S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats

The Dividend Aristocrats are S&P 500 index constituents.

The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrat index was launched by Standard and Poors in May 2005.

Qualifications for a stock to be a Dividend Aristocrat are:

  • A stock must be a member of the S&P 500
  • A stock must have increased their dividend payment for at least the past 25 consecutive years.


Since the 2008 financial crisis, the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrat list has evolved as follows:

2020 - Total number of Aristocrats: 66. This includes the following 7 new additions. Amcor (AMCR), Atmos Energy (ATO), Realty Income (O), Essex Property Trust (ESS), Ross Stores (ROST), Albemarle Corporation (ALB), and Expeditors International (EXPD) were added to the list effective prior to market open on February 3.[1]

United Technologies became Raytheon after divestment of some divisions and remained on the list. In addition, both spinoffs Carrier Global (CARR) and Otis Worldwide (OTIS) were added to the list as well, effective prior to the market opening on April 3, 2020.[2]

Ross Stores (ROST) suspended its dividend on May 21 due to the COVID-19 crisis and was removed from the list prior to market open on July 1, 2020.[3]

IBM (IBM) announced April 28 its decision to raise its quarterly dividend. Joining the list of dividend aristocrats, S&P 500 companies that have increased cash dividends to shareholders for 25 straight years.[4]

West Pharmaceutical Services (WST) joined the S&P 500 in May 22, replacing Helmerich & Payne (HP). Joining the list of S&P 500 dividend aristocrats.[5]

2019 - Chubb (CB), People's United Financial (PBCT), Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), and United Technologies (UTX) were added to the list.[6]

2016 - Chubb Corp (CB) was removed upon acquisition by ACE Limited (ACE).[7]

2015 - Family Dollar Stores (FDO) was removed from the list due to its purchase by Dollar Tree. Also in 2015, Sigma-Aldrich Corp (SIAL) was removed from the list due to its acquisition by Merck.[8]


As of December 2020, there were 66 Dividend Aristocrats.[9]

Company Ticker symbol Sector
3M MMM Industrials
A.O. Smith AOS Industrials
Abbott Laboratories ABT Health Care
AbbVie ABBV Health Care
AFLAC AFL Financials
Air Products & Chemicals APD Materials
Albemarle Corporation ALB Materials
Amcor AMCR Materials
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co ADM Consumer Staples
AT&T Inc T Communications
Atmos Energy Corp ATO Utilities
Automatic Data Processing ADP Information Technology
Becton Dickinson & Co BDX Health Care
Brown–Forman B BF.B Consumer Staples
Cardinal Health Inc CAH Health Care
Caterpillar Inc CAT Industrials
Chevron Corp CVX Energy
Chubb Limited CB Financials
Church & Dwight CHD Consumer Staples
Cincinnati Financial Corp CINF Financials
Cintas Corp CTAS Industrials
Clorox CLX Consumer Staples
Coca-Cola Co KO Consumer Staples
Colgate-Palmolive CL Consumer Staples
Consolidated Edison Inc ED Utilities
Dover Corp DOV Industrials
Ecolab Inc ECL Materials
Emerson Electric EMR Industrials
Essex Property Trust ESS Real Estate
Expeditors International of Washington EXPD Industrials
Exxon Mobil Corp XOM Energy
Federal Realty Investment Trust FRT Real Estate
Franklin Resources Inc BEN Financials
General Dynamics GD Industrials
Genuine Parts Company GPC Consumer Discretionary
Hormel Foods Corp HRL Consumer Staples
Illinois Tool Works ITW Industrials
IBM IBM Information Technology
Johnson & Johnson JNJ Health Care
Kimberly-Clark KMB Consumer Staples
Leggett & Platt LEG Consumer Discretionary
Linde plc LIN Materials
Lowe's LOW Consumer Discretionary
McCormick & Company MKC Consumer Staples
McDonald's Corp MCD Consumer Discretionary
Medtronic plc MDT Health Care
Nucor Corp NUE Materials
Pentair PNR Industrials
People's United Financial PBCT Financials
PepsiCo PEP Consumer Staples
PPG Industries PPG Materials
Procter & Gamble PG Consumer Staples
Realty Income O Real Estate
Roper Technologies ROP Industrials
S&P Global Inc SPGI Financials
Sherwin-Williams SHW Materials
Stanley Black & Decker SWK Industrials
Sysco Corp SYY Consumer Staples
T Rowe Price Group Inc TROW Financials
Target Corp TGT Consumer Discretionary
VF Corporation VFC Consumer Discretionary
W. W. Grainger GWW Industrials
Walgreens Boots Alliance WBA Consumer Staples
Walmart Inc. WMT Consumer Staples
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc WST Health Care

Exchange-Traded FundsEdit

FT Cboe Vest S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats Target Income ETF® (KNG)[10]

ProShares S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL)[11]

Mutual FundsEdit

Cboe Vest S&P 500(R) Dividend Aristocrats Target Income Fund (KNGIX)[12]

Related IndexesEdit

Cboe S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrat Target Income Index (SPAI)[13]

Cboe S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Target Income Index Monthly Series (SPATI)[14]


  1. ^ "S&P Dow Jones Indices Announces Rebalancing Results for the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Constituent Change Announced for the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Constituent Change Announced for the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index" (PDF).
  4. ^ "S&P Dow Jones Indices Announces Rebalancing Results for the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats".
  5. ^ "West Pharmaceutical Services: Unique Business, Intimidating Valuation".
  6. ^ Strauss, Lawrence C. "4 Companies Have Joined the 'Dividend Aristocrats' — but Their Stocks Lag the Market". www.barrons.com.
  7. ^ "Constituent Change Announced for the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index" (PDF). Spice-indices.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Constituent Change Announced for the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index" (PDF). Spice-indices.com. Retrieved 24 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Li, Qing; Hao, Bill. "S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats: A Practitioner's Guide - S&P Dow Jones Indices". www.spglobal.com. p. 10.
  10. ^ https://www.ftportfolios.com/retail/Etf/EtfSummary.aspx?Ticker=KNG
  11. ^ "ProShares S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats ETF".
  12. ^ https://www.cboevest.com/mutual-funds/sp-500-dividend-aristocrats-target-income-fund/
  13. ^ https://www.cboe.com/us/indices/dashboard/SPAI/
  14. ^ https://www.cboe.com/us/indices/dashboard/SPATI/

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