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8 Dow Dividend Stocks You Can Buy and Hold Forever

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The 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average are household names. Their sheer size and dominance of their respective fields make them not only well known but also good bets in bad markets. All 30 pay dividends, too, and that steady income can beef up total returns during markets both good and bad. Any stock carries risk, of course, but it's fair to say that as a group Dow stocks are among the more reliable names that investors can buy.

There are eight stocks in the Dow that have taken the concept of reliability to a whole new level when it comes to dividends. Known as Dividend Aristocrats, these stocks have seen their payouts to investors increase every year for at least 25 consecutive years. Some of these Dow component have hiked dividends for twice as long—50 years or more—and paid out dividends for over a century. Track records like these give investors an added layer of comfort no matter which direction the market turns.

Take a look at the eight Dow stocks that have raised dividends for 25 years in a row or more.

Data is as of February 16, 2017, unless otherwise indicated. Click on symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

(Companies are listed in order of market cap—share price times total shares outstanding—starting with the highest. Analysts’ ratings provided by Zacks Investment Research. The list of 50 Dividend Aristocrats is maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices.)

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