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Put the 2011 'Dividend Aristocrats' on Your List

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Dividend stocks can generate untold wealth for patient investors, and when reinvested, dividends offer investors a chance to exploit the " miracle of compound interest."

But if compound interest is a miracle, then growing dividends are a blessing: And the 42 stocks listed below have blessed investors with growing dividends for 25 years or more. They are known as the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats.

Not surprisingly, TheStreet Ratings' stock rating model has very nice things to say about these stocks (there are no sell recommendations) -- the model favors defensive investments with a bias toward conservatively financed companies that have demonstrated a history of favorable shareholder returns.

For investors seeking income (with the prospect of capital appreciation), the Dividend Aristocrats index is a shopping list of sorts. As an additional criterion to help you cherry-pick your favorite dividend stocks, we have included a simple yes or no question, "Have shares of this stock appreciated in the last 10 years?"

Benjamin Graham ( Warren Buffett's teacher) famously wrote in The Intelligent Investor that "poor managements produce poor market prices." Thankfully, nearly all of these stocks are worth far more today than they were during the dot-com crash, dividends notwithstanding.

As always, a buy recommendation should not be accepted with blind faith -- use this data as a starting point for your own research and always be mindful of dividend sustainability:

3M

3M (MMM) is a global manufacturer, technology innovator and marketer of a variety of products.

Dividend Yield: 2.4%

5-Year Dividend Compound Annual Growth Rate: 2.68%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Aflac

Aflac (AFL) is a general business holding company, which together with its subsidiaries mainly sell supplemental health and life insurance in the U.S. and Japan.

Dividend Yield: 2.67%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 15.69%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of a broad and diversified line of health care products.

Dividend Yield: 3.74%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 8.2%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: No.

Air Products & Chemicals

Air Products & Chemicals (APD) is a supplier of hydrogen and helium. It also provides semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives.

Dividend Yield: 2.56%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 7.58%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Archer Daniels Midland

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is a processor of oilseeds, corn, wheat, cocoa, and other feedstuffs and is a manufacturer of vegetable oil and protein meal, corn sweeteners, flour, biodiesel, ethanol, and other value-added food and feed ingredients.

Dividend Yield: 2.16%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 8.45%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Automatic Data Processing

Automatic Data Processing (ADP) offers a wide range of human resource (HR), payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source.

Dividend Yield: 2.77%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 14.22%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

C.R. Bard

C.R. Bard (BCR) is engaged in the design, manufacture, packaging, distribution and sale of medical, surgical, diagnostic and patient care devices.

Dividend Yield: 0.66%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 5.33%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Becton, Dickinson & Co.

Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BDX) is engaged in the manufacture and sale of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products used by healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, industry and the general public.

Dividend Yield: 1.93%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 11.3%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Bemis

Bemis (BMS) is a manufacturer of flexible packaging products and pressure sensitive materials, selling to customers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Dividend Yield: 3.05%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 3.9%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Brown-Forman

Brown-Forman (BF.B) mainly manufactures, bottles, imports, exports, and markets a wide variety of alcoholic beverage brands.

Dividend Yield: 1.78%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 6.04% (special dividends excluded)

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

CenturyLink

CenturyLink (CTL) is a communications company, which is engaged in providing communications services, including local and long distance voice, internet access and broadband services.

Dividend Yield: 7.33%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 63.26%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Chubb

Chubb (CB) is a holding company with subsidiaries mainly engaged in the property and casualty insurance business.

Dividend Yield: 2.48%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 8.16%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Cincinnati Financial

Cincinnati Financial (CINF) is in the property casualty insurance business, marketed through independent insurance agents in 37 states.

Dividend Yield: 5.54%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 3.48%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: C (Hold)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: No.

Cintas

Cintas (CTAS) provides highly specialized products and services to businesses of all types mainly throughout the United States and Canada.

Dividend Yield: 1.53%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 22.61%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: No.

Clorox

Clorox (CLX) is a manufacturer and marketer of consumer products. It sells its products primarily through mass merchandisers, grocery stores and other retail outlets.

Dividend Yield: 3.29%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 12.6%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: C+ (Hold)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola (KO) is a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups in the world.

Dividend Yield: 2.87%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 7.26%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Consolidated Edison

Consolidated Edison (ED) through its subsidiaries, provides electric, gas, and steam utility services in the United States.

Dividend Yield: 4.56%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 0.69%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Dover

Dover (DOV) owns and operates a global portfolio of manufacturing companies providing innovative components and equipment, specialty systems and support services for a variety of applications.

