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5 Dividend Aristocrats to Buy for 2012

These companies raise their payouts year after year after year

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#2 – Coca-Cola

Warren Buffett recently made a splash by revealing that his Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) bought into tech stock IBM (NYSE:IBM) last quarter, taking up a 5.5% stake in Big Blue. But if you really want to buy like Buffett, consider Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO). Buffett and Berkshire owns about 200 million shares of KO’s  roughly 2.3 billion shares outstanding, for almost 9% of the total. This consumer staple is a king of branding and marketing, and has seen revenue jump from $28.9 billion in fiscal 2007 to $35.1 billion in fiscal 2010 — a 21% increase. Even more impressive is that earnings per share soared from $2.57 to $5.06, almost doubling. KO stock yields 2.8% right now.

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