In case you missed it, Shirley Lazo's "Speaking of Dividends" column in this week's Barron's ("Payouts Light Up Big Board") includes a tidbit from Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices. He speaks of "the Magnificent 7--companies that have sweetened payouts for at least 30 years. If you had invested $1,000 in each of them at year-end 1982, that investment would have been worth $425,581 at the close of 2012, a 14.7% annualized return. The group: 3M (NYSE:MMM), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), and Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)."
I'm long JNJ.
Disclosure: I am long JNJ.