Dividend Yield: 1.76%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 8.55%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Ecolab

Ecolab (ECL) develops and markets premium products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare and industrial markets. It provides cleaning and sanitizing products and programs, pest elimination, maintenance and repair services.

Dividend Yield: 1.28%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 8.79%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Emerson Electric

Emerson Electric (EMR) designs and supplies product technology and delivers engineering services in a range of industrial, commercial and consumer markets.

Dividend Yield: 2.62%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 7.74%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil (XOM) is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products.

Dividend Yield: 2.22%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 6.33%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Family Dollar

Family Dollar (FDO) operates more than 6,600 general merchandise retail discount stores in 44 states. Merchandise assortment includes consumables, home products, apparel accessories, seasonal and electronics.

Dividend Yield: 1.38%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 8.1%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

W.W. Grainger

W.W. Grainger (GWW) distributes facilities maintenance products and provides services and related information used by businesses and institutions mainly in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to keep their facilities and equipment running.

Dividend Yield: 1.49%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 13.38%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods (HRL) is primarily engaged in the production of a variety of meat and food products and the marketing of those products throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Dividend Yield: 1.76%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 8.45%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is a holding company, which is engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a range of products in the health care field.

Dividend Yield: 3.25%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 7.64%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Kimberly Clark

Kimberly Clark (KMB) is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of essential products to improve people's lives around the world.

Dividend Yield: 4.26%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 6.14%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Leggett & Platt

Leggett & Platt (LEG) is a manufacturer that conceives, designs and produces a range of engineered components and products.

Dividend Yield: 4.65%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 9.61%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Lowe's

Lowe's (LOW) is a home improvement retailer, which serves homeowners, renters and commercial business customers.

Dividend Yield: 1.94%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 20.11%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

McCormick

McCormick (MKC) is engaged in manufacturing, marketing and distributing flavor products including spices, herbs, extracts, seasonings and flavorings and other food products to the entire food industry.

Dividend Yield: 2.26%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 7.45%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

McDonald's

McDonald's (MCD) franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the food service industry.

Dividend Yield: 2.98%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 17.71%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

McGraw Hill

McGraw Hill (MHP) is a global information services provider serving the education, financial services and business information markets with a range of information products and services.

Dividend Yield: 2.43%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 5.19%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

PPG Industries

PPG Industries (PPG) manufactures coatings, glass and chemical products.

Dividend Yield: 2.61%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 2.68%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

PepsiCo

PepsiCo (PEP) is a global food, snack and beverage company, which manufactures or uses contract manufacturers, markets and sells a variety of salty, convenient, sweet and grain-based snacks, carbonated and non-carbonated beverages and foods.

Dividend Yield: 2.78%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 10.26%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes (PBI) is a provider of mail processing equipment and integrated mail solutions in the world. It sells and rents a wide range of mail-related products ranging from postage meters to office supplies.

Dividend Yield: 6.56%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 2.67%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: No.

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble (PG) is focused on providing branded consumer packaged goods. It markets its products in more than 180 countries.

Dividend Yield: 2.99%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 9.33%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams (SHW) is engaged in the related business activity of selling paint, coatings and related products to end-use customers.

Dividend Yield: 1.78%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 7.57%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Sigma-Aldrich

Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) is a life science and high technology company that develops, manufactures, purchases and distributes the range of high quality chemicals, biochemicals and equipment available throughout the world.

Dividend Yield: 1.08%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 8.79%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A+ (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) is a worldwide supplier of tools and engineered solutions for professional, industrial, construction, and do-it-yourself use, as well as engineered security solutions for industrial and commercial applications.

Dividend Yield: 2.4%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 2.58%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Target

Target (TGT) is engaged in the operation of general merchandise and food discount stores in the U.S.

Dividend Yield: 2.15%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 13.81%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

VF Corp.

VF Corp. (VFC) is an apparel company, which designs and manufactures or sources from independent contractors a variety of apparel and footwear for all ages.

Dividend Yield: 2.49%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 4.61%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A- (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Yes.

Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart (WMT) operates Walmart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Club locations in the U.S.

Dividend Yield: 2.76%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 12.55%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: B (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Barely, yes.

Walgreen

Walgreen (WAG) operates retail drug store and general merchandise. It is engaged in the retail sale of prescription and non-prescription drugs and general merchandise.

Dividend Yield: 1.61%

5-Year Dividend CAGR: 16.79%

TheStreet Ratings Recommendation: A (Buy)

Have Shares Appreciated in the Last 10 Years?: Barely, yes.

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