Standard and Poor's Dividend Aristocrats continue to generate strong performance on a year-to-date basis through February 23, 2007. The Aristocrat's YTD performance of 3.5% slightly trails the 4.1% return of the NASDAQ Index. The Aristocrats are outperforming both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Index by 1.2% and 2.0%, respectively. Maybe this is a sign that higher quality large capitalization companies will begin to achieve index beating returns. The higher quality segment of the market has been a lagging one over the last two to three years.
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