Dividend King Stock List – Oct. 2020

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After more than 20 years of investing, one of my favorite stocks are the dividend kings. They rise above a majority of dividend stocks that in the history of paying dividends.

A dividend is a payment or distribution from a company’s earnings. Typically it is associated with a class of shares. The rate and schedule are determined by the company’s board of directors. Shareholders are usually eligible for dividends as long as they own the stock.

Companies that pay dividends are typically more mature companies that are paying out a dividend as a source of earnings. Growth companies don’t usually pay out dividends because they try to invest all their earnings and increase the share price. Amazon is a great example of a growth company that does not pay a dividend.

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So what are the dividend kings stocks?  The short answer is that the dividend kings are a list of S&P 500 companies that have increased their dividends for 50 plus years. Yes, I said 50 years.

Currently, there are 31 companies on the Dividend King List. These companies not only survived all the stock market booms and crashes, but found a way to be profitable and pay a dividend.

Does this mean they will always pay a dividend? No, it doesn’t.  Advisors and investors should not just buy all the stocks in the dividend king list. They need to research each one to make sure it.


Dividend King Stock List – Oct. 2020

Company Name Ticker Industry No. Years Dividend Yield (%)
American States Water AWR Water Utilities 66 1.79
Dover Corp. DOV Machinery 65 1.79
Northwest Natural Gas NWN Gas Utilities 65 4.32
Genuine Parts Co. GPC Distributors 64 3.49
Procter & Gamble Co. PG Household Products 64 2.31
Emerson Electric EMR Electrical Equipment 63 3.09
Parker-Hannifin Corp. PH Machinery 63 1.69
3M Company MMM Industrial Conglomerates 62 3.68
Cincinnati Financial CINF Insurance 60 3.39
Johnson & Johnson JNJ Pharmaceuticals 58 2.95
Coca-Cola Company KO Beverages 58 3.41
Lowe’s Companies LOW Specialty Retail 58 1.52
Colgate-Palmolive Co. CL Household Products 57 2.23
Farmers & Merchants Bancorp FMCB Banks 57 2.06
Lancaster Colony Corp. LANC Food Products 57 1.69
Nordson Corp. NDSN Machinery 57 0.81
ABM Industries Inc. ABM Commercial Services & Supplies 53 2.13
California Water Service CWT Water Utilities 53 1.91
Federal Realty Inv. Trust FRT Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) 53 6.16
Hormel Foods Corp. HRL Food Products 53 1.91
Stepan Company SCL Chemicals 53 1.05
SJW Corp. SJW Water Utilities 53 2.11
Stanley Black & Decker SWK Machinery 53 1.68
Target Corp. TGT Multiline Retail 53 1.79
Commerce Bancshares CBSH Banks 52 1.73
Tootsie Roll Industries TR Food Products 52 1.20
H.B. Fuller Company FUL Chemicals 51 1.44
Altria Group Inc. MO Tobacco 51 9.53
Black Hills Corp. BKH Multi-Utilities 50 3.99
National Fuel Gas NFG Gas Utilities 50 4.45
Sysco Corp. SYY Food & Staples Retailing 50 3.25



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