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Dividend Aristocrats are an exceptional bunch of S&P 500 companies that don't just offer high yield - they also have increased shareholders' payouts every year for (at least) the last 25 years.
Members of this prestigious group are deemed more stable than others because they've shown they've been able to continually boost distributions even amid recessions, stock market swoons, and global economic shocks.
Making the list is indeed an accomplishment. Staying on it consistently is an even greater (and rare) feat. Some 54 companies currently sit on the list. Industries run the gamut from fast food to financials to oil.
We've narrowed the list to a more manageable dozen names across several sectors. These high-yield Dividend Aristocrats offer a reliable stream of growing dividends, as well as solid potential for company growth.
12 High-Yield Stocks with Long Payout History
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has been paying and raising dividends every year since 1984. The telecommunications giant's current quarterly payout is $0.46 per share for a hefty 5.25% yield. The blue-chip behemoth pays its dividends in February, May, August, and November.
Cincinnati Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: CINF) has been increasing dividends annually since 1961, and a hike is likely again this year. When the property and casualty insurance company declared a $0.44 per share regular cash dividend in April, it said the payout sets "the stage for a 54th year of increasing annual cash dividends." Shares yield 3.6%. Dividends are paid in January, April, July, and October.
The Coca Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) has paid a quarterly dividend since 1920 and has increased them in each of the last 50 years. A favorite and top holding of legendary investor Warren Buffett, KO's quarterly payout is $0.31 per share for a 3% yield. Dividends are disbursed in April, July, October, and December.
Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) has been hiking dividends annually since 1957, or 57 years. The diversified technology and engineering company pays a quarterly dividend of $0.43 a share for a 2.56% yield. Dividends are paid in March, June, September, and December.
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