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18 Dividend Aristocrats That Have Gone on Deep Discount

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The Dividend Aristocrats fared better than many other stocks during 2018. This group of dividend royalty delivered a 3.3% decline for the year including income, less than the 4.4% drop for the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index.

The Dividend Aristocrats, for the uninitiated, are a subset of the S&P 500 that have increased their annual dividends without interruption for at least 25 consecutive years. And these 50-plus superstar dividend stocks are noteworthy for several reasons:

  • Their yields are generally higher than the index, averaging 2.5% throughout 2018 versus 1.9% for the S&P 500.
  • They’ve also outperformed over the longer term. During the 10-year period ending Sept. 30, 2018, the Aristocrats returned approximately 13.6% annually, compared to 12% for the S&P 500.
  • Risk also was lower. Volatility of returns (as measured by standard deviation) averaged 13.6% for Dividend Aristocrats versus 14.4% for S&P 500 stocks.
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However, sometimes even great stocks get knocked back a little. These 18 Dividend Aristocrats have posted double-digit price declines over the past year, with most of them still recovering from the fourth-quarter broad-market drubbing. The upside for any investors considering putting new money to work in these dividend stocks: Many are close to multiyear lows, and several yield more than 3%.

SEE ALSO: 101 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond

Data is as of Jan. 30, 2019. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Stocks listed in order of the size of their 52-week decline.

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