3 Dividend Aristocrats to Add to Your Watchlist

Dividend aristocrats are companies in the S&P 500 index that have annually increased its dividend for the past 25 years.

These companies have a multi-decade history of not only issuing a reliable dividend, but increasing the size of their payout each year.

In this article, we will identify three of the 65 aristocrats that appear to be well-positioned for the next 3-5 years, amidst a backdrop of macroeconomic uncertainty.

Dividend Aristocrats For Your Watchlist

1) Atmos Energy (ATO)

– 1-Year Trailing Performance: +6% – Market Cap: $14B

Atmos Energy is the country’s largest natural gas-only distributor, delivering natural gas to +3 million distribution customers via its proprietary pipelines and storage assets across eight states located primarily in the South.

That includes one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas.

Atmos has 38 consecutive years of rising dividends, and most recently increased its 2022 annual dividend by 8.8% to $2.72 per diluted share.

2) Walmart Corporation (WMT)

– 1-Year Trailing Performance: -12% – Market Cap: $324B

Walmart operates a chain of discount department stores and grocery stores around the globe. It is the world’s largest private employer with over 2.3 million employees.

Walmart has increased its annual cash dividend every year since it first declared a $0.05 per share dividend in 1974; that is 48 consecutive years of dividend increases.