1 Dividend Stock's Staying Power

Since the Fortune 100 list was first published in 1955, only one company, DuPont, has made the list every single year. That staying power is even more impressive when one considers how companies move in and out of the major indices. Even though Boeing, Altria Group, and Sears were in the top 25 of the Fortune list in 2000, they were each out of the top 25 just 10 years later. So what's the secret to the success of companies like DuPont? Best-selling author Jason Jennings' latest book is The Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change. In this audio segment, he shares why many companies fail to innovate even while they're succeeding.

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  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2012, at 10:36 AM, funfundvierzig wrote:

    Regularity of dividend payments is one thing, dividend growth is another. In DuPont's case, the dividend has been hiked only three times in 14 years, and then only by modest percentages.

    We prefer the dividend growth of DuPont's competitors. For example, the dividend has gone up in every year for a decade for 3M Corp and Monsanto.

    ...funfun..

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