Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dividend Aristocrats Significantly Outperform S&P 500 Index Through July

Preliminary performance results for Standard & Poor's Dividend Aristocrats through July show the Aristocrats continue to have a performance edge over the S&P 500 Index. Through the first seven months of the year, the total return for the Aristocrats equals -6.40% versus the S&P 500 Index return of -13.70%.

As detailed in the table below, in the four weeks ending July 31st, 2008, the Aristocrats outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index by nearly 300 basis points. In that same 4-week period though, the NASDAQ Index did squeeze out a small performance advantage.

S&P dividend aristocrats performance as of July 31, 2008A complete list of the Aristocrats and related performance data is contained in the following spreadsheet. The full spreadsheet can be accessed at this link.

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