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Best Performing Dividend Aristocrats Stocks of 2020

Updated Aug 5, 2020
The concept of Dividend Aristocrats Stocks has become extremely popular among the investors in recent times. Based on the concept of picking only those selected stocks which have paid an increasing amount of dividend year-after-year for at least last 25 consecutive years, this select basket of stocks offers regular dividend income with a positive compounding effect that results in net gains overall. The name 'Dividend Aristocrats' aptly suits the high-amount, regular dividend paying companies.
Standard and Poors (S&P) is credited with formulating this style, and they came up with the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrat index in the year 2005. Since then, this index and its constituent stocks have been regularly tracked and invested in by income seeking investors.
Even within this special list of high dividend payers, a few of the stocks stand out in terms of net high returns.
Among several of the dividend aristocrats stock companies whose stocks are listed and actively trading on the stock exchanges, which have been the top performers in terms of generating the highest returns in their stock prices?
This article provides a list of the dividend aristocrats stocks that have given the top returns in the year 2020 till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual stocks between the end of the previous and Aug 5, 2020, and the top 10 return generating dividend aristocrats stocks are listed below.
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Top Dividend Aristocrats Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Dividend Aristocrats sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) The Clorox Company (CLX) 2) S&P Global Inc. (SPGI) 3) Lowe's Cos. (LOW) 4) Roper Technologies (ROP) 5) Albemarle Corp (ALB)
 6) Air Products and Chemicals Inc (APD) 7) Abbott Laboratories (ABT) 8) Linde PLC (LIN) 9) McCormick and Co. (MKC) 10) T. Rowe Price Group (TROW)

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Performance of Top Dividend Aristocrats Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Clorox

The Clorox Company, incorporated on September 5, 1986, is a manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products. The Company sells its products primarily through mass retail outlets, e-commerce channels, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Clorox.
The Oakland, California-based The Clorox Company (CLX) belongs to the Consumer Durables sector and is categorized as a Specialty Chemicals company. The stock of Clorox ended the previous year at a price of $153.54 per share. As of Aug 5, 2020, the stock price has reached $237.16 apiece, which indicates a change of 54.46 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Dividend Aristocrats for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $19.27 billion. It has now changed to $29.87 billion as of writing. Clorox continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. provides independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics, and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide. It operates through three segments: Ratings, Market and Commodities Intell ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of S&P Global.
The New York, NY-based Finance sector company S&P Global Inc. (SPGI) holds the number two spot among the best performing stocks of the Dividend Aristocrats sector. Classified as the Consumer Finance Services business, the stock price of S&P Global ended the previous year at a price of $273.05 per share while it reached the level of $347.39 apiece as of Aug 5, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 27.23%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $83.72 billion. Few leading stock market index includes S&P Global in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Lowe's

Lowes Companies, Inc. (Lowes), incorporated on August 1, 1952, is a home improvement retailer. The Company operates approximately 1,860 home improvement and hardware stores, representing approximately 200 million square feet ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Lowe's.
The Mooresville, North Carolina-headquartered company Lowe's Cos. (LOW) is ranked number three among the best performing stocks of Dividend Aristocrats of 2020. The Consumer Services sector business falls under the Retail Building Materials industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Lowe's has changed by 25.47 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $119.76 per share and year-to-date closing price of $150.26 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $91.79 billion to $113.45 billion during the same period. Along with Dividend Aristocrats, the company is also in the business of Consumer Services, Retail Building Materials, Consumer Cyclical, Home Improvement Stores, S&P 500, Consumer Discretionary, among other usual products and services. Lowe's continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like S&P 500 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Roper

Roper Technologies, Inc., incorporated on December 17, 1981, is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Roper.
During the given months of the year 2020, Roper Technologies (ROP) was successful in generating YTD returns of 22.86 percentage which helped it gain the number four spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Sarasota, Florida-based Roper closed at a price of $354.23 per share, while it traded at a price of $435.22 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $36.86 billion to $45.44 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Capital Goods industry sector and further specialized as a Industrial Machinery and Components sector business.

Albemarle

Albemarle Corporation, incorporated on November 24, 1993, is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Lithium and Advanced Materials, Bromine Specialties ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Albemarle.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Albemarle Corp (ALB) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Major Chemicals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Albemarle has so far gained 21.3 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $73.04 per share and year-to-date price of $88.6 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $7.75 billion to $9.42 billion. The stock of Albemarle continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Air Products and Chemicals

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., incorporated on May 25, 1961, is an industrial gases company. The Companys Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Air Products and Chemicals.
Based on the market-cap change from $51.81 billion to $62.87 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $234.99 per share to a price of $284.62 per share as of Aug 5, 2020, Air Products and Chemicals Inc (APD) was successful in generating YTD returns of 21.12 percentage. Standing at the number six rank in the top performing list of Dividend Aristocrats stocks, the Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Air Products and Chemicals is categorized as the Major Chemicals sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Abbott Labs

Abbott Laboratories, incorporated on March 6, 1900, is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a range of healthcare products. The Company operates through four segments: Established Pharmaceutical ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Abbott Labs.
At number seven in the list of top stocks stands Abbott Laboratories (ABT), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $86.86 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $102.14 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. It translates to a change of 17.59 percentage. The North Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Health Care sector company also saw its market value change from $153.61 billion to $180.84 billion. The Major Pharmaceuticals specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Linde

Linde plc, incorporated on April 18, 2017, is an industrial gases and engineering company that operates through its subsidiaries. The Company provides atmospheric gases (oxygen, nitrogen, argon and rare gases) and process gases (carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases and acetylene). ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Linde.
Linde PLC (LIN) has moved by 16.61 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number eight among the top performing stocks. The Basic Industries sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $212.9 apiece to the price of $248.27 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Aug 5, 2020. The smart run of the Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom-based Major Chemicals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $114.37 billion to $130.43 billion over the same duration. Linde is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

McCormick

McCormick & Company, Incorporated, incorporated on November 30, 1915, is engaged in manufacturing, marketing and distributing spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the food industry, including retailers, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of McCormick.
McCormick (MKC) generated percentage returns of 16.21 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $169.73 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $197.25 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $22.57 billion to $26.27 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Non-Durables speciality business with further classification in the Packaged Foods sub-category. Based in Sparks, Maryland, the YTD performance of the Dividend Aristocrats sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

T. Rowe Price

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., incorporated on February 4, 2000, is a financial services holding company. The Company provides global investment management services through its subsidiaries to investors across the ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of T. Rowe Price.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Dividend Aristocrats sector is taken by T. Rowe Price Group (TROW). The company's stock price changed from $121.84 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $138.97 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 14.06 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Baltimore, Maryland-based Finance sector company was from $28.47 billion to $31.54 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Dividend Aristocrats sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
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