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The Dividend Aristocrats 2020 are U.S. stocks that that have grown their dividend for 25+ years in a row. But that alone does not qualify a stock as a Dividend Aristocrat. In order to be included on the list a company must meet four criteria:

  • Be a member of the S&P 500
  • Have raised the regular dividend per share for 25 consecutive years
  • Have a market capitalization of at least $3 billion
  • Average at least $5 million in daily share trading value for the three months prior to the rebalancing date
  • Minimum number of constituents must be 40 at each rebalancing date. A particular Global Industry Classification Standard or ‘GICS’ should not results in one sector comprising more than 30% of the index weight

The index is updated quarterly in January, April, July, and October.

For this reason, a Dividend Aristocrat can also be a Dividend Champion but not vice-versa. It is also the reason why there are more Dividend Champions than Dividend Aristocrats. These stocks can be found in the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index. There are currently 65 constituents of the index, which is nine more than last year as of October 30, 2020.

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Dividend Aristocrats 2020

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Performance of Dividend Aristocrats 2020

The Dividend Aristocrats 2020 provided a return of -1.92% in October as measured by the Dividend Aristocrat ETF (NOBL). It outperformed the S&P 500 that provided a return of -2.66% in October.

On a year-to-date basis, the Dividend Aristocrats have returned -4.47% while the S&P 500 has returned 2.77%

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices

As a group, the Dividend Aristocrats 2020 have exhibited similar returns with lower volatility compared with the S&P 500 resulting in higher Sharpe ratios. Over the past ten years, the Dividend Aristocrats have had an annualized return of 12.79% and a standard deviation of 12.24%, while the S&P 500 has had an annualized return of 13.01% and a standard deviation of 13.27%.

Changes in 2020 to the List of Dividend Aristocrats

The list is updated at least annually and was most recently done so on January 24, 2020. There were seven additions and no deletions as seen in the table below, which will be effective on February 3, 2020.

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices

On March 31, 2020 the S&P Dow Jones Indices announced that the list will change due United Technologies Corp. (UTX) merging with Raytheon. The new company is called Raytheon Technologies Corp. (RTX). As part of the transaction Otis Worldwide Corporation (OTIS) and Carrier Global Corporation (CARR) were spun off. All three companies will remain in the index. See the announcement below.

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices

On June 23, 2020 the S&P 500 Dow Jones Indices announced that Ross Stores (ROST) will be deleted from the index. The change was effective July 1, 2020.

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices

Other Dividend Stock Lists

Note that it is possible for a company to be a Dividend Aristocrat and also a Dividend King. Dividend Kings have raised the dividend for at least 50 consecutive years. The other lists of U.S. stocks are below.

For Canadian stocks I have recently updated my article on

For UK stocks I have an article on

Some Details on the Dividend Aristocrats 2020

The list of Dividend Aristocrats 2020 is a fairly select list since there now are only 65 companies. This is out of the over 4,300 companies listed on stock exchanges at end of 2018. These companies have survived periods of inflation, stock market crashes, global crises and deep recessions. They may not have grown revenue and earnings per share every year, but they annually raised the dividend without fail for 25 years straight. Hence, this list serves as a starting point for small investors seeking to research potential ideas.

Stocks from the industrials sector have the greatest representation on the list of Dividend Aristocrats 2020 at about 25.8%. This class of stocks tend to have somewhat more volatile earnings and cash flows but many have low payout ratios letting them grow the dividends during recessions and economic downturns. The second sector with high representation is consumer staples at approximately 19.9%. This is likely due to relatively stable earnings and cash flow characteristics of these stocks. In addition, these companies tend to slowly grow earnings over time permitting annual dividend increases. The third sector on the list is the Materials sector at 12.6%. Combined these three sectors make up the majority of the Dividend Aristocrats at 58.3%. 

The sector breakdown for the Dividend Aristocrats 2020 is seen in the chart below as of October 30, 2020. The sector composition has changed with time due to changes in the S&P 500 index composition. Additionally, the Great Recession caused many previous Dividend Aristocrats to freeze or even cut their dividend. These mostly financial stocks were dropped from the list of Dividend Aristocrats affecting the sector composition. A few industrial stocks were also dropped from the list. In fact, between 2009 and 2010 nineteen companies were dropped from the list of Dividend Aristocrats.

Source: S&P 500 Dow Jones Indices

The sector weight as a function of time is seen in the chart below. One can clearly see the drop off in percentage of financials stocks during the Great Recession. The percentage of utility stocks also dropped off during this time, which may be surprising to some. But one must remember that most utilities have high payout ratios, and many entered the unregulated market. The economic downturn pressured revenue and earnings leading to dividend cuts for some utilities. The other interesting point is that consumers staples and industrials percentages are growing with time since end of 2005. Today, they constitute about 45% of the Dividend Aristocrats 2020.

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices

The largest Dividend Aristocrat by market capitalization is Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) with a market capitalization of roughly $393,183 million. Combined the 65 Dividend Aristocrats have a total market capitalization of roughly $5 trillion. The smallest Dividend Aristocrat is Leggett & Platt (LEG) with a market capitalization of about $4,532 million. The total market capitalization of all the Dividend Aristocrats is approximately $4,532,436 at the moment.

The one with the highest yield is AT&T (T) and the one with the lowest yield is Roper Technologies Inc (ROP). Dover Corp (DOV), Genuine Parts (GPC), and Procter & Gamble (PG) are the Dividend Aristocrats with longest streak of consecutively increasing the dividend at 64 – 65 years.

On average the Dividend Aristocrats 2020 have a yield of about 2.9%, which is greater than the broader market average. The average 10-year dividend growth rate is approximately 8.9% and the average payout ratio is ~74%. The payout is currently elevated due to depressed earnings resulting from COVID-19.

The Dividend Aristocrat 2020 list serves as a screen for further investigating a stock for a dividend growth portfolio. It is a list of companies with stable businesses that have competitive advantages and have returned cash to shareowners consistently through dividends and in some cases buybacks.

List of Dividend Aristocrat Stocks in 2020 – Updated October 30, 2020

Company NameTickerNo. YearsDividend Yield (%)Payout Ratio (%)10-Yr Dividend Growth Rate (%)P/E RatioMarket Cap ($)
AbbVieABBV84.96100.0%n/a19.05 $    163,924 
Abbot LaboratoriesABT71.3274.0%-1.8157.61 $    202,793 
Archer Daniels MidlandADM452.9251.0%9.2616.41 $      26,857 
Automatic Data Proc.ADP452.1463.0%10.3524.11 $      71,282 
AFLAC Inc.AFL382.7017.0%7.085.70 $      25,920 
Albemarle Corp.ALB261.3242.0%10.8224.86 $      11,947 
Amcor PlcAMCR13.90n/an/a23.55 $      18,069 
A.O. Smith Corp.AOS271.9649.0%21.9027.00 $        7,386 
Air Products & Chem.APD381.7160.0%10.4327.83 $      67,753 
Atmos EnergyATO362.3547.0%5.5520.38 $      11,551 
Becton Dickinson & Co.BDX481.31115.0%7.8884.63 $      68,589 
Franklin ResourcesBEN405.2967.0%11.5112.53 $        9,610 
Brown-Forman Class BBF-B360.9135.0%8.1034.35 $      36,013 
Cardinal HealthCAH253.5158.0%10.0814.10 $      15,444 
Carrier Global GroupCARR00.41n/an/a17.21 $      33,757 
Caterpillar Inc.CAT272.4168.0%9.2624.54 $      87,622 
Chubb LimitedCB272.1260.0%9.1122.94 $      62,149 
Cincinnati FinancialCINF602.8048.0%4.0615.91 $      11,947 
Colgate-Palmolive Co.CL572.1556.0%6.0224.58 $      71,171 
Clorox CompanyCLX432.2847.0%7.6623.00 $      27,489 
Cintas Corp.CTAS370.9729.0%18.1837.77 $      35,670 
Chevron Corp.CVX336.50-82.0%6.10n/a $    136,967 
Dover Corp.DOV651.6542.0%6.4223.35 $      16,776 
Ecolab Inc.ECL280.8745.0%11.7348.11 $      56,915 
Consolidated EdisonED463.8675.0%2.4819.18 $      26,052 
Emerson ElectricEMR632.6562.0%4.0920.24 $      41,903 
Essex Property TrustESS263.2789.0%7.0821.91 $      15,333 
Expeditors InternationalEXPD261.1927.0%10.0924.03 $      14,950 
Federal Realty Inv. TrustFRT534.63118.0%4.7423.83 $        5,266 
General DynamicsGD292.9938.0%10.2412.48 $      39,981 
Genuine Parts Co.GPC643.21n/a6.75303.48 $      13,657 
W.W. Grainger Inc.GWW491.5850.0%11.3330.38 $      20,964 
Hormel Foods Corp.HRL541.8853.0%16.0429.03 $      26,926 
Illinois Tool WorksITW572.1366.0%13.1029.14 $      66,286 
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ582.7761.0%6.6522.58 $    374,479 
Kimberly-Clark Corp.KMB483.2361.0%5.0921.36 $      46,320 
Coca-Cola CompanyKO583.1284.0%6.5425.09 $    212,508 
Leggett & Platt Inc.LEG493.8394.0%4.3024.12 $        5,389 
Linde PlcLIN271.5089.0%7.9656.45 $    131,382 
Lowe’s CompaniesLOW581.5629.0%19.2019.84 $    127,357 
McDonald’s Corp.MCD452.4279.0%8.5628.95 $    161,143 
Medtronic plcMDT432.0568.0%10.3129.32 $    139,227 
McCormick & Co.MKC211.3943.0%12.0336.09 $      25,169 
3M CompanyMMM623.6068.0%10.8718.62 $      94,034 
Nucor Corp.NUE473.17115.0%1.1232.97 $      14,618 
Realty Income Corp.O274.56232.0%4.9250.59 $      20,354 
Otis Worldwide CorpOTIS01.26n/an/a30.97 $      27,543 
People’s United FinancialPBCT285.6462.0%1.528.92 $        4,455 
PepsiCo Inc.PEP482.9578.0%7.8427.36 $    191,236 
Procter & Gamble Co.PG642.2957.0%5.2425.66 $    355,155 
Pentair Ltd.PNR11.4435.0%0.0021.23 $        9,008 
PPG Industries Inc.PPG491.5246.0%6.6726.78 $      32,776 
Roper Technologies Inc.ROP270.5313.0%18.4626.36 $      40,734 
Raytheon TechnologiesRTX272.92n/a6.02n/a $      88,936 
Sherwin-Williams Co.SHW420.7825.0%13.6333.85 $      66,856 
S&P Global Inc.SPGI470.7726.0%10.7435.95 $      85,259 
Stanley Black & DeckerSWK531.5844.0%7.6125.60 $      28,656 
Sysco Corp.SYY502.53n/a3.45n/a $      31,000 
AT&T Inc.T367.35136.0%2.1718.72 $    195,537 
Target Corp.TGT531.7638.0%13.3518.07 $      80,850 
T. Rowe Price GroupTROW342.6339.0%12.5614.25 $      30,283 
VF Corp.VFC472.52n/a12.33n/a $      27,304 
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.WBA454.70355.0%12.0973.33 $      32,307 
Wal-Mart Inc.WMT471.5034.0%6.1820.50 $    413,076 
ExxonMobil Corp.XOM389.42448.0%7.3044.15 $    138,601 
39.12.771.2%8.532.1 $      73,546 
43.02.457.5%7.924.5 $      35,670 

Source: Data from Portfolio Insight, Sure Dividend, ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), and S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats (Data as November 10, 2020)


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