Friday, May 6, 2016

The Longest Dividend Streaks in the S&P 500

Out of curiosity, I recently spent 10 minutes seeing which stocks in the S&P 500 had the longest streak of consecutive dividend increases. I ran my list on the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats since that immediately culled my screen to those companies that have increased for at least 20 consecutive years.

I had no real reason beyond curiosity for running this analysis. Many of these companies have great “moats,” but only a handful will appeal to the “compounding aficionados” (or is it the “compounders mafia”) since the majority have limited reinvestment opportunities (hence the dividends). The opposite argument also crossed my mind - that the longer the dividend streak the greater the potential for a value-trap. You could argue it either way.

I present the following list without comment or judgement on valuation/attractiveness of any individual stock or the group as a whole. With that:

Note: All data taken from and Unfortunately, even high-end data providers like Bloomberg only report individual stock data back 20 years, so, these online databases were key to compiling the data.

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