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The Dow's Longest-Running Dividends

Buying dividend stocks is one of the best ways to beat the market long term. Stable dividends can be even more valuable than just a high yield, which is why DuPont (NYSE: DD  ) , 3M (NYSE: MMM  ) , and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG  ) are three of the most valuable dividends on the market. 

DuPont's agriculture business allows for the stability that's paid a dividend since 1904, 3M's innovation has led 97 straight years of dividends, and Procter & Gamble has paid its dividend since 1890. 

Erin Miller sat down with Travis Hoium to see why these are such great dividends and why investors should get in for the long haul.

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  • Report this Comment On January 21, 2014, at 2:33 PM, Mathman6577 wrote:

    UTX has been paying a dividend since the 1930's.

  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2014, at 7:01 AM, funfundvierzig wrote:

    The quarterly dividend of the much shrunken and shrinking DuPont Company has only been increased by a dime in the past 15-plus years, from 35 cents to 45 cents. That hardly keeps up with inflation.

    Investors might be better served by DuPont's superior-performing competitors, such as 3M Corp and Monsanto, which have consistently shown dividend increases in each consecutive year for ten years in a row. Robust dividend growth for these two companies is attractive and reliable.


  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2014, at 7:57 AM, funfundvierzig wrote:

    "Buying dividend stocks is one of the best ways to beat the market long term."

    Not in the case of the diminished DuPont Company. DD has yet to return to its peak price of 84 and change set 16 years ago in 1998. Long-term DD shareholders have been stuck with no capital appreciation for the entire 21st century and an essentially static dividend. Nothing to write home about. ...funfun..

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Travis Hoium has been writing for since July 2010 and covers the solar industry, renewable energy, and gaming stocks among other things.

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