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It seems it has been some time since I updated the performance of Standard & Poor's Dividend Aristocrats. Year to date through November 4, 2009, the Aristocrats have generated a better return than the Dow Jones Industrial Index, 12.2% versus 11.7%, respectively. However, the Aristocrats performance has trailed the return on the S & P 500 Index's return of 15.9%.

In the below table, I have shaded the rows for those companies that have cut their dividend this year.

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Source: How Are the S&P's Dividend Aristocrats Performing?