Dividend Aristocrats Outperforming Market

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 |  Includes: AHBIF, JNJ, LEG, MCD, ROH, SIAL, VFC, WMT, WWY
by: David I. Templeton, CFA

The performance of Standard & Poor's Dividend Aristocrats is holding up well on a year to date basis. Through August 8, 2008, the market cap weighted rate of return for the Aristocrats is approximately -4.4% versus the S&P 500 Index return of -12.2%.

Out of the top five performing companies on a year to date basis, three are involved in takeovers: Rohm & Haas (ROH), Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (WWY) and Anheuser-Busch (NYSE:BUD). The table below outlines performance data for the Aristocrats.

A direct link to the spreadsheet is available at this Aristocrats link.