The granddaddy of them all in terms of size is Exxon Mobil (XOM). The oil giant has reduced shares outstanding by 5.1% over the past year, and currently yields 2.6%. The company has grown its dividend by 8.3% over the past seven years.
XOM Dividend data by YCharts
Intel (INTC), which currently yields 3.4% and has reduced its shares outstanding by 5.1% over the past year also made the cut. The company still has nearly $13.65 billion in cash and short-term investments on the books.
INTC Dividend data by YCharts
Just one restaurant name qualified: Darden (DRI). The company's dividend has grown from 4 cents quarterly in 2005 to 50 cents last month, for a solid 3.7% indicated yield.
DRI Dividend data by YCharts
Other companies meeting the criteria include Conoco Phillips (COP); retailers Lowe's (LOW), Walgreen (WAG) and Safeway (SWY); and aerospace and defense names Lockheed Martin (LMT), Raytheon (RTM) ), Northrop Grumman (NOC) and L-3 Communications (LLL).
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