15 Companies With Truly Amazing Dividend Histories

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Who cares what the market is thinking when you’re counting your dividend checks?

What’s nice about investing in strong dividend stocks is that it’s less about what the other guy is thinking and more about your own research into cash flow.

And believe it or not, despite the financial crisis which killed a few dividend titans, there are still some American companies with extraordinarily long and impressive dividend histories.

So it’s time to throw away the sentiment indicators and get paid:

15 Companies With Amazing Dividend Histories >

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)

Dividend Paid Since: 1973

Dividend Yield: 2.00%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 34 years

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Sector: Retail

Market capitalisation: $206 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Cincinnati Financial (CINF) - Some financials are still standing.

Dividend Paid Since: 1954

Dividend Yield: 5.90%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 49 years

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Sector: Financial

Market capitalisation: $4 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

Dividend Paid Since: 1944

Dividend Yield: 3.10%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 47 years

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Sector: Healthcare

Market capitalisation: $174 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

American States Water (AWR) - An old dependable.

Dividend Paid Since: 1931

Dividend Yield: 3.10%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 56

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Sector: Utilities

Market capitalisation: $0.6 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Altria (MO) - Dividend growth has halted, but still compelling.

Dividend Paid Since: 1928

Dividend Yield: 6.70%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 0 years

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Sector: Consumer Goods

Market capitalisation: $42 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Becton Dickinson and Company (BDX)

Dividend Paid Since: 1926

Dividend Yield: 1.90%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 37 years

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Sector: Healthcare

Market capitalisation: $18.5 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Abbott Laboratories (ABT)

Dividend Paid Since: 1925

Dividend Yield: 3.30%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 22 years

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Sector: Health Care

Market capitalisation: $84 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

3M (MMM)

Dividend Paid Since: 1916

Dividend Yield: 2.60%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 22 years

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Sector: Conglomerates

Market capitalisation: $56 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Chevron (CVX)

Dividend Paid Since: 1912

Dividend Yield: 3.80%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 18 years

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Sector: Basic Materials

Market capitalisation: $144 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Northern Trust (NTRS) - Another one where dividend growth has halted, but enormous history.

Dividend Paid Since: 1896

Dividend Yield: 2.10%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 0

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Sector: Banking

Market capitalisation: $12 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Colgate-Palmolive (CL)

Dividend Paid Since: 1895

Dividend Yield: 2.60%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 22 years

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Sector: Consumer Goods

Market capitalisation: $41 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

The Coca-Cola Company (KO)

Dividend Paid Since: 1893

Dividend Yield: 3.30%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 47 years

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Sector: Consumer Goods

Market capitalisation: $122 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Procter & Gamble CO (PG)

Dividend Paid Since: 1891

Dividend Yield: 2.80%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 56 years

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Sector: Consumer Goods

Market capitalisation: $185 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Eli Lilly (LLY)

Dividend Paid Since: 1885

Dividend Yield: 5.70%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 42 years

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Sector: Healthcare

Market capitalisation: $39 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)

Dividend Paid Since: 1882

Dividend Yield: 2.6%

Consecutive Div. Increases: 8 years

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Sector: Basic Materials

Market capitalisation: $309 Billion

Data Source: Dividend Investor

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