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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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#5 – Target

TargetBig-box retailer Target (NYSE:TGT) has seen shares slide about 11% in 2011, but the company itself is faring better than you may think amid a tough consumer environment. The retailer has chalked up eight consecutive quarters of year-over-year revenue growth and another eight consecutive quarters of year-over-year earnings increases. Most recently, in its Q3 earnings report, Target’s profit rose as same-store sales grew and bad-debt expenses declined — meaning TGT stock could be one the upswing in 2012. As a hedge, Target yields a decent 2.2%, and has paid dividends since 1965.

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