A preliminary review of the year to date performance of S&P's Dividend Aristocrats shows they are outperforming the major U.S. domestic indexes. Through the first eleven months of 2008, the Aristocrats have generated a capitalization weighted return of -22.4% versus a -39.0% return for the S&P 500 Index. The return for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the NASDAQ composite index is -33.4% and -42.1%, respectively.
The spreadsheet below details performance information for each of the Aristocrats. It should be noted the Anheuser-Busch was removed from the S&P 500 Index as of November 18 due to it being acquired by InBev (INBVF.PK).
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