The eleven companies listed below have improved their annual dividend totals each of the last 50 years, putting them at the top of the Dividend Dynamo food chain. In other words, they’ve been giving shareholders consistent raises since before man landed on the moon, before President Kennedy was assassinated, and before the first computer video game was invented.
A Dividend Dynamo is a company that has raised its dividend for at least ten consecutive years, and there is no higher echelon than the “Class A” Dividend Dynamo. To see Dividend Dynamos that have been increasing their dividend for less than 50 years, check out Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class E.
|Company||Symbol||'11 Change||Current Rate||2010 Dividends||Since|
|American States Water Company||AWR||7.69%||1.12000||1.04000||1955|
|Northwest Natural Gas||NWN||3.57%||1.74000||1.68000||1956|
|Emerson Electric Co.||EMR||2.22%||1.38000||1.35000||1957|
|Genuine Parts Company||GPC||9.76%||1.80000||1.64000||1957|
|The Procter & Gamble Company||PG||11.38%||2.10000||1.88540||1957|
|Cincinnati Financial Corporation||CINF||0.63%||1.60000||1.59000||1961|
Since the list is based on annual dividend totals, a company’s Dividend Dynamo status can only be adjusted at the end of each calendar year. But the list is groomed religiously, with each company’s current dividend rate adjusted when necessary. Each company’s dividend total for the previous year is also provided, for comparison purposes.