High Yielding Verizon Inches Dividend Higher

Verizon Communications announced today that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 2.6 percent to $.4875 per share.

September 1, 2010

Top Dividend Aristocrat Stocks: August 2010

Dividend aristocrat stocks once again outperformed the broader market indices with the group of long-term dividend payers declining only 2.8 percent on average.

August 31, 2010

Top Dow Dividend Stocks: August 2010

The bearish tone in the market this month led many investors to look at safer dividend stocks.

August 19, 2010

Growth Catalysts for AT&T

In the second part of this interview, we look at growth catalysts for AT&T and the potential impact of losing their exclusive agreement to sell the Apple iPhone.

August 18, 2010

Should Dividend Investors Reconsider AT&T?

We interviewed AT&T Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Brooks McCorcle, about why dividend investors should reconsider AT&T.

August 5, 2010

Investors Expecting Dividend Increase from Microsoft

Investor expectations for a dividend increase from Microsoft have been increasing in recent weeks.

July 14, 2010

RBC Speculates on JP Morgan Dividend Increase

Dividend investors will be interested to know that RBC is forecasting a significant dividend increase by the second quarter of 2011.

July 13, 2010

Jim Cramer Recommends Verizon

Cramer believes Verizon warrants a buy despite the fact that the stock is underperforming the market.

July 12, 2010

The Biggest Dividend Stories of 2010

At the midpoint of this year it seems a good opportunity to review the biggest dividend stories of 2010.

July 9, 2010

Why Big Dividends Are Not Bad News

Are growth stocks really finding a better use for their cash piles than returning it to investors in the form of a dividend?

July 8, 2010

A 100-Year Old Growth Stock

This company has an impressive record of reinventing itself, which has allowed it to be successful for over 100 years.

June 25, 2010

Cash Flow: The Key to Dividend Stocks

If there is only one factor that you use to evaluate dividend stocks, it should be their cash flow and specifically their free cash flow.

June 24, 2010

A Canadian Dividend Stock from Jim Cramer

This Canadian telecom offers investors an impressive 5.0% dividend yield and generated $2.65 billion in operating cash flow last year.

June 22, 2010

The Power of 7% Dividend Yields

By buying a dividend stock with a 7% yield, you stand to double your investment in a decade even if the stock price doesn’t budge.

June 15, 2010

Stocks That Increased Dividends Are Outperforming Market

Dividend stocks that can demonstrate that they are generating significant cash flow and are increasing their dividend payments are becoming very popular.

June 14, 2010

When to Buy BP Stock?

It was only 18 months ago that JP Morgan, Bank of America and even General Electric were in similar situations.

June 4, 2010

Bank of America Prepares Investors for Smaller Dividend in the Future

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan was recently asked at a Sanford Bernstein analyst conference how large of a dividend increase should investors expect.

May 19, 2010

A Diversified Dividend Portfolio from Jim Cramer

Earlier this month, Mad Money host Jim Cramer unveiled his recommendations to investors for a diversified portfolio of dividend stocks.

April 19, 2010

5 Dow Dividend Stocks That Are Lagging In 2010

While many of the top dividend stocks have performed very well this year, eDividendStocks.com has put together a list of 5 Dow dividend stocks that are lagging in 2010.

April 12, 2010

6 Dow Dividend Stocks That Are Thriving In 2010

Don’t be fooled by AT&T and Verizon’s subpar performances this year, high yielding Dow dividend stocks are thriving in 2010.

April 1, 2010

JP Morgan Hints at Dividend Increase

Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon announced today in his annual letter to shareholders that JPM may raise its annual dividend to $.75 – $1.00 if certain conditions are met.

March 17, 2010

Kraft Foods Announces Quarterly Dividend

Kraft Food’s current dividend yield now stands at 3.9% and ranks 6th among the Dow Jones stock components.

March 16, 2010

Pepsi Hikes Dividend, But Still Chasing Coke

Pepsi increased their dividend by 7%, but their dividend yield is still below Coca Cola’s 3.3% yield.

March 10, 2010

Financial Stocks Restricted From Increasing Their Dividend

We likely will not see any dividend increases from financial stocks until at least the second half of this year and probably not until 2011.

March 8, 2010

5 Quality Dividend Stocks despite Their High Payout Ratios

Here are 5 dividend stocks offer investors impressively high dividend yields, and they also have sufficient free cash flow to maintain their dividend payments.

March 4, 2010

Walmart Remains A Below Average Dividend Stock

Despite their tremendous cash flow, the world’s largest retailer remains one of the lower yielding dividend stocks in the Dow Jones index.

March 1, 2010

Top Dividend Announcements of the Last Week

Lost in the myriad of stories hitting the markets last week were several key dividend announcements.

February 8, 2010

Are AT&T and Verizon the Best Dividend Stocks in the Dow?

Here are three Dow stocks that dividend investors should consider ahead of Verizon and AT&T.

February 1, 2010

Dividend Investing in 2010

Investors are now looking for more realistic returns and they are now accepting the fact that dividends will account for a significant portion of their total returns.

January 18, 2010

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Thrives On Dividend Income

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is probably one of the biggest dividend investors that you’ve never heard of.

December 22, 2009

Three Safe Dividend Stocks

With Treasury rates at historic lows, fixed income investors are hard pressed to find decent yields.

December 21, 2009

High Yielding AT&T Increases Dividend Again

AT&T announced that its Board of Directors has approved a 2.4% increase in their quarterly dividend to $.42 per share.

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July 29, 2009

High Flying IBM Announces Dividend

IBM announced yesterday that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend payment of $.55 per share.

Merck Maintains High Dividend Yield

Merck’s current dividend yield now stands at 5.1% making it the fourth highest yielding Dow stock.

High Yielding Dow Stock Keeps Dividend Steady

DuPont announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $.41 per share.

Chevron Increases Dividend For 22nd Consecutive Year

Chevron announced today that its Board of Directors has agreed to increase their quarterly dividend by 5% to $.68 per share.