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7 Dividend Aristocrats to Buy for Growth, Too

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Dividend Aristocrats are an elite group of S&P 500 companies that have raised their payouts for a minimum of 25 consecutive years. To make it on to this list, you must operate your business efficiently over almost three decades — a feat that’s not easy for any company.

Income investors love buying Dividend Aristocrats because these companies are committed to paying dividends through thick and thin. However, it’s harder to do this if you’re not growing your business sufficiently, either on the top line, the bottom line or both.

Take McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) for example. It has barely grown revenues — up 8.1% between 2007 and 2016 — yet its gross and operating margins are the highest they’ve been in the past decade. Yes, the stock is doing well, but dividend investors aren’t exactly getting McDonald’s full effort, with the most recent payout increase registering at less than 6%.

Today, I want to look at seven Dividend Aristocrats that are also growing at a reasonable pace. I’m also going to include members of the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index — those S&P 1500 companies that have raised their dividend every year for at least 20.

Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on September 5, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

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