The new additions to the Dividend Achievers Index were announced a few weeks ago by Mergent. The dividend achievers index includes companies with the following characteristics:
- Trade on the NYSE, Nasdaq or AMEX
- U.S. companies with at least 10 consecutive years of increasing regular dividends
- Have a minimum average-day cash volume of at least $500,000 (U.S.)
I typically screen the list of dividend achievers at least once a month to search for attractively valued dividend stocks to accumulate. With more than 200 individual dividend growth stocks comprising the index, I have plenty of companies to sift through to find the 20 or 30 that ultimately could find their way in my dividend portfolio.
In addition, looking at the list of new dividend achievers additions might enable me to identify the next big dividend growth story, finding a company that will pay rising dividends for the next several decades.
The companies added to the index in 2012 include the following companies:
Southern Company (NYSE:SO), through its subsidiaries, operates as a utility company that provides electric service in the southeastern United States.
Monsanto (NYSE:MON), together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers in the United States and internationally.
Nike (NYSE:NKE), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment and accessory products for men, women, and children worldwide.
Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC), through its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products and finished goods primarily in the United States.
Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage and distribution of refined petroleum products and crude oil in the United States.
W.R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB), an insurance holding company, operates as commercial lines writers in the property casualty insurance business primarily in the United States.
Harris (NYSE:HRS), together with its subsidiaries, operates as a communications and information technology company that serves government and commercial markets worldwide.
NuStar Energy (NYSE:NS) engages in the terminalling, storage and transportation of petroleum products primarily in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Mexico.
Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition and management of precious metal royalties.
Senior Housing Properties (NYSE:SNH), a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States.