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A Dividend Portfolio for Long-term: Family Dollar Stores, McDonald’s Corporation , The McGraw-Hill Companies, The Sherwin-Williams Company, The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Inc.

As a dividend growth investor you would find that over time some stocks tend to fall off your radar and no longer fit the rising income stream criteria that you purchased them for in the first place. Thus it is important to monitor your portfolio on a regular basis and place such stocks on your sell radar. M&T Bank (MTB) and British Petroleum (BP) are two companies which I am closely monitoring, since they have both frozen dividends for several quarters in a row.

The four important characteristics of successful dividend portfolios include entry and exit criteria, diversification, dollar cost averaging and selective dividend reinvestment. I have built my dividend portfolio around those important characteristics over the past few years. I have grouped the stocks I own by sector. I have also included additional information about each company, and I have also marked any companies which I do not find attractive at the moment with "HOLD". Just because a company is not attractively valued at the moment however does not mean that it is automatically a sell. Any companies which I have considered to be a sell have been sold off.

Consumer Discretionary

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (FDO) operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores for low to lower-middle income consumers in the United States. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 33 consecutive years and yields 1.50%. (analysis) HOLD

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD), together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates McDonald’s restaurants in the food service industry worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 33 consecutive years and yields 3.20%. (analysis)

The McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP), Inc. provides information services and products to the education, financial services, and business information markets worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 37 consecutive years and yields 3.30%. (analysis)

The Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW) engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 32 consecutive years and yields 1.90%. (analysis) HOLD

Consumer Staples

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company(ADM) procures, transports, stores, processes, and merchandises agricultural commodities and products in the United States and internationally. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 35 consecutive years and yields 2.40%. (analysis) HOLD

The Clorox Company (CLX) engages in the production, marketing, and sales of consumer products in the United States and internationally. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 32 consecutive years and yields 3.20%. (analysis)

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and marketing of various health care products worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 38 consecutive years and yields 4.30%. (analysis)

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) manufactures, distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups worldwide. Thisdividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 48 consecutive years and yields 3.40%. (analysis)

PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) manufactures, markets, and sells various foods, snacks, and carbonated and non-carbonated beverages worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 37 consecutive years and yields 3%. (analysis)

The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) engages in the manufacture and sale of consumer goods worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 53 consecutive years and yields 3.10%. (analysis)

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 35 consecutive years and yields 2.40%. (analysis)

Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL), together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. Thisdividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 47 consecutive years and yields 2.70%. (analysis)

McCormick & Company, Incorporated (MKC) engages in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of flavor products and other specialty food products to the food industry worldwide. This dividend achiever has raised dividends for 24 consecutive years and yields 2.70%. (analysis)

Universal Corporation (UVV), together with its subsidiaries, operates as the leaf tobacco merchants and processors worldwide. This dividend champion has raised dividends for 39 consecutive years and yields 3.90%. (analysis)

Altria Group, Inc. (MO), through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, wine, and other tobacco products in the United States and internationally. This dividend stock yields 6.70%. (analysis)

Diageo plc (DEO) engages in producing, distilling, brewing, bottling, packaging, distributing, developing, and marketing spirits, beer, and wine. This international dividend achiever has raised dividends for over one decade and yields 3.80%. (analysis)

Philip Morris International Inc. (PM), through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. This dividend stock yields 5.20%. (analysis)

Sysco Corporation (SYY), through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice industry in the United States. This dividend champion has raised dividends for 40 consecutive years and yields 3.40%. (analysis)

Unilever PLC (UL) provides fast-moving consumer goods in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. This international dividend achiever has raised dividends for over one decade and yields 4.10%. (analysis)

Energy

BP p.l.c. (BP) provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services, and petrochemicals products. Thisinternational dividend achiever has rewarded shareholders with dividend raises for 16 consecutive years and yields 7.70%. (analysis) HOLD

Chevron Corporation (CVX) operates as an integrated energy company worldwide. This dividend achiever has raised dividends for 22 consecutive years and yields 3.90%. (analysis)

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (EEQ) owns and operates crude oil and liquid petroleum transportation and storage assets, as well as natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transmission, and marketing assets in the United States. This dividend stock yields 8.80%.

Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (KMR) operates as an energy transportation and storage company in North America. This dividend achiever has rewarded unitholders with regular distribution increases for 13 years in a row and yields 8.10%. (analysis)

Financials

Aflac Incorporated (AFL), through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac), provides supplemental health and life insurance. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 27 consecutive years and yields 2.60%. (analysis) HOLD

The Chubb Corporation (CB), through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Thisdividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 45 consecutive years and yields 2.90%. (analysis)

Cincinnati Financial Corporation (CINF), through its subsidiaries, offers property, casualty, personal, and life insurance products to businesses and individuals in the United States. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 49 consecutive years and yields 5.90%. (analysis)

Hingham Institution for Savings (HIFS) provides various financial services to individuals and small businesses in Massachusetts. The company currently has nine branches and several ATM locations in Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. The board of directors has raised annual dividends for sixteen years in a row. The stock yields 3%. (analysis)

M&T Bank Corporation (MTB) operates as the holding company for M&T Bank and M&T Bank, National Association that provide commercial and retail banking services to individuals, corporations and other businesses, and institutions. This former dividend aristocrat ended its 27-year streak of consistent dividend increases in 2008. The stock yields 3.30%. (analysis) HOLD

National Retail Properties (NNN), Inc. is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. This dividend achiever has raised dividends for 20 consecutive years and yields 6.90%. (analysis) HOLD

Realty Income Corporation (O) engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial retail real estate properties in the United States. This dividend achiever has raised dividends for 16 consecutive years and yields 5.60%. (analysis)

The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), together with its subsidiaries, provides retail and commercial banking, wealth management, and wholesale banking products and services in North America and internationally. This international dividend achiever has raised dividends for 15 consecutive years and yields 3.60%. (analysis) HOLD

Health Care

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 47 consecutive years and yields 3.50%. (analysis)

Teleflex Incorporated (TFX) primarily develops, manufactures, and supplies single-use medical devices used by hospitals and healthcare providers worldwide. This dividend champion has raised dividends for 31 consecutive years and yields 2.40%. (analysis) HOLD

Industrials

Emerson Electric Co. (EMR), a diversified global technology company, engages in designing and supplying product technology, as well as delivering engineering services and solutions to various industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 53 consecutive years and yields 2.90%. (analysis)

W.W. Grainger (GWW), Inc. and its subsidiaries distribute facilities maintenance and other related products and services in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 38 consecutive years and yields 2.10%. (analysis) HOLD

3M Company (MMM), together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. This dividend aristocrathas raised dividends for 52 consecutive years and yields 2.60%. (analysis)

United Technologies Corporation (UTX) provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. This dividend achiever has raised dividends for 17 consecutive years and yields 2.60%. (analysis)

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) manufactures a range of industrial products and equipment worldwide. This dividend champion has raised dividends for 45 consecutive years and yields 2.70%. (analysis) HOLD

Information Technology

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) provides technology-based outsourcing solutions to employers, and vehicle retailers and manufacturers. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 35 consecutive years and yields 3.30%. (analysis)

Materials

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD) offers atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 27 consecutive years and yields 2.90%. (analysis)

Nucor Corporation (NUE), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. This dividend champion has raised dividends for 33 consecutive years and yields 3.40%. (analysis)

RPM International Inc. (RPM) engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of various specialty chemical products to industrial and consumer markets worldwide. This dividend champion has raised dividends for 33 consecutive years and yields 4.20%. (analysis)

Telecommunications

AT&T Inc. (T) provides telecommunication products and services to consumers, businesses, and other telecommunication service providers under the AT&T brand worldwide. This dividend champion has raised dividends for 33 consecutive years and yields 6.80%. (analysis) HOLD

Utilities

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED), through its subsidiaries, provides electric, gas, and steam utility services in the United States. Thisdividend aristocrat has raised dividends for 33 consecutive years and yields 5.50%. (analysis)

Dominion Resources, Inc. (D), together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. This dividend stock currently yields 4.60%.

There are several companies which I hold, that no longer fit my entry criteria, although they might have fit the entry criteria at some point in the past. Building a dividend portfolio does take some time to implement. I typically have between ten to fifteen stocks which are attractively valued at any time. I also keep a list with stocks I would consider buying on dips. This list typically varies depending on market conditions. Back in 2008 and 2009 this list was rather small, and the list of attractively valued stocks was large due to depressed market prices. If a stock is very close to my entry price I might consider initiating a small position and then build my exposure from there. It is very important however to keep current on the overall market environment in order to scoop up any bargains from the waiting list.

Full Disclosure: Long all stocks mentioned above

Dividend Growth Investor

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