Dividends Stocks: The S&P Elite

S&P's latest list finds 28 "Dividend Aristocrats"—companies that have boosted their payouts in each of the past 25 years—with top S&P STARS rankings

Companies in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index cut dividends to the tune of $31.74 billion year-to-date through Oct. 24. Even some companies that had previously increased their dividend payments annually for 25 years or more—the Standard & Poor's "Dividend Aristocrats"—were forced by the general market and economic turmoil to cut their dividends this year.

